The 5 Most Impressive Belgian Art Foundations
Belgium is a hotspot for contemporary art. Belgians are known for being curious and daring art collectors, and over the last few years private art foundations have been popping up all over the country—a trend we can only applaud. Why hide your art? Show it to the world! The I Love Belgium team traveled around the country to tally up the most impressive of these collections. Yes, some of them may be in the middle of nowhere, but they’re so worth the drive (and anyway, Belgium's a small country!).
The collection began in 1973 with the acquisition of Carl Andre’s 64 Lead Square (1969). But its roots date back to the renown collection of Flemish expressionist works amassed by Tony Herbert, the father of current curator Anton Herbert. After careful renovations of the industrial exhibition space, the foundation began admitting the public for two days a week in July, 2013. Through October 26, 2013, a selection of 50 works and 250 archival records from the collection will be on display in the first exhibition, As if it Could.
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Fondation A Stichting opened its doors in 2012 in south Brussels, on the site of the former Bata shoe factories. Created on the initiative of Astrid Ullens de Schooten, its mission is to support the creation, knowledge, and preservation of the photographic image. It organizes three temporary exhibitions each year, accompanied by educational workshops, and works toward forming creative partnerships with other Belgian and international cultural institutions.