At the back of the collection pavilion in the Middelheim Museum, one work always occupies the spotlight. The aim is to discover, together with the public, how works of art collect additional meanings and sometimes evolve physically. The first work to set the tone is Résidence Terrestre (1995) by Michel François. It was put briefly on display in the Braem pavilion when it was purchased in 1997, and then disappeared in storage. From 1 June From 12 October 2019 until 19 April 2020 Résidence Terrestre is shown to the public of the Middelheim Museum again for the first time in 22 years.
Presenting Résidence Terrestre entails far more than unpacking, to wit re-installation, conservation and updating, whereby museum staff, conservators, the artist and visitors as well, have a role to play. You can see how the artist goes about and hear his explanations in a film produced specially for this presentation, on screen in the small projection room.