Dennis Tyfus. My Niece's Pierced Knees

Dennis Tyfus. My Niece's Pierced Knees

Middelheim Museum welcomes Dennis Tyfus for his first solo museum show

My Niece’s Pierced Knees is the first solo museum show of Antwerp artist Dennis Tyfus (˚1979). After participating in the group exhibition Experience Traps by adding a new sculpture, De Nor, to the Middelheim Museum, Tyfus now leaves a trail right across the museum’s sculpture park. Although this exhibition is not a retrospective and mainly shows new work, the whole constellation could be read as the roundup of a wondrous and self-willed artistic practice, as the summary of twenty years of “doing something,” as the artist himself sometimes describes it.

We primarily know Dennis Tyfus as an artist of great independence and self-organization, firmly embedded in and connected to the local Antwerp music and art scene, but with a substantial international network. His work is based on an unbridled drawing practice and a preference for language and words, but the way it appears is always different. The work is constantly moving. The sculptural aspect of Tyfus’s work is to be found in the way in which he carefully and consciously deals with the space it occupies. Tyfus’s work is everywhere, and often in the public sphere. He produces flyers and posters, drawings, paintings and performances, as well as installations, sculptures, videos, vinyl records, concerts, T-shirts, magazines, books, and tattoos. Through his label Ultra Eczema, which by now has produced about 250 releases, Tyfus integrates influences and interests and keeps count of his tangled artistic practice.

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Dennis Tyfus. My Niece's Pierced Knees
27.10.2018 - 17.03.2019

Festive opening on Saturday 27 October
1 PM: book launch and conversation between Dennis Tyfus and Nico Dockx
2.30 PM: official opening of the exhibition
4 – 6 PM: guided tour in the exhibition by museum guides
7 PM: performance by Richard Youngs (UK)
8.30 PM: performance by Sven-Åke Johansson (SE)
9.30 PM: Party with DJ Daniël de Wereldvermaarde Botanicus & DJ Nico Vegas

Middelheim Museum

Middelheimlaan 61
2020 Antwerp
+32 (0)3 288 33 60


Opening hours
October til March 10 AM - 5 PM
Closed on Mondays, 01.11, 25.12 and 01.01

On offer in conjunction with the exhibition
- Introductory film
- Visitor Guide

Visitor Guide.pdf 1 MB

For sale in the museumshop

Book "I know this sounds quite ridiculous but I just follow the line". Nico Dockx talks with Dennis Tyfus 12.07.2017 - 12.07.2018

Guided tours for groups
Reservations through Visit Antwerpen, +32 (0)3 232 01 03 -

Rafaelle Lelievre Press & communications, Middelheim Museum
About Middelheim Museum

The Middelheim Museum is a unique institution where the amazing interplay between art and nature results in exceptional experiences. The open-air museum showcases modern and contemporary art amidst a green park setting. Works by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Rik Wouters, Juan Muňoz, Panamarenko, Chris Burden, Dan Graham, Ai Weiwei and Roman Signer provide a unique overview of more than a century of visual arts.

Every year the Museum sends out an invitation to renowned and promising artists. Freed from the typical “white cube” of a museum hall, the artists interact with the endless opportunities offered by the park and the existing collection. This inspires them to create new work, custom-made for the Middelheim Museum. In the past, the Museum has already collaborated with Berlinde De Bruyckere, Wim Delvoye, Yoshitomo Nara, Paul McCarthy, Chris Burden, John Körmeling, Erwin Wurm, Richard Deacon etc.

With an annual average of 300,000 visitors and free entry, the Middelheim Museum is a gateway to modern and contemporary art for young and old, from nature lovers to art experts. Culture and recreation come together in perfect harmony.