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.
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 www.middelheimmuseum.be.
The press is welcome and interviews are possible upon request.
More images are available.
Berlinde De Bruyckere, Onschuld kan een hel zijn, 1995/2020 (detail)
Photo: Mirjam Devriendt