Don’t touch me! Vanmoerkerke Collection presents special exhibition curated by Jan Hoet


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It starts with a visitor’s book that appears to be stolen from an Italian museum. It ends with two large brushes that seem to be taken from a car wash. Maria Eichhorn and Lara Favaretto. In between you’ll come across works by Ed Ruscha, Gerhard Richter, Donald Judd and Carsten Höller. Quite unbelievable that all of this belongs to the collection of just one person: Belgian businessman and art collector Mark Vanmoerkerke. Luckily enough for us art lovers the man doesn’t keep his collection just to himself. Just as those two other private collections, Vanhaerents (Brussels) and Verbeke (Kemzeke), the Vanmoerkerke Collection is open to the general public (but on appointment only). Now is a good moment to make that trip to Ostend as none other than Jan Hoet presents his personal favorites from the collection in a special exhibition: Noli me tangere (through September). 

Don’t touch me. That’s the title Jan Hoet, who curated Documenta IX in ’92, has chosen for this exhibition. ‘You don’t have to touch a work of art to believe that it is a work of art’, the ex-director for S.M.A.K. (Ghent) and MARTa (Herford) says. ‘A work of art is something that has to be looked at, which immediately implies distance.’ In his exhibition he aimed for some sort of tension by combining the poetic with the neo conceptual. In two hangars you’ll find smaller works such as Koenraad Dedobbeleer’s fence (Done with the scene) or monumental works such as Carsten Höllers blinding Light wall.

Noli me tangere contains forty works of art chosen by Hoet from Vanmoerkerke’s collection, which comprises already more than 1.000 works of art from Europe and America. It’s not the first time Vanmoerkerke asks a well-known curator to take a look at his private collection. In the past people such as Peter Doroshenko, Anne Pontegnie, David Claerbout, Anselm Franke and Robert Nickas have already curated exhibitions at the Vanmoerkerke Collection.

The exhibition can be visited, but you’ll have to make an appointment before you go. The entrance fee is 10 €. All info here.


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