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EXHIBITIONS

BRUSSELS

‘Unrivalled art’ Gallery

© Fr. Abbeloos


AfricaMuseum
Leuvensesteenweg 13
3080 Tervuren
www.africamuseum.be
11.04.2022 >

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‘Unrivalled art’ Gallery

The visitor is first confronted with a significant collection of artistic productions in the domain of masks, statuary, sculpted ivory and “utilitarian” art. More specific themes, such as the notion of beauty from an African perspective, or the Belgian presence and how it modified certain aspects of the production and sale of sculptures in Congo, are also covered here. This gallery’s approach promotes and is based on the pioneering work of Belgians such as F.M. Olbrechts (former director of the RMCA), who made it possible to develop stylistic and iconographic analyses in African art.

 

11.04.2022 >

BRUSSELS

‘Rituals and ceremonies’ Gallery

© Fr. Abbeloos


AfricaMuseum
Leuvensesteenweg 13
3080 Tervuren
www.africamuseum.be
11.04.2022 >

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‘Rituals and ceremonies’ Gallery

To illustrate the rituals and ceremonies that punctuate the important stages of all life, the AfricaMuseum has chosen to adopt a museography devoted to African voices. Large screens show videos of people from Congo, Rwanda and Burundi sharing their experiences of birth, education, marriage, wellbeing, leadership, and death and commemoration. Objects related to these rites bring their stories to life. The pieces’ journey to the museum and the circumstances of their collection during the colonial period are also discussed.

 

11.04.2022 >

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 > 30.06.2022

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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 > 30.06.2022

BRUSSELS

Portrait of a Lady

Lalla Essaydi, Harem #18 Triptysch, 2009


Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
1050 Brussels
www.villaempain.com
24.03.2022 > 04.09.2022

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Portrait of a Lady

Through a series of artworks, Portrait of a Lady illustrates the various forms of representation of women from prehistoric times to today, as well as the more specific journeys of a few exceptional women. Bringing together a selection of ancient and contemporary pieces, the exhibition will establish a dialogue between different cultures and civilizations from the East and the West. This project aims to honour the portraits of both renowned and unknown women from the past to the present day. In addition to historical figures, the artworks present images of Greece and Africa, with insights into the stories of the Queen of Sheba and Dido, Queen of Carthage. From the personification of fertility to the representations of courtesans and empresses, the exhibition endeavours to shed light on the different views and interpretations of women throughout the ages. Curator: Louma Salamé

24.03.2022 > 04.09.2022

BRUSSELS

Vivian Maier

©Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY, Self-Portrait, New York, NY, 1953


BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be
08.06.2022 > 21.07.2022

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Vivian Maier

Over several decades, from the early 1950s onward, Vivian Maier (1926-2009) worked as a nanny in New York and Chicago. She meticulously documented the world around her but rarely, if ever, created prints from her negatives, so her work remained virtually unseen during her lifetime. Her entire life was shrouded in anonymity until her body of photographic work came to light in 2007: more than 120,000 negatives, Super 8 and 16 mm films, audio recordings and more, which together form a previously-unexhibited collection that can now be explored for the first time. Her all-consuming photographic efforts eventually made her one of the most celebrated proponents of street photography. 

 

08.06.2022 > 21.07.2022

BRUSSELS

This is what you came for

© Flor Maesen


BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be
28.04.2022 > 21.07.2022

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This is what you came for

BelgianArtPrize laureate 2021 Els Dietvorst is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives and works in South East Ireland. Dialogue, experiments and intuition are recurring strategies in her work. Since the 1990s, she has been fascinated by social issues such as migration, racism and climate change. She investigates the human condition, which in her work results in themes such as life and death, fear, alienation, and desire. This exhibition is conceived as an encounter and an invitation. The proposal grew out of the almost ritualistic actions and creations that Els Dietvorst began during the Covid-19 lockdown. This is what you came is being held simultaneously at two venues in Brussels – De Centrale and Bozar – and creates a fluid wave between the two places, with one exhibition mirroring the other. A combination of sculpture, installation, video and performance will introduce you to the universe of Els Dietvorst, in which she is always looking for connections with people, and creating spaces for encounters. In the framework of the BelgianArtPrize.

 

28.04.2022 > 21.07.2022

BRUSSELS

Project Palace, a centenary


BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be
01.04.2022 > 21.07.2022

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Project Palace, a centenary

2022 is the time to celebrate for Bozar. 4 April 1922, Brussels Town Hall:  The date when the Centre for Fine Arts (‘Palais des Beaux-Arts’) was officially launched. The judicial basis for the construction and the associated ambition of creating an arts centre had become a reality. The statutes that establish this historic moment are the starting point for centenary celebrations that begin with the Project Palace exhibition and a celebratory programme in April 2022.

Bozar, together with curator Wouter Davidts, has invited 10 artists to take part in the celebrations by producing new work that reflects on what an arts centre such as Bozar can and should be, now and into the future.  They put the spotlight on the arts centre today, yet viewed through the filter of the past.



 

01.04.2022 > 21.07.2022

BRUSSELS

Els Dietvorst & The Barra Movement - This is what you came for

© Flor Maesen


CENTRALE for contemporary art
Place Sainte-Catherine 44
1000 Brussels
www.centrale.brussels
28.04.2022 > 18.09.2022

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Els Dietvorst & The Barra Movement - This is what you came for

The exhibition This is what you came for is a project by Els Dietvorst at CENTRALE for contemporary art & Bozar in the mark of the BelgianArtPrize, and an encounter with Els Dietvorst and The Barra Movement. The exhibition is conceived as an encounter and an invitation. The proposal grew out of the almost ritualistic actions and creations that Els Dietvorst began during the Covid lockdown. A myriad of mediums including sculpture, installation, video and performance will introduce you to the universe of Els Dietvorst, in which she is always looking for connections with people, and creating spaces for encounters.

 

28.04.2022 > 18.09.2022

BRUSSELS

Charlotte Perriand. How do We Want to Live? Politics of Photomontage


Design Museum Brussels
Place de Belgique 1
1020 Brussels
www.designmuseum.brussels
01.04.2022 > 28.08.2022

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Charlotte Perriand. How do We Want to Live? Politics of Photomontage

Charlotte Perriand devoted her life to improving the living conditions of the greatest number of people, creating an ‘art of inhabiting’ in connection with nature. She used photography not only as a tool to observe reality, but also to defend her conception of a new world. In the 1930s, echoing our current concerns, she used large-scale photomontages to denounce unhealthy urbanism and provide her own vision of how to improve life. Her photographic frescoes demonstrate the modernity of her approach, such as La Grande Misère de Paris (1936), the waiting room of the Minister of Agriculture (1937), or the pavilion of the Ministry of Agriculture at the Exposition internationale des arts et techniques de la vie moderne (International Exposition of Art and Technology in Modern Life) of 1937, composed with Fernand Léger. The exhibition offers an immersion into her perception of the world through her method of creation and her incredible collection of photographs - period prints, negatives, magazine cut-outs, personal photographs -, archives which are placed against reconstitutions of her monumental photomontages.

 

01.04.2022 > 28.08.2022

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

The Worlds of Victor Horta: the restoration of the studio house

Tapissage de la chambre. ©Abel Verheyden & Sébastien Baillou


Horta Museum
Rue Américaine 25-27
1060 Brussels
www.hortamuseum.be
03.02.2022 > 30.06.2022

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The Worlds of Victor Horta: the restoration of the studio house

February: opening of the draughtsmen’s office - June: restoration of the guest room

In 2022, the 'The Worlds of Victor Horta' project, supported by the Baillet Latour Fund, is coming to an end. This final phase is devoted to the restoration of Horta's studio house. Come and discover this story, told in Victor Horta's former draughtsmen’s office. Furthermore, from 15 June onwards, the architect's guest room will present a fireplace and a wallpaper by William Morris, as it was originally designed. Until 30 June, explanations about the restoration of the historic spaces will also be available in the studio house.

 

03.02.2022 > 30.06.2022

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 > 31.07.2022

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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 > 31.07.2022

BRUSSELS

(Un)common values


National Bank of Belgium
Boulevard de Berlaimont 3
1000 Brussels
www.nbb-expo.be
21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

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(Un)common values

Over the years, the Banco de España (BDE) and the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) have each built up a collection of contemporary art focussing on artists who have a significant connection to their country. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NBB’s contemporary art collection, the two central banks are sharing an important part of their collections with the public. The exhibition is staged in the NBB’s modernist counter hall, right in the centre of the European capital. After the successful exhibition Building a Dialogue (2019) that brought together pieces from the art collections of the National Bank of Belgium and the Deutsche Bundesbank, the NBB’s contemporary art collection is celebrating its golden jubilee with a new exhibition: (un)common values. Two Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art. The Banco de España has been chosen as NBB’s partner to mark this anniversary. Their impressive collection has been built up through 240 years of active cultural patronage. This continuous support of art is the driving force behind the two collections, which are kept in the offices of both institutions. By sharing this heritage with the public, we will look back on the last half of a century, in search of our common values.

21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

BRUSSELS

Belgium has been hiding a treasure for 600 years (Permanent exh.)

© KBR


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 (Permanent exh.)

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

Toots 100. The Sound of a Belgian Legend

© KBR


Royal Library of Belgium - KBR
Mont des Arts 28
1000 Brussels
www.kbr.be
22.04.2022 > 31.08.2022

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Toots 100. The Sound of a Belgian Legend

Toots Thielemans would have turned 100 years old this year. The ‘ketje’ from the Marolles district of Brussels was an excellent musician and ultimately became one of the best harmonica players who ever lived. Toots filled concert halls all over the world with his virtuosic playing, but he always remained a Belgian at heart. Celebrate Toots’ 100th birthday together with KBR and the Museum of Musical Instruments (MIM) and discover the ‘sound’ of Toots in experiential exhibition in which sound and music play the leading role.

 

22.04.2022 > 31.08.2022

BRUSSELS

Christian Dotremont. Painter-Poet

Fondation Roi Baudouin / dépôt aux Archives & Musée de la Littérature © Olivier Guyaux – L'Atelier de l'Imagier


Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence 3
1000 Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be
28.04.2022 > 07.08.2022

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Christian Dotremont. Painter-Poet

On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the poet and painter Christian Dotremont, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts and the Archives & Museum of Literature are devoting an exceptional exhibition to this Belgian artist. More than 120 works on paper bear witness to his graphic oscillation between writing and painting.

 

28.04.2022 > 07.08.2022

BRUSSELS

The death of Marat. Focus exhibition

Jean-Luc Moerman "La mort de Marat" (2021) — © Courtesy of the artist


Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence 3
1000 Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be
28.04.2022 > 07.08.2022

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The death of Marat. Focus exhibition

Since 1893, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium has owned Jacques Louis David's masterpiece, "The death of Marat" (1793). In order to bear witness to the central position of this painting in the advent of modern art, the Royal Museums are devoting an exhibition to this masterpiece of our collections. For the first time, we are offering an unprecedented approach to David's artwork by combining both historical and contemporary views, as well as a scientific approach which will present the results of a research campaign that involved laboratory analyses.

 

28.04.2022 > 07.08.2022

BRUSSELS

Omar Ba

Omar Ba - Dispersion devant l’impasse - 2021 © Courtesy of the artist and Templon, Paris - Brussels


Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence 3
1000 Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be
01.04.2022 > 07.08.2022

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Omar Ba

Omar Ba’s work (1977, Senegal) is characterised by its enigmatic nature and its great poetic intensity. He seeks to express his subconscious and his symbolic interpretation of reality, therefore contrasting with the common didactic narrative. The artist deals with themes such as chaos, destruction and dictatorship, draping his political discourse in a veil of poetry thanks to a pictorial language that is entirely his own, both fierce and delicate.

01.04.2022 > 07.08.2022

BRUSSELS

Tanya Goel. Focus Exhibition

Tanya Goel "Magenta Primula Flower", Botanical Studies (2021) — © Courtesy of the artist


Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence 3
1000 Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be
01.04.2022 > 07.08.2022

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Tanya Goel. Focus Exhibition

Tanya Goel's (1985, New Delhi, India) work is characterised by a methodical approach in which spontaneity and methodically calculated order are simultaneously present. Her dense, complex and ambitiously scaled works evoke the rigorous exploration of abstraction and the implementation of a mathematical creative process; playing with the ambiguity created by the delicate balance between structure and chaos.

 

01.04.2022 > 07.08.2022

BRUSSELS

Royals & Trains

Royal coach Leopold III - NMBS


Train World
Place Princesse Elisabeth 5
1030 Brussels
www.trainworld.be
10.05.2022 > 22.01.2023

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Royals & Trains

The Belgian Royal Family has always had a special bond with trains. From the construction of the first railway line in 1835 until today, they have always supported the development of Belgian and European railways. Over the course of this temporary exhibition, you will discover the rich railway history of the Belgian Royal Family by means of never-before-seen historical documents and objects from our archives and those of the Royal Palace. There are also five royal carriages on display in Train World, most of which have never been exhibited to the general public before.

 

10.05.2022 > 22.01.2023

BRUSSELS

Walter Leblanc Foundation. New Display of the Collection


Walter Leblanc Foundation
Chaussée de Gand 1118
1082 Brussels
www.walterleblanc.org
01.06.2022 >

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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 Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June from 10 am to 5 pm.



 

01.06.2022 >

BRUSSELS

Kasper Bosmans. Husbandry

Kasper Bosmans - American Picket Fence and the Pink Thread, Gouache and silverpoint on poplar panel, 28 x 21 cm, 2021. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery and the artist.


WIELS - Contemporary Art Centre
Avenue Van Volxem 354
1190 Brussels
www.wiels.org
25.02.2022 > 14.08.2022

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Kasper Bosmans. Husbandry

Kasper Bosmans is an entertainer, a storyteller; anecdotes punctuate his conversation and artistic research. Fascinated by tales that resonate across time, he unpicks their threads and weaves them into new ones, attempting to slow them down by transforming words into images and objects. His wilfully anachronistic set of references turns out to be extremely eloquent about the current state of the world, revealing his finesse in appropriating historical material and local traditions to speak about contemporary, global questions. This ambitious and playful exhibition reveals the scope and humour of Bosmans’ original practice.

 

25.02.2022 > 14.08.2022

BRUSSELS

Lucy Raven. Another Dull Day

Lucy Raven, Still from 'Demolition of a Wall (Album 2)', video installation with sound, 2022 © Lucy Raven, courtesy of Lisson Gallery.


WIELS - Contemporary Art Centre
Avenue Van Volxem 354
1190 Brussels
www.wiels.org
27.04.2022 > 14.08.2022

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Lucy Raven. Another Dull Day

In this exhibition, Lucy Raven proposes a disarticulated reading of the landscape of the Western United States, turning our gaze away from the distant horizon to focus on a forcefield of geographic, material and historical tensions. The artist presents two ambitious video installations, one that premiered at WIELS and another that was recently commissioned by Dia Art Foundation, New York, alongside a new body of photographic work. The installations explore the properties of extreme pressure and material state change occurring respectively at an explosives range in New Mexico and a concrete plant in Idaho.

 

27.04.2022 > 14.08.2022

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 >

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Welcome to Plantins house

© Museum Plantin-Moretus – Photo LUCID


Museum Plantin-Moretus
Vrijdagmarkt 22
2000 Antwerp
www.museumplantinmoretus.be
11.04.2022 >

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Welcome to Plantins house

In 1576, Christophe Plantin relocated his printing works to the Vrijdagmarkt in Antwerp. His family lived and worked there for three hundred years. They converted the ‘Gulden Passer’ (‘Golden Compass’) into a beautiful mansion. The Plantin-Moretus family cherished their printing works, which had become a part of Antwerp’s heritage. The original residence and workshop of the Plantin and Moretus publishing dynasty offers a unique historical experience. No wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

11.04.2022 >

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Books that shaped the world as we know it

© Museum Plantin-Moretus - Photo Lucid


Museum Plantin-Moretus
Vrijdagmarkt 22
2000 Antwerp
www.museumplantinmoretus.be
11.04.2022 >

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Books that shaped the world as we know it

In 1555, Christoffel Plantin released his first book. Soon afterwards, writers and scientists found their way to his printing office, the Officina Plantiniana. Plantin distributed the new findings of top scientists internationally. Plantin was a publisher with a strong reputation. The quality of his printing was unmatched. In less than twenty years, Plantin's publishing house became the leading publishing house in Europe, with townhouses in Frankfurt, Leiden and Paris. Discover ten books that determined Western thinking and shaped the world as we know it.

 

11.04.2022 >

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Enjoy the Rubens House one last time

Peter Paul Rubens - Self-portrait - 1630 © Rubenshuis Antwerpen


The Rubens House
Wapper 9-11
2000 Antwerp
www.rubenshuis.be
11.04.2022 > 09.01.2023

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Enjoy the Rubens House one last time

The brilliant and versatile artist Rubens (1577-1640) lived in this palazzo with his family. Rubens ran a large studio, spoke several languages, collected art, designed his own home, travelled around Europe as a diplomat and was interested in science. Here in this house in the centre of Antwerp, he created many of his paintings, together with his colleagues and assistants. The museum has an interesting collection but also shows visitors how the master lived and worked. To better welcome visitors in the future, Maison Rubens is upgrading its infrastructure and will temporarily close its doors on January 9, 2023. The new reception building and redeveloped garden will open in 2024. In 2027, the year of Rubens' 450th birthday, the museum will welcome the public once again.

 

11.04.2022 > 09.01.2023

BRUGES

Underneath the Shade We Lay Grounded. Otobong Nkanga

Photo © Otobong Nkanga


Sint-Janshospitaal
Mariastraat 38
8000 Bruges
www.museabrugge.be
25.06.2022 > 25.09.2022

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Underneath the Shade We Lay Grounded. Otobong Nkanga

'Land' can be understood as earth, soil, stones and seeds, as well as the terrain on which ecological, economic, political and social issues are constructed and navigated. In this exhibition in the Sint-Janshospitaal (St. John's Hospital), Otobong Nkanga interweaves various forms of media such as installation, sculpture, drawing, tapestry, performance and poetry to create multi-sensory encounters and many layered intersections between visitors, objects and actions. In so doing, she appeals to all our senses.

25.06.2022 > 25.09.2022

CHARLEROI

En dilettante. Histoire et petites histoires de la photographie amateur

Anonyme, ca 1910. Coll. Éditions Sur la Banquise


The Photography Museum
Avenue Paul Pastur 11
6032 Charleroi
www.museephoto.be
21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

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En dilettante. Histoire et petites histoires de la photographie amateur

Produced with the complicity of the Conserverie, un lieu d’archives, and Éditions Sur la Banquise, this exhibition retraces some of the most important moments in the history of amateur photography, with a special focus on family photos.

21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

CHARLEROI

Island Flyer : A Postcard from the Isle of Wight

Image extract of the film Island Flyer : A Postcard from the Isle of Wight © Rebecca Jane Arthur


The Photography Museum
Avenue Paul Pastur 11
6032 Charleroi
www.museephoto.be
21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

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Island Flyer : A Postcard from the Isle of Wight

In Island Flyer: A Postcard from the Isle of Wight, Rebecca Jane Arthur takes us on a journey to an island in the English Channel in pursuit of summertimes gone by.

Super 8 transfer to HD, colour, English spoken, 11'51".

21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

CHARLEROI

Simon Vansteenwinckel. Wuhan Radiography

Wuhan Radiography © Simon Vansteenwinckel


The Photography Museum
Avenue Paul Pastur 11
6032 Charleroi
www.museephoto.be
21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

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Simon Vansteenwinckel. Wuhan Radiography

In this period of reduced freedoms, Simon Vansteenwinckel wondered how to persist in being curious, travelling, looking and reaching out to others, continuing to advocate openness rather than withdrawal into oneself. From his locked-down living room, he opened a window on the world via the incredible tool that is Google Maps, which enables us to travel the entire planet in an interposed way (Google Street View/Photo Sphere to be precise). The epidemic was at the centre of all discussions, an invisible but omnipresent monster. And it had a name: Wuhan, where it all began, the home of the epidemic, an unknown city subject to all rumors, inadvertently catapulted into the centre of the news. The images of Wuhan Radiography were made by photographing the screen directly according to his wanderings in the city. For this piece, he used Washi F film, a medical X-ray film initially used for diagnosing lung diseases.

21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

CHARLEROI

Karin Borghouts. Paris Impasse

Karin Borghouts, Villa Letellier, Paris © Karin Borghouts


The Photography Museum
Avenue Paul Pastur 11
6032 Charleroi
www.museephoto.be
21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

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Karin Borghouts. Paris Impasse

It is a Paris that we know little about: that of dead ends! And yet, Paris has hundreds of them.  The Belgian photographer Karin Borghouts began photographing them in 2011, as part of a residency project. The photographs offer a glimpse of a part of Paris that usually goes unnoticed.

21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

GHENT

MSK – The Collection

MSK Gent © Martin Corlazzoli


Museum of Fine Arts Ghent
Fernand Scribedreef 1
9000 Ghent
www.mskgent.be
12.04.2022 >

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MSK – The Collection

Discover the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent in all its diversity, in 40 reorganised galleries that promise to excite and surprise. (Re)discover the museum’s masterpieces alongside dozens of never-before-exhibited works and reflect on social themes across the centuries: on the image of women throughout 250 years of art, for example, on wealth and poverty, or on how people immortalised themselves in portraits. The free audio guides, family route, and a large public offer on demand bring the art even closer.

12.04.2022 >

GHENT

Artist in residence: Grace Ndiritu Healing the Museum

Grace Ndiritu, Women's Strike: Healing The Museum, 10 June 2021, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris


S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Jan Hoetplein 2
9000 Ghent
www.smak.be
02.04.2022 > 02.04.2023

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Artist in residence: Grace Ndiritu Healing the Museum

Grace Ndiritu (° 1982, Birmingham, UK) is a British-Kenyan artist who currently resides in Brussels. In response to the lack of empathy, care and inclusion in our society, she sometimes makes a radical exit from urban life to engage with alternative and spiritual communities in different parts of the world. On the basis of her experiences and research, she produces films, exhibitions, workshops and objects that suggest new forms of self-reliance and community building. Grace Ndiritu initiated the Healing the Museum project ten years ago. Concerned with the fate of the ‘dying’ museum, she introduced non-rational methodologies – such as shamanism and group meditation – in the hope of reanimating the space, sharing it and making it more ethical. Ndiritu will continue this project during her residency at S.M.A.K. By means of group sessions and research into the permanent collection, she will endeavour to grasp the museum’s spiritual history. The end result will be an exhibition project featuring both new and existing work.

02.04.2022 > 02.04.2023

GHENT

N. Dash

N.Dash, Untitled, 2017


S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Jan Hoetplein 2
9000 Ghent
www.smak.be
24.06.2022 > 06.11.2022

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N. Dash

The works of N. Dash (° 1980, Miami) arise from an intense and equitable exchange with whatever is at hand. In her multifaceted practice, the artist processes humble materials such as dirt, earth, jute, rope, strips of polystyrene foam, plastic bottles and discarded cardboard into complex compositions. She borrows techniques and materials from painting, sculpture, photography and printing. Through these transformations, a paradox seems to form in the perception of the works, which are as refined as they are simple. The vitality and economy of Dash’s constructions can be traced to her connection to the environment, both natural and man-made, and to geological time or the vast interval in which biological life has arisen on earth. The underlying tension between what is industrially ‘given’ and what is manually constructed, and the unpredictability of the elements and human attempts to tame these natural energies, forms an integral part of this tactile body of work. New works will be produced especially for the exhibition.

24.06.2022 > 06.11.2022

GHENT

Presentation Matthys-Colle Collection

Bruce Nauman Study for Pleasure, Pain, Life, Death, Love, Hate, 1983 stift, potlood en inkt op papier 127 x 97,5cm Collectie Matthys-Colle Foto: Dirk Pauwels


S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Jan Hoetplein 2
9000 Ghent
www.smak.be
24.06.2022 > 31.12.2022

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Presentation Matthys-Colle Collection

Since 2021, S.M.A.K. has managed part of the works of art of the Matthys-Colle Foundation, including the painting 'Great American Nude #45' (1963) by the American pop artist Tom Wesselmann. This work was purchased by the Flemish Community and immediately marked the start of this unique public-private partnership. This acquisition was also accompanied by a long-term loan of 39 other works by internationally renowned artists such as Bruce Nauman, Gilbert & George, Daniel Buren, Thomas Schütte, Cy Twombly and Tom Wesellmann from this prestigious collection. In June, S.M.A.K. will be exhibiting a selection of artworks from that collection.

24.06.2022 > 31.12.2022

GHENT

Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize 2022 – 2023

www.smak.be - Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize 2022 – 2023 - © S.M.A.K.


S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Jan Hoetplein 2
9000 Ghent
www.smak.be
01.03.2022 > 31.12.2022

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Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize 2022 – 2023

The Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize is a national, biennial competition for artists who have recently graduated from a Belgian art school. With this initiative, S.M.A.K. and its association, the Friends of S.M.A.K., recognise the importance and relevance of a new generation of artists. Both partners are committed to offering opportunities to emerging talent who doesn’t always find an easy path to the professional art world.

Following on fromthe previous edition, the competition will be held over two consecutive years. The competition will run in 2022 and entries will be assessed by an international panel. The finalists’ work will be presented in an exhibition the following year. This extra time will create a more enriching experience and allow the artists to collaborate closely with the museum on the group exhibition. Finally, a winner will be chosen.

01.03.2022 > 31.12.2022

GHENT

Splendid Isolation

Splendid Isolation: Frank Walter, Untitled, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH DOG, Oil on heavy cardstock, 12.5 x 18.5 cm, Private Collection


S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Jan Hoetplein 2
9000 Ghent
www.smak.be
14.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

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Splendid Isolation

Splendid Isolation looks at how artists create (or created) work during periods of isolation. Self-imposed isolation can be an advantage or even a necessary condition for certain artists, but for many it is a condition determined by geographical, political or biological factors. Whatever the cause of their seclusion, numerous artists use the situation to make work, whether out of necessity, as an exit strategy, an indictment, or as a testimony. Splendid Isolation brings together a range of stories and ensembles by international artists who either work, or have worked, in isolation. With pieces by Asim Abu Shakra Salam Atta Sabri, Danny Bergeman, Forrest Bess, Irma Blank, Louise Bourgeois, Zehra Dogan, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Frank Walter and Hervé Yamguen.

 

14.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

GHENT

Lydia Ourahmane Barzakh

Lydia Ourahmane, Barzakh, Kunsthalle Basel, 2021, photo : Philipp Hänger


S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst
Jan Hoetplein 2
9000 Ghent
www.smak.be
21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

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Lydia Ourahmane Barzakh

The artistic projects of Lydia Ourahmane (b.1992, Saïda, Algeria) are often based on events in her personal surroundings or on objects that carry a tension due to their social, political or economic significance. These objects provide the impetus for an in-depth examination of the way in which repeated histories of forced displacement and colonial oppression inscribe themselves upon individual lives, bodies and structures. The actual work takes the form of a video, performance, sculpture, sound piece or installation and often has an experimental character. The Arabic word ‘barzakh’ means ‘to be in limbo’, an ‘in-between state’ between life and death, the place where the spirits hide but also a physical location that offers protection. For this project, Ourahmane moved the entire contents of her flat in Algiers to Europe during the 2020 lockdown. Prevented from returning to Algeria due to an on-going artist’s residency, she made her ‘home’ come to her and transformed it into an installation. It was given the same surface area and layout as her original living space. In the exhibition, the artist’s interventions and unique circumstances ensure that the contents are transformed into an extremely complex, fragile environment, which releases its meanings slowly, and in unexpected ways. ‘Barzakh’ was commissioned by Kunsthalle Basel and is a co-production of Kunsthalle Basel and @Triangle-Astérides, Centre d’art contemporain, Marseille. S.M.A.K. is the third stage of a journey that has taken ‘Barzakh’ from Basel to Marseille and Ghent.

21.05.2022 > 18.09.2022

HORNU

Beirut. Eras of Design

BE11 Marc Baroud, coiffeuse de la série Leatherscapes - 2016 Marco Pinarelli


CID - Centre d’innovation et de design
Site du Grand-Hornu
Rue Sainte-Louise 82
7301 Hornu
www.cid-grand-hornu.be
24.04.2022 > 14.08.2022

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Beirut. Eras of Design

Lebanon has been experiencing a profusion in all artistic fields since the early 2000s. Design is no exception to this dynamic and is even one of its most important indicators. The exhibition Beirut. Eras of design will attempt to analyse this specific situation, which simultaneously combines economic and architectural reconstruction, social awareness and international development. Design alone symbolises the country’s desire to take hold of its own destiny and its image by proposing objects and forms that are conscious of multiple heritages but also deeply rooted in a complex reality.

24.04.2022 > 14.08.2022

HORNU

Gaillard & Claude. A Certain Decade

Gaillard & Claude - Orchestra. Photos Kristien Daem


MAC’s - Musée des Arts Contemporains
Site du Grand-Hornu
Rue Sainte-Louise 82
7301 Hornu
www.mac-s.be
27.02.2022 > 18.09.2022

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Gaillard & Claude. A Certain Decade

The exhibition by the artistic duo Gaillard & Claude brings together the essential elements of their production since 2010. As critical yet amused observers of the social imagination of our time, they cultivate an art of absurd intrusion and poetic incident. Throughout their diverse body of work, Gaillard & Claude develop the art of double and implied meanings, paradoxical affinities and astonishing overlaps.

27.02.2022 > 18.09.2022

HORNU

Aline Bouvy. Cruising Bye

Aline Bouvy, Bastinado, 2018 Photo Isabelle Arthuis


MAC’s - Musée des Arts Contemporains
Site du Grand-Hornu
Rue Sainte-Louise 82
7301 Hornu
www.mac-s.be
27.02.2022 > 18.09.2022

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Aline Bouvy. Cruising Bye

Aline Bouvy’s exhibition takes the form of loitering and is as much about sexual vagrancy and police patrols as stray dogs and queer flirtations. Her multidisciplinary palette, alternating thermoformed plexiglas with inlaid linoleum and remote-controlled vehicles, surprises the visitor with its infringement of good taste and disregard for taboos.

27.02.2022 > 18.09.2022

LA LOUVIERE

Treasure Bowl Collection. Appropriation

Treasure Bowl Collection 2 © AIC


Keramis – Centre de la Céramique
Place des Fours-Bouteilles 1
7100 La Louvière
www.keramis.be
23.04.2022 > 28.08.2022

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Treasure Bowl Collection. Appropriation

The bowl, the brick and the figure are the three archetypes of ceramics, in the same way that eating, self-defense, reproducing, self-representation and the representation of the world around us are among the founding characteristics of human activity. In 2017, the Council of the International Academy of Ceramics (AIC) presented the first edition of the Treasure Bowl Collection, the culmination of a valuable collaboration between 10 international artists and a curator. For the second edition, Ludovic Recchia, the Managing Director of Keramis, was in charge of bringing together 10 international ceramists around the theme ‘Appropriation’. The 10 bowls created for the occasion can be discovered for the first time at Keramis.

23.04.2022 > 28.08.2022

LA LOUVIERE

Treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics of Verviers

Pagode ou magot. Porcelaine dure polychrome. Allemagne, Meissen (Saxe) © Musées de Verviers


Keramis – Centre de la Céramique
Place des Fours-Bouteilles 1
7100 La Louvière
www.keramis.be
15.01.2022 > 28.08.2022

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Treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics of Verviers

The current collections of the Museums of Verviers constitute, on the one hand, a veritable panorama of European painting from the 15th to the 20th century, and, on the other hand, one of the most remarkable collections of ceramics in Belgium. Chinese porcelain, German and Austrian productions, Brussels services, blue or polychrome Delft earthenware, Raeren stoneware, German, French, Belgian or Luxembourg pieces...The Museums of Verviers have been forced to close their doors following the floods of July 15, 2021, which hit Verviers and its region hard. Pending a forthcoming reopening, Keramis has offered the Verviers Museums a collaboration which materialises in this exhibition which presents a selection of pieces of ceramics and glass from Verviers.

15.01.2022 > 28.08.2022

LA LOUVIERE

Artists in Residence: Denicolai&Provoost/Delphine Deguislage/Eleni Kamma


Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée
Rue des Amours 10
7100 La Louvière
www.centredelagravure.be
09.04.2022 > 24.07.2022

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Artists in Residence: Denicolai&Provoost/Delphine Deguislage/Eleni Kamma

Résidences is a research programme devoted to the current practice of printed arts, whose vocation is to promote a sustainable encounter between artists and audiences. Developed by the CGII following the call of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, A future for culture, it has been hosting four artists in residence since January 2021: the duo Denicolai & Provoost, Eleni Kamma and Delphine Deguislage. Over the course of a full season, the artists have developed research projects anchored in the territory of the Centre region. Their research has been materialised in three exhibitions that present the experiments and works that were carried out, as well as a selection of works from the collections of the Centre de la Gravure and the Daily-Bul & Co.

09.04.2022 > 24.07.2022

LEUVEN

Naufus Ramirez Figueroa

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, ‘Deus Ex Machina’, 2021, Variación sobre hoja de anturio #4 & #5, 2021 © Courtesy of the artist, Sies + Höke Düsseldorf, foto Simon Vogel


M Leuven
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28
3000 Leuven
www.mleuven.be
06.05.2022 > 30.10.2022

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Naufus Ramirez Figueroa

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (Guatemala, 1978) creates dreamlike works of art with elements from literature, folklore, magic and childhood memories. His performances, sculptures and installations are rooted in experimental theatre and also constitute a form of political activism. In particular, the tragic civil war in his homeland Guatemala (1960-1996) is a recurring theme. Ramírez-Figueroa's approach is strongly visual. He creates symbolic scenes with a humorous, playful or absurd slant. His work explores cultural identity and history, trauma, colonisation and the connection between man and nature.

06.05.2022 > 30.10.2022

LEUVEN

Wael Shawky

© Wael Shawky - Courtesy: Lisson Gallery


M Leuven
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28
3000 Leuven
www.mleuven.be
11.03.2022 > 28.08.2022

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Wael Shawky

M Leuven is showing a major solo exhibition by the internationally renowned Egyptian artist Wael Shawky. The artist lived in Saudi Arabia for a long time, where he witnessed the transition from a nomadic tribal society to a modernised, more Western society. He transposes his impressions and his analysis of cultures and societies into his works of art. Politics, culture, religion, historical facts and fiction overlap.

Amongst other things, M presents two new in-situ installations, wood carvings, a series of drawings, a film, and marionettes from the 'Cabaret Crusades' and The Gulf Project Camp series.

11.03.2022 > 28.08.2022

LEUVEN

Open M

© M Leuven


M Leuven
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28
3000 Leuven
www.mleuven.be
06.05.2022 > 30.10.2022

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Open M

Open M gives visual artists the opportunity to display their work in M Leuven's museum galleries. With this initiative, M focuses on artists who have a link with Flemish Brabant or Leuven. All disciplines within the visual arts are welcome: from painting to performance, from films to graphic design. This edition of Open M revolves around transhistoricity. The international curator Melanie Bühler (Frans Hals Museum, the Netherlands) will create a selection from the submissions. M will present the selection from 06.05.2022 as a group exhibition.

 

06.05.2022 > 30.10.2022

LIEGE

Costa Lefkochir. The progression of a journey

Costa lefkochir, "Lettre à Dürkheim", acrylique et élément sculptural sur carton marouflé sur châssis, 2020. © C. Lefkochir © Photo: Laura Lefkochir.


La Boverie
Parc de la Boverie
4020 Liege
www.laboverie.com
06.05.2022 > 07.08.2022

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Costa Lefkochir. The progression of a journey

This monographic exhibition presents a display of large-format pieces by Costa Lefkochir: paintings, sculptures and installations from 1987 to 2022. The exhibition route, which is not chronological, brings together major works that are symbolic of the path taken and travelled to create a visual language imbued with a fundamentally Humanist leaning. His creative process is driven by a spirituality that seeks to find the greatest possible sense of harmony, as part of a highly personal and singular form of artistic expression. The entire process stems from a journey in which spirit and style mingle and merge to affirm essential values. Many of the works in this collection are previously unseen, on loan from private collections, institutions, companies and the artist’s studio, with others being created especially for the exhibition, which will include more than one hundred pieces.

06.05.2022 > 07.08.2022

MARIEMONT

Women of China. A 20th century journey

Elle,Wenjing Zhou, vidéo, 2017 © Wenjing Zhou


Musée Royal de Mariemont
Chaussée de Mariemont 100
7140 Morlanwelz
www.musee-mariemont.be
02.04.2022 > 23.10.2022

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Women of China. A 20th century journey

One in five women in the world is Chinese. Yet no exhibition has been devoted to them until now. As a true social fresco, the exhibition traces the evolution of the female adventure in the most tormented century in Chinese history. By means of authentic objects (dresses, jewellery, puppets, etc.), photographs and modern creations, the visitor will discover daily life, heroines or propaganda models. Ultimately, the exhibition offers a renewed portrait of the modern woman, far from the stereotypes inherited from the late 19th century.

02.04.2022 > 23.10.2022

MECHELEN

Gap in the Clouds, Ricardo Brey

©WeDocumentArt


Museum Hof van Busleyden
Frederik de Merodestraat 65
2800 Mechelen
www.hofvanbusleyden.be
20.05.2022 > 28.08.2022

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Gap in the Clouds, Ricardo Brey

With Ricardo Brey, Museum Hof van Busleyden welcomes one of the most important Cuban artists of our times in Mechelen. From the outset, Ricardo Brey's artistic practice has focused on his questioning of mankind's place in the world, of how people understand and categorise reality and themselves. Brey's ongoing series of boxes, 'Every Life is a Fire', reveals the artist's ongoing investigation into philosophical concepts such as time, mythology, human expression and the natural universe. Brey uses his confined boxes to evoke surprise and astonishment. A kind of compact Wunderkammer, Brey's enigmatic boxes depict the complex workings of the human mind, inviting performative engagement by unfolding the four walls of the box to reveal a woven web of symbols.

20.05.2022 > 28.08.2022

MONS

Anto-Carte. De terre et de ciel

Anto-Carte, Le Retour du fils prodigue, 1920, huile sur toile, 120 x 90 cm. Collection privée. photo : Jacques Vandenberg © SABAM Belgium 2022


BAM - Beaux-Arts Mons
Rue Neuve 8
7000 Mons
www.bam.mons.be
19.03.2022 > 21.08.2022

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Anto-Carte. De terre et de ciel

This exhibition introduces the visitor to a painting virtuoso whose work weaves a fascinating link between the centuries. The entire heritage of the old masters’ painting know-how is expressed in the paintings from the first half of the 20th century by this Mons artist, whose career was largely international. 80 works from public and private collections present the paintings of Anto-carte through the prism of his aspiration to the sacred. Indeed, the artist’s greatest paintings revisit the classical themes of Christian iconography whilst celebrating the grandeur of the rural world.

19.03.2022 > 21.08.2022

SENEFFE

From day to day, the 18th century

© Domaine de Seneffe M. Clinckemaille


Domaine du Château de Seneffe
Silver Museum of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Rue Lucien Plasman 7-9
7180 Seneffe
www.chateaudeseneffe.be
26.02.2022 > 30.12.2023

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From day to day, the 18th century

An exhibition taking visitors behind the scenes of the 18th century. With the help of the almanac kept by the castle’s bailiff, visitors will discover a year in the life of its occupants. From room to room, the recreated life of the Estate unfolds over the seasons. The exhibition will provide insights into the owners’ enthusiasms, explore the traditions of the time, and reveal the little-known passages that were used by the castle’s servants.

26.02.2022 > 30.12.2023