‘Art reconnects Belgium’

14 → 21
July'20

July 21

BOZAR, the National Lottery and the Engie Foundation are joining forces to make this year's National Day unforgettable, despite the circumstances. No grandiose parade or dancing in the street, but a day of hope and solidarity. We are gradually smoothing out the wrinkles of the crisis and relaxing the measures against the coronavirus. Following the virus’ devastating effect on our country, 21 July is an ideal opportunity to once again strengthen the connections between ourselves and the city. 

In the belief that art has a therapeutic and healing effect, we present to you, on 21 July, Art reconnects Belgium: an artistic project that will take place across four locations in Belgium. Artists are invited to create a great mural at iconic sites: Matthias Schoenaerts aka Zenith will leave his mark in Antwerp, ELNINO76 gets creative in Charleroi and Rinus Van de Velde creates a permanent artwork at Brussels Airport. In Brussels, artist Dema One will work on the eastern facade of the Centre for Fine Arts, along the Koningstraat.

The Belgian graffiti artist Dema One has worked on legendary projects all over the world. Together with ten young people from his studio in Molenbeek he will transform the walls of BOZAR with Diversity is the Power. Their message is clear: "Est Unitatis Fortitudinem" - Unity Makes Strength. You can follow their work in progress from 14 July, with the final unveiling on 21 July. 

On 21 July, on our national day of celebration, and a little further on towards the main entrance to BOZAR, along the Baron Hortastraat, you can watch the acrobats from Circus Zonder Handen. The young artists were trained during the spring holiday as part of a residency in BOZAR. They will now give an astounding demonstration of breakneck parkour with the performance Bruxelles Composé. Their inspiration? Keith Haring! 21 July is also the final day of his impressive retrospective.

/// PROGRAMME /// 

14th to 20th July, from 10:00 to 18:00 : installation of the murals in the 4 locations (please note that the schedule may vary depending on the weather and the progress of the artists' projects)

21st July at BOZAR :

- 14:00 - 16:00 - 18:00 : performances "BXL composé Keith Haring" Circus Zonder Handen (Baron Horta street)

- 18:00 : opening of Dema One's mural (Royale street)

- 10:00 to 21:00 : exceptional opening of the Keith Haring exhibition

- 10:00 to 18:00 : exhibitions Mondo Cane, Jacqueline Mesmaeker. Ah, quelle aventure ! et The World as a Pavilion. Vjenceslav Richter

NB : The murals will remain in place in the three cities throughout the all summer.

Practical information

Partners: National Lottery - Lotto Art, ENGIE Foundation, Proximus, VGC, Bank Degroof Petercam.

With the precious support of: the City of Brussels, the City of Charleroi, the Province of Antwerpen, the City of Antwerpen, Brussels Airport, the Belgian Buildings Agency and all players of the National Lottery.

 

The National Lottery is proud to be able to support this unique project, "Art reconnects Belgium", thanks to all of its players. By doing so, the National Lottery also confirms its belief in the broadly connecting and expressive power of graffiti and street art. This conviction already took shape in the "Lotto Art" project, in which the National Lottery invited local street artists to present their creations. The strongest 11 were given the opportunity to perform their work and since then, their art adorns a wall in mythical concert halls such as the Lotto Arena, the Sportpaleis, AB, Forest National and Palais 12.​​​​​​​