Giant Intestine Sculpture that you can sleep in
This is one of those indescribable properties that leaves people stunned when you say that you slept in a giant model of a human intestine. From the initial Why? to the usual How and Where, and of course eventually, What was it like??
It's an Art Sculpture - created by Joep Van Lieshout and there's a normal double bed inside. There is an electric point, heater, as well as a shower and toilet at the other end of the room, with hot water.
When UHOTW visited the curtains weren't fitted, but even so, we slept ok. Breakfast was taken in the nearby main building.
“Our exhibition space does not aim to be an oasis. Our presentation is unfinished, in motion, unpolished, contradictory, untidy, complex, inharmonious, living and unmonumental, like the world outside of the museum walls. You will find no flamboyant sensational buildings here, but rather, a refreshing, unpretentious place to look at art and a subtle criticism of the art world”. Geert Verbeke
The Verbeke Foundation, founded by art collectors Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens, is a private art site which first opened doors to the general public on June 1st of 2007. As a ‘refuge of arts’ the domain offers chances to young / less renowned artists and holds an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. Culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand in the Verbeke Foundation.
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.
Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens started collecting art in the early 1990’s. Their interest was initially drawn by abstract painting. Later the focus of the collection shifted to collages and assemblages of mainly Belgian artists. In recent years the collection was further expanded to current art and bio art – art with living organisms.
Collages & Assemblages
An exceptional array of roughly two thousand, particularly twentieth century, collages and assemblages lies at the heart of the private collection. Parts of this collection are on permanent display in a separate exhibition area.
Bio and Eco Art
The Verbeke Foundation wishes to be a place where culture, nature and ecology melt into one another. The works of bio-artists and artists working with living materials (plants, animals, smells) link up with this meltingpot seamlessly.
Since the opening of the Verbeke Foundation in 2007, the collection has been expanded with contemporary works and installations which were predominantly constructed in situ and integrated inside and outside the exhibition halls.
Thursday through Sunday
11.00 - 18.00
In search of an extraordinary original location? The Verbeke Foundation will suit you down to the ground!
A unique solution for business events, staff parties, product presentations and fairs is at any time possible in their 20,000 m² large covered space, which is an exclusive combination of art and nature. A combined visit to the art collection is always possible.
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