The Verbeke Foundation

Where do you find a private art domain where culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand? In Kemzeke (yes, it’s in the middle of nowhere) The Verbeke Foundation offers all of this, since 2007, when it first opened its doors. They give chances to young artist while holding an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.

With 12 hectares (29.7 acres) of scenic area and 20,000 m² (4,9 acres) covered spaces, the Foundation is one of the largest private initiatives for contemporary art throughout Europe. The warehouses of the former Verbeke transport agency were transformed into unique exposition halls. One of the buildings was furnished to exhibit Verbeke’s extraordinary collection of collages and assemblages. Containing works of Dadaists, surrealists, constructivists while mainly focusing on the Coll' Art movement.

A part of this collection, which also includes Belgians such as Fabre, Panamarenko and Tuymans, is on permanent display on the domain; simultaneously there are changing exhibitions. All of this is spread over the area, getting maximum potential out of the forest, pool, greenhouses, event hall, two restaurants and the exposition spaces.

Therefore the Verbeke Foundation is subject to a continuous growth process. Artists have the ability to stay in residence in a small farmhouse. Comparing the Verbeke Foundation with a living organism is the best comparison, having different looks one day to another. We couldn’t say it better then the founder Geert Verbeke: “Our exhibition space is not designed as an oasis. Our presentation is unfinished, in motion, unpolished, contradictory, untidy, complex, disharmonous, lively and unmonumental. In this manner it resembles the world outside the museum walls”.

Another fascinating part of the foundation is the LABORA(R)TORIUM. Where, with the support of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics (University of Gent), a special laboratory has been established in where research can be done for the artists in residence. Combining the inspiring fields or physics and art. Not enough yet? Well then we advice you to stay in the camping site. Choosing between the CasAnus , also known as the Joep Van Lieshout's human bowel, or in Kevin Van Braak's Campingflats you will have the weekend of your life! The only true experience of living and breathing culture.

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