Focus Presentation #2: Berlinde De Bruyckere

Focus Presentation #2: Berlinde De Bruyckere

26.09.2020 – 21.02.2021

Focus Presentation #2: Berlinde De Bruyckere takes Onschuld kan een hel zijn (1995) as its starting point: a unique portfolio of archive material that Berlinde de Bruyckere (Ghent, 1964) put together in preparation for her exhibition of that title at the Middelheim Museum in 1995. The presentation in the collection pavilion offers an insight into the thinking process of the artist. Two monumental works were (re)installed in the Braem Pavilion and in the art park.

The archive portfolio Onschuld kan een hel zijn (Innocence can be a hell) led to the cooperation with the artist on creating a presentation that offers visitors an insight into her work processes and the connections between individual works. De Bruyckere shows us a selection of the carefully chosen images she surrounds herself with in her studio, which make up her artistic frame of reference and document her work process. In a new film she invites us into her mental world and explores in greater depth the genesis and context of the two monumental artworks that are being installed once again for this presentation at the Middelheim Museum. These works also bear the title Onschuld kan een hel zijn.

The Middelheim Museum Collection Pavilion houses 50 objects and artworks from the collection. In a sequence of ‘focus presentations’ we zoom in on one of these pieces. The museum ‘activates’ the item from the collection by examining it from various angles and providing it with additional context. Each presentation is unique, takes an individual approach and sheds light on an aspect of an artist’s practice. The Berlinde De Bruyckere focus presentation is the second in row, since the opening of the collection pavilion in 2019.

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Focus Presentation #2: Berlinde De Bruyckere
​26.09.2020 - 21.02.2021
​At the collection pavilion, the Braem Pavilion and in the art park
​Because of the security measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you must reserve a free ticket online to visit the pavilions at



​The press is welcome and interviews are possible upon request.
​More images are available.

Rafaelle Lelievre Communications Middelheim Museum & Kunst in de Stad

​Berlinde De Bruyckere, Onschuld kan een hel zijn, 1995/2020 (detail)
​Photo: Mirjam Devriendt

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, Isa Genzken, Chris Burden, Ana Mendieta, Jean Katambayi, Barbara Hepworth, Bruce Nauman, Germaine Richier, Pascale Marthine Tayou 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, Kapwani Kiwanga, Camille Henrot, Ulla von Brandenburg, Jeremy Deller, Sammy Baloji, Michel Francois, etc.

With an annual average of 400,000 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.

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