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New art acquisitions Flemish Community
preserved in the FOMU collection

Longread February 2022

Last year, the Flemish government allotted an exceptionally large budget of 3.98 million euros for new art acquisitions for the Flemish Community Collection. It was used to purchase 281 artworks from 180 artists. The selection was the responsibility of a committee of independent curators and experts from all six Flemish contemporary art museums, namely FOMU, M HKA, S.M.A.K., Mu.ZEE, M Leuven and Middelheim Museum.

Vincen Beeckman lores

Vincen Beeckman, Claude et Lilly, 2015-2018 © Vincen Beeckman / Flemish Community Collection

Slow it down lores

Mous Lamrabat, Slow it down, 2017 © Mous Lamrabat / Flemish Community Collection

Octopus lores

Massao Mascaro, Octopus, From the series ‘Sub Sole’, 2017 © Massao Mascaro / Flemish Community Collection

1954 S4 A4631 lores

Mashid Mohadjerin, 1954, From the series ‘Freedom is Not Free’, 2017-2019 © Mashid Mohadjerin / Flemish Community Collection

12 times falling lores

Tom Callemin, Twelve times falling, 2019 © Tom Callemin / Flemish Community Collection

CLOUDS PRISM lo res

Geert Goiris, Prism Clouds, 2014 © Geert Goiris / Flemish Community Collection

Van Menxel 1

Sine Van Menxel, Parasol #1, 2016 © Sine Van Menxel / Flemish Community Collection

Van Menxel 2

Sine Van Menxel, Parasol #2, 2016 © Sine Van Menxel / Flemish Community Collection

SITESP1

Katja Mater, Site Specific Tiled 01/10/17 Herford, 2017-2021 © Katja Mater / Flemish Community Collection

Vincent Meesen

Vincent Meessen, Vita Nova, 2009 © Vincent Meessen / Flemish Community Collection

Bieke depoorter

Bieke Depoorter, Dummy with handwritten images for the photobook ‘As It May Be’, 2017 © Bieke Depoorter / Flemish Communicty Collection

Charif

Charif Benhelima, Semites, 2003-2005 © Charif Benhelima / Flemish Community Collection

Beat struli

Beat Streuli, Quai de l’industrie, 2014 © Beat Streuli / Flemish Community Collection

Cottin stefanelli

Laure Cottin Stefanelli, Double You Double You, 2019 © Laure Cottin Stefanelli / Flemish Community Collection

Tine Guns

Tine Guns, Storm Before The Silence, 2019 © Tine Guns / Flemish Community Collection

Kristof Vrancken

Kristof Vrancken, Transit, Zwartberg, 2017 © Kristof Vrancken / Flemish Community Collection

Dries Segers

Dries Segers, Fungi, 2019 © Dries Segers / Flemish Community Collection

Veronika Pot

Veronika Pot, Mirage, 2021 © Veronika Pot / Flemish Community Collection

Sanne De Wilde

Sanne De Wilde, The Island of the Colorblind, 2016 © Sanne De Wilde / Flemish Community Collection

Camille Picquot Eyeball

Camille Picquot, Eye Ball, From the series ‘Salut soleil (qui sais mourir)’, 2021 © Camille Picquot / Flemish Community Collection

Leonard Pongo

Léonard Pongo, Diptich Double, From the series ‘Primordial Earth, 2019 © Léonard Pongo / Flemish Community Collection

Sybren

Sybren Vanoverberghe, Black Circle, From the series ‘Sandcastles and Rubbish’, 2020 © Sybren Vanoverberghe, Flemish Community Collection

Grace Ndiritu

Grace Ndiritu, A Quest For Meaning: Painting as a Medium of Photography, 2014 © Grace Ndiritu / Flemish Community Collection

Aglaia Conrad

Aglaia Konrad, Concrete City, 2012 © Aglaia Konrad / Flemish Community Collection

Sammy Baloji

Sammy Baloji, The Album, 2014 © Sammy Baloji / Flemish Community Collection

M Ax Pinckers Heene lores

Max Pinckers, Installation Richard Heene, From the series ‘Margins of Excess’, 2018 © Max Pinckers / Flemish Community Collection

The works are now part of the Flemish Community Collection and preserved by the aforementioned six museums.

The intention is to maintain a prospect of a future for artists impacted by the Corona crisis. With this initiative, the Flemish government provides a major boost to the visual arts sector, which directly benefits both the artists and the galleries that represent them. As a point of comparison, the total budget for acquisitions in 2020 was 150,000 euros.

Works by the following artists are housed in FOMU’s collection: Sammy Baloji, Vincen Beeckman, Charif Benhelima, Tom Callemin, Bieke Depoorter, Sanne De Wilde, Geert Goiris, Tine Guns, Aglaia Konrad, Mous Lamrabat, Massao Mascaro, Katja Mater, Vincent Meessen, Mashid Mohadjerin, Grace Ndiritu, Camille Picquot, Max Pinckers, Léonard Pongo, Veronika Pot, Dries Segers, Laure Cottin Stefanelli, Beat Streuli, Sine Van Menxel, Sybren Vanoverberghe and Kristof Vrancken.