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Brussels’ museums come to you #2

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© La Patinoire Royale - galerie Valérie Bach. photo : Tanguy Aumont - Airstudio

Do you miss strolling through museums, exploring their various rooms and discovering new artists? Luckily, the Internet is full of free options to rediscover the collections of Brussels' museums at home or to even take a virtual tour... without queuing! To get away from it all or to boost your creativity, here are our five good reasons to keep going to museums online, while you wait for them to reopen their doors to the public!

Publié le 24/04/2020

To recharge your creative batteries…

ADAM - Punk Graphics


We draw a little of Keith Haring's creative energy thanks to a virtual tour with the curators of the exhibition dedicated to him at BOZAR. It's the perfect opportunity to take another look at this mythical artist, with his incredible work rate!

We dive right into the online « We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces ». In partnership with the Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), the iMAL has brought together 10 international artists to explore the potential of mobile technologies and artificial intelligence in these turbulent times. Just what you need to get your digital creative juices flowing!

Increase your energy stores tenfold using the inspiring vibes of Punks from here and abroad thanks to Yony Leyser's Queercore: how to Punk a Revolution documentary, hosted by ADAM, as part of its Punk Graphics exhibition. Meanwhile, The Word Radio will be playing 4 concerts dedicated to the Belgian punk scene.

Can we escape through art, shapes and colour? The Xavier Hufkens Gallery's Online Film Program believes so, and offers up a weekly selection of films and documentaries to stream. Until 1 May, watch Where Do You Draw the Line, which retraces the life of Tracey Emin, a travelling artist, and makes you want to pick up your pencils and brushes!

For a change of scenery…

Travel ten feet underground through the online maze of the Sewer Museum or jump on the next train departing Train World for the dream world of Paul Delvaux. The exhibition dedicated to this master of locomotive painting can be discovered online and is presented as a genuine escapade between dream and reality!

The virtual The Wilderness Hidden Underneath exhibition by PILAR, transports us into the parallel universe of bugs, visual errors and distortion. Take a closer look at the works of the 8 artists on show in this collaborative exhibition. What with the landscapes of Elias Heuninck, the poetic abstractions of Karolien Chromiak and the colourful collages of Eva Vermeiren, we are offered a real change of scenery through this 360° artistic journey.

For its part, BOZAR takes us on a video tour of "Mondo Cane", a work by Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, who represented Belgium at the 58th Venice Biennale. Via the dedicated website, you can view 200 to 300 videos classified by country, which, each in their own way, complement the installation by the two Brussels artists. An unprecedented world tour based on audiovisual archives!


A treat for the eyes!

© !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Solve this captcha: Is anybody home lol, 2016

Whether it's an incredible coat of feathers, delicate ex-votos or a precious necklace of the Harquebusiers Guild chiselled in silver, the treasures of the Halle Gate collections can be rediscovered one by one on Facebook.

Solvay House can also be explored in 3D thanks to "La Promenade du Collectionneur" (the collector's walk). During a high-resolution visit, you can delight in the details, the beauty of the lines and the interplay of materials that adorn this Art Nouveau masterpiece.

The Super Dakota Gallery, discoverer of young emerging artists, proposes Is anybody home LOL. It's a virtual exhibition that rethinks art at a time of social distancing with a wide range of paintings, installations, videos and sculptures. This exhibition treats our poor confined eyes to a welcome breath of fresh air!

Staying with the video theme, WIELS from Home offers two original films created by renowned artists and filmmakers. An architectural journey from Kinshasa to the northern neighbourhoods of Brussels or a one-to-one meeting with resident artists at WIELS.


To go behind the scenes

Roger Ballen -  Ronny Delrue – The Theatre of the Ballenesque

Getting a sneak peek into an artist’s studio and exploring behind the scenes of contemporary art is now a dream come true, thanks to social media. It's a chance to be scout for new talent, while you wait for museums and galleries to reopen.  

Thanks to Centrale we have privileged access to the studios of Roger Ballen and Xavier Noiret-Thomé and the world of Jérôme Tellier who is painting live on IGTV.

The “Confinement Diaries” lets you experience the news through the eyes of artists. Sarah Lowie tells us of her state of mind during confinement, and Franco-Chinese duo Benoit+Bo, document their lives during Brussels’ lockdown on Instagram, with offbeat photos and a healthy dose of humour!

On Instagram, Art Brussels discover artist studios from all over the world with #BehindTheScenes. You can wander around and marvel at the brushstrokes of Dale Lewis or Gonzalo Lebrija, or Adriano Amaral's burned-paintings. At the same time, the Brussels fair is giving us a virtual tour of the exhibitions from the best galleries of the moment by posting a selection of works. There's plenty to keep an eye on in the world of contemporary art!  

Get your fill of culture 2.0 and street art on the Instagram feed of the MiMA. It’s full of photos and micro-videos that will liven up your day. One of our absolute favourites is Maya Hayuk’s work from “City Lights” from 2016 where the colour competes with the light. To fully immerse yourself in the spirit of the museum, take the Art is Comic virtual tour. It's an exhibition from back in 2017 that is well worth revisiting time and again!


For a nostalgic trip back to your childhood…

At home, young and old alike put their creativity to the test, as museums compete with each other to get you doing arts and crafts and playing with your family. Children who are motivated will have fun rebuilding the Atomium in 2D or playing the Belvue Museum's online memory game

The ADAM's #LittleDesigner campaign invites us to escape from our screens every Wednesday. Create posters, make cut-outs or make a miniature paper chair!

Find a whole series of 'made in Brussels' tips and activities to help you reconnect with your childhood and entertain your toddlers in this very complete article.