The Verbeke Foundation is pleased to present Objet Oblige, a new exhibition bringing together works by over twenty artists. In the heart of the exhibition lies a retrospectieve of Daniel Spoerri as well as a wide selection of Albert Szukalski’s surrealistic works from 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition also features sculptures and drawings by Jan Goossen, recent sculptures, assemblages and works on paper by Jean-Pierre Temmerman as well as wood assemblages by Hanshan Roebers.
Bio-art section of the museum has been redesigned to provide more space for Martin uit den Bogaard’s works including Archieflab, which the artist has been creating since 1989 as well as Cow (1990) and three examples of Blood Research (1992-1993). On view, there are also projects by Mandy den Elzen and Ruangsak Anuwatwimon. While Mandy den Elzen transforms animals’ stomach compartments from their raw form into highly aesthetic displayable objects, Ruangsak Anuwatwimon creates heart-shaped artworks made from ashes of a wide range of various plants and animals.
At the collage museum, the spotlight is turned on works by Daniel Spoerri, François-Xavier Delmaire, Philippe Lemaire as well as other artists from the collection such as Philippe Vandenberg, E. L. T. Mesens, Willy Anthoons, Kevin van Braak, Roger van de Wouwer, Desmond Morris, Marcel Delmotte, Erns van Leyden, among many others.
The sculpture park surrounding the museum comprises new and historical works by international artists. Recent acquisitions include Andrea Branzi’s Grande Vaso, which has been previously displayed at Museum Design Gent for over 25 years. The Verbeke Foundation also commissioned new sculptures by herman de vries and Alan Sonfists.
The permanent exhibition of the museum also features extended version of Re-sidu-ality, an installation in-progress which Barney de Krijger has been creating since 2012, Ad van Buuren’s kinetic installations based solely on analog technology as well as Jan Fabre’s Ik spuw op mijn graf (hommage aan Boris Vian) commissioned by Geert Verbeke in 2005, among many others installations, sculptures in situ and works created during artists’ residencies at the Verbeke Foundation over the last eight years.