Street art transforms Brussels into a gallery and open air museum. Using a wide range of techniques at their disposal, artists reflect on a capital city in constant movement.
Whether commissioned or spontaneous, monumental or more discreet, the artworks cover building walls, benches, lamp posts, shop fronts and facades, using the city itself as an exhibition space. You will find out more about the artists here.
Follow this advice from non-profit organisation Urbana and you’ll be sure to see all the best examples of street art in Brussels:
Facade HMI - Manneken Peace
This fresco was painted by artist HMI. He is a member of the Brussels CNN group, a famous group of Belgian hip-hop artists for the last thirty years.
Rue du Chêne - Impasse du Val des Roses / Eikstraat - Rozendaal, 1000 BRU
Indexpouce - Le Mange Tout (Het peultje)
The wall was created to start up a collective vegetable garden in the Marolles neighbourhood. Artistic duo Indexpouce, who use bright colours and beautiful typography, have successfully illustrated this theme and made curious people want to come and visit the vegetable garden. Be advised, this artwork isn't always open, a sign at the entrance has al the necessary information on it.
Rue des Minimes 71 Miniemenstraat, 1000 BRU
Fresco by Joel Artista
More than 150 people picked up their brushes to assist in the project of this world-famous nomadic artist.
Avenue Fonsny Fonsnylaan, 1000 BRU - (Gare du Midi/ Zuidstation)
Fresque Kosmopolite Art Tour
Parisian festival Kosmopolite, which came up with the concept, aims to promote the richness and diversity of street art.
In 2009, Kosmopolite evolved and extended beyond its borders. This is how the MACrew (Paris), Aerosol Bridge Club (Amsterdam) and Farm Prod (Brussels) came together to create the Kosmopolite Art Tour in several European capitals before spreading internationally to major cities like Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Casablanca…
Quai des Péniches - Akenkaai, 1000 BRU
Rue de Namur Facades
These pieces were painted by several artists: Spear, Eyes-B, Parole, Koolkoor, Van Tang and Steve Locatelli. The Propaganza artistic collective provided project coordination.
Rue de Namur, Naamsestraat, 1000 BRU
Maternity by Polish artist Sainer, from Etam Cru
A 400m² mural showing 3 figures, including a mother and child. The fresco was painted over the course of about ten days, with the use of around 150 litres of paint, under the artistic direction of the non-profit organisation “Une ville en couleur” (“A city in colour”).
Bd Simon Bolivar, Simon Bolivarlaan, 1000 BRU
De Wand tram stop (Tram 3-7-19)
The largest mural in Belgium has decorated De Wand station in Laeken since August 2007. A stone’s throw from the Atomium, Brussels' ring road and the Japanese tower, De Wand station constitutes a symbolic place of passage between the centre of Brussels and its outlying areas. The work, created by 30 urban artists, adds some colour and warmth to this previously unwelcoming station.
The Mural is scheduled to grow in size in the upcoming years, to eventually become the largest in Europe (4,500m²).
Studio Entropica, with the help of #sprouttobeBrussels, offers us their vision of Brussels and its symbols with a touch of typical Belgian self-deprecation.
Boulevard Louis Schmidt 29 Louis Schmidtlaan, 1040 BRU (Pétillon)
The Giants of Anderlecht
As part of the Anderlecht artists’ trail entitled “Itinérart 2016”, Urbana has invited more than 15 artists to come and paint the pillars of the Neerpede's 'Hall of Fame'. Illustrators, mural painters or even calligraphists have worked around the theme of “The Giants of Anderlecht” who are perfectly suited to the vertical format imposed by the height of the gigantic pillars.
Avenue Marius Renard / Marius Renardlaan, 1070 BRU - Tram 81, Marius Renard stop (terminus).
SozyOne facade – Poincaré
Artist SozyOne created the abstract and colourful forms which form this gigantic face. The artist used his extraordinary talent and treated the facade, coated it in layers of latex and then painted it using numerous spray paint cans to revitalise this gable wall in Anderlecht, in the heart of the Midi neighbourhood.
Boulevard Poincaré 36 Poincarélaan, 1070 BRU
Indexpouce / Give Box
This wall illustrates the “Give Box” of Forest, where people can leave things they no longer need but which other people may find useful.
Rue des alliés 281 Bondgenotenstraat, 1190 BRU
This installation by artist Obêtre on the boarding between the WIELS and the BRASS was created entirely using wood collected from neighbours.
Avenue Van Volxem 354 Van Volxemlaan, 1190 BRU
Samuel Idmtal & Orlando Kintero
Artists Samuel Idmtal and Orlando Kintero have received the help of local children and residents to create three murals for the Marconi park restaurant as part of the Albert neighbourhood regeneration contract.
Parc Marconi - Marconi Park, 1190 BRU
What’s special about these murals by Solo Cink & Maximalisme, is that they integrate components in 3D, largely made up of recovered objects (plastic bottles, CDs, VHS, etc.), which form part of the design and become part of a unique work.
Rue Heyvaert 122 Heyvaertstraat, 1080 BRU
In response to a call from the URBANA crew, forty Belgian artists aged 20 to 85, wishing to promote national artistic diversity created a homogeneous work that samples as many different aesthetic worlds as possible and represents the population and cultural diversity of our society. A subtle perspective creates a horizon, that of the future.
Rue Ravenstein Ravensteinstraat, 1000 BRU
Le M.U.R.: Modular, Urban and Reactive
The idea is to transform an advertising hoarding into a kind of open-air museum. Contemporary artists place original and ephemeral creations on this 3 by 9 metre space. The artists have used multiple artistic media: acrylics, inks, spray cans, collages and live performances. The objective is to shatter symbolic barriers separating the public from art and to offer a non-commercial space to exhibit where the walls are mainly used for advertising.
Rue Marché aux Poulets 1 Kiekenmarkt, 1000 BRU - www.lemurbrussels.com
For MIXITY.brussels 2017, street art has taken over walls in 8 emblematic communes.
Non-profit organisation Urbana Project has brought together the creativity of Belgian and international artists on behalf of the Region. These MIXITY Walls murals are a lovely opportunity to travel a route of diversity through the city.
Parcours Street Art: website
The Parcours Street Art website lets you discover street art (graffiti, collage, stencils, statuettes…) thanks to various routes through Brussels. These murals, both large and miniature, let you see the neighbourhood or city, from another angle.
Street art urban trails
Below you will find a map indicating all the major street art works and artists in Brussels.