Antwerp has a world famous statue collection
in a magnificient parc. In 1950 there was an
international exhibition in this 20 ha big parc.
It was such a succes that the collection
remained permanent. Up to this day new statues
are added. Big constructions with containers..
It is still a place for modern statues AND you
can see the big names as well from the near
past. Jean Arp, Emile-Antoine
Bourdelle, Alexander Calder, Pablo Gargallo,
Barbara Hepworth, Floris en Oscar Jespers,
Aristide Maillol, Giacomo Manzu, Henry
Moore, Louise Nevelson, Reinhoud, Auguste
Rodin, Jesus Rafael Soto, Rik Wouters,
Ossip Zadkine,Guillaume Bijl, Tony Cragg,
Luciano Fabro, Per Kirkeby, Matt Mullican,
Juan Muñoz, Panamarenko, Henk Visch en
Middelheimlaan 61 - 2020 Antwerpen
AND IT'S FREE!
How to get there?
It is not in the center of Antwerp still
easy to reach if you need a break from the city.
Take bus 22 at the groenplaats or central station.
Take bus 17 , 21 , 27 , 32 from the central station.
Ask the driver.
A little ways outside the city center lies the "Open Air Sculpture Museum Middelheim", in the serene and beautiful settings of the Middelheim Park. While strolling through this park you'll be treated to a multitude of modern art sculptures of various artists such as Henry Moore, Panamarenko, Max Bill, Ossip Zadkine and many more...An audio guide in Dutch, French, German or English is available at the info stand at the entrance of "Middelheim Low" at the democratic prize of 3 €. Your ID card will be serving as warranty.
The oldest traces of the name Middelheim
can be found in 1432. And the first
owner we can trace back is
'Laureys Van Aerschot de Jonghe (1399).
Since the 16th century a lot of Antwerp families
had their escape-place-from-Antwerp here.
They were referred too as 'plaisanterieën'
and used a summer residences.
The 'castle' was rebuild in the 18th century
after Lodewijk XVI-style, probably with the help
of Parisian architect 'B. Guimard'. And has since
then not undergoing any worth mentioning changes.
It stands now at the beautiful statue park.
(see location the precvious tip) reflecting
in a magnificient way in the water.
It is not open for public , only on rare occasions.
South of Antwerp's city center, just across the Ring highway, lies one of the cities' largest green spaces. It comprises several parks, including the Nachtegalenpark, Vogelenzang and Middelheim. The parks were private property with summer residences for Antwerp's nobility until 1910, when the City of Antwerp decided to purchase the whole property.
The Middelheim park contains an open air sculpture museum with a collection of more than 300 works of art. In 1950, an international open air sculpture exhibition was held in the park. The success of the exhibition, with more than 150 sculptures on display, gave the mayor Craeybeckx the idea of a permanent exhibition.
The 27ha (67acre) large park is divided into two parts: The Middelheim-Hoog, the most southern part of the park contains older works, the Middelheim-Laag displays contemporary work. In Middelheim-Hoog, you can also visit some indoor sculptures in the Braem pavilion, built by the Antwerp architect Urbain Braem, a former trainee of Le Corbusier. The other building in the park is the Castle Middelheim, a 15th century farm which was converted into a Louis XVI style castle. This building contains a restaurant.
The museum's collection has a high international reputation. It contains works from Auguste Rodin, Rik Wouters, Henry Moore, Max Bill. The Middelheim park is at Middelheimlaan 61. Entrance is free.
The Middelheim open-air museum is a must for anyone interested in sculpture. Whimsical, stately, cheerful or contemplative, hundreds of works by Rodin, Moore, Zadkin, Wouters and many more share the seasons with their surrounding park.
To reach the park:
by car: Antwerp Ring, exit Berchem-Wilrijk.
Car parking: free + abundant.
by tram: lines 7 and 15 (stop Grote Steenweg - Koninklijke laan Berchem) and buses 17 (stop at Eglantierlaan - Beukenlaan Antwerpen), 18 (stop at Eglantierlaan - Beukenlaan Antwerpen), 27 (stop at Middelheimlaan - Lindendreef Wilrijk) and 32 (stop at Koninklijke laan - Floraliënlaan - Berchem kerkhof).
See more pics in my travelogue!
The campussite of UIA is more of a green campus and is situated in Wilrijk (Busses 25; 17, 26).
It is built on the former locations of Fortres 6, one of the Fortresses that were built around Antwerp to protect it for invaders.
By the time they were finished warfare was so much changed that they proofed to be useless and were kept as training camps or amunition storage camps.
Lucky for us we had these places because nowadays they are about the only green area's left in the Antwerp region!
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you can also visit the travelogues.
Visit the free open-air museum Middelheim. There are statues from renowned and unknown artists in a big park. This is a really nice place to go for a picnic. There are a bunch of busses that go there, and there's also a cycle-lane going from Middelheim to Rivierenhof, a nice big park in the suburb of Deurne.