• detail : felix roulin, kolom, 1975
  • caroline coolen, flag, 2010
  • ERWIN WURM, Misconceivable, 2010, Polyester, wood, steel, 1000 cm x 710 cm x 226 cm, 1 200 kg © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • Kubach-Wilmsen-Team, Stenen boek, 1980
  • henk visch, Morgen is alles anders, 1993-1996, polyester © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • FRANÇOIS POMPON, ours polaire, 1920, Vilhonneur stone, 32 cm x 64 cm x 245 cm
  • friederich werthmann, de gevleugelde, 1964
  • fritz wotruba, Female rock, 1947-48
  • augustin cardenas, L, 1968 © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • felix roulin, kolom, 1975
  • JESÚS RAFAEL SOTO, Double Progression Vert et Blanc, 1969, iron, paint, 249 cm X 589 cm X 504 cm © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • jorge dubon,bos van metaal, 1970
  • hilde van sumere, beweging II, 1974-1976
  • alexander calder, the dog, 1958 © Calder Foundation New-York / ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • erwin wurm, disziplin der subjektivitat, 2006-2011 © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • pietro cascella, geboorte, 1973
  • ai weiwei, the bridge without a name, 2012, tropical wood, 200 cm x 160 cm x 875 cm
  • Middelheim Museum Café
  • thomas schütte, model for sculpture zoo, 2006
  • ANTONY GORMLEY, Firmament III, 2009, steel, 381 cm x 1094 cm x p. 697 cm
  • COREY MCCORKLE, Yayoi, 2005, fiberglass, polyester, laquer, diameter 200 cm
  • giacomo manzù, de danspas, 1950
  • alberto viani, vrouwentorso, 1954
  • pablo serrano,interpretatie van de piëta, 1971-72 © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • pablo serrano,interpretatie van de piëta, 1971-72 © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • aristide maillol, the river, 1939-43, bronze, 132 cm x 230 cm x 164 cm
  • ROMAN SIGNER, bidon bleu, 2012, concrete, steel, 2000 cm x 600 cm x 3700 cm
  • CHARLES VANDENHOVE, Pavillon de colonnes, 1982, Soignies stone, 321 cm x 800 cm x 800 cm (pavillon) et 360 cm x 236 cm x 58 cm (portique) © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • CHARLES VANDENHOVE, Pavillon de colonnes, 1982, Soignies stone, 321 cm x 800 cm x 800 cm (pavillon) et 360 cm x 236 cm x 58 cm (portique) © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • TIMM ULRICHS, Modelhäuser Typ Bomarzo, 2001, concrete, paint, 350 cm x 300 cm x 450 cm (1 maison x 2) © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • pierre heyvaert,equa-tria n°23, 1971
  • phillip king, bali, 1977 © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • PER KIRKEBY, Sans titre, Anvers Middelheim, 1993, bricks, 500 cm x 1 500 cm x 900 cm
  • marino marini, miracolo, 1951, bronze, 165 cm x 92 cm x 60 cm © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • kati heck, dabei sein ist alles, 2006
  • franz west,Sphairos, 1998, Aluminium, laquer, 150 cm x 150 cm x 150 cm
  • tony cragg, Enveloppe, 1996, bronze, 238 cm x 150 cm © ADAGP, Paris 2016
  • franz west, ein hod, 2008
  • germaine richier,de matis, 1946 © ADAGP, Paris 2016
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An Outdoor Museum Filled with Amazing Surprises : Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium

Destinations - 21/11/2016 - Article : Dominique Haim - Photos : Dominique Haim

In the context of Sculpture Network’s 14th International Forum, I have been lucky enough to visit last month the Middleheim Museum of Antwerp, in Belgium. Although I knew this park had a rich collection of sculptures, I was far from imagining the scale of its size and its diversity.

Located less than 15 minutes by cab from downtown Antwerp, this English style park covers over 70 acres of large prairies, woods and meticulously landscaped spaces holding rare plant specimens. At the heart of this estate, a slightly old-fashioned but beautiful house offers a store and a café. But no exhibition space here, the museum is outside.

And indeed, amongst a collection of over 400 sculptures, approximately 200 are displayed outside. They are numerous. Very numerous! Maybe too numerous, because in some places, it becomes difficult to know where to look: they are calling us, all trying to catch our attention. But their proximity and their number make it impossible not to make a choice. Even in a fast paced three-hour visit, it is impossible to see them all.

The story starts in 1950. To permanently turn the page on World War II, Antwerp mayor Lode Craeybeckx organizes an outdoor sculpture exhibition. It was such a success that, following the suggestion of Franco-Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine, he decided to create a space for a permanent exhibition, the Middleheim Museum. From 1950 to 1989, twenty sculpture biennials were held there with, for each edition, a guest country and a selection of mostly figurative works. In 1993, when Antwerp was named “cultural town of Europe”, the museum takes a new direction toward contemporary art by purchasing ten pieces by internationally renowned artists.

The collection is huge and gathers works by XXth century’s most famous sculptors. Rodin, Bourdelle, Maillol, Calder, Gilioli, Marino Marini, Etienne-Martin, Henry Laurens, George Rickey, Agustín Cardenas, Jesus Soto, Barbara Hepworth and so many others. A large part of the collection is dedicated to artists from Belgium and northern European countries. And, without a specific logic, come included contemporary artists: Chris Burden, Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley, Franz West, Tony Cragg, Erwin Wurm, to name just a few.

Open Tuesday to Sunday, this open air museum is free, rich in surprises and certainly worth the visit.

Middelheim Museum
Middelheimlaan 61
2000 Antwerp
Belgium
tel. +32 3 298 27 70
middelheimmuseum.be

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