Man in the Mirror

3 May 2014 – 30 Oct 2017

Event times

The Vanhaerents Art Collection is open to groups for a guided tour of the collection from Tuesday till Friday and every first and third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. : please do contact us for more details.

The Vanhaerents Art Collection is open to individual visitors every first Saturday of the month between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Cost of entry

Adults 10 €
Students -26 years / EYCA & ISIC card holders 5 €
Children -12 years (accompanied by their parents) free

Vanhaerents Art Collection

Brussel, Belgium


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For this presentaties, 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.


Set to run for a period of three years, the exhibition Man in the Mirror features a selection of over 40 largescale works from the Vanhaerents Art Collection. On display are paintings, sculptures and installations that incorporate mirrors or reflecting materials, as well as artworks that hold a mirror up to the audience, encouraging introspection, critical self-awareness and reflective thought.

With a nod to the eponymous comedy film from 1936 and Michael Jackson’s famous song, this thematic exhibition extends over three floors. Combining recently created artworks with seminal, historical exponents of arte povera, Conceptualism and Neo-Geo, it covers a wide array of topics such as time and space, matter and mind, and individual and collective identity. Concurrently, it raises intricate questions about art, society and the human body.


Walter Vanhaerents

Emma Dexter


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