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Middelheim Museum Pavilion

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Renaat Braem
location Antwerp
function museum, pavilion
contributed by Kris_Leenders

The Middelheim Museum is an open-air museum for modern sculpture in a 27 ha park, with works by, among others, Jean Arp, Dan Graham, Per Kirkeby, Henry Moore, Panamarenko, François Pompon, Auguste Rodin, Joep Van Lieshout and Ossip Zadkine. To house smaller sculptures, more fragile works from the collection and temporary exhibitions, Renaat Braem (1910 - 2001), one of the most important Belgian post-war architects, was commissioned to design an exhibition hall. Renaat Braem, in 1936 apprenticed to Le Corbusier, was influenced by the CIAM ideology. Throughout his career he saw architecture as the art of organising space in order to liberate human kind. His architecture gradually adopted a more organic style, which is apparent in this pavilion. The design is based on harmonic unity and organic interwovenness of architecture and nature. The shape of the skylights emphasises even more the expressive sculptural character of the pavilion.

Justin says:
In fact... I'd say it's a "must visit" if you are in Belgium. Worth the trip. There should be a dedicated bus from Antwerp station - maybe there is now!
Justin says:
I really love Middelheim.
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Middelheim Museum Pavilion
Middelheimlaan 61
Project is public!
Opening hours October till March: 10.00 - 17.00 / April and September: 10.00 - 19.00 / May and August: 10.00 - 20.00 / June and July: 10.00 - 22.00 / closed on Mondays, on January 1st and 2nd, May 1st, Ascension Day, November 1st and 2nd, December 25th and 26th
How to get there? by car: take the exit Berchem-Wilrijk on the ringway round Antwerp (plenty of free parking available) / by train & bus: from Antwerp Central Station, take bus 21 or 27, get off at Middelheimlaan-Lindendreef
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Completion 1971
ArchitectRenaat Braem
Client City of Antwerpen
Project ID 1008
Latitude/Longitude 51°11'01N 04°24'58E
Contributed by Kris_Leenders
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