25-to-life: Part 1 of Centrale for Contemporary Art’s essentials

Nestled in the heart of Brussels’ city centre, Centrale for Contemporary Art has for the past 11 years been carving out quite a reputation for itself, playing host to both local and international artists whilst reinforcing its commitment to the local scene. Here, we distill the ambitious centre for contemporary art in 25 essentials.

Part I of this five-part series pinpoints Centrale’s power station inspiration all the way back to Saint-Catherine’s 17th century history.

1. The entrance to Centrale, a fascinating space devoted entirely to contemporary art, is ideally located behind the historical tower of the former Saint Catherine Church, which dates back to the 17th century, with an oversized pedestrian crossing leading visitors right to the heart of the art centre.

2. The name of this art centre comes from its former existence as Brussels’ first power station, a building that dates back to 1892. It was first known as La Centrale électrique to finally become, in 2012, Centrale for Contemporary Art.

3. At its core, Centrale for Contemporary Art’s ambition is to give contemporary visual arts the widest possible audience with the stated aim of raising fundamental questions concerning today’s society. More precisely, the centre’s main mission is to make audiences discover contemporary artists from Brussels within an international perspective.

4. In its current state, the centre exists as three entities: Centrale for contemporary art, Centrale.box and Centrale.lab.

5. Centrale for Contemporary Art, which extends over a stunning space of 1,000m² and reveals the concrete beauty and heritage of the former power station, welcomes two major exhibitions per year.

PRIVATE CHOICES runs until 27th May 2018.

44 Place Sainte-Catherine (1000)