New art acquisitions Flemish Community
preserved in the FOMU collection
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.
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.
On How Vincen Beeckman Became Part of My Life
"Talking about who Vincen is, and especially what his work is, without talking about the connections created by his work is pointless". Curator Rein Deslé writes about Vincen Beeckman.
A Map Through Time: Grace Ndiritu Reimagines the FOMU Collection
A Quest For Meaning is an encyclopaedic endeavour – the story of the universe since the Big Bang told in photographs. (Hettie Judah)
Susan meiselas: video and interview
On the occasion of the exhibition Mediations, Susan Meiselas talks to Jeu de Paume about her life and work.
Interview James Barnor: "I'm pleased to be alive at 94 years and still be talking about my pictures"
In response to the overview exhibition at FOMU, we engaged in a conversation with James Barnor. His versatile talent and influential images make him a pioneer in the history of photography.
Meggy Rustamova, Nick Geboers and Maryan Sayd awarded FOMU Grants
The FOMU Grant creates a fertile ground for photographers based in Flanders to further their artistic careers. It consists of a commission for new work, a presentation in the museum, and the purchase of the work for the collection.
Video Grace Ndiritu Reimagines the FOMU Collection
Ndiritu’s art practice explores our rapidly changing world. She sees shamanism as a means to reactivate ‘the dying art museum’: "I believe that museums are important platforms."