19.02.2023, 11 a.m.

Conference: Raas van Gavere, a place of art

Paul Robbrecht, Maarten Liefooghe, Laura Hanssens, Bart Verschaffel

At the start of the collection in 1973, Annick and Anton Herbert did not yet have a space to accommodate and present the works of art. They found the suitable space in the 1980s in a former frame factory in Ghent, located at the Raas van Gaverestraat.

In dialogue with architect Andre Platel, the architectural interventions during the renovations of the building are kept to a minimum. They consciously choose to not incorporate the Collection in the living area but rather in the adjacent spaces.

Paul Robbrecht, Maarten Liefooghe, Laura Hanssens and Bart Verschaffel

On Sunday 19 February, Herbert Foundation organises a reflection on the architecture where the Collection was accommodated and presented and where Anton and Annick had been living alongside their Collection for many years.

Three guest speakers will talk during the event. Paul Robbrecht, Maarten Liefooghe and Laura Hanssens will each be focusing on the above-mentioned subject matter through their own background and expertise.

Laura Hanssens, director of Herbert Foundation, will elaborate on the Herberts’ vision on living with a Collection, the reflections that preceded the renovations of the frame factory and the places that inspired them in this process. Paul Robbrecht will explore the reflection on ‘the Architecture as a commonplace of the Arts’, or the role they both have towards each other. A subject matter that he treats cautiously within his practice Robbrecht en Daem Architecten. The specific context of Herbert Foundation will also be addressed. Third and last, Maarten Liefooghe will interpret the institutional architecture of the Collection through a confrontation of ten keywords such as ‘hangar’ and ‘musée d’auteur’ and quotes or images of other historical and contemporary collections, museums and buildings.

Afterwards, Laura, Paul and Maarten will engage in a short conversation, in the presence of Bart Verschaffel.

Paul Robbrecht is architect and urban developer. Together Hilde Daem he started Robbrecht en Daem architecten in 1975 in Ghent. In 2002, Johannes Robbrecht joined the team. In addition to his professional activities, Paul Robbrecht also carried out academic assignments as professor at the KU Leuven Sint-Lucas and the AA School in London.

Maarten Liefooghe teaches architectural theory at Ghent University and publishes on architecture, museums, exhibitions and heritage.

Bart Verschaffel is professor emeritus at Ghent University and director of the VANDENHOVE Centrum. He publishes on architectural and art theory, aesthetics and cultural philosophy.

This talk forms part of a sequence of events in line with the presentation It is… it isn’t… with which the exhibition space 106 opens its doors for the first time. Each event focuses on a milestone in the development of the Herbert collection. The series of events is realised in collaboration with Bart Verschaffel (Ghent University).


  • Sunday 19.02.2023
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: reflection by Laura Hanssens, Paul Robbrecht and Maarten Liefooghe
  • 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: conversation with moderator Bart Verschaffel
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: drink and informal chat



  • Language: Dutch
  • Entrance via Raas van Gaverestraat 108
  • Entrance fee: 15 € – Book your ticket

The entrance ticket for the event includes admission to the guided tour of It is… it isn’t… in 106 in the afternoon. The guided tour starts at 2:30 pm and lasts 90 minutes. If interested, please confirm your presence via our website.