Festive opening summer exhibitions Ria Pacquée / Ana Mendieta


This summer, the Middelheim Museum is welcoming two big names, who both work with performance art: Ria Pacquée and Ana Mendieta. On 25 May the museum will festively open both exhibitions. With an artist talk, performances, guided tours, food trucks and DJs.
Saturday 25 May 2019 - 13:00
Individual visitors

Ria Paquée

They are looking at us, we are looking at them

Ria Pacquée (B, 1954) has been researching the concept of “identity” since the 1970s. She does this using her own body as a tool: via performances and body art, as well as through recent installations and video works.

This exhibition is a larger museum presentation in Belgium since a while. The Middelheim Museum is placing the work of Pacquée in an international contemporary sculpture context. The project not only contains new sculptural installations, a residence, and performances by the artist herself, but also a performance programme with guest artists Suchan Kinoshita (JP, 1960), Tsubasa Hori (JP, 1976), Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (PH, 1970) and Minja Gu (KOR, 1977). ‘Le Tag (200m)’, which Joëlle Tuerlinckx created for Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, will be reperformed on the occasion of the exhibition. Pacquée's work also engages in a dialogue with work from the collection of the Middelheim Museum by Luc Deleu, John Körmeling and Louise Lawler.

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Ana Mendieta


Ana Mendieta is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and prolific artists of the postwar era. In her short but intense artistic career she produced an exceptional body of work that included performances, films, installations, sculptures, photographs and drawings.

On 24 April 1976, Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta (1948–1985) performed at the ICC (Internationaal Cultureel Centrum) in Antwerp in a newly developed performance program. Forty-three years later, Earthbound is the first solo exhibition of Ana Mendieta in Belgium and will act as an enlightening introduction to her oeuvre.

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Program festive opening

On 25 May the museum will festively open both exhibitions. Admission free, everybody welcome.

  • 13:00
    Artist talk with Ria Pacquée, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, Ricardo Brey, Johan Pas and Sara Weyns, moderated by Pieter Boons

  • 14:30
    Welcome by Sara Weyns, Director Middelheim Museum
    Introduction to the exhibitions by Pieter Boons, Curator Middelheim Museum

  • 16:15 – 17:45, 16:30 – 18:00, 17:00 – 18:30, 17:30 – 19:00
    Guided tours by museum guides (in Dutch, departure at the castle)

  • 17:00
    Performance Le Tag/200m, Joëlle Tuerlinckx

  • Food trucks & DJ’s