For the first time, the museum displays a selection of works of art from the prestigious collection of Mattis-Colle, incl. works from the collection of the SMAK Museum
Since 2019, the museum has managed some works of art by the Matthis-Colle Foundation. The purchase of The Great American Nude # 45 (1963) from the aforementioned Flemish Community collection for the SMAK collection by American pop art artist Tom Wesselmann marked the beginning of this public-private partnership. This acquisition was accompanied by a long-term loan to the museum for 39 other works of art by internationally renowned artists from the prestigious collection of Mr. Roger and Mrs. Hilda Mattis-Colle. This couple developed in the second half of the 20th century, with a focus on innovative artistic approach. Their attention was mainly focused on foreign countries: in cities such as New York, Paris and Dusseldorf, they bought works from artists whose work was in full development at that time. Often they did this shortly after the creation of the artwork, which is why the collection includes early masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Cy Twombly.