Belgium

Brussels Art Guide

At the heart of Europe, Brussels is a bustling, ever-changing city with a unique and highly active fine art scene. Over the centuries the Belgian capital has drawn European masters from Pieter Bruegel to Auguste Rodin, René Magritte, and Paul Delvaux. Heritage and UNESCO sites ranging from the medieval Grand-Place to 17th-century guild halls, a 19th-century stock exchange, iconic Art Nouveau and Art Deco town houses, and the futuristic Atomium building, amidst multiple green spaces define the urban landscape of this cosmopolitan cultural centre.

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For a city at the heart of European politics and bureaucracy, Brussels' contemporary art scene is highly anarchistic and anti-authoritarian, defying categorisation and standardisation. Highly decentralised and diverse, there is no principal art district; instead, networks and groupings of various migrant and local contemporary artists and their collectors are scattered across the city's districts in all manner of spaces. Empty and abandoned spaces across the city have been transformed into places of art, with even major institutions such as Kanal—Centre Pompidou occupying former industrial spaces.

The city's contemporary art museums and institutions—the Musée Modern (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium), the Kanal, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre and Centrale for Contemporary Art—give just a small sample of the Brussels art world. An abundance of independent and alternative exhibition spaces and contemporary art galleries help Belgian and migrant artists find their own path. Galleries in Brussels like Templon, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Greta Meert, Almine Rech, Office Baroque, and Rodolphe Janssen, as well as non-profits such as La Loge and Complot, and independent institutions such as the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art and the Boghossian Foundation (based in Villa Empain) act as the backbone to the city's contemporary art scene.

With one of the highest concentrations of collectors in Europe and a large number of galleries and independent art organisations that offer support and stability to newer artists, Brussels attracts a wealth of international artists, evident across the multi-cultural collaborations and exhibition spaces dotted across the city.

Major exhibitions are sometimes held at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, though rarely do all art circles converge in this manner. The principal exception is the Art Brussels contemporary art fair (established in 1968), when artists, galleries, and art lovers from all over Brussels and overseas converge in one place. Other smaller alternative art fairs have arisen in recent years, including Art Truc Troc, the Affordable Art Fair, Independent, and Poppositions. These independent efforts attempt to alter gallery hierarchies and provide further space for emerging talent.


Current Exhibition | Brussels
15 September–14 November 2020
Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Galerie Laurentin, Paris - Bruxelles, Brussels View Exhibition
Courtesy Galerie Laurentin, Paris - Bruxelles.
Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Current Exhibition | Brussels
4 September–7 November 2020
Group Exhibition

POST-WAR BELGIAN ABSTRACT PAINTING | FIVE WOMEN. FIVE TEMPERAMENTS. A PENTACLE

La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels View Exhibition
Francine Holley, Composition (1977) (detail). Mixed media on paper. 17 x 15 cm. Courtesy La Patinoire Royale - galerie Valérie Bach.
POST-WAR BELGIAN ABSTRACT PAINTING | FIVE WOMEN. FIVE TEMPERAMENTS. A PENTACLE
Current Exhibition | Brussels
3 September–10 October 2020
Lynda Benglis

Ceramics & Sparkle Sculptures

Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Lynda Benglis, Ceramics & Sparkle Sculptures, Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels (3 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy Xavier Hufkens.
Ceramics & Sparkle Sculptures
Current Exhibition | Brussels
3 September–10 October 2020
Thomas Houseago

Recovery Works

Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Thomas Houseago, Recovery Works, Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels (3 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy Xavier Hufkens.
Recovery Works
Current Exhibition | Brussels
3 September–10 October 2020
Vaughn Spann

Smoke Signals

Almine Rech, Brussels View Exhibition
Courtesy Almine Rech.
Smoke Signals
Current Exhibition | Brussels
3 September–17 October 2020
Katinka Bock

Fermata

Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Katinka Bock, Fermata, Galerie Gerta Meert, Brussels (3 September–17 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Greta Meert.
Fermata
Current Exhibition | Brussels
3 September–17 October 2020
David Altmejd

Rabbits

Xavier Hufkens, 44 rue Van Eyck, Brussels View Exhibition
Exhibition view: David Altmejd, Rabbits, Xavier Hufkens, 44 rue Van Eyck, Brussels (3 September–17 October 2020). Courtesy Xavier Hufkens.
Rabbits
Current Exhibition | Brussels
3 September–17 October 2020
Liam Everett

Steel your face right off your head

Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Liam Everett, Steel your face right off your head, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels (3 September–17 October 2020). Courtesy Galerie Greta Meert.

Steel your face right off your head
Current Exhibition | Brussels
3 September–24 October 2020
Tom Poelmans

The End of Time

rodolphe janssen, Brussels View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Tom Poelmans, The End of Time, rodolphe jannsen, Brussels (3 September–24 October 2020). Courtesy rodolphe janssen.
The End of Time
Current Exhibition | Brussels
3 September–24 November 2020
Abdelkader Benchamma

Signes

Templon, Brussels View Exhibition
Courtesy Templon.
Signes
Upcoming Exhibition | Brussels
29 September–19 December 2020
Edith Dekyndt

The Ghost Year

Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels View Exhibition
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Greta Meert
The Ghost Year
Upcoming Exhibition | Brussels
29 October 2020
Richard Tuttle

Stories I - XX

Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels View Exhibition
Courtesy Galerie Greta Meert
Stories I - XX

Current Exhibitions In Brussels

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Contemporary art exhibition, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Ernest Pignon-Ernest at Galerie Laurentin, Paris - Bruxelles, Brussels
15 September–14 November 2020 Ernest Pignon-Ernest Galerie Laurentin, Paris - Bruxelles, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, POST-WAR BELGIAN ABSTRACT PAINTING | FIVE WOMEN. FIVE TEMPERAMENTS. A PENTACLE at La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
4 September–7 November 2020 Group Exhibition POST-WAR BELGIAN ABSTRACT PAINTING | FIVE WOMEN. FIVE TEMPERAMENTS. A PENTACLE La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Lynda Benglis, Ceramics & Sparkle Sculptures at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
3 September–10 October 2020 Lynda Benglis Ceramics & Sparkle Sculptures Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels107 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Thomas Houseago, Recovery Works at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
3 September–10 October 2020 Thomas Houseago Recovery Works Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels107 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Vaughn Spann, Smoke Signals at Almine Rech, Brussels
3 September–10 October 2020 Vaughn Spann Smoke Signals Almine Rech, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Katinka Bock, Fermata at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
3 September–17 October 2020 Katinka Bock Fermata Galerie Greta Meert, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, David Altmejd, Rabbits at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
3 September–17 October 2020 David Altmejd Rabbits Xavier Hufkens, 44 rue Van Eyck, Brussels44 rue Van Eyck, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Liam Everett, Steel your face right off your head at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
3 September–17 October 2020 Liam Everett Steel your face right off your head Galerie Greta Meert, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Tom Poelmans, The End of Time at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
3 September–24 October 2020 Tom Poelmans The End of Time rodolphe janssen, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Abdelkader Benchamma, Signes at Templon, Brussels
3 September–24 November 2020 Abdelkader Benchamma Signes Templon, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Edith Dekyndt, The Ghost Year at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
29 September–19 December 2020 Edith Dekyndt The Ghost Year Galerie Greta Meert, BrusselsBrussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Tuttle, Stories I - XX at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
29 October 2020 Richard Tuttle Stories I - XX Galerie Greta Meert, BrusselsBrussels

Ocula Member Galleries In Brussels

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Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium Almine Rech Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai
Mendes Wood DM contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium Mendes Wood DM São Paulo, Brussels, New York
rodolphe janssen contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium rodolphe janssen Brussels, Knokke
Templon contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium Templon Paris, Brussels
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in 44 rue Van Eyck, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

Contemporary Institutions In Brussels

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Wiels contemporary art institution in Brussels, Belgium Wiels Brussels

Brussels In Ocula Magazine

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German Galleries Reopen After Lockdown Ocula News German Galleries Reopen After Lockdown London, 23 April 2020

Galleries in Germany have cautiously reopened their doors, while those in other parts of Europe expect to remain closed for weeks to come.

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Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels Ocula Report Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels By Denis Maksimov, Brussels

With 147 participating galleries from 32 countries and some 800 artists represented on the fair floor, over 30 percent of whom were below the age of 40, the fiftieth anniversary edition of Art Brussels was in youthful spirits, despite being the second oldest art fair in the world after Art Cologne.

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Fair Play: Reflections on Art Brussels, 2016 Ocula Report Fair Play: Reflections on Art Brussels, 2016 By Stephanie Bailey, Brussels

The Independent art fair launched in Brussels this year, concurrent with Art Brussels, one of Europe’s oldest fairs, and it was a fitting disruption to Brussels ’ art week. Art Brussels, after all, was founded as Art Actuel in 1968, just one year after Art Cologne launched the first modern art fair as Kunstmarkt Köln. The same year...

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David Noonan Ocula Conversation David Noonan By Anna Dickie, London

A recent exhibition at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels saw the presentation of large-scale, screen-printed linen collages by Australian born, but London based artist, David Noonan. As with Noonan’s sculptural and film works, the linen collages presented at Hufkens are re-configurations of both abstract and figurative imagery, which he gleans...

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