The Wunderkammer Residence

In the autumn of 2015 the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens started a residency programme in the House Van Wassenhove. Since 2018, The Wunderkammer Residence, located along the Lys, in the vicinity of the museum, also offers a place for residents. Both residencies aim at a reflective activity within the scope of a research or a development-oriented project. With these new, autonomous free ports, the MDD wants to intensify contact with artists, researchers, writers, thinkers, … and to (re-)activate Sint-Martens-Latem and the Lys region as a historically important source of inspiration.

Subversion is the key word. In addition to reflecting on the museum, its collections and the landscape, the residencies are open to critical reflection of one’s own practice, architecture, the (art) world and the broader, social structures. The residencies want to be creative think tanks in a rural and museum context.

The residency wishes to establish a dialogue and exchange between the resident and the museum, its staff and entourage. The focus is on insights, thoughts, encounters, investigations or creations that intensify and challenge our daily museum activities – and vice versa, can be of a distinctive added value for the resident.

With long-term stays and encounters, the MDD wants to initiate inertia, peace and intimacy and introduce a break in the accelerated pace of the art world. With the residencies, the museum wants to stimulate cross-disciplinarily within the arts. Hence, the residencies are open to people from different fields and disciplines.

A residency in The Wunderkammer Residence offers a stay in an old villa that was transformed into a work of art by Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck, in collaboration with Studio MOTO. The crucial element of this building is the library collection of former S.M.A.K. director and curator Jan Hoet (1936 – 2014). The sculptural setting of Hans Op de Beeck, the panoramic view of the Lys, the direct proximity of the MDD, its collection and the staff, are other unique assets of this residence.

Type of residency

The residency can last from one week to several weeks or months. The number of residents per year is restricted on the basis of the focus on dialogue and slowness. The residents are selected by the curatorial staff of the museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. The selection is the result of the prevailing intrinsic interests associated with the daily artistic workings of the museum.

Some residencies may be filled in on the basis of an open application. Interested parties can make themselves known through a brief motivation letter (free format) or through the recommendation of a previous resident. Applications can be sent to The museum curatorial staff will be in touch, if any interest.

If there is any specific interest in scientific research into the Jan Hoet library, the Dhondt-Dhaenens collection or the architecture of Juliaan Lampens, please contact the museum:


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9831 Deurle

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