In the autumn of 2015, the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens started with a residency program in the region of lys river. Two notable buildings fulfil this assignment: The Wunderkammer Residence and the House Van Wassenhove.
The residence needs to be a place of dialogue and encounter, an opportunity for thinkers and creators to connect and to meet.
There is no fixed time period, a residency can last 2 days or 3 months, depending the needs and intentions of the resident and the availability of the house. Some of the residences will be filled and followed in close cooperation with the Faculties of Architecture and Arts Science of the University of Ghent.
The House Van Wassenhove
From October to March the house Van Wassenhove will be reserved for residency programmes for artists, writers and researchers. The property is an ideal place to reflect, conceptualize, write or investigate a project providing peace and isolation. The objective is to intensify the contact between artists and researchers.
The Wunderkammer Residence
The museum 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 with an (inter) national, non-European focus.