OpenWednesday → Sunday 13:00h → 18:00h
EntreeVoluntary donation → recommendation € 6,-
-18 years, ikob-members → free admission
Every first Wednesday and every first Sunday of the month → free admission
The IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art in Eupen is located in the Germanspeaking part of Belgium, close to the German and the Dutch border. Its program focuses on emerging and leading contemporary art through the constitution of a significant collection (in progress) and temporary exhibitions (in dialogue). Functioning as a discursive platform for contemporary art with its multidisciplinary and thematic exhibition program and concerned with critical and socio-political issues, the ikob attempts to reflect the matter of the frontier.
The artist Jürgen Claus, who was born in Berlin in 1935 and has lived since 1989 in such places as Baelen in eastern Belgium, is considered to be one of the pioneers of media art. The exhibition at the IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art is conceived more as a presentation of works than as a classic retrospective, even if the visitors to the exhibition will be offered a profound insight into the art of this exceptional artist through three thematically organized “atolls”. More info here.
Two bodies of photographic work are presented from the collection of the IKOB, and both of them can be labeled as “classic”: Buildings in East Belgium Planked with Zinc Plates (1978-82) by Irmel Kamp as much as the five black-and-white photographs titled Rhombus by Barbara and Michael Leisgen who both participated in the documenta 6 in 1977. Two different and in each case very concise ways of working with place or topos, which make visible an inhabited space within a clearly defined image space that tends towards the poetic.
Every first Wednesday of the month the IKOB offers a free guided tour through the current exhibition at 18:00h.
In the framework of the exhibition JE SUIS ATOLL of artist Jürgen Claus, children learn playfully about the power of the sun, and how to use it for an individual piece of art.
The "Family Sunday" offers both children from six years on as well as adults an introduction to the current exhibition. Start at 14:00h. Registration required, more info here.
Climate has become the focus of social, political and economic—as well as cultural and artistic—decision-making throughout the world. Art conveys insights that bring the climatic emergency into clear view and provide motivation to take the appropriate measures. Films with lectures held by Jürgen Claus. More info here.
On the last Sunday of each successive exhibition, director Frank-Thorsten Moll conducts a guided tour that offers a final assessment of the closing show and a preview of the coming program.
– Cost: 5 euros per person, no additional admission fee; free of charge for members