- Commissioner: Flemish Government
Flemish Minister Sven Gatz has commissioned artist Dirk Braeckman and curator Eva Wittocx to represent Belgium at the 57th international art exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Of the 35 applicants, it was their concept that a national jury and the minister selected. The Flemish Government – one of the three linguistic communities in Belgium – is an institution dedicated to the Dutch-speaking inhabitants of Brussels and Flanders. It takes in charge a list of competences such as Youth, Sport, Media and Cuture. Within the Government the department of Culture has the mission to promote contemporary art at a professional level in its diversity and various disciplines. It supports artists as well as institutions and associations promoting Contemporary Arts in Brussels and Flanders.
- Organisation: M – Museum Leuven
M – Museum Leuven opened its doors in September 2009. Alongside its extensive permanent collection, M offers temporary exhibitions by both old masters and contemporary artists. The collection consists of more than 52.500 objects consist of artworks from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. There is also a central focus on post-1945 Belgian art. M is equally a platform for discovering contemporary art. From 2009 onwards M presented exhibitions with o.a. Jan Vercruysse, Angus Fairhurst, Mika Rottenberg, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Sol LeWitt, Yael Davids, Ugo Rondinone, Aleksandra Mir, Markus Schinwald, Peter Buggenhout, Guy de Cointet, Yto Barrada, Sarah Morris.
At the beginning of 2018, the exhibition of Dirk Braeckman will travel to Belgium, in a parallel double exhibition in Bozar Brussels and M – Museum Leuven (February 1, 2018 – April 29, 2018).
- Scientific Partner: KU Leuven
Situated in Leuven, the KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. The Culture Committee sets the course of KU Leuven’s cultural policy. In 2010, the new policy manifesto ‘From Creative Quality to Cultural Policy’ was presented. A strategy has been developed in close cooperation with the City of Leuven, the other cultural players in Leuven and our partners in the KU Leuven Association (KHLeuven, Lemmensinstituut and Groep T) that aims to organise a wider range of cultural activities in Leuven.
- Scientific Partner: LUCA School of Arts
LUCA School of Arts is a Belgian university college exclusively dedicated to art and design. The art school combines the strengths and expertise of five renowned Flemish higher education institutions for art and design, spread across Brussels, Genk, Ghent and Leuven. LUCA is a member of the KU Leuven Association. A specific partner within the project of the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2017 is LUCA’s research unit Intermedia, which focuses on the interdisciplinary character of contemporary art practices and questions the different media in relation to other media.
- Scientific Partner: LGC
Named after the pioneer of the photography industry in Belgium, Lieven Gevaert, the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture was founded in 2004. The Lieven Gevaert Centre (LGC) is a joint collaboration between the KULeuven and the UCLouvain. It is based in the Faculty of Arts of the KULeuven and the Institute of Research in Culture (INCAL) of the UCLouvain. The primary aim of the LGC is the study of photography, art and visual culture. Other important objectives of the LGC are the dissemination of research and scholarship, the publication of important scholarship in the field, and the development of a specialized documentation centre.
‘Flanders Art Institute’ is an interface organisation and expertise centre for music, performing arts and visual arts in Flanders & Brussels. The institute is the contact point for foreign art professionals in search of information on the visual and performing arts and on music in Flanders. To increase the awareness and visibility of the Flemish arts scene on an international level we stimulate and help develop international collaboration, communication and exchange between artists, art professionals and policy-makers. With this, we are aiming to build sustainable international relations and to encourage and support exchange and cooperation on an international scale.
Within the framework of the Venice Biennial, Flanders Arts Institute, M – Museum Leuven, BOZAR and FotoMuseum published an online special on Belgian photography: http://turningphotography.be/
BOZAR-Centre for Fine Arts Brussels is a multidisciplinary arts centre located in the centre of Brussels. The building itself forms an extraordinary part of Belgium’s architectural heritage. It was designed by the architect Victor Horta in the 1920s and the modernity of the concept – bringing all artistic disciplines together under one roof – still stuns. With almost 4,000 m² of exhibition space, a splendid concert hall with 2100 seats, a chamber music room, two small theatres, three spaces newly set up for multimedia projects, and the royal cinema archive whose richness is universally recognized, the Centre for Fine Arts has developed into a dynamic arts centre registering more than one million visits a year. Recent international exhibitions include “Luc Tuymans” (2011), “Zurbarán”(2014), “Michael Borremans” (2014), “Daniel Buren” (2016) and “Picasso. Sculptures” (2016).
STUK is a House for Dance, Image and Sound: you can experience dance performances, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, performance, films, and festivals like Playground and Artefact. STUK is a partner of M-Museum in Leuven.