Do you want to discover a booming artistic scene? How about a short trip to Brussels? Artsper has compiled a list of the 10 unmissable places for you, sometimes unusual ones, walk around the city and gaze upon contemporary art in all its forms.
For a few years now, Brussels has been a true crossroad for contemporary art, at the heart of Europe, the capital possesses everything to seduce contemporary art lovers: quality artists, impressionist spaces, an international public and several avant-garde art collectors. A wide choice of public venues: art centers, museums, galleries and private collections open their doors to the public. Art takes over streets and walls of the city. An artistic immersion at the heart of Brussels, the beautiful one!
#1 MIMA (MILLENNIUM ICONOCLAST MUSEUM OF ART)
MIMA, opened its doors in March 2016 in downtown Brussels. It offers the public to look over the history of 2.0 culture. This arose during the Internet era, the culture broke all the traditional codes of contemporary art, in order to explore a new universe and establish a new relationship with the public. Coming soon: a very Street Art exhibition on the Dutch, Boris Tellegen aka Delta.
Address: 39-41, Quai du Hainaut – 1080 Brussels
#2 ROYAL SKATING
In an old skating rink called “Royal Skating” by the inhabitants of Brussels, a French couple of business owners opened a museum where….everything is for sale! A new and ambitious concept, where one can see current famous artists for free. Program summary: an in situ exhibition of the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, entitled « De fil(s) en aiguille(s) » (one thing leading to another), until the 25th March.
Address: 15 Rue Veydt -1060, Saint-Gilles, Brussels
#3 WIELS / CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER
Created in old Wielemans-Coppens bars, the contemporary art center offers a program focused on visual arts. The center exhibits several debates and dialogues which enliven the world of art today, through a series of temporary exhibitions. Program summary: show of the Dutch Erik Van Lieshout, « Must Ego On ».
Address: 354, Rue Van Volxem- 1190 Brussels (Forest)
#4 VANHAERENTS ART COLLECTION
Like great art collectors, the Belgians have decided to share their passion and open their collection to the public. The spaces are sometimes just impressive, and the works are worthy of major museums! This is the case for Vanhaerents Art, which gives us a glimpse of the artistic trends, from the 70’s till today. Young creators, promising artists and creators with established values rub shoulders. One can gaze upon: Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Allan McCollum, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, Christian Boltanski or even Japanese artists like Takashi Murakami and Chiho Aoshima.
Address:29, Rue Anneessens-1000 Brussels
#5 LA CENTRAL FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
The link between art and society is given top billing, in this contemporary art center. Culture is within reach for everyone, and makes you get rid of the elitist reputation of contemporary art, an important principle for this art center. Coming soon: a Franco-Chinese dual, which highlights Brussels and a solo show of the French visual artist, Jean Lain.
Address:44 Place Sainte-Catherine-1000 Brussels
#6 LA MAISON PARTICULIÈRE
La maison particulière is a private home of a master, located at Rue du Châtelain and one doesn’t need an appointment to visit it. Art collectors present works of their choice, around themes chosen by the owner couple. Here, nothing is for sale, it is place to discover and rediscover, in a unique setting. The house welcomes its latest amazing exhibition “From here to Eternity”, not to be missed!
Address: 49, Rue du Châtelain-1050 Brussels
#7 LE CAB / CONTEMPORARY ART BRUSSELS
Launched in 2012 by a Belgian art collector, this contemporary art center is neither an institution nor a gallery but has the aim to highlight the emerging artistic scene. The Art Deco building of 8000 meter square, welcomes conferences, exhibitions and concerts. Several international and emerging artists of the contemporary artistic scene, are put under the spotlight here. Currently, a reflection on the work of the French architect and designer Jean Prouvé is presented.
Address: 32-34 Rue Borrens -1050 Brussels
#8 BOZAR / LE PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS OF BRUSSELS
Inside the Art Deco Palace, signed Horta, BOZAR presents about twenty thematic or individual exhibitions per year, by alternating between ancient art and contemporary art. Three exhibitions are currently on: the first one presents avant-garde art, the second one exhibits popular and contemporary art of Congo and last but not least, the third one is devoted to Picasso’s sculptural art.
Address: 23, Rue Ravenstein – 1000 Brussels
#9 ING ART CENTER
Since more than forty years, the ING bank has been organizing exhibitions in its buildings in Brussels. Today, it presents an exhibition called « Guggenheim Full Abstraction », which portrays the birth and evolution of abstract art, from the two sides of the Atlantic, from the years 1940-1960. It presents masterpieces from two museums founded by American art collectors, namely Solomon R. and Peggy Guggenheim.
Address: 6, Place Royale -1000 Brussels
#10 LA VERRIÈRE / HERMÈS FOUNDATION
The Verrière-Hermès is part of the international network of galleries of the Hermes foundation. It produces and promotes four contemporary art exhibition per year, coupled with designer presentations. Don’t miss the show which opposes the world of artists, Douglas Eynon and Erwan Mahéo. A global installation, the exhibition is presented like a metaphor, on the fate of Brussels, under the auspices of a mysterious enterprise…
Address:50, Boulevard de Waterloo, 1000 Brussels