‘The VanhaerentsArtCollection is a unique and comprehensive collection of contemporary art, assembled by Walter Vanhaerents and his children Els and Joost. It enjoys the individual approach to collecting of its founders, as well as their shared passion for new and provocative art.’
The origins of the VanhaerentsArtCollection date back to the 1970s, when a young Walter Vanhaerents began amassing his first works of art. Gathering pieces that were considered extremely fierce and radical at the time, he laid the groundwork for a collection that nowadays ranges among the most prestigious worldwide.
The collection profoundly reflects the diversity and vitality of current art practices. Both established and emerging artists are represented in its holdings, with works in various media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video.
The work of Andy Warhol is the starting point of the collection. Being one of the most important artists of the second half of the twentieth century, he has had a strong influence on many artists of the following generations. Warhol’s undeniable influence is thus present throughout the whole collection: e.g. in the works of Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer or Allan McCollum. The array of works of Pop art comprises not only its Western incarnation,but also its Japanese counterpart inspired by manga culture, with pieces from Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami and Chiho Aoshima.