artnet news | Naomi Rea

The Belgian art collector Axel Vervoordt is unveiling his new cultural and residential complex in Antwerp this Thursday. The 55,000-square-meter space will house the new headquarters of the Axel Vervoordt Company, as well as 4,000 square feet dedicated to he and his wife May’s art collection, including permanent installations by Anish Kapoor, Tatsuo Miyajima, Marina Abramović, and James Turrell.

Dubbed Kanaal for its location on the banks of the Albert canal, the industrial site was originally built in 1857 and has been undergoing renovation since 2011 by Vervoordt r.e., the development company managed by Axel’s son Dick Vervoordt, in collaboration with Belgian architects Stéphane Beel, Coussée & Goris and Bogdan & Van Broeck, and the French landscape designer Michel Desvigne… read more 

Image | Kanaal. Photo: ©Jan Liégeois, courtesy Axel Vervoordt Company.