With 500 works by over 70 Belgian artists, the M collection presents a unique overview of Belgian art since 1945. Next to renowned artists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Philippe Van Snick, Lili Dujourie and Jan Vercruysse, the younger generation is also represented in the collection, with works by Anne Daems, Gert Robijns, Valérie Mannaerts and Michael Van den Abeele.
Each year, M organises an exhibition presenting contemporary works in the M collection, further highlighting them in new displays of the permanent collection. The choice of a certain artist or theme sheds new light on the works. The collection continually grows as works of emerging artists are acquired yearly. Please find below some recent acquisitions:
Nel Aerts, Orla Barry, Charif Benhelima, Guillaume Bijl, Marcel Broodthaers, Raphaël Buedts, Jacques Charlier, David Claerbout, Amédée Cortier, Jan Cox, Honoré d’O, Anne Daems, Jan De Cock, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Jo Delahaut, Luc Deleu, Robert Devriendt, Els Dietvorst, Lili Dujourie, Christoph Fink, Michel François, Pierre Gérard, Jef Geys, Vincent Geyskens, Johan Grimonprez, René Heyvaert, Ann Veronica Janssens, Floris Jespers, Walter Leblanc, Jacques Lizène, Sylvie Macias-Diaz, Valérie Mannaerts, Guy Mees, Marc Mendelson, Antoine Mortier, Hans Op De Beeck, Ria Pacquée, Panamarenko, Pol Pierart, Emmanuelle Quertain, Gert Robijns, Walter Swennen, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Engelbert Van Anderlecht, Caroline Van Damme, Michaël Van den Abeele, Jan Van Imschoot, Dan Van Severen, Philippe Van Snick, Maarten Vanden Abeele, Richard Venlet, Jan Vercruysse, Angel Vergara, Marthe Wéry, Dirk Zoete, amongst others.
The collection of contemporary art stems from a long-term collaboration and loans from Cera. As a cooperative society, Cera invests within the financial and the social sector. Since 1998, Cera has been supporting Belgian artists through projects, publications and acquisitions. The collection built by Cera reflects their policy regarding art and culture.