Our fabulous Brussels team, Julie, Julie and Geraldine have compiled a few of their favorite art destinations and must-visit areas of the city. So whether you’re a local resident or planning a city-break, make sure you’ve got these suggestions on your list:
The Magritte Museum displays works of the Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte, and is located in the heart of Brussels at the Place Royale. Housing more than 200 of his works there is plenty to see: from oils on canvas, gouaches, drawings, sculptures and painted objects, to his advertising posters, musical scores, vintage photographs and films – so it’s well worth a visit!
Wiels is an international laboratory for the creation and diffusion of contemporary art. As well as holding different large-scale exhibitions throughout the year, they also host an artist-in-residence programme and a wide education program through workshops, seminars and various projects. The current exhibition is Walter Swennen, ‘So Far So Good,’ which focuses on the paintings of the Belgian artist from the early 1980s up to now. It finishes at the end of the month, so go and see it while you still can.
And while you’re at the WIELS Museum, you should also wander round the nearby Community Garden. With a vegetable garden, rest area, and petanque field, it makes for a very pleasant stroll.
BOZAR, the center of culture in Brussels, not only hosts exhibitions, but also has a movie theatre and concert hall. As such, creativity, quality and artistic diversity have been at the heart of the center’s mission since its foundation.
Upcoming events worth visiting include Art Truc Troc, 7 – 9 February, where over 300 artists invite you to come and barter for their work. You can trade any object, service, material, trip, or other offering for a work of art so it promises to be a lot of fun!
We’re also looking forward to Michaël Borremans exhibition, ‘As sweet as it gets.’ The Belgian painter made his international breakthrough in the late 1990s and this show features a hundred of his works from the past 14 years, giving you a great overview of his career. The exhibition runs from Saturday 22 February – Sunday 3 March.
The Saint-Gery district is the artists area of Brussels and a wonderful part to look round. With its market, exhibitions and famous bars, like the Halles Saint-Gery, this area is a must in the center!
Once you’ve had your fill of art, then Cafe Belga is one of our favorite places to enjoy a drink. One of the hippest bars in Brussels, it is in the heart of Place Flagey – an area known for its late 19th century architecture.