Street art in Brussels

12 May 2022
Decoration of the Vivier d'Oie station (Diesdelle station in Uccle, Brussels): street art murals (Propaganza, 2017)

Do you love street art? Well then, you’re in luck! Countless Belgian and international artists have taken over Brussels and decorated it with colourful graffiti artworks. Some creations are veritable murals, with the artists exhibiting in galleries. Find out all the region has to offer in terms of street art.

City of Brussels Street Art Trail

The Street Art Trail introduces you to urban artworks created by Belgian and international artists in the town centre and beyond. See big names such as Bonom, Créons or Kool Koor on the themed and geographical trails. Set off to find murals, sculptures, drawings, collages or installations on walls, the ground and urban developments.

Bruegel meets street art

Bruegel meets street art is a visit.brussels initiative in partnership with Farm Prod and the City of Brussels, that pays homage to the Flemish primitive artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. On the trail that unfolds in the Marolles, where the famous painter lived, admire murals by artists who have reinterpreted his works.

Yes we can

In Jette, Yes we can is a human rights trail conceived by Kool Koor, a pioneering New York graffiti artist in the United States, who moved to Brussels several years ago. Let yourself be guided by sixty pimped public rubbish bins that lead you to six murals painted by artists who have drawn inspiration from the Universal Declaration or Human Rights.

Mixity Walls

The Mixity Walls are murals in the colours of diversity, spread across eight Brussels communes. Urbana Project, at the origin of this project, involved Belgian and international artists. “An open city”, “a world city”, “a city of interaction” or “an inter-generational city” are all ways that the artists have described the capital of Europe, and they have translated these descriptions into drawings. Travel the region to discover illustrations by Spanish, Austrian and even Colombian artists.

The Giants of Anderlecht

The Giants of Anderlecht are impressive murals that decorate the Neerpede Hall of Fame. As part of the Itinérart artists’ trail, 15 graffiti artists created these paintings on the 6 to 9-metre high pillars. On avenue Marius Renard, admire the giant characters created by Steve Locatelli, Blancbec, Farm Prod, Solo Cink, etc.

Art in stations

Stations are an iconic place of expression for graffiti artists. In Uccle Stalle station, ten street artists from the Propaganza collective have created a multi-coloured world where you meet characters, animals and other creatures. In the same commune, twenty artists from the same collective decorated the Vivier d’Oie station: from the platform to the stairs, immerse yourself in a very colourful world where shapes and figures blend together. Around the old Bruxelles-Chapelle station, graffiti artists have created spontaneous works.

Art in the metro

The metro is the largest underground art gallery in the capital: more than ninety works embellish the sixty-nine stations in the public transport network. The artists, from different backgrounds, express themselves through various forms and materials. Take the tram and metro to discover paintings, sculptures, photos or even stained-glass windows, created with canvas, wood, glass, bronze or steel. A stone’s throw from the Japanese Tower, the De Wand tram stop in Laeken is the largest mural in Belgium. There, the tram takes you on to Heysel and the Atomium.

The Tanneurs tunnel

A stone’s throw from Brussels-South railway station, three tunnels on the Rue des Tanneurs are decorated with magnificent murals. 2SHY and MILES have created a real Sixtine chapel of street art: a colourful world with different shapes that draw inspiration from the environment and neighbourhoods they cross. Under the railway, follow your gaze and admire.

IT Tower Ground Up

On the Avenue Louise, the IT Tower is decorated with Europe’s largest mural artwork: Ground Up. Created by Alvari, Kool Koor and Mino1, it is a series of enormous, printed stickers placed on the wall by moutaineer Luc Dethine. The result? A 4,000m² piece that makes you contemplate tomorrow’s world.

Street art mural in Brussels: Ground Up (Alvari, Kool Koor, Mino1, 2020) (Louise neighbourhood in Ixelles)

Brussels’ neighbourhoods

Another way of approaching street art is to go on urban walks through the city’s neighbourhoods: artists have taken a special interest in several of them and certain graffiti artists have left their mark there. Each neighbourhood has its own identity in terms of urban art. Saint-Gilles, for example, has several art schools and workshops and is home to many artists. Walk through the town centre, along the canal, through Ixelles and Forest.

Street art in Brussels: Allée du Kaai (the Canal neighbourhood)

Chaussée de Boondael: an open-air gallery

In Ixelles, Chaussée de Boondael is a genuine open-air art gallery: Twenty street artists from the Propaganza collective have created graffiti on large walls along the street, at the City of Brussels’ request. The artists come from the four corners of the country and have had free reign to create their works.

When street art is exhibited in art galleries and museums

The proof that the European capital is committed to urban art, is how much of it is exhibited in its art galleries. Macadam Gallery, Ruby Gallery, Alice Gallery, Galerie Martine Ehmer and Deodato Art all display street artists’ works. MIMA is also sensitive to contemporary art and ‘sub-cultures’, including street art. See permanent and temporary exhibitions and attend meetings and performances. Walk along the canal, which is a spontaneous urban art laboratory.

MIMA (Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art), contemporary art museum in Brussels (the Canal neighbourhood)

Would you like to find out more?

Whether you’re a novice or connoisseur, guided tours teach you more about street art. Try out the tours by Fais le Trottoir, Arkadia, Pro Velo, Brukselbinnenstebuiten, Guides Brussels Belgium or Bazaar Trottoir. Brussels by Foot takes you on a journey through the Brussels metro to discover this genuine underground museum. Buy the official Urban Culture street art guide from a bookshop and set off to explore the region. To go even further, (R)Évolutions du Street Art is a publication that investigates this now hugely-popular, ever-present art form.

Want to discover more murals? Follow the comic strip trail

The comic strip trail takes in more than 70 artworks dedicated to everyone’s favourite Franco-Belgian comic strip heroes.