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 IV of this five-part series explores Centrale’s flair for the international, as well as commitments to street art.
16. Centrale is dedicated to supporting emerging talent through Centrale.box and Centrale.lab, offering a place of multidisciplinary experimentation for young artists, with both spaces acting as a platform for the future. Kasper Bosmans, for instance, who we interviewed back in our June-July 2017 edition, exhibited his works at Centrale.box in 2016 and is now represented by New York’s Gladstone Gallery.
17. An intrinsic ambition of Centrale is to support a practice within the contemporary art sphere that has been on the up-and-up for the past few years now, namely street art. In this respect, two internationally-renowned artists, L’Atlas and Jef Aerosol, have taken over the outer walls of Centrale with permanent pieces that both were inaugurated in 2013, in the context of the Street Art tour initiated by the City of Brussels.
18. Since 2016, visitors can bring their own picnic to Le Grand BanKet, a long table located behind Sainte Catherine’s church, in front of Centrale.lab. The piece of art, which comprised of 10 ceramic tables, is the result of a huge participatory work led by Belgian artist Françoise Schein, to which nearly 120 participants contributed. Organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Centrale for contemporary art, Le Grand BanKet reaffirms the centre’s quest to integrate art into society.
19. During last year’s Museum Night Fever, French-Chinese duo Benoit+Bo directed a workshop in which illustration students of the Académie royale des Beaux-Arts of Brussels cooperated with the artists of Creahmn Bruxelles, an institute that promotes creativity for the mentally disabled.
20. Over the years, Centrale has developed a reputation as a space for unforgetable performances by world-renowned artists such as performance queen Esther Ferrer or Orlan, the latter coming in the context of the exhibition Connected which the centre organised in 2016. Orlan – whose work questions gender, beauty standards and feminine stereotypes whilst making a plea for tolerance and hybridisation – highlighted the existential foundations of the creative act and the artist’s role on the fringes of technological innovation.
PRIVATE CHOICES runs until 27th May 2018.44 Place Sainte-Catherine (1000) centrale.brussels