19 – 26 JUNE 2022

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EXHIBITIONS

BRUSSELS

Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions

Exposition Universelle Bruxelles 1897. Tervuren, Palais des Colonies [Belgique], carte postale, 1897. © Groupe de recherche Achaccoll. part


AfricaMuseum
Leuvensesteenweg 13
3080 Tervuren
www.africamuseum.be
09.11.2021 > 06.03.2022

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Human Zoo. The age of colonial exhibitions

This exhibition recounts the now-forgotten history of persons put on display as ‘living exhibits’, and marks 125 years since the colonial exhibition of 1897 took place in Tervuren. The museum invites its visitors to reflect on the impact of these ‘human zoos’. While the exhibition focuses on the ‘Congolese villages’ of Tervuren, Antwerp (1885 and 1894) and Brussels (1958), it also zooms out to show the phenomenon’s truly global context. People from all over the world were exhibited in ‘human zoos’, and some lost their lives in the West. All in all, these exhibitions – poised somewhere between popular entertainment and scientific interest – welcomed more than a billion and a half visitors eager to see the inferior ‘Other’. Artists Teddy Mazina and Romeo Mivekannin make an important contribution to the exhibition. The museum will also offer a broad cultural programme, including monthly lectures on topics such as colonisation, decolonisation and (anti)racism. The curators of the exhibition are Pascal Blanchard (ACHAC) and Maarten Couttenier and Mathieu Zana Etambala (both affiliated with the AfricaMuseum).

 

09.11.2021 > 06.03.2022

BRUSSELS

Before time began

Women’s Law alive in our Country, Collaborative women's painting, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 290 cm x 550 cm, © Vincent Girier-Dufournier/Fondation Opale


Art & History Museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
1000 Brussels
www.artandhistory.museum
22.10.2021 > 29.05.2022

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Before time began

Before Time Began focuses on the art and history of the first Australians. Australia’s 65,000-year-old Aboriginal culture is the oldest uninterrupted culture in the world. This secular knowledge is orally transmitted during rituals and ceremonies and materialises in painting, sculpture... While the concepts of Dreams and Nature play an essential role, current issues such as the climate crisis, ecology and decolonisation are also addressed. This is the first time that an exhibition of this magnitude has been presented in a Belgian national institution. Some 100 works come from the Opal Foundation in Switzerland, the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels, the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren, the MAS in Antwerp and the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen in the Netherlands.

 

22.10.2021 > 29.05.2022

BRUSSELS

ID#2021 – Symbol

www.atomium.be - VISUAL SYSTEM _ID2021 - Symbol


Atomium
Place de l'Atomium 1
1020 Brussels
www.atomium.be
01.03.2021 > 01.03.2022

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ID#2021 – Symbol

With the temporary exhibition ID#2021 - Symbol, the Atomium, an architectural feat of Belgian heritage, becomes a symbol of digital creation. The poetic visual and acoustic journey proposed by the creators Visual System invites the visitors to a hypnotic experience that sweeps away the apparent antinomy between this metal building from Expo 58, emblem of progress and science, and an inner journey.



 

01.03.2021 > 01.03.2022

BRUSSELS

Geneviève Asse. A window on the Book

Geneviève Asse. Carnet de peintre. Le bleu Asse © Lou Verschueren


Bibliotheca Wittockiana
Rue du Bemel 23
1150 Brussels
wittockiana.org
10.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

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Geneviève Asse. A window on the Book

A major artist in the field of contemporary abstraction, Geneviève Asse has collaborated throughout her career as a painter with authors, publishers and bookbinders. These encounters and friendships, among others with Silvia Baron Supervielle, Samuel Beckett, André du Bouchet, Pierre Lecuire and Francis Ponge, have led to the creation of books that stage a dialogue between text and images. The Bibliotheca Wittockiana aims to explore Geneviève Asse’s engraved work by means of these books, and their multiple dimensions.

 

10.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

BRUSSELS

How will it end?

Etel Adnan, Le soleil sur le Mont Tamalpais, 2016


Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
1050 Brussels
www.villaempain.com
02.12.2021 > 06.02.2022

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How will it end?

The exhibition, designed in co-production with the Pompidou Centre, offers an unprecedented dialogue between its exceptional collections and pieces by Lebanese artists from different generations. Produced in recent years or following the tragic explosions of 4th August 2020, their works trace out possible paths to the future, between despair and gentleness, exiles and new anchorages. The exhibition includes the work of some twenty artists like Etel Adnan, Danièle Arbid or Johana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, from the Centre’s collections as well as young artists like Ali Cherri, Caline Aoun or Stéphanie Saadé...





 

02.12.2021 > 06.02.2022

BRUSSELS

David Hockney: Works from the Tate Collection, 1954-2017

David Hockney, “My Parents”, 1977, Oil on canvas, 182,9 x 182,9 cm. Tate Purchased 1981 © David Hockney


BOZAR
Rue Ravenstein 23
1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be
08.10.2021 > 23.01.2022

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David Hockney: Works from the Tate Collection, 1954-2017

A major double exhibition marks the return of David Hockney (Bradford, 1937) to the Centre for Fine Arts after almost thirty years. Even today, the British artist remains one of the most influential and inspiring artists in the world. In Works from the Tate Collection, 1954-2017 you go on a journey through Hockney’s entire career, with iconic images of the ‘swinging sixties’ in London, Southern California, his famous double portraits and vast landscapes.

 

08.10.2021 > 23.01.2022

BRUSSELS

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

David Hockney, "No. 125", 19th March 2020, iPad painting © David Hockney


BOZAR
Rue Ravenstein 23
1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be
08.10.2021 > 23.01.2022

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David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

A major double exhibition marks the return of David Hockney (Bradford, 1937) to the Centre for Fine Arts after almost thirty years. The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020, presented in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, exhibits the colourful iPad paintings he created during the first lockdown. Hockney’s paintings have a timeless quality that continues to appeal to young and old alike. The now 83-year-old artist has reinvented himself once more with his most recent work.

 

08.10.2021 > 23.01.2022

BRUSSELS

La Vie matérielle

Serena Fineschi


CENTRALE for contemporary art
Place Sainte-Catherine 44
1000 Brussels
centrale.brussels
09.12.2021 > 13.03.2022

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La Vie matérielle

La vie matérielle is a dialogue between 12 Italian and Belgian artists about the link between art and life. By reusing, hybridising, diverting, or decontextualising organic materials and everyday objects and giving them a new life that transcends their usual use, the artists in the exhibition bridge the divide between artistic disciplines. The exhibition integrates and explores several senses, in particular vision and touch, through a journey that takes the viewer inside a kind of emotional and mental spider's web, hoping that at the end of the journey, we will have gained new perspectives on how we perceive and read our shared ‘material world’, and the link that art allows us to create between our body and our inner world. A collaboration between Palazzo Magnani (Reggio Emilia) and CENTRALE for contemporary art (Brussels). Artists: Léa Belooussovitch, Chiara Camoni, Alice Cattaneo, Elena El Asmar, Serena Fineschi, Ludovica Gioscia, Loredana Longo, Claudia Losi, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Gwendoline Robin, Lieve Van Stappen and Arlette Vermeiren. Curators: Marina Dacci and Carine Fol.

 

09.12.2021 > 13.03.2022

BRUSSELS

Inaspettatamente-Works from the Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection


Cloud Seven
Quai du Commerce 7
1000 Brussels
www.cloudseven.be
11.11.2021 > 30.01.2022

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Inaspettatamente-Works from the Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection

Cloud Seven is an exhibition, co-working and residential hub in Brussels’ design and fashion district, Dansaert created by collector Frédéric de Goldschmidt as a new home to showcase his extensive private art collection. The inaugural exhibition, co-curated by Grégory Lang, presents 315 works from the collection and acts as a preview to the official opening of Cloud Seven in February 2022. Will feature selected across sculpture, painting, video and mixed media, works by Alighiero Boetti, Louise Bourgeois, Julian Charrière, Mary Corse, Theaster Gates, Roni Horn, Anne Imhof, Imi Knoebel, Kapwani Kiwanga, Alicja Kwade, François Morellet, Damián Ortega, Wolfgang Tillmans, David Wojnarowicz, among others. The exhibition takes its name from an embroidered artwork by conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994), translating from Italian to unexpectedly. 

 

11.11.2021 > 30.01.2022

BRUSSELS

Crush. Unexpected encounters between design and art


Design Museum Brussels
Place de Belgique 1
1020 Brussels
designmuseum.brussels
22.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

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Crush. Unexpected encounters between design and art

The Design Museum Brussels and the Musée d'Ixelles embark on a rhythmic and spontaneous pas de deux with the exhibition Crush, which brings together pieces from their respective collections. Responding to the invitation of the Design Museum Brussels, the Musée d'Ixelles (currently closed for renovation and expansion) has brought out a selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs and other drawings from its storerooms to create happy connections and special acquaintances with The Plastic Design Collection. This unexpected dialogue between design objects and works of art underlines the singularity and variety of both collections, which are revealed in a new light, without any modesty.

 

22.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

BRUSSELS

Brussels Touch


Fashion & Lace Museum
Rue de la Violette 12
1000 Brussels
www.fashionandlacemuseum.brussels
27.08.2021 > 15.05.2022

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Brussels Touch

Brussels, a capital of fashion! But is Brussels fashion really synonymous with Belgian fashion?

Whether living here temporarily for their studies or well-established, our native creators immerse themselves in our remarkable city to open up new horizons. This unique exhibition invites you to discover Brussels’ imprint on contemporary fashion, from the 1980s to the present day. It takes a look at what sets Brussels fashion apart, otherwise known as the “Spirit of Brussels”, through the talent of Jean-Paul Knott, Olivier Theyskens, Anthony Vaccarello, Marine Serre, Cédric Charlier, Annemie Verbeke, Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Ester Manas and many more.

 

27.08.2021 > 15.05.2022

BRUSSELS

Opening of the draughtsmen’s office and restoration of the guest room


Horta Museum
Rue Américaine 25-27
1060 Brussels
www.hortamuseum.be
15.12.2021 >

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Opening of the draughtsmen’s office and restoration of the guest room

Les Mondes de Victor Horta IV: opening of the draughtsmen’s office and restoration of the guest room. New permanent layout. With the support of the Baillet Latour Fund. 

The Horta Museum continues its development by opening new spaces within the Maison-atelier. The second office of the designers will become accessible and will present a film and content related to the restoration of the museum, led mainly by Barbara Van der Wee. The guest room will also feature internal arrangements faithful to the original ones: English wallpapers, curtains, and the installation of a fireplace of Horta initially designed for the Aubecq Hotel.



 

15.12.2021 >

BRUSSELS

Works on Paper. Galila’s Collection

Exhibition’s view 'Works on Paper. Galila’s Collection' in Jewish Museum of Belgium, 2021 © Isabelle Arthuis


Jewish Museum of Belgium
Rue des Minimes 21
1000 Brussels
www.mjb-jmb.org
17.09.2021 > 13.02.2022

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Works on Paper. Galila’s Collection

This exhibition offers a glimpse into the rich universe of Galila Barzilaï Hollander, a Belgian collector born in Tel Aviv. For the past fifteen years, this extraordinary character has been assembling works of contemporary art in a collection that tells the story of her own life: the works brought together reveal a compelling desire to reinvent herself. The exhibition offers a clear cross-section of this extensive universe, presenting a selection of some sixty works on paper. Visitors will discover how contemporary artists (Jonathan Callan, Jae Ko, Anish Kapoor, William Klein, Angela Glajcar, Andrea Wolfensberger, Brian Dettmer, Haegue Yang and others) work with this every-day, commonplace material to create unexpectedly powerful works of art.



 

17.09.2021 > 13.02.2022

BRUSSELS

Sol LeWitt. Wall drawings, works on paper, structures (1968-2002)

Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #528G, 1987. Exhibition view at Galleria Massimo Minini, Italy, 2013 © Estate of Sol LeWitt, 2021


Jewish Museum of Belgium
Rue des Minimes 21
1000 Brussels
www.mjb-jmb.org
03.12.2021 > 01.05.2022

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Sol LeWitt. Wall drawings, works on paper, structures (1968-2002)

This exhibition is devoted to the American conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007). Through a unique selection of wall drawings, works on paper, gouaches, structures, and archival material from the 1960s to the 2000s, this exhibition highlights the diversity and unity in Sol LeWitt's prolific output. It will present a double 'premiere': an exploration of his Jewish heritage and an investigation of his links with Belgium.



 

03.12.2021 > 01.05.2022

BRUSSELS

Walter Leblanc Foundation. New Display of the Collection


Walter Leblanc Foundation
Chaussée de Gand 1118
1082 Brussels
www.walterleblanc.org
19.01.2022 >

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Walter Leblanc Foundation. New Display of the Collection

The Walter Leblanc Foundation presents a new selection of works on paper, paintings and sculptures made by Belgian artist Walter Leblanc (1932-1986), from its collection. The new display not only offers an inside view of the oeuvre of Walter Leblanc, an important international figure in post-war optical, kinetic and minimal art, and member of the group ZERO, but also allows the visitor to discover the house of the Walter Leblanc Foundation, where his wife lived after his death.

Open in general by appointment only and exceptionally during BRAFA on Thu 19, Fri 20, Sat 21 Jan 2022 & Thu 27, Fri 28 & Sat 29 Jan 2022



 

19.01.2022 >

BRUSSELS

Belgium has been hiding a treasure for 600 years


Royal Library of Belgium – KBR
Boulevard de l’Empereur 2
1000 Brussels
www.kbr.be
01.09.2020 >

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Belgium has been hiding a treasure for 600 years

Six centuries ago, Brussels belonged to the rich and powerful Dukes of Burgundy. Skilled politicians and cultured patrons, they established a stirring treasure, a unique and fascinating collection of manuscripts: the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy. These masterpieces, which have survived the ravages of time and history, have been looked after by KBR and can now be admired at the KBR museum. It is a unique place that offers the opportunity to experience Europe's medieval cultural past and admire beautiful illuminated manuscripts.

 

01.09.2020 >

BRUSSELS

Tracks to Modernity

Claude Monet, Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877, The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr.and Mrs. Martin A.Ryerson Collection, 1953.1158 © 2021. The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY/Scala, Florence


Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence 3
1000 Brussels
15.10.2021 > 13.02.2022

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Tracks to Modernity

An artistic and historical journey on the theme of the train, including works by major artists of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Monet, Caillebotte, Spilliaert, Boccioni, Severini, Léger, De Chirico, Mondrian, Servranckx, Delvaux and Magritte. The train profoundly changed society. In its early days, the train was the ultimate symbol of modernity. It was a major tool of the industrial revolution. It carried the wildest dreams of development and prosperity, but also crystalised anxieties and the rejection of change. Artists’ interest in the train diminished from the 1950s onwards, but it is now making a comeback in an era when modernity and the environment must be reconciled. The artist Fiona Tan will present an installation on this theme.

 

15.10.2021 > 13.02.2022

BRUSSELS

Fabrice Samyn. To see with ellipse

Fabrice Samyn. Untitled, from the The Color of Time series, 2014. Private collection © Courtesy of the artist. Photo Philip de Gobert


Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence 3
1000 Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be
15.10.2021 > 13.02.2022

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Fabrice Samyn. To see with ellipse

Poetic and sensual, Fabrice Samyn’s work questions the concept of reality and shakes up our bearings. More than 70 works displayed throughout the Old Masters and the Magritte Museums question our relationship with time, with the sacred, and with the spoken, embarking us on a sensory experience that is both intimate and spiritual.

 

15.10.2021 > 13.02.2022

BRUSSELS

Orient Express


Train World
Place Princesse Elisabeth 5
1030 Brussels
www.trainworld.be
26.10.2021 > 17.04.2022

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Orient Express

Train World hosts an exceptional exhibition devoted to the epic of the Orient-Express and its creator, Georges Nagelmackers, from Liège. On this occasion, legendary cars from the Orient-Express will be exceptionally presented in Brussels, at the SNCB museum. This flagship exhibition of the Europalia Trains & Tracks festival will feature works of decorative art and unique documents tracing the adventure of the Orient-Express and the Wagons-Lits. The exhibition will also evoke the imaginaries that this mythical train has awakened and the dreams it has generated, from the most famous (Agatha Christie) to the most tenuous, without forgetting to pay tribute to the craftsmen who contributed to its legend.

 

26.10.2021 > 17.04.2022

BRUSSELS

Marcel Broodthaers. Industrial Poems, Open Letters


WIELS - Contemporary Art Centre
Avenue Van Volxem 354
1190 Brussels
www.wiels.org
10.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

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Marcel Broodthaers. Industrial Poems, Open Letters

In an unprecedented exhibition, WIELS is presenting the entire series of 36 main motifs of the plaques by Broodthaers, whilst also shedding light on further unknown versions and variations, to reveal the artist’s idiosyncratic take on seriality and the reproducible, rare artworks and images. The exhibition also features unique prototypes, as well as a large group of drawings or preparatory sketches for the plaques, all in relation to a selection of ‘Open Letters’ by the artist. These were distributed in the public arena as pamphlets by Broodthaers, while he was founding and developing the Musée d’art moderne, Département des Aigles, a personal museum of which he was the artist, director, guard and solitary visitor. The exhibition brings together some 120 plaques, 70 drawings and documents, with prototypes and a selection of 14 'Open Letters.'

 

10.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

BRUSSELS

R.H. Quaytman. Modern Subjects, Chapter Zero


WIELS - Contemporary Art Centre
Avenue Van Volxem 354
1190 Brussels
www.wiels.org
10.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

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R.H. Quaytman. Modern Subjects, Chapter Zero

As part of a research into the artistic history of Brussels, artist R. H. Quaytman visited the Wiertz Museum. Who was Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865), and why did he turn his studio into a museum? Why did he choose to paint remarkably emancipatory scenes of women in distress on a monumental scale, as well as other gruesome depictions of poverty, war, and suicide? R. H. Quaytman reinvents the production of pictorial images in today’s digital age, reinstating them within the context of art history and of painting in particular, reasserting their materiality and spiritual scope, and deconstructing prevailing narratives from a feminist and intersectional perspective.

 

 

10.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

ANTWERP

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

Untitled, c. 1985 © Rotimi Fani-Kayode / Courtesy of Autograph, London


FoMu - FotoMuseum Antwerp
Waalsekaai 47
2000 Antwerp
fomu.be
22.10.2021 > 13.03.2022

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Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is an ambitious group exhibition on the subject of masculinity that explorest the myriad ways that masculinity is experienced, performed and constructed through film and photography from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition includes over fifty pioneering international artists, photographers and filmmakers, including Richard Avedon, Rineke Dijkstra, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie and Wolfgang Tillmans. Masculinities challenges societal expectations and gender norms. The exhibition rejects the concept of “the ideal man” and presents the argument for multiple forms of masculinity. At a time when the media is fascinated by terms such as “toxic” and “fragile” masculinity, this exhibition examines the masculine in all its complexity, touching on themes of queer identity, power and patriarchy, hypermasculine stereotypes, the black body, fatherhood, and the female gaze. Exhibition organised by Barbican Centre, London and curated by Alona Pardo.



 

22.10.2021 > 13.03.2022

ANTWERP

Art from Pre-Columbian America. Collection Paul & Dora Janssen-Arts

© MAS - Tom Van Ghent


MAS - Museum Aan de Stroom
Hanzestedeplaats 1
2000 Antwerp
mas.be
01.10.2021 >

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Art from Pre-Columbian America. Collection Paul & Dora Janssen-Arts

A world-famous collection that tells us about the extraordinary relationship between man and the world of gods, ancestors and spirits in America before the conquest by the Europeans.

 

01.10.2021 >

ANTWERP

Freight. World trade in Antwerp

© Frederik Beyens


MAS - Museum Aan de Stroom
Hanzestedeplaats 1
2000 Antwerp
mas.be
11.12.2021 >

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Freight. World trade in Antwerp

For centuries, the Port of Antwerp has been a place where goods, knowledge and stories from all over the world dock and set sail again. In this new permanent exhibition, you’ll stop at various 'docks' that reveal part of that history. From the first adventurers to the present day, you will learn how knowledge and products created interesting cross-pollinations and cultural exchanges.

 

11.12.2021 >

ANTWERP

E/MOTION. Fashion in Transition

© MoMu Antwerp Photo Matthias De Boeck


MOMU - ModeMuseum Antwerpen
Nationalestraat 28
2000 Antwerp
www.momu.be
04.09.2021 > 23.01.2022

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E/MOTION. Fashion in Transition

E/MOTION. Fashion in Transition explores the extent to which fashion is an expression of emotion, fear and desire in society: fashion is both ‘emotion’ and ‘in motion’. With this exhibition, MoMu looks back on events from the past three decades and questions how fashion can reinvent itself as an industry, as well as the role that fashion designers will play in the future. The exhibition is divided into chapters that function as portals exploring social, political and psychological change. The exhibition wants to inspire and ask questions about the reinvention of fashion as an industry and the future role of designers and artists. Above all else, this exhibition is a story about our dire need for emotion. Fashion is emotion and in motion.

 

04.09.2021 > 23.01.2022

ANTWERP

Marcelle Hanselaar. The Bark and the Bite


Museum De Reede
Ernest van Dijckkaai 7
2000 Antwerp
museum-dereede.com
05.11.2021 > 07.02.2022

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Marcelle Hanselaar. The Bark and the Bite

The Dutch artist Marcelle Hanselaar’s London breakthrough came with her series of etchings La Petite Mort, a French euphemism for orgasm, where hidden trauma and suppressed desire have been imaginatively etched into the plate. Her etchings are included in the collection of the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.





 

05.11.2021 > 07.02.2022

ANTWERP

Life in Antwerp through the eyes of the Italian Guicciardini

© Victoriano Moreno


Museum Plantin-Moretus
Vrijdagmarkt 22
2000 Antwerp
www.museumplantinmoretus.be
04.11.2021 >

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Life in Antwerp through the eyes of the Italian Guicciardini

Go back in time to Antwerp and the Netherlands in the 16th century. Lodovico Guicciardini, an Italian merchant who settles in Antwerp, describes in detail the life in the cities of the Netherlands at the time. Do we still recognise ourselves in his descriptions today? In 2021, it will be exactly 500 years since the Italian writer Lodovico Guicciardini (1521-1589) was born. The Plantin-Moretus Museum does not leave this special anniversary unmarked. With the exhibition an Italian comes to the Netherlands, we return to the prosperous Antwerp and the Netherlands of the 16th century. Guicciardini’s descriptions stimulate and challenge, spontaneously conjuring up images of landscapes, animals, people, clothing.

 

04.11.2021 >

CHARLEROI

Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt

© Vanden Eeckhoudt


The Photography Museum
Avenue Paul Pastur 11
6032 Charleroi
www.museephoto.be
29.01.2022 > 15.05.2022

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Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt

No grandiose events in Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt’s photographs, no political or preachy messages, but fragments of life, brief everyday moments, the way that life can be funny, tender, endearing and sometimes sad. Each photograph composes a little story, a chronicle of banality that he has a unique way of sublimating. Tender, sometimes painful pictures, stirring up doubts and questions, which linger in memory like the nostalgic overtones of a song. Like muted understatements, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt’s photographs release the whole range of feelings, preferring a knowing smile to a burst of laughter, sweet melancholy to tears.



 

29.01.2022 > 15.05.2022

CHARLEROI

Gaëlle Henkens and Roger Job. Soleil noir

© Gaëlle Henkens et Roger Job


The Photography Museum
Avenue Paul Pastur 11
6032 Charleroi
www.museephoto.be
29.01.2022 > 15.05.2022

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Gaëlle Henkens and Roger Job. Soleil noir

A photographic report on the meeting with bull breeders in Camargue. Soleil noir is the fruit of years of work accomplished by Gaëlle Henkens and Roger Job during their 4-year immersion in Camargue. Over the course of more than 176 days spent shooting photographs and recording countless images, the photographers attempted to understand and relate the tale of a unique culture that erects statues and tombs to the glory of its bulls in the villages of the Rhône delta. Soleil noir conveys to us with elegance a strange passion for the bull, a special devotion that has nothing to do with Spanish bullfighting, because in Camargue, people play with the bulls but do not kill them. God is the animal, not the man that touches it!



 

29.01.2022 > 15.05.2022

CHARLEROI

Zoé Van der Haegen. Arbres-Troncs

© 2021 Zoe van der Haegen


The Photography Museum
Avenue Paul Pastur 11
6032 Charleroi
www.museephoto.be
29.01.2022 > 15.05.2022

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Zoé Van der Haegen. Arbres-Troncs

‘Arbres-Troncs’, totem-like remains of nature being destroyed, are the focus of this visual series combining collage and photography. The series ‘Arbres-Troncs’ is the fruit of both a pictural and photographic search, whose inspiration is rooted in certain works of modern art (especially pop art and abstract expressionism) but also in archive pictures of nature affected by wars or in contemporary media images of devastated landscapes.

 

29.01.2022 > 15.05.2022

GHENT

Wondrous Voyage From Ghent to East India


Sint Peter’s Abbey
Sint-Pietersplein 9
9000 Ghent
historischehuizen.stad.gent/en/st-peters-abbey
22.10.2021 > 06.05.2022

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Wondrous Voyage From Ghent to East India

This new exhibition takes you on a journey to the East Indies in the 18th century! Objects from bygone ages and exotic places that appeal to the imagination come to life in this unique travel story. In the spring of 1721, the Ghent priest Michael De Febure set sail from the port of Oostende on a trade mission to East India. His travel diary takes you along on an expedition that is far from self-evident. You will experience the constant fear of privateers and pirates, explore the Cape Verde Islands, and brave some severe storms. Along the way, you will discover the wonders of life at sea, before finally arriving at the Indian port of Surat, a melting-pot of cultures, smells, spices and exotic produce.

 

22.10.2021 > 06.05.2022

GHENT

10 Years Muller Van Severen. In Dialogue with the Collection


Design Museum Gent
Jan Breydelstraat 5
9000 Ghent
www.designmuseumgent.be
09.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

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10 Years Muller Van Severen. In Dialogue with the Collection

We are celebrating! The long awaited expansion of the museum is about to take place. Before the museum’s temporary closure, it is time to showcase the collection one last time through the eyes of the Ghent designer duo Muller Van Severen, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen have been working together since 2011 on an inspiring oeuvre of sculptural pieces of furniture and other objects. This first major exhibition in their home city celebrates this anniversary on two levels. At the request of the Design Museum Gent, the two designers set to work with the museum’s exceptional collection. Their intuitive and eclectic selection of approximately 100 collection items ‘enters into a dialogue’ with their own work in a major installation on the ground floor of the museum. Their journey is highlighted through the eyes of 10 key figures who have influenced their development, against the backdrop of the museum’s historic rooms.

 

09.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

GHENT

connect.DING. From Concept to Plan


Design Museum Gent
Jan Breydelstraat 5
9000 Ghent
www.designmuseumgent.be
09.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

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connect.DING. From Concept to Plan

In this exhibition, the temporary design team ‘TRANS architectuur I stedenbouw, Carmody Groarke and RE-ST architectenvennootschap’ reveals the plans developed for DING (Design in Ghent), the new wing of the Design Museum Ghent, and looks back on the complex design process that preceded it.

Referring to models, sketches, mock-ups and material samples, you will discover how the design progressed from project definition to architectural concept and final plan.

 

09.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

GHENT

The Little Catalogue of the S.M.A.K. Collection, The Exhibition Part 2

© Dirk Pauwels


S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Jan Hoetplein 2
9000 Ghent
smak.be
30.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

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The Little Catalogue of the S.M.A.K. Collection, The Exhibition Part 2

Swimming against the tide, S.M.A.K. first made a book - the 'Little Catalogue of the S.M.A.K. Collection' (March 2020) – before presenting the exhibition. The book gave rise to a collection exhibition that is unlike other ones: the co-creation and participation, as well as the book, was made with children and young people. They cast a fresh eye on the works of the collection and challenge the visitor to experience them in a peculiar way. The visitor will go back home with more questions than answers- and that is the whole idea. The entire first floor of S.M.A.K. will be occupied by a broad selection of the 150 works of art in the Little Catalogue of the S.M.A.K. Collection - a unique event in the museum world.

 

30.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

GHENT

POPART From Warhol to Panamarenko


S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Jan Hoetplein 2
9000 Ghent
smak.be
27.11.2021 > 08.05.2022

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POPART From Warhol to Panamarenko

This autumn, S.M.A.K. is bringing together forty pop art works from the private collection of Matthys-Colle and the museum collection of S.M.A.K. Pop art emerged in the mid-1950s and experienced its heyday in the 1960s. This art movement is more relevant than ever: just think of the impact of the (mass) media, consumer society and the abundance of manipulated images, then and now. Works by American and European artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann, Panamarenko, Christo, Jean Tinguely, Marcel Broodthaers, Yves Klein, Claes Oldenburg, Arman and Gerhard Richter guide you through this key period of post-war art history.

 

27.11.2021 > 08.05.2022

HORNU

Design and Cosmic Poetry

Unfold - Sea of Tranquility


CID - Centre d’innovation et de design
Site du Grand-Hornu / Rue Sainte-Louise 82
7301 Hornu
www.cid-grand-hornu.be
24.10.2021 > 27.02.2022

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Design and Cosmic Poetry

Black holes, dark matter, spiral nebulae, exoplanets, gravitational waves, the big bang, the multiverse... The countless objects and cosmic phenomena that shape our Universe offer many sources of inspiration for literature, music, visual and live arts… Design is no exception. How did the cosmic evolution unfold? Are we alone? Why does the Universe exist at all? From Albert Einstein’s general relativity to quantum theory, from gravity to the nature of space and time, from the micro to macro scales, our modern picture of the cosmos is brought to life through various design or architecture projects that take us well beyond these scientific roots, bearing witness to its mysteries and beauty. 

 

24.10.2021 > 27.02.2022

HORNU

Léon Wuidar. A perte de vue

Léon Wuidar, 23 août 19, 2019


MAC’s - Musée des Arts Contemporains
Site du Grand-Hornu / Rue Sainte-Louise 82
7301 Hornu
www.mac-s.be
26.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

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Léon Wuidar. A perte de vue

With its title À perte de vue (As Far as the Eye Can See), the exhibition emphasises the immense labyrinth of his oeuvre, as well as the ‘smiling rigour’ of an artist who plays with lines and colours, words and objects.



 

26.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

HORNU

Tamara Laï. Silent Noise

Tamara Laï, Image extraite du vidéopoème 'Silent Noise', mars 2020


MAC’s - Musée des Arts Contemporains
Site du Grand-Hornu / Rue Sainte-Louise 82
7301 Hornu
www.mac-s.be
26.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

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Tamara Laï. Silent Noise

In the 1990s, at the time when digital arts were emerging, Tamara Laï was one of the first Belgian artists to use the CD-ROM and the Web as supports to develop multimedia, interactive works which stood out with their poetic hypertext and rhizomatic narrative.

 

26.09.2021 > 30.01.2022

LA LOUVIERE

Lines & Tracks. Railway Posters and Graphic Design in Belgium

L'appel aux voyages Ostende - Douvres, 1961


Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée
Rue des Amours 10
7100 La Louvière
www.centredelagravure.be
26.11.2021 > 27.02.2022

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Lines & Tracks. Railway Posters and Graphic Design in Belgium

This exhibition features more than 140 Belgian railway posters from the SNCB/NMBS collection as well as various public and private collections. Considering these collections from a socio-economic, cultural, environmental and gender perspective, the exhibition places these graphic designs in a different context. Artist Nayel Zeaiter will present a new work about the railways. The exhibition sketches the history of the Belgian railways through the development of graphic art. At the beginning, purely informative typographical posters were used. The evolution of new printing techniques, especially lithography, gradually changed the look and function of the posters. Visual and promotional elements took precedence, and the posters became increasingly colourful, attractive, and enticing. The selection of posters, complemented by historical objects, was made in collaboration with Pieter Neirinckx, collection curator and researcher at the Museum of Industry in Ghent, who specialises in railway posters.



 

26.11.2021 > 27.02.2022

LA LOUVIERE

Alice Lothon. Grande Ourse

Alice Lothon dans l'Atelier de Keramis © Keramis


Keramis – Centre de la Céramique
Place des Fours-Bouteilles 1
7100 La Louvière
www.keramis.be
04.12.2021 > 13.03.2022

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Alice Lothon. Grande Ourse

A Paris Beaux-Arts graduate and tenant of La Ruche, a city of artists in the heart of Paris, Alice Lothon is a visual artist whose practice oscillates between collage and ceramics. In 2019, she took part for the first time in the contemporary ceramics fair, Céramique 14 de Paris, and won the Residence Prize. This allows her to benefit from a residence at Keramis. The pieces produced for this purpose are presented at the museum.

 

04.12.2021 > 13.03.2022

LA LOUVIERE

A trail through the collections. Tell me all about Boch

Suzanne Bilot dans l'atelier de décoration de Charles Catteau © Archives Keramis


Keramis – Centre de la Céramique
Place des Fours-Bouteilles 1
7100 La Louvière
www.keramis.be
26.06.2021 > 06.02.2022

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A trail through the collections. Tell me all about Boch

Within the permanent collection of Keramis, discover the history of the Boch manufacturing company by means of ceramics and unpublished archives. The exhibition presents nearly 2 centuries of history of this earthenware empire by way of mythical figures such as Charles Catteau and Anna Boch. There is also a spotlight on former workers and guest designers who share through video what their daily life was like in the heart of the factory.

 

26.06.2021 > 06.02.2022

LEUVEN

Alexis Gautier. L’Heure de la Soupe

© Alexis Gautier


M Leuven
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28
3000 Leuven
www.mleuven.be
17.09.2021 > 20.03.2022

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Alexis Gautier. L’Heure de la Soupe

Alexis Gautier's work is often created in dialogue with other people. Starting from an interest in cultural transactions, he focuses on exchange, coincidence and the fine line between fact and fiction. Encounters, discoveries and misunderstandings thereby form a creative space from which his work emerges in a collective context. The research process is documented by means of sculptures, videos, textiles and performances, all reflecting on the concepts of exchange and value, as well as on authorship and the protocols of exhibition-making.

 

17.09.2021 > 20.03.2022

LEUVEN

Richard Long

© Richard Long installation view, courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie


M Leuven
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28 3000 Leuven
www.mleuven.be
22.10.2021 > 20.03.2022

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Richard Long

Richard Long has made walking the primary medium for his art, taking nature and wilderness landscapes as his main inspiration. Taking long walks around the world, he often creates sculptures along the way, markers of passage and transformation. His work in geometric shapes emphasises both the order and diversity of the cosmos. His pieces can be considered as metaphors for existence and reflect his ideas about travel, places, distance, time, space and movement.

 

22.10.2021 > 20.03.2022

LIEGE

Inside Magritte

© Crossmedia Group, Milano, Fabbrica del Vapore, 2018


La Boverie
Parc de la Boverie
4020 Liege
www.laboverie.com
05.11.2021 > 06.03.2022

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Inside Magritte

Think of an apple. A man in a suit. A glass of water. Now make the apple so big that it takes over the man’s face and place the glass of water on top of an open umbrella. Surreal, isn’t it? This is where the Inside Magritte takes you: inside the mind of the most surreal Belgian painter. Explore René Magritte’s paintings thanks to new technologies in an immersive experience. Discover iconic artworks as you have never seen them before and allow yourself to be transported by the animation surrounding you. Let your emotions guide you through the Surrealist masterpieces that appear in front of your eyes, enhanced by modern technology.

 

05.11.2021 > 06.03.2022

MARIEMONT

The Mystery of Mithras: Exploring the Heart of a Roman Cult

Mithraeum at Capua, Italy © With permission of Direzione Regionale Musei Campania


Musée Royal de Mariemont
Chaussée de Mariemont 100
7140 Morlanwelz
www.musee-mariemont.be
20.11.2021 > 17.04.2022

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The Mystery of Mithras: Exploring the Heart of a Roman Cult

Originally from Persia, but reinvented by the Romans, Mithras met with dazzling success throughout the Roman Empire, between the 1st and 4th centuries of our era. In the heart of underground sanctuaries, it attracted thousands of followers who practiced their rituals in discreet communities. Why was this cult organised out of sight? Why did it become so popular, to the extent that it appeared as a rival of Christ? To answer such questions, the exhibition will feature spectacular monuments from all over Europe, but also recent finds unveiled to the public for the first time.

 

20.11.2021 > 17.04.2022

MECHELEN

A Lavish Past. The Burgundians through the eyes of the Romantics


Museum Hof van Busleyden
Sint-Janstraat 2a
2800 Mechelen
www.hofvanbusleyden.be
27.11.2021 > 27.02.2022

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A Lavish Past. The Burgundians through the eyes of the Romantics

History was popular in the 19th century, much as it is today. It was the century when new nations were born and others took a more prominent role on the international stage. The Romantic Era prompted a renewed interest in the Dukes of Burgundy, from Philip the Bold to the glorious Emperor Charles V. In A Lavish Past. The Burgundians Through the Eyes of the Romantics looks from the modern context, with a critical eye and a changing perspective, to the past. What can it tell us about the 19th-century view of the past? Or about the ways we look at our history today? A Lavish Past is a collaboration between Museum Hof van Busleyden and the Monastère royal de Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse (France).

 

27.11.2021 > 27.02.2022

MONS

Fernando Botero. Beyond forms

Fernando Botero, Pique-nique, 1989, oil on canvas, 132 x 175 cm, private collection © Fernando Botero


BAM - Beaux-Arts Mons
Rue Neuve 8
7000 Mons
www.bam.mons.be
09.10.2021 > 30.01.2022

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Fernando Botero. Beyond forms

Presented for the first time in Belgium, Botero's work, well-known for its curvy and voluptuous figures, is the result of demanding and determined research, which the artist began more than 70 years ago. The exhibition Fernando Botero. Beyond forms brings together important works from prestigious museums, including historical paintings which were rarely shown to the European public, as well as paintings, drawings and sculptures from international private collections. The exhibition guides the visitor through Botero's abundant universe, which is as much inspired by pre-Columbian art and popular iconography as by Mexican muralists and the art of the Italian Renaissance.

 

09.10.2021 > 30.01.2022

SENEFFE

A museum tour exploring the origins of our collections


Domaine du Château de Seneffe
Silver Museum of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Rue Lucien Plasman 7-9
7180 Seneffe
03.04.2021 > 22.02.2022

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A museum tour exploring the origins of our collections

Behind each object and collection is the story – modest or grandiose – of its donors and its current keepers. This selection of objects reflects the two purposes for which the château has been used: as a pleasure residence, built in the 18th century by Julien Depestre and Isabelle Cogels, and as a museum of silverware and the decorative arts, created in the 20th century thanks to the generous donation of another couple, Claude D’Allemagne and Juliette Rémy. The success story of the Silverware Museum of the French Community of Belgium began with its opening to the public in September 1995. Since then, donations, bequests, depositions and acquisitions have enriched a collection of nearly 6,800 remarkable works that primarily illustrate the Age of Enlightenment.

 

03.04.2021 > 22.02.2022