New look for Middelheim open-air gallery


The Middelheim Museum in Antwerp has a new look after 18 months of renovation. The open-air sculpture gallery has been refurbished, the park’s greenery refreshed and the artworks rearranged by theme.

More than 200 works of art have been given a new place in the park, arranged in four zones based on a central theme: motion, human nature, urban nature and entanglement. The curators have also tried to create more harmony with the park environment.

The pavilion now displays fragile artworks that were previously stored in the depots, and houses the new museum library with its large collection, which is accessible to everyone. Visitors can also see how works are restored or maintained. 

Created with the nearby ZNA Middelheim hospital and the University of Antwerp, the Zone Oost section of the museum aims to contribute to the physical and mental well-being of patients, care staff and others. Finally, there will be a new zone for temporary exhibitions.

New acquisitions are on display, including works by Valérie Mannaerts, Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Folkert de Jong and Camille Henrot. Other works have been restored and made accessible again after a long absence.

“The new arrangement of artworks in the park invites us to ask different questions of familiar sculptures and landscapes,” says museum director Sara Weyns. “With all the adjustments we’ve made, we hope that everyone will get even more out of their visit.”


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