press release

12 Sept. to 1 Nov. 2020

De Steiger Cultural Centre and the City Museum, Menen

The House of Opportunity

The exhibition takes the border city of Menen as its starting point for the theme ‘border’. Since its foundation some 1,000 years ago, Menen’s unique location meant that a variety of rulers found it politically, economically and socially expedient to include it in their sphere of influence. The exhibition is divided into two parts, to be staged at De Steiger Cultural Centre and the City Museum respectively. In the first part in the Cultural Centre, based on a series of contemporary artworks from the S.M.A.K. collection, the focus is on the more negative connotations conjured up by the notion of the ‘border’, such as imperialism, segregation, nationalism, discrimination and so on. This as a kind of contemporary metaphor for the history of Menen as a border city, and the fact that it has a long history of being occupied by a succession of powers. The second part of the exhibition, which will be staged at the City Museum, will focus instead on the opportunities offered by a border – or a border city. Indeed in today’s modern, multicultural and diverse society, a growing number of borders are starting to blur and themes such as nationality, identity, geography, etc. are becoming more and more fluid and are increasingly being questioned.

Borrowing its title from a work by Michaël Borremans in the exhibition, ‘The House of Opportunity’ seeks to build a bridge between the historical reality of the city of Menen on the one hand, and on the other to take a contemporary look at the future, and the various opportunities that this throws up for the town.

Featuring work by artists including: Allora&Calzadilla, David Bade, Michaël Borremans, stanley brouwn, Christo, Michel François, Bernard Frize, Hamish Fulton, Meshac Gaba, Mehkitar Garabedian, Joseph Grigely, Juan Muñoz, Oksana Pasaiko, Peter Phillips, Ante Timmermans, Koen van den Broek, Jan Vercruysse, Angel Vergara, Lois Weinberger, and Lawrence Weiner.

Curators: Iris Paschalidis and Thibaut Verhoeven

Practical information

From 12 Sept. to 1 Nov. 2020, Wednesday to Sunday, from 2pm to 6 pm.
The opening will take place on Friday 11 September 2020 at 7 pm. Prior reservation is obligatory due to the COVID-19 measures. This can be arranged via

De Steiger Cultural Centre and the City Museum (‘t Schippershof)
Waalvest 1
8930 Menen