Maisons d’art moderne — Private Collections in Belgium, 1945-1980

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Tanguy Eeckhout, a young art historian and curator at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, left behind an unfinished doctoral study on the history of private collections in Belgium when he passed away unexpectedly in 2018. Eeckhout’s research, edited by his Ph.D. promotor at Ghent University, Steven Jacobs with Maarten Liefooghe, will be published by MER B&L in October 2020 and is produced in close collaboration with MDD.

In Maisons d'art moderne, Tanguy Eeckhout tells the heretofore untold story of post-war Belgian collections of modern art, focusing on two generations: the ‘culture generators’ from 1945 to 1965, and the ‘avant-gardists’ who, between 1960 and 1989, entered the international art world in full force, no longer restricting themselves to Belgian borders or traditional media.

Through 16 detailed and richly illustrated case studies of private collections, Eeckhout also sheds light on the relationship of collectors with artists, public art institutions, other collectors, the specialised art press and the wider public.

The book delves into the following private collections: Fernand Graindorge, Bertie & Gigi Urvater, Gustave Van Geluwe, Max Janlet, Bénédict & Alla Goldschmidt, Tony Herbert, Gustave Nellens, Maurits Naessens, Philippe Dotrement, Hubert & Marie-Thérèse Peeters, Roger & Hilda Matthys-Colle, Herman & Nicole Daled, Anton & Annick Herbert, Sylvio Perlstein en Charles & Jeanne Vandenhove.

In less than 24 hours we achieved our kickstarter goal of publishing Tanguy Eeckhout's book.

Tanguy's personal book collection, thousands of art books that have informed his research, has meanwhile been donated to MDD by his wife.

All extra funds raised through the kickstarter campagne will be used exclusively to finance the complete cataloguing of Tanguy's books, in order to make them publicly accessible. Do you still want to support this campaign? Then please contact us

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