Brussels museums reopen: 4 exhibitions not to be missed

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John Armleder, ShAshLashSplash, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 2019. © David Kordansky Gallery
Published at 01/12/2020
By Mylène

Big news this week! Museums can reopen their doors from 1 December! Brussels is once again becoming a real crossroads for contemporary art and our desire for outings and arty exhibitions has grown tenfold. To celebrate the cultural scene's resumption in complete safety, we share with you our favourites from the capital's museums! 

Warning : To guarantee the safety of all visitors, museums have implemented a strict health protocol. Not all museums will be able to reopen from 1 December. Please check a museum’s website before your visit.


BOZAR - Danser Brut

Valeska Gert, Tanzerische Pantomimen, 1925 © D.R. Centre national de la danse CND - Valeska Gert, Tanzerische Pantomimen, 1925 Cinémathèque de la danse, Pantin © D.R. Centre national de la danse CND

"Danser Brut" combines art and movement. It will invite curious visitors to discover dance by showcasing metamorphosis, body expression and the complexity of the gestures. Starting with raw art, visitors will move on to modern and contemporary art with Charlie Chaplin, the dancers of Toulouse-Lautrec, the phantasmagorical performances of German artist Rebecca Horn and the works of Philippe Vandenberg.

The exhibition will also offer a few opportunities to explore movement in the broadest sense: the jerky gestures of neurological disorders and the movements of alienation or despair are also part of the great choreography of our lives. With a veritable kaleidoscope of images (paintings, installations, archives, medical photographs, magazines and film fragments), "Danser Brut" places modernity and the body in a new light and offers an analysis of movement that challenge assumptions!

From 01/12/2020 to 10/01/2021

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KANAL - John M Armleder&guests "It never ends"

John Armleder, Skateboarding is not a crime ©Alessandro Zambianchi - John Armleder, Skateboarding is not a crime, 2019. Courtesy Massimo De Carlo ©Alessandro Zambianchi

What do you get when you entrust an artist with almost 6,000m² of KANAL floor space for more than 6 months? A colourful programme of unique works, unorthodox performances, late-night openings and experimental music, of course! From abstract painting and installations to performance and drawing, the fantasies of John M Armleder have always intersected styles and techniques. With his refreshing eccentricity and his characteristic dose of irony, the 72 year old Swiss artist will bring his multidisciplinary style to the KANAL showroom. 

Like a conductor, John M Armleder will invite a series of guests - including Brussels artists - to participate in the development of this unprecedented exhibition. The programme will change every week, with new surprises, special weekends and live events such as concerts and screenings.

From 03/12/2020 to 25/04/2021

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WIELS – Risquons-Tout

Isaac Julien, O que é um museu? / What is a Museum? (Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement), 2019. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London/Venice; Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro/New York; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amst - Isaac Julien, O que é um museu? / What is a Museum?, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London/Venice; Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro/New York; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amst

For 15 years, this Brussels institution has amazed us with its sharp, original and sometimes provocative exhibitions. "Risquons Tout" promises to be yet another daring and experimental example. It brings together 38 artists from Eurocore (between Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Dusseldorf, London and Paris) to explore the notions of borders, connections, transition and transgression.

The artists approach these complex themes in their own way, with works that defy categorisation. You can marvel at Isaac Julien's photographic installations, the works of Brussels artist Lise Duclaux and the canvases of Mounira Al Solh. Taking a geographical entity as a starting point, "Risquons Tout" takes on politics and finely blurs the

From 01/12/2020 to 10/01/2021

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JEWISH MUSEUM OF BELGIUM - Kurt Lewy, Towards abstraction

Kurt Lewy, Towards abstraction

"Toward Abstraction" shines a light on an unfairly forgotten artist with a singular destiny. Formed as a tribute, this exhibition is devoted to Kurt Lewy, a Jewish painter from Essen. It retraces his career, from Hitler's Germany to Belgium, evokes his exile and escape from Nazism, his various imprisonments and his attempts to escape. It also shows the evolution of his style and his path from expressionism - which he abandoned at the turn of the Second World War - to abstract art. With his rigorously geometric compositions, Kurt Lewy tirelessly sought a form of stability and stripping down, as if to forget, just a little, the nightmare of war. On canvas or on enamel, his works play with the interweaving of forms and do so with a true sense of rhythm and a beautiful mastery of colour. It all makes for a moving pictorial ensemble that searches for what's essential.

From 01/12/2020 to 07/02/2021

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