Art: 7 exhibitions not to be missed this fall in Brussels!

22 August 2022
Contemporary photo birds exhibition
Yoshinori Mizutani, de la série Tokyo Parrots, Tokyo, 2013 © Yoshinori Mizutani courtoisie IMA gallery

This year, again September amazes us with its diversity. Contemporary art is a huge cultural success, with a varied offer that speaks volumes about the energy of the Brussels scene. From Picasso and Frida Kahlo to ancient Alexandria, animal photography to the new perspectives opened up by contemporary sculpture, Brussels has plenty to surprise you. Let's take a look at the unmissable exhibitions coming up over the next few weeks!

1. On the Lookout

Foundation CAB messes with our perceptions and plays on colour variations thanks to a partnership of 9 contemporary artists. Immersive, at the boundaries of material and multisensory representation, the works and installations that make up On the Lookout transport us into a parallel universe. The exhibition will be an opportunity to get reacquainted with the fascinating works of Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens, the perfect and hypnotic gradations of Peter Vermeersch and the architectural sculptures of Morgane Tschiember. A choral exhibition that puts our senses on the lookout.

When? From 06 September to 17 December 2022

Where? CAB Foundation 

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2. Didier Vermeiren: double exposition

After Marcel Broodthaers and Kasper Bosmans, WIELS is honouring another Belgian talent: Didier Vermeiren! Born in Brussels in the 1950s, the visual artist has constantly turned sculpture upside down. In an instant, he makes the base on which the work traditionally rests an integral part of the composition. His often-radical sculptural forms are blended, duplicated or repeated in a minimalist style that emphasises the relief of the material.

When? From 9 September 2022 to 8 January 2023

Where? WIELS

Didier Vermeiren: Double Exposition Open Cube # 10, 2020,
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3. Des oiseaux

In a flock, on the wing, in their nest or in a portrait, feathered creatures are the subject of an exceptional focus at Hangar. Larks, sparrows, parrots and even cockatoos, Des Oiseaux brings together the work of 13 photographers from all over the world, who, from close up or far away, have captured the fascinating life of birds. The exhibition involves, among others, the poetic views of Rinko Kawauchi, Bernard Plossu and Michael Kenna.

When? From 9 September to 17 December 2022

Where? Hangar

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4. Flags

With Flags, the Boghossian Foundation renews its collaboration with the curator and former Director of the Musée National d'Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou, Alfred Pacquement. This time, the exhibition is structured around the highly symbolic fabric that is the flag. Eminently political, it questions identities and offers artists multiple meanings. Taken at face value, these multicoloured banners are also close to the colourful abstractions of modern creations. Flags brings together an eclectic mix of works by leading figures in modern and contemporary art, including Marina Abramovic, Daniel Buren, Jasper Jones, Wim Delvoye and Andy Warhol.

When? From 29 September 2022 to 15 January 2023

Where?  Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain 


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5. Alexandria: Past futures

Organised with the Mariemont Museum and the MUCEM, Alexandria: Past Futures explores concepts as diverse as urbanism, cosmopolitanism and the connections between the Mediterranean and Europe in antiquity. Through 200 objects, including sculpted architectural elements, splendid gold jewellery and equestrian statues, the exhibition provides an unprecedented perspective on ancient Alexandria. This exceptional heritage opens a dialogue with contemporary artworks designed by creators from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. Mixed with antiquities, their creations allow beautiful, critical or poetic, associations between eras.

When? From 30 September 2022 to 8 January 2023
Where? Bozar

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6. Picasso & Abstraction

Pablo Picasso is known as one of the pioneers of Cubism, but what do we know about his relationship with abstraction? Without claiming to be part of this artistic movement, the painter constantly flirted with its codes, playing with the simplification of forms and the strength of colours. Designed in partnership with the Musée National Picasso Paris, Picasso & Abstraction highlights the Spanish artist's unfailing curiosity and plunges us into the heart of his creative process, with over 120 exceptional works!

When? From 14 October 2022 to 12 February 2023
Where? Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium  

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7. Miradas de Mujeres – Isabelle de Borchgrave X Frida Kahlo

For years, Isabelle de Borchgrave has enchanted us with her folded papers, her bold design and her taste for colours and patterns. With Miradas de Mujeres, the queen of paper takes a trip to Mexico, following in the footsteps of the mythical Frida Kahlo.  With a real creative touch, the Brussels artist has reconstructed the very unique decor of Frida's house and workshop, Casa Azul. A joyful and sunny universe made from 4km of paper that instantly take us on a journey.

When? From 14 October 2022 to 12 February 2023
Where ? Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium 

Isabelle de Borchgrave Miradas de Mujeres Studio View