A fountain, a rabbit hole, a mushroom and a writer’s island: welcome to ‘My little paradise (Mijn kleine paradijs)’ (Middelheim, Antwerp)
We might all still be waiting for that first glimpse of summer in Belgium, the art world is slowly getting into a summer mood. The museum summer exhibitions will open shortly and the outdoor exhibitions are getting readied. A nice one opened its doors yesterday, at that wonderful Middelheim sculpture park (Antwerp). It has become even more worth the trip with an exhibition called Mijn kleine paradijs/My little paradise (through September 15), in the Hortiflora, a garden which was added to the park last year. Put together by Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck and Middelheim curator Sara Weyns it was inspired by the Hortus Conclusus: a secluded garden for contemplation. It became a rather diverse exhibition with works by 7 artists, comprising a fountain (Leon Vranken), a video installation (John Cale‘s Diddiau Du/Dark Days; take your time for this one, as it takes 47 minutes and viewers are asked not to leave the room until it is over) and a sound installation in the woods (Forest (for a thousand years), by Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, already on view last year at Documenta XIII, Kassel).