Introducing Verbeke Foundation
The mind-bending Verbeke Foundation pushes the boundaries of contemporary art with a warehouse-sized exhibition gallery and an overgrown farmyard dotted with ‘sculptures’, railway-sleeper constructions, container stacks and a decomposed horse corpse. In a few installation pieces you, as a ‘hotel’ guest, become part of the art. On an island in a fishpond, one ‘room’ CasAnus is a massively over-sized reconstruction of the human rectum by Dutch sculptor Joep Van Lieshout. Graciously, the simple small-bedded interior is clean and white with a curtained-off toilet and shower. There’s no bathroom anywhere near Kevin Van Braak’s Campingflat II, four tents vertically stacked on a metal scaffold, each with little seating areas. DMVA's UFO-style egg-pod is also slated to become 'accommodation'.
To find the foundation take the A11 Antwerp–Bruges highway to junction 11, then from the northern exit roundabout follow ‘Hellestraat/Koewacht’ signs 600m further west.