Experience traps

<p>With 'Experience traps', the Middelheim Museum highlights the contemporary legacy of the Baroque style, focusing on the tension between what is natural and what is artificial. The exhibition&nbsp;unfolds during the summer like a provocative exploration through the park and city.</p>

Rubens as screenwriter      

For 'Experience traps', Rubens drew on his creativity as a screenwriter. In search of large-scale projects and interventions, he brought them in a Baroque language and design by means of illusions and perspective views and also using his imagination.

New works by international contemporary artists

International contemporary artists are invited to create new works specifically for the museum and the public space in the city. Straddling architecture, sculpture and installation, they focus on various style elements typical of the Baroque style. The grotto, the maze, the tableau vivant, the folly, the fountain, the trompe l'oeil ...: all of these techniques allow us to look at the current value of commissioned artwork with a playful and critical eye, which - in the true Baroque tradition - tries to trick, surprise, impress and seduce the public.

Exploring park and city

The starting shot is given by the arrival of the Baroque Parade, and the exhibition unfolds during the summer as a provocative exploration through the park and the city.

The Middelheim Museum is an open space for art: the open-air museum is dedicated to sculpture in its most flexible form and makes room for art in the city’s daily life.

Practical info

Middelheim Museum and various locations in the city, 3 June until 30 September 2018

Free admission

Guided tours: EUR 75 for two hours + EUR 5 booking fee (max. 15 people per guide). Book at least three weeks in advance via Visit Antwerpen (e-mail).

There are also interactive tours for children and young people, possibly in combination with a creative workshop: EUR 85 for two hours + EUR 5 booking fee (up to 15 people or 12 children per guide).

If you are looking for more information or want to book right away, please contact us. 

 

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Middelheimlaan 61
Antwerpen


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