2019: Open from July 6 until August 26
Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 13h30 till 19h00
The artist is present every afternoon
The museum is also exceptionally open on Saturday 31 August from 11h to 17h.
Exhibition space for the most recent sculptures and drawings by Irénée Duriez. Special attention is accorded to his works of the last 20 years. This space is intended to reveal the artist's mastership and his 50 years of artistic development to the visitor. Interested visitors can discover how Irénée achieved his current results by strolling through the nearly 800 m² of exhibition space and the over 3000 m² large sculpture garden.
About 30 large bronze sculptures reside in a natural park environment in a landscape garden designed by Wim Meyns. The sculptures stand out well in the garden specifically designed for this purpose. The vegetation in all shades of green functions as a background screen to a stage on which the sculptures start living lives of their own. Bright colours were banned to avoid drawing the attention away from the art work.
In this part of the museum visitors meet the young Irénée, a beginning artist in search of his identity and mode of expression. We retrace his journey attentively, from his early days in the trade as a wood engraver in 1964 to his stage of development in Yves Rhaye's proximity and his exploration of abstract and figurative design. We witness the way in which he ultimately finds his personal style and keeps refining and improving it. All of this is interspersed with biographical information and illustrated by more than a 110 sculptures and about 30 drawings.
The top floor of the museum houses the drawing studio of Irénée Duriez. During the opening hours of the museum, some 70 bronze sculptures from the period 2000-2010 are displayed. Apart from that, this space also houses an occasion exhibition by a guest artist. In the past, in this space, drawings of Irénée Duriez were also on display. This is no longer the case. Some of his drawings are now exhibited in other parts of the museum.