Time extended/1964-1978: works and documents from the Herbert Foundation

Morris, Lynda (2016) Time extended/1964-1978: works and documents from the Herbert Foundation. In: Time extended/1964-1978: works and documents from the Herbert Foundation. Herbert Foundation, Ghent, Belgium. ISBN 978-9082083934


In 2013, the exhibition As if it Could, ouverture, marked the public opening of Herbert Foundation. In the following years, several temporary presentations have highlighted different aspects of the Collection. From September 2016 onwards, Herbert Foundation will start a new chapter, in which extensive and long-term exhibitions constitute the first steps towards a consolidation of both the Collection and the Archive. Short, changing presentations make way for a lasting set-up of the works, complemented by a gradual disclosure of the Archive. Time Extended forms the first presentation, and focuses on the period 1964–78, within which the foundations for the Collection of Annick and Anton Herbert were laid. Artworks like 64 Lead Square (1969) by Carl Andre, Invitation Piece (1972) by Robert Barry, Horizon Land/Sea 0°-90° (1973) by Jan Dibbets and Igloo ‘If the hoar-frost grip thy tent, thou wilt give thanks when night is spent’ (Ezra Pound) (1978) by Mario Merz, were amongst the first acquisitions, and embed the Collection in the Western postwar avant-garde. The title of the exhibition is drawn from the print Time Extended / Distance Extended (1969) by Dan Graham. A square grid of 8 by 8 represents the area of tension between the ever-growing expansion of time and space. Just like Graham’s matrix, the consolidation Herbert Foundation aims for, is not a static one. The prospective disclosure is meant to initiate a more substantive deepening of the Collection and the Archive, by means of a long-lasting yet dynamic presentation and accompanying activities. Stretched out over the ground and first floor of the exhibition space, Time Extended/1964–1978 brings together a broad range of artworks and documents from the Herbert Collection. Over the years, the presentation will undergo intermittent changes and invites to be visited several times. Each visit will thus ensure new discoveries, time and again. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, and contains apart from interviews by Sophie Richard and Philippe Ungar, an essay by Lynda Morris and texts by Samantha Ismail-Epps and Laura Hanssens.

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