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Contemporary Brussels

Brussels has been a real crossroads for contemporary art for some years now. In the heart of Europe, the capital city has everything going for it: high-quality artists, numerous collectors, an international audience and great exhibition spaces. An opportunity that many galleries have seized in order to open a place here. But Brussels is, first and foremost, a fertile breeding ground for the coexistence of ideas, unbridled creativity, a quirky view of life and the production of works of art. Enthusiasm for art thus forms an integral part of Brussels’ cultural and social life. With exhibitions, private viewings, fairs, conferences, guided tours and other events, the city offers visitors, whether well-informed enthusiasts or simply people with a love of forms, shapes and lines, the opportunity to share their passion for art.

Wiels - Contemporary Art Centre

Brussels card - Free entranceWIELS, the Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, is an international laboratory for the creation and the diffusion of contemporary art.
 

Museums and art centres

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One of Brussels’ particular features is the presence of so many art centres and private collections. These are part of the huge appeal of the city and enable the public to come into direct contact with the various aspects and disciplines of the world of art (paintings, sculptures, photographs, digital arts, videos, performances, etc.).
 
 

Neca Brussels

Brussels has an impressive number of contemporary art galleries, private collections and art centers. To know about their exhibitions program and their previews, be sure to get the NECA flyer.

ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVES

In addition to the galleries, Brussels also has a bottomless pool of artists working alone or as groups in studios based in various parts of the city.

Brussels Art Walk

There’s no need to travel afar to find modern art. Brussels offers its space to works spanning all disciplines, which you can discover tucked away when you turn a corner or enter a district.

Street Art in Brussels

Street art has been gaining ground more or less everywhere for some years now. It first appeared as a political and anti-establishment protest in the streets of New York in the seventies.

Art in the metro

From the outset, the Brussels metro has a been a proper underground museum. The inventive brains behind it wanted each station to be different in terms of its identity

Yearly agenda

Here’s a list of the annual events on Brussels’ contemporary art calendar.

Publications

The mini-map “VISITBRUSSELS – Sized for Contemporary Art” mentions sixty or so galleries, art centres and urban art projects. It costs 1€ and is available in English from all our tourist information offices.

Arty guided tours

Several guides’ organisations offer guided tours around contemporary art or contemporary architecture.
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