Art: unmissable exhibitions this autumn in Brussels

22 August 2023
Contemporary photo birds exhibition

Contemporary art will be firmly in the cultural spotlight in Brussels this autumn, with galleries, museums and arts centres offering a diverse programme that explores creativity in all its forms. Brussels has plenty to delight us, with photography, Ukrainian modernist painting, Belgian street art and a showcase for every facet of drawing!

Francis Alÿs, The Nature of the Game

Whether it's snail racing, leapfrogging, group dancing, skipping ropes or hand games, Francis Alÿs has made a name for himself with a series of videos documenting children's games around the globe. From Belgium to Mexico and from Congo to Iraq, these slices of life speak volumes about human behaviour, social interactions and their geographical variations. Following his presentation for the Flemish participation in the Belgian pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022, Alÿs presents a new version of his work at WIELS, where disciplines intertwine (video, painting, cinema and more).

When? From 7 September to 7 January 2024
Where? WIELS


Street art fresque

Imagine ten street artists let loose in a 1,500m² industrial space with immaculate walls! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Belgian Farm Prod collective, LaVallée is giving it carte blanche to decorate its walls however it likes! In addition to this monumental, collaborative mural, videos and archive photos offer a never-before-seen retrospective of two decades of creation. A parallel programme of meetings, workshops and festive evenings completes this deep dive into the world of Belgian street art.

When? From 1 to 30 September
Where?  LaVallée

Close Enough, 12 women photographers of Magnum

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To mark the 75th anniversary of the Magnum photographic agency, Hangar brings together 12 women photographers around a single theme: Close Enough. Developed by war reporter Robert Capra in 1947, this theory of the close-up was a landmark. In Brussels, the women photographers on show also invite us to get closer. Their visions shape a variety of photographic perspectives that reflect Magnum's constantly renewed vitality.

When? From 8 September to 16 December
Where? Hangar

Antoni Tàpies. The Practice of Art

2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Antoni Tàpies, and Bozar is taking this opportunity to devote a major exhibition to him, covering every facet of his career. Over 250 paintings from different periods reveal the Spanish artist as a kind of alchemist. His works feature an infinite range of textures, from sand to metal, wood and textiles, and depict a living material made up of accidents, drips and improvisations. Each one takes the form of a slightly mystical rebus, whose meaning is both universal and deeply intimate.

When?  From 15 September to 7 January 2024
Where?  Bozar


In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s

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In the Eye of the Storm is putting Ukrainian modernism in the spotlight. Combining well-known artists with lesser-known figures, it offers a bold panorama of Ukrainian artistic experimentation at the turn of the 20th century. It offers a journey through the constructivist compositions of Alexandra Exter, the abstractions of Kazimir Malevich and the futuristic canvases of Oleksandr Bohomazov. This avant-garde exhibition is particularly relevant today.

When? From 19 October to 28 January 2024
Where? Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Jean Jullien: Studiolo

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With exotic gardens, exuberant jungles, blue seas and colourful beaches, Jean Jullien's Studiolo is definitely extending the summer! Alongside his sun-drenched paintings, the French artist offers an intimate insight into his creative process. Here and there, he writes and draws his thoughts on the walls of the exhibition, giving a new dimension to his work. Somewhere between an escapist dream and the diary of a creative artist, this first solo museum exhibition hits the spot!

When? Until 31 December
Where? Mima