• Previous exhibitions

Previous exhibitions

Every two years the Vanhaerents Art Collection shows a selection of art works from the collection in the three storey exhibition space.

May 3, 2014 – October 28, 2017

The Vanhaerents Art Collection is pleased to announce its third exhibition, entitled Man in the Mirror, which will be open to the public from May 3,2014 . For this presentation, the founder and patron of the collection – the former building contractor Walter Vanhaerents – joined forces with Emma Dexter, who in recent years has curated widely acclaimed shows for ICA and Tate Modern.

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In the Project Room the Vanhaerents Art Collection organizes yearly a solo exhibition of an artist whose work is represented in the collection.

April 21, 2016 – October, 28, 2017

Many suns and worlds is Tomás Saraceno’s first solo exhibition in Belgium. Designed especially for the project space of the Vanhaerents Art Collection, this exhibition features a new site-specific installation by the artist, as a part of his ambitious Cloud Cities project

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May 3, 2014 – January 30, 2016

The film Marilyn conjures up Marilyn Monroe through a phantasmagoric séance in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, where she lived in the 50s. It reproduces Monroe’s presence by means of three algorithms: the camera becomes her eyes, a computer reconstructs the prosody of her voice and a robot recreates her handwriting. The Hollywood icon is carnated in an image that is in fact an automaton, something resembling a human, and yet not quite real.

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(April 30, 2011 – November 30, 2013)
The second group exhibition in the Vanhaerents Art Collection contains works of international contemporary artists. Each of them are linked in one way or the other to prominent ideas in the eponymous Rolling Stones song.
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(April 20, 2012 – November 30, 2013)
Forty years after Federico Fellini’s polemic film interpretation of Satyricon (1969) by the Roman writer Gaius Petronius Arbiter, AES+F also revisits this classical literary work in their piece The Feast of Trimalchio (2009). This video installation is based on Cena Trimalchionis, a section in ‘Satyricon’ in which the freedman Trimalchio takes centre stage and who went down in history as the epitome of opulence, luxury and unbridled pleasure. Trimalchio thus embodies Vanitas: human pleasures are finite, just like human existence itself.

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(April 23, 2010 – March 10, 2012)
Three years ago David Altmejd (°1974, Montreal) finished a series of monumental mirror sculptures. These six giants were first exhibited at the opening of the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. They were designed as classically-inspired colossi. Later on they became part of the Vanhaerents Art Collection in Brussels. In 2009, the giants traveled to Le Magasin in Grenoble and Les Abattoirs in Toulouse.
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(March 16, 2007 – June 27, 2010)
The first collection presentation Disorder in the House contained some 70 pieces from 30 different international artists, that Walter Vanhaerents himself selected. This first exhibition mainly drew on works ranging from the late 90s until the present day. It focused on young artists who have carried on with the legacy of pop art. The exhibition was set up so that the positioning of the works allowed visitors to construct multiple cross-over interpretations.
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(March 16, 2007 – March 6, 2010)
A giant star of fluorescent lights. A big traffic sign collapsed. A green lamppost leaning in shaky balance over a beam. A red candle flickering in a phone booth. The intervention of British artist Mark Handforth (1969, Hong Kong) in the first project room exhibition of the Vanhaerents Art Collection gathered four of his recent works: Stardust (2005), Silver Sign (2004), Green (2005) and Red (2005).
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