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 II of this five-part series covers Centrale’s wide array of exhibitions and shows, from their larger-than-life group exhibitions to showcasing today’s young talents across their many spaces.
6. Centrale.box, fully integrated within Centrale for Contemporary Art, is a space dedicated to the emerging arts, with solo exhibitions running parallel to the main one. In fact, the next one in store is none other than Charleroi’s Sarah Lowie, with Chaque jour, je suis avec toi starting on 29th of March.
7. Centrale.lab is aimed squarely at nurturing experimentation amongst Brussels’ under 35 visual artists who are given a shot at their first solo exhibition based on a selection made by a jury of professionals. As is the case with Lola Pertsowsky, who’s solo show will be also be running from 29th of March, bringing her inspiring work of photography, videos and sculptures.
8. The centre’s current exhibition Private Choices, on show until 27th May, lifts the veil on a significant aspect of art, chiefly contemporary art collections and its initiators, art lovers. The result is a showcase of 11 Brussels collections including works by Belgian and international artists, both confirmed and emerging, in a bid at showcasing the specificities of each one. Through a selection process carried out hand in hand with the collectors, the viewer is given access to their art and lives through a selection of over 200 artworks, books, pieces of music and interviews with the collectors themselves. The chance of a lifetime and an exhibition not to miss if you ask us.
9. This year marks the 50th anniversary of May ’68 and its movements of contestation. In this context, the centre will present, starting September 2018, its exhibition Resistance, in which the role of the artist as a major player in revolutionary thinking will be given centre stage. Whether it is notable works by Belgian and international artists from 1968 or more contemporary works, all the pieces presented are steeped in the beliefs of their authors concerning major social issues, such as feminism, globalisation or ecology.
10. The curatorial approach of current art director Carine Fols seeks to question the limits of art by organising exhibitions which include works from both insiders and outsiders (such as, for instance, Jean-Pierre Rosten and his extravagant canes), putting forward a more humanistic perspective on creation.
PRIVATE CHOICES runs until 27th May 2018.44 Place Sainte-Catherine (1000) centrale.brussels