The Smurf Experience
Organized in the framework of the 60th anniversary of the Smurfs, The Smurf Experience is a breath-taking plunge into the magical world of the little blue characters. Thanks to a larger-than-life setting and live performances spread over 1500 square meters, visitors become “as tall as 3 apples”, which is the ideal height to live as a real Smurf and to discover their way of life and customs.
But the wizard, Gargamel, is creating an evil machine that is threatening the world of the Smurfs. Visitors are invited to set out on an adventure and to help the Smurfs bring peace and quiet back to their village. Cross a waterfall using video mapping, escape from the cage where Gargamel has imprisoned you and hitch a ride on the stork’s back for an unforgettable virtual reality experience.
The Smurf Experience is also a commitment to promoting sustainable development as it presents an educational path illustrated by the 17 sustainable development goals defined by the United Nations.
Amy Winehouse. A family portrait.
Amy Winehouse, a family portrait retraces the destiny of this unique singer. Through her personal objects, unpublished writings and family photos, this exhibition tells the story of the birth of a pop culture icon, from her ancestors from Belarus to her successes on stages in London and around the world. Discover Amy Winehouse's passion for music, fashion, tattoos, but also her attachment to London, her family and her Jewish roots. Designed in collaboration with her brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva, this exhibition has been shown in London, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Melbourne. It rounds of its journey in Brussels, before the unique pieces it presented returned to the Winehouse family. Housed from mid-May to mid-September 2018 at the Belgian Jewish Museum, this intimate and moving exhibition reveals the woman behind the music.
UNcovered by Pierre Debusschere
The UNcovered exhibition is his first extensive exhibition that includes a preview of a new film and 90 unpublished photographs: a series of images in which the body is used as a pictorial and emotional material. A substance devoid of anything artificial – only connected by means of texture, sound and space. Subjects are put in front of the camera and are the only ones to decide what they want to reveal, in this interconnected narrative that invites its audience to explore and indulge the different layers of interpretation. The exhibition explores the question of uncovering, intimacy and protection.
For the “Icons” series, 60 unique, handmade frames made from found pieces of wood have been created in collaboration with the designer Renaud Meunier, a resident at MAD LAB – the talent incubator and laboratory for research and development at MAD.
Wings to Grow
Started in 2018, "Wings to Grow" is the 17th playful and interactive exhibition of the Children's Museum located in the Brussels commune of Ixelles. This exhibition, like its previous editions, is entirely imagined, created and produced by the Museum's team. It is designed as a six-step process to help children grow up, leave the nest, and fly out on their own. Their aim: to get to know themselves and the world around them better in a universe that is tailored to their needs and has no screens.
The Children's Museum is a non-profit organisation that has been dedicated, since 1976, to the development of children aged 4 to 12. By accompanying the children in their discovery of the exhibition, the animators bring it to life and play a key role in the realisation of this educational project.
Brussels Environment developed a permanent exhibition in its headquarters, aimed first and foremost at schoolchildren. BELEXPO, which opened at the end of May 2018, is a tour that gives young people from 10 to 14 and their families an experience that will make them love the city of the future. This interactive exhibition allows them to explore new urban ways of life. Visitors, equipped with a digital bracelet, carry out missions that improve quality of life and the environment. This initiative by the Brussels Region aims to make young people aware of environmental challenges in the city. BELEXPO is part of the programme of Environmental Education and will become a key element of it. It also offers an "educational visit" that allows teachers to prepare their visit in advance and prolong the exhibition's work after their visit, as well as find a route for their students, additional information and ideas for actions.
Resistance, Exhibition & Open Academy
As part of 2018, year of protest, the City of Brussels celebrated fifty years since 1968, a time of disruption sown with a large number of challenges and a symbolic year for art and society. On this occasion, the CENTRALE public art centre put on an ambitious project called RESISTANCE for residents and visitors in the European capital. Created around an EXHIBITION and an OPEN ACADEMY, a pioneering project and a platform for teachers and students from four Brussels art colleges, RESISTANCE challenged the role of art and artists in past, present and future society. Over the course of four months, conferences, screenings, workshops and performances also took place at CENTRALE, like this conference performed by a member of the Guerrilla Girls, for the first time in Belgium. RESISTANCE, a completely original past, present and future dialogue.
Back Side, Fashion from behind
Humans have an ambivalent relationship with their backs. The back shies away from view, making it more vulnerable, but fashion is constantly adorning, covering or revealing it... The dignity of a dress train, burdened with a rucksack, the sensuality of a low-cut back or the constraint of a fastening, Back Side – Fashion From Behind brings together items from large fashion houses as well as the collections of the Fashion & Lace Museum and the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris. With 80 silhouettes by Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Elsa Schiaparelli, Azzedine Alaïa, Martin Margiela and Olivier Theyskens, the exhibition questions our perception of our back and those of others. The exhibition opened in November 2018 and will close at the end of March 2019 at the Fashion & Lace Museum.
'Porsche 70 years' exhibition
Every year, between December and January, the Autoworld museum organises a major exhibition on the mezzanine and in the dedicated zones in the centre of the museum. These exhibitions mark an automotive anniversary or put the spotlight on an era or country. In 2018, the exhibition celebrated the 70th anniversary of the legendary Porsche brand. More than 60 exceptional historic cars, rarely displayed together, were brought together in the same space, which was a record. These vehicles were loaned by international museums and private collectors. This exhibition received a great deal of media coverage in Belgium and abroad. Autoworld is a private museum that operates without subsidies and whose initiative is supported only by partners and sponsors. The exhibition was inaugurated by more than 1,200 guests and brand personalities, such as Jacky Ickx and Dr Wolfgang Porsche.
Get Up, Stand Up !
"Get Up, Stand Up!": the voice of the people before Twitter, the protest poster. The "Get Up, Stand Up!" exhibition at the MIMA explored the graphic world of the posters created by the protest movements in 1968 and 1973. Six years of intense political and social agitation, marked in France by the students' and workers' movements of May '68, in the United States by ongoing struggles by minorities, demonstrations against the Vietnam War, the rise of feminism and ecology and around the world by a desire for more freedom, equality, dignity and justice. "Sois jeune et tais-toi (Be Young and Shut Up) ", "Power to the people, "Make love not war" and "Black Power" are just some of the provocative slogans photographed and distributed in their thousands, thanks to a fast new technique called silkscreen printing. Students and artists invented a simple and concise universal visual language with an original expressive force.
Horta Motifs. Fabric and Wallpaper in Brussels Houses
Inside Art Nouveau buildings, both Victor Horta and his contemporaries gave meaning to the concept of total art and revolutionised the applied arts, abolishing the hierarchy between different forms of plastic art. The exhibition restored this fragile heritage to its rightful place in the history of forms. The exhibition dedicated to Horta motifs also presented strips of fragments of wallpaper from interiors by Horta, bindings, situation photographs, old catalogues and different printing instruments. As well as presenting original motifs and complex craftwork, this exhibition restored this fragile heritage to its rightful place in the history of forms. The exhibition runs from April 2018 to January 2019 at the Autrique House.
The Grand Place to be
For the 20th anniversary of the inclusion of the Grand Place in Brussels on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Museum of the City of Brussels and the Heritage Department hosted a unique exhibition in this iconic example of Brussels architecture. This exhibition could not be held anywhere other than the Grand Place itself, at the King's House. This prestigious building has been housing the Museum of the City since 1887 and overseeing the conservation, enrichment and promotion of Brussels heritage as well as spreading knowledge throughout the public. Organised around the monumental statue of Saint Michael, a weather vane from the 15th century, The Grand Place to be exhibition covers numerous themes regarding the history of the Place, its architecture, safeguarding and presentation. Restoration sites will also be showcased thanks to working documents from the time and original objects from the facades.
Beyond Klimt. New horizons in Central Europe, 1914-1938
Austrian artists Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele are still great names in the art world a century after their death. The Beyond Klimt exhibition not only presented the last works of these two great masters, it also allowed the public to discover the international avant-garde movements that developed in the countries of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire after the First World War, including Surrealism, Expressionism, Neo-realism, Constructivism and the Bauhaus school. The exhibition bought together works by around 80 artists, including Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Koloman Moser, Egon Schiele, László Mohaly-Nagy, František Kupka and Alfred Kubin. The exhibition took place at BOZAR from September 2018 to January 2019.