Behind the scenes
of the FOMU collection
In this video we take you on an journey behind the scenes of the FOMU collection. How was the collection created? What is involved in preserving the collection? And how does FOMU want to collect in the future?
Colleagues Ann Deckers, Tamara Berghmans and Ingrid Leonard tell you what and how FOMU collects. You will get an insight into the depots, framing studio and restoration workshop. Be surprised by the unique pieces in the collection and take a look in the studios of photographers like Dirk Braeckman, Vincent Delbrouck and Anne De Gelas.
FOMU is home to a diverse, international collection of over three million objects, both historical and current. The collection is divided into four sub-collections: image, equipment, funds and book. Every year brings with it new acquisitions and donations.
The exhibition re-collect (until 07.11.2021) shows recent acquisitions in the sub-collection image. re-collect takes you on an associative walk through a decade of acquisitions. The non-chronological approach encourages new connections to be made between the works. Three focal points tie them together: Belgian photography, international socially relevant photography, and a clear cohesion with our exhibitions. re-collect offers a simultaneous glimpse of the collection’s past, present and future.
On Inge Meijer’s A Garden Revisioned
During a residency Dutch artist Inge Meijer came across a massive archive of pre-wedding photography at a bankrupt wedding hall in Gwangju, South Korea. Meijer started working on the archive, which resulted in her ongoing installation project
De keuze van Saskia De Coster
Write Saskia De Coster delves into the image collection of FOMU. It is a work by the Belgian photographer Nick Hannes that stands out to her the most.
Vincen Beeckman about Le Fusée de la Motographie
The project 'Le Fusée de la Motographie' consists of more than 100 boxes. In each box you can find one or more photographs.
Artist video: Vincent Delbrouck
Vincent Delbrouck creates memorable impressions of the places he explores by integrating personal and fictional perspectives into single works.
Martine Franck mini-documentaire
The Belgian Magnum photographer Martine Franck has made portraits and reports for major American magazines such as Life, The New York Times and Vogue. Find out more about here life and work in this mini documentary.
Re-Imagining Archival Evidence
In your imagination, what do you expect to see in a collection of photography from different scientific archives?
Radical Futurism: Documentary's Chronopolitics
With her compelling contribution to Indigenous futurism, Thirza Jean Cuthand’s Reclamation, 2018, documents what’s to come.
Virtual tour Stephan Vanfleteren
Watch the compilation of Present at home, the online tour through the expo 'Stephan Vanfleteren - Present' at FOMU. From episode 1, his early work, to episode 6, the still lifes that Vanfleteren makes in his daylight studio.
The Kaiserpanorama - a remarkable item of the FOMU collection
The Kaiserpanorama is one of the most remarkable items of the FOMU collection. It is a "modern machine", intended to bring photography to a wide audience. 25 people can simultaneously sit around the Kaiserpanorama and view three-dimensional images.