La Patinoire Royale - galerie Valérie Bach aims to promote Belgian art through major historical exhibitions, Sculpting Belgium (2017) and Painting Belgium (2019) and the organisation of monographic exhibitions of Belgian artists, both past and future, modern and contemporary.
In 1955, Pol Bury was one of the fundamental artists in the exhibition Le Mouvement at the Galerie Denise René in Paris, which marked the birth of kinetic art. In the wake of the exhibition, groups were founded all over Europe working on concepts of space, light and movement. There was also the desire to create an art involving participation, placed at the heart of society, which would stimulate the senses and redefine our perception of time. Optical and kinetic art have explored this in multiple ways. While Takis was studying the magnetic energy of materials coming from industry, the Physichromies by Carlos Cruz-Diez were producing an infinite number of chromatic variations that changed with the position of the viewer. These themes still inspire artists today, such as the American Gisela Colón, the Franco-British Alice Anderson, to the Brussels collective LAB[au], who revisit the work of their predecessors through the means of contemporary technology.