Het Erf

MDD puts its own historical heritage at the centre of its first exhibition in 2023.

Het Erf explores the collection of Irma and Jules Dhondt-Dhaenens, for which they had their own museum built in Deurle in 1967. Now, 56 years later, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens is studying the origins of its own existence through a selection of historical artworks and never-before-shown archival material. The exhibition is the result of an intensive search for personal stories about the collection and its founders.

MDD‘s collection is a time capsule that tells the story of a committed patron couple dedicated to promoting the ‘Flemish culture’. Irma and Jules Dhondt-Dhaenens bought art out of a strong commitment to the artists and the Leie region, as evidenced by some radical choices. In their pioneering role, the couple was an important source of inspiration for other private collections in Flanders.

Het Erf reflects on the personal nature but responds also to the artistic and political climate in which the collection was created and aims to enable new dialogues between the artworks with a fresh perspective.

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

Museumlaan 14
B-9831 Deurle


Irma and Jules pose at Villa Zodenhof next to a sculpture by Geo Verbanck and the work Salon bij Georges Giroux by Rik Wouters. The photo was taken in honour of their 55 years of marriage in 1968.

   Advised by

Dirk Snauwaert
Luc Tuymans