21 February – 5 January 2010
Vleeshal Zusterstraat (Map)
From the collections of Vleeshal en M HKA
Curator: Lorenzo Benedetti
In De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, a selection of artworks from the collections of De Vleeshal and M HKA (Antwerpen) will be presented.
From the collection of De Vleeshal
Maartje Korstanje, Untitled, 2006.
Nina Beier & Marie Lund, (The Archives) World Peace, 2008.
Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Aux dimensions de: Quelque chose, 1996.
From the collection of M HKA.
Martin Kippenberger, Neighbourhood’s Nap (Tauber haben noch keinen Krieg verhindert), 1990.
Wilhelm Sasnal, My Father’s Room, 2002.
Vahram Aghasyan, Ruins of our time, 2007.
Jimmie Durham, Untitled (Armadillo), 1991.
Vleeshal is a unique center for contemporary art, not only because of its atypical exhibition space and exciting programming, but also because it has a collection. In the 1990s, under the impetus of then director Lex ter Braak, an ambitious collection of contemporary visual art was begun. This collection was intended for a newly envisioned museum in Middelburg, designed by Aldo and Hannie van Eyck. In 1995 it became clear that, unfortunately, there was insufficient political support for this museum. The impetus of collection building had therefore lost its possible context and visibility and encumbered Vleeshal. The collection had become a storage cost and management issue.
In 2005, the collection was given on a long-term loan to M HKA in Antwerp. M HKA was chosen because of the close historical ties between Middelburg and Antwerp, the museum's collection profile, and the fact that M HKA's director, Bart De Baere, was a member of the committee that purchased artworks for the yet-to-be-built museum in Middelburg in the 1990s.
The collection consists of two parts. One part includes national and local art from the BKR arrangement (the Dutch abbreviation BKR stands for Beeldende Kunstenaars Regeling, an arrangement, which from 1949 to 1987 provided artists with a temporary income in exchange for works of art or other artistic quid pro quo). The other part consists of artworks by international contemporary artists (including Jimmie Durham, Nedko Solakov, Suchan Kinoshita, Cameron Jamie, Pipilotti Rist, and Job Koelewijn).
There has been no active acquisition policy for years. The collection is expanded here and there with sporadic purchases and donations from artists who are part of the Vleeshal program.