Discover our residencies

©Studio MOTO & Hans Op de Beeck - The Wunderkammer Residence / ©  Juliaan Lampens - Woning Van Wassenhove

Radical architecture, radical ideas

The residences of the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens are an important reflective and creative 'meander' of the museum. Contact with artists and researchers is paramount in order to activate the Lys region as a historically important place of inspiration for artists.

At the same time, they are also exceptional examples of Belgian architecture in their own right: The House Van Wassenhove, designed by Juliaan Lampens, is a surprisingly warm brutalist single-person home built between 1972 and 1974 and The Wunderkammer Residence, an artwork by Hans Op de Beeck in collaboration with studio MOTO, a tranquil monolith containing the personal library of Jan Hoet.

Discover these exceptional architectural places and get inspired!

Visit The Wunderkammer Residence, the House Van Wassenhove and the current exhibitions at the MDD with a combiticket* on:

December, 2019
10am - 5pm

€ 12 € 9 € 0
individual entrance seniors (over 60 years old), young people under the age of 26, teachers with card, disabled persons, guides with card, groups of 10 or more minors up to 18 years, ICOM, persons accompanying disabled persons, museumPASSmusées holders, Open Monumenten-voucher, ClubDD/, YoungDD/, Patrons

*Available at the museum, reservation not required.
*The residences can only be visited with the combiticket.
*Visit is without guide.

foto: Tim Van de Velde

The Wunderkammer Residence

The museum Dhondt-Dhaenens is since recently flanked by The Wunderkammer Residence, a project by artist Hans Op de Beeck, realized in collaboration with architect Mo Vandenberghe (studio MOTO). Op de Beeck transformed the former Villa Meander, a villa built at the beginning of the 1930,s, into a unique 'gesamtkunstwerk.’ The building is conceived as a contemporary 'wunderkammer' and houses the personal library collection of Jan Hoet (1936 - 2014) while also doubling as a residence for artists, curators, researchers and writers. Set between the museum building from 1968, the historic Lys River and the former residence of Jules and Irma Dhondt-Dhaenens, the founders of the museum, The Wunderkammer aims to create a space for dialogue, reflection and research within the typical rural context of the museum. Former residents were artists Rirkrit Tiravanija and Nástio Mosquito.  

foto: Rik Vannevel ©Juliaan Lampens - Woning Van Wassenhove, 1974

House Van Wassenhove

House Van Wassenhove is a house designed by architect Juliaan Lampens and was built between 1972 and 1974. Bachelor Albert Van Wassenhove, a teacher with a passion for contemporary art and architecture commissioned the house. Juliaan Lampens designed exclusively for Albert Van Wassenhove a house of concrete, wood and glass in which all living areas overlap: no separate rooms, but one open space.

After the death of Albert Van Wassenhove in 2012 the house was bequeathed to the University of Ghent, who in turn gave it on a long-term loan to the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. in the autumn of 2015, the museum started a residency program in the house. Since then, numerous creative people from home and abroad have stayed here, such as Ives Maes, Jonathan Muecke, Rachel Monosov, Tine Guns and Friederike von Rauch. 

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