November 4, 2019 - Herbert Foundation - Distance Extended / 1979 - 1997. Part I
November 4, 2019

Herbert Foundation

Exhibition view with Heimo Zobernig, Ohne Titel, 2008; the video’s 38, 1991; Nr. 6/13, 1991; and posters by Martin Kippenberger (Herbert Foundation, 2019). Photo: Yuri van der Hoeven.

Distance Extended / 1979 - 1997. Part I
Works and Documents from Herbert Foundation
October 20, 2019–June 7, 2020

Herbert Foundation
Coupure Links 627 A
B-9000 Ghent

T +32 9 269 03 00

Distance Extended / 1979 – 1997. Part I marks the beginning of a new long-term exhibition project that will shed light on the second generation of artists within the Collection of Anton and Annick Herbert.

The presentation succeeds Time Extended / 1964 – 1978, a three-part exhibition project that ran from September 2016 until June 2019, examining the early years of the Herbert Collection. Against the backdrop of the socio-cultural changes around May 1968, the Collection was initiated in 1973 and focused on the work of artists like Dan Graham, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Art & Language, Jan Dibbets, Marcel Broodthaers, Bruce Nauman, Daniel Buren and Mario Merz. During these years, the art world consisted of a small, international group of like-minded critics, art dealers, museum directors and collectors who supported the avant-garde artists. As Anton Herbert recalls: “It was an international family united in common cause.”

Around the beginning of the 1980s, the strong network started to fade. The vision and hopes of the 1960s and 1970s became overshadowed by the crude reality of the consumer society. With the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, capitalism reached new heights on a global scale.  

These years also entailed a change of course within the Herbert Collection. In addition to the ongoing commitment with regard to Minimal Art, Concept Art, Arte Povera and Land Art, artists such as Jan Vercruysse, Thomas Schütte, Reinhard Mucha, Didier Vermeiren, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Harald Klingelhöller, Rodney Graham, Franz West, John Baldessari, Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley and Heimo Zobernig became part of the Collection.

With Distance Extended / 1979–1997. Part I, a first selection of works and documents from this generation of artists is presented. The exhibition does not render an artistic cross-section of the period 1979-1997, but underlines the subjective choices made by the Herberts as private collectors throughout these years. 

With Works and Documents by: Art & Language, John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Bruce Nauman, Thomas Schütte, Jan Vercruysse, Didier Vermeiren, Franz West and Heimo Zobernig

Practical details:
Herbert Foundation can be visited individually every first Sunday of the month between 2 and 5pm or by appointment.  

Fore more information, an overview of the Herbert Foundation Events and subscription to the newsletter, please visit

A guided group visit, led by a Herbert Foundation guide, can be booked weekly from Tuesday to Friday and on the first Sunday afternoon of the month via reservation [​at​]

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