Karine Vandenheuvel/Huts Opens Impressive Cobra Depot in Antwerp

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Karine Vandenheuvel/Huts Opens Impressive Cobra Depot in Antwerp

The Cobra Depot shows the works of the founding fathers of the Cobra movement and contemporary artists who have continued to work in the spirit of Cobra. The collection includes paintings, graphic works, sculptures, and applied arts. The versatility of the movement is reflected in the richness of this collection, which continues to expand.

"We decided at some point that we were going to gather our Cobra collection in a depot, but there is nothing as sad as art that no one can admire. So we opted for a ‘depot’ that we open to the public.” (Karine Huts)

The visit to the Cobra depot is not just limited to an introduction, it is an experience. We see works by the founding fathers from the early days, but also works by those who have continued to paint in the spirit of Cobra. Or just barely. Each artist has his own character. L'artiste libre...

It is precisely this versatility of the movement that leads to the richness of this collection. Meanwhile, the very diverse collection includes not only 270 paintings, but also many graphic works, sculptures and applied arts, such as carpets and ceramics. There are also the famous Cobra magazines, bibliophile editions in which poetry meets visual art, personal correspondence and an unpublished manuscript by Hugo Claus about Karel Appel. To this day, the collection is expanding, built on the expertise of
enthusiastic stakeholders.

The Cobra depot joins Katoen Natie's HeadquARTers. It is an exploration of the very diverse collection: paintings, graphic work, sculptures and applied art, bibliophile editions and other publications as the foundation of the movement. Versatility is the strong suit of this collection. The big names of Cobra are present: Dotremont, Alechinsky, Appel, Corneille, Constant and Jorn, among many others.

The depot can be visited, with a guide and by appointment As from 2 May 2023, at HeadquARTers, Van Aerdtstraat 33, 2060 Antwerp, Belgium More info via www.headquarters-katoennatie.com/en | Mail: info@headquarters-katoennatie.com

Stephanie Cime

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