Our goal with the private collection in Ghent is to go in depth and work on a Foundation as a research center, a study organization and an archive, so as to analyse in a broader context the essential aspects of art and study the changes of 1968 and 1989. We want to look, if possible, for some historical continuity through the subjectivity of our collecting activity. Indeed, it is ‘Utopia’. But we know it is necessary’. Anton Herbert, 2011
A five-year process precedes the establishment of Herbert Foundation.
From September 2008 onward, the Collection was housed in the Herbert Foundation in different phases and three years later the construction and renovation works began on the reception and gallery space situated at the Coupure in Ghent
On June 20, 2013, the Foundation opened its doors to visitors with the exhibition As if it Could.
With regard to the organisation of temporary exhibitions including works from the Collection, as well as specific events (such as Master Classes, readings, special tours), the Collection and the Archive share an equal status. Stemming from a symbiosis between them, Herbert Foundation wishes to offer a breeding ground for research into the artistic practice of the second half of the twentieth century.