Johan Creten

De storm


In 2014 the Middelheim Museum invited the Flemish artist Johan Creten (1963, Belgium) who lives in Paris to exhibit new and existing monumental work in Hortiflora for the exhibition “THE STORM”.

‘The Storm’ explores the relational and emotional storms that are associated with any form of personal development and the bigger storms that rage within society in a four-part exhibition.

Johan Creten’s work is featured in collections all over the work and continues to elicit vehement responses. He is relatively unknown in his native Belgium but is considered a prominent international artist. He was the first living Belgian artist who was invited to exhibit his work in the Louvre. Like Schütte and Fontana, Creten has always championed the use of traditional materials such as bronze and ceramics in contemporary art.

Is Johan Creten a freak, an outsider, a weirdo who breathes, eats and sleeps clay? Does he occupy an anachronistic position in the world of contemporary art? His innocent, almost naïve-looking sculptures are complex metaphors. Recently his sculptures have become more abstract, symbolising the chaos of our modern-day reality.

With this exhibition, the Middelheim Museum demonstrates their topical relevance, in comparison with other trends in contemporary sculpture and in relation to its own collection.


Practical information

De Storm

  • From 24 May until 24 September 2014
  • Introductory film in the hall of the castle
  • Free visitor sheet in NL, FR, EN
  • Catalogue in NL, EN

Guided tours

  • € 75 for 2 hours + one-off administration fee of € 5
  • 15 participants per guide, maximum 4 guides simultaneously



Kindly book three weeks in advance

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