22.01.2023, 11:00 a.m.

Talk: Koen Brams

Spillemaeckers/Herbert – artworks/concepts

Beginning of ‘70s, Fernand Spillemaeckers starts gallery MTL in Brussels. It’s the start of an exciting artistic and intellectual adventure, where Annick and Anton Herbert actively participate in from 1973 onwards.

Fernand Spillemaeckers photographed by Annick Herbert, 1976

Annick and Anton Herbert meet Fernand Spillemaeckers for the first time in July 1973, on the occasion of an exhibition he organised in Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Deurle). In the same year, the Herberts acquire a series of drawings by Sol LeWitt at MTL. This acquisition formed the start of their Collection which focussed mainly on ‘conceptual’ art during the first decennium.

The talk will be about the start of the Collection of Annick and Anton Herbert and their inspiring connection with Fernand Spillemaeckers.

Koen Brams is an independent researcher, curator, and publicist. He is the former director of the Jan van Eyck Academie (2000-2011) and former editor-in-chief of De Witte Raaf (1991-2000). He is part of two research teams: KB 45 (Kunst in België na 1945, Ghent University) and Gent, speelveld van de beeldende kunst (1957-1987)(K.A.S.K. & Conservatorium, Ghent). He is editor-in-chief of Documenten & Argumenten. Tijdschrift over de geschiedenis van het S.M.A.K. In 2022 he curated the exhibition «PLUS» en Yves De Smet. Ideologie, kameraadschap en rivaliteit op het speelveld van de Gentse kunst tussen 1965 en 1970 at Convent (Ghent) with an eponymous publication (Posture Editions) and a film (in collaboration with Lisa Spilliaert) (Escautville).

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 22.01.2023
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.: conversation
  • 12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: drink and informal chat


  • Language: Dutch
  • Entrance via Raas van Gaverestraat 108
  • Entrance fee: 12 € – 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.