Entrance Verbeke Foundation
The Verbeke Foundation was founded in 2007. It holds the private art collection of Geert Verbeke. The foundation is located in the halls of the former transport company of founder Verbeke, in Kemzeke.
Hall of collages and assemblages
Although the emphasis of the collection lies at the vast amount of collages and assemblages, these aren't the works which draw the most attention, as they're all small, less striking, and located in a side hall.
Animaris Ordis, 2008 by Theo Jansen
The central large hall of the Foundation shows, just after you've entered the museum, a drawing by Keith Haring on a large container, a 'Victor Mobilae' riding garden by René Van Corven, hanging cows by Peter Greenaway, and a 'Animaris Ordis' beach animal by Theo Jansen.
Untitled, 2009 by Peter Greenaway
These three last artworks are part of the temporary exhibition: Artificial Nature. Other works like Martin uit den Bogaard's 'Painting, singing and lighting inkfish', which means a rotting octopus under a glass box, connected with a computer, were a bit strange... But what they did proove is the transcience in art...
The Golden Spur, 2006-2009 by Koen Vanmechelen
Leaving the hallways and greenhouse, the exhibition continues outside. Koen Van Mechelen houses a bunch of his chickens in the garden. Koen aims to breed the universal super bastard among all chickens.
Overall a surprising museum at an unusual location for the contemporary art lover with a twist.
Artificial Nature exhibition
Date: May 23rd - November 15th 2009
Place: Verbeke Foundation
Address: Westakker, 9190 Kemzeke, Belgium
Text and photos: Filip De Haes