This weekend I was in Antwerp with my family and besides some shopping, we spent an afternoon at the Middelheim Museum park. Even though it was wet and cloudy, it was lovely to stroll around the Museum park. This curvy red, white, pink building is one of the entrances of the park. At first I thought it was a vintage gas station, just like the Brabant Service Station. But when I looked up close, the name of the building, the Artist's Entrance, made sense.
Dutch artist John Körmeling built the Artist's Entrance in poured concrete and glass between 2004 and 2012 as one of the 9 entrances of the park. The neon letters emphasize some artists' names that are featured in the Middelheim Museum park. The concrete roof is white, but the bright red floor reflects on the ceiling which gives it this wonderful gradient glow.
I love how the building is so tongue in the cheek: it's a nice sheltered entrance, the perfect place for an exhibition opening for example (you could show some smaller art pieces in the glass "room"!), it has beautiful curves and a bold color, it includes nice letters and neons and the proportions are really good. It's on the border between architecture and art, a place that I can truly appreciate.
A little bit of Vegas on top of the roof:
A perfect pink gradient:
Names of artists with sculptures in the Middelheim Museum park are featured on the roof:
Middelheim Museum /// Middelheimlaan 62 /// 2020 Antwerpen /// +32 3 288 33 60
open tuesday to sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 (longer in the summer) admission free
11 thoughts on “Artist’s Entrance Middelheim in Antwerp”
This park has been on my go-to list for so long! And this is gorgeous, wow (I love pink). Owww now I really want to go… Thanks for the reminder. I hope you had a fabulous time, in spite of the weather. Next time it will be sunny and dry! Fingers crossed ;)
Oh you should definitely try to go here, Yvonne! But preferably when it's dry & sunny (and when you can sit outside on the museum's terrace!). I think you'll like it, it's so diverse, with a lot of different kind of sculptures and installations and buildings. Have you ever been to the Verbeke Foundation? Not far from Antwerp either. Also worth a visit ;)
No, I didn't know about the Verbeke Foundation! Thanks for the tip :)
looks fantastic. I definitely put it on my to-go list too.
You'll love it, Petra! It's so diverse, with a lot of different kind of sculptures and installations and buildings. When you go, also stop by the Verbeke Foundation, it's completely different but absolutely worth a visit too. Great opportunities for photography too ;)
Gravity doesn´t exist. So light and airy the shape. I love the soft curve and the strong colour. A perfect entrance. Iris
You said it all, Iris! That's exactly what it looks like, the perfect entrance. Have you ever been here? Or in Antwerp? Such a lovely city :)
Ohh I love this entryway – looks fab. Love the red and the wet :) Have a fab Monday Judith xx
Thanks Anya! xx