Contemporary Art in Brussels: major events in 2019

Contemporary Art in Brussels: major events in 2019

Brussels has become the new Berlin, thanks to its wealth of major contemporary art events!

From internationally renowned fairs such as BRAFA and Art Brussels, to alternative fairs such as POPPOSITIONS or the Accessible Art Fair, Brussels is "the place to be" to keep your finger on the pulse of current trends and creations.

Want to sample the latest trends? With Art Truc Troc, the Brussels Gallery Weekend and many more, there are countless exhibitions and other events to choose from, offering you shots of creativity throughout the year.

Not to mention the countless museums, art galleries and contemporary art hotspots that make Brussels a gold mine for art lovers. We would even go so far as to say that Brussels has become THE meeting place for beautiful art!

Discover all the cultural events by browsing through our agenda... and to make sure you don't miss any openings, take a look at NECA!

  • January

  • BRAFA Art Fair - 26/01>03/02/2019

    The BRAFA Art Fair in Brussels has been one of the world’s most prestigious art and antiques fairs since 1956. The first large art event of the year takes place in the jewel of industrial architecture that is Tour & Taxis. Genres and pieces from antiquity to the present day are all under one roof to the delight of visitors who have travelled from all over the globe to experience this unique plunge into the art world.

  • February

  • Art Truc Troc - 01>03/02/2019

    In Brussels for a whole weekend, Art Truc Troc hosts more than a hundred artists who present their work to visitors, who in turn can offer to trade their favourite pieces for anything they think the artist might like: an object, a service, a material, a trip. Money never changes hands and plays no part in the transactions, being replaced by trades. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, engravings, installations, graffiti art, live paintings, etc. It’s also a chance to (re)discover what is currently coming out of the contemporary creation scene.

    BILY (Brussels I Love You) Contemporary Art Walk - 09>17/02/2019

    BILY is a contemporary art walk that takes you to discover the trendy neighbourhoods of Ixelles and Saint-Gilles from an artistic viewpoint. The route includes visits of art galleries, institutions, auction houses, exhibition spaces, artists’ workshops… a host of venues that contribute to Brussels’ creative force. Open the doors to these famous or unexpected venues!

    Museum Night Fever - 23/02/2019

    During Museum Night Fever, Brussels museum open their doors to visitors for one night only. From 19:00 to 02:00, more than 27 museums show off the best they have to offer. It makes for a spectacular and innovative programme that combines exhibitions, music, dance, performances, fashion and workshops.

  • March

  • Collectible - 14>17/03/2019

    COLLECTIBLE is a new fair that is absolutely unique. This inclusive platform is dedicated to contemporary design from 21st century collections and brings together famous international designers and major galleries. They are at the forefront of creation and are selected by a jury of well-respected people from the world of design.

    Photo © Jeroen Verrecht

    PERFORMATIK - 13>23/03/2019

    Performatik is the biennial event for performance art supported by many Brussels partners. It offers an artistic expression of today, magnificently highlighted through theatre, dance and the visual arts.

    Affordable Art fair - 15>17/03/2019

    The Affordable Art Fair is an opportunity to browse – and who knows, maybe fall for – hundreds of inspired and original works to suit all budgets from €60 to €6,000! This affordable fair has become a major event of the Brussels art season and is frequented by both curious visitors and aficionados.

    Brussels Design Market - 23>24/03/2019

    The Brussels Design Market is one of Europe’s most coveted vintage markets. Twice a year (in April and September), more than 7,000 visitors from all over Europe descend on Brussels to unearth furniture, ceramics and glass items, collectors’ pieces, plastic, metal, wooden and Bakelite accessories from the 50s up to the 80s. It’s like stepping into a time machine!

  • April

  • Art Brussels - 25>28/04/2019

    Art Brussels is THE contemporary art fair in Brussels. 180 galleries from all four corners of the globe and more than 2,000 artists gather at Tour & Taxis to welcome more than 25,000 visitors from all over the world. Art Brussels is also galleries, exhibitions, debates, etc. It really is an unmissable event for amateurs of contemporary art.

    Photo © David Plas

    POPPOSITIONS - 25>28/04/2019

    POPPOSITIONS is a niche fair that gathers the projects of some 20 specific art galleries and spaces around one general political theme. The atmosphere is young and the tone is experimental. POPPOSITONS invites you to take a closer look at the pieces and what they could teach you. It feels more like an exhibition than a fair. It’s a wonderful breath of fresh air!

  • May 

  • Kunstenfestivaldesarts - 10/05 > 01/06/2019

    Resolutely urban and cosmopolitan, Kunstenfestivaldesarts is an international festival dedicated to contemporary creation.  Theatre, dance, performances, cinema… a series of performance works and plastic art pieces by Belgian and international artists. It takes place every year over three weeks in around twenty of Brussels’ theatres and art centres, well as in several of the city’s public places.

    Photo © Bea Borgers

    Renaissance May - September 2019 

    Renaissance is an innovative biennale that takes the public on a journey to discover Brussels and its artistic institutions. Exhibitions, performances, installations and debates are on the agenda of this inclusive urban celebration.

  • September​

  • Brussels Gallery Weekend - 05>08/09/2019

    Brussels Gallery Weekend celebrates the reopening of contemporary art galleries and non-profit spaces in September. Brussels Gallery Weekend is an opportunity to spend a whole weekend visiting the capital’s various galleries.

    Photo © Andri Haflidason

    Art on Paper - 24>27/10/2019

    Art on Paper is Brussels’ first fair dedicated to contemporary drawing. It is organised in collaboration with BOZAR and presents 50 personal artists' exhibitions. Original and convivial, Art On Paper charms both connoisseurs and amateurs. The symbiosis between public interest and the tireless passion of gallery owners from Belgium and abroad, both emerging and established, makes this event one of the unmissable dates of the season.

    Brussels Design September

    Echoing similar events in Milan, Montreal and Kortrijk, Brussels Design September has become the major date for design lovers. Throughout September Belgian and international designers take over the city with exhibitions, debates, workshops visits, arts & crafts routes, the Brussels Design Market and other markets where you can unearth some gems… you’ll find everything from bargains to fine, top of the range items!

  • October

  • Accessible Art Fair (ACAF) - 10>13/10/2019

    The Accessible Art Fair (ACAF) knocks down the walls between artists and amateurs looking to purchase artworks. Whether they select emerging talents or established artists, a group of experts guarantess the quality of the artworks on offer. This international event offers up convivial encounters and discoveries with the artists, sculptors and designers.

  • November

  • Independent - 07>10/11/2019

    Independent, New York’s trendiest contemporary art fair set up shop in Brussels for the first time in 2016. It takes place in the spacious old Vanderborght store buildings opposite the Saint Hubert Royal Galleries. This special edition will be supervised by Vincent Honoré, an exceptional commissioner. Independent has galleries and international institutions, live events and never-before seen performances!

    Photo18 Festival - TBC

    Nestled in the trendy Châtelain neighbourhood of Brussels, the Photo18 Festival is an annual event dedicated to art photography around a meaningful central theme. The exhibition of museum-quality photographs also offers conferences and workshops with big-name guests from the industry. The event, which takes place in an atmosphere of discovery and encounters, is a must for amateurs and collectors.

    Ars Musica - 9/11>02/12/2018

    Created in Brussels in 1989, Ars Musica is one of the world’s ten largest festivals on the international contemporary music scene. It is held every two years in November and has been run, since September 2013, by composer Bruno Letort. For each edition a festival theme is chosen and the festival line up is put together with partners from Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world to present an overview of what’s new in the world of musical creation.