27/09/2018 - 27/01/2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of May ’68 and its movements of contestation. On this occasion, Alderwoman for Culture Karine Lalieux decided to bring all the cultural institutions in the City of Brussels together with the shared projection “2018, Year of the Contestation”.

In this context, the CENTRALE presents, starting from September 2018, the exhibition RESISTANCE, in which the role of the artist as a major player in revolutionary thinking will be central. 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, ecology, and more.

At the same time, the CENTRALE is becoming an OPEN ACADEMY and hosting professors and students from several art schools in Brussels. They will immerse themselves into the causes of the student and workers’ revolt of May 1968 in order to sound out present and future protest. Presented as a work in progress, Contestation past > present > future will bring together elements from research work and artistic proposals by students as well as a series of conferences and performances.

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