Members of the federal government and their partners visited the vibrant spring programme at BOZAR and enjoyed a tour of the Fernand Léger retrospective.
This exhibition of one of the greatest modern artists of the first half of the 20th century wasn’t only popular with government; it has welcomed no less than 20,000 visitors since its opening. BOZAR’s spring exhibitions were visited more than 85,000 times only a few weeks after the opening. The recent Museum Night Fever was a huge success; about 10,000 people visited BOZAR.
This season visitors will be served a multifaceted programme. Fernand Léger was a preeminent artist who gained inspiration from daily life and his social engagement. Spanish Still Life is a discovery for many visitors. This exhibition about still life, a pictorial genre that united Western Europe in the 17th century, presents works by artists such as Goya, Picasso, Velázquez and Miró. At the entrance of this exhibition, BOZAR presents a double show in collaboration with M-Museum Leuven on one of the most important photographers-artists in Belgium: Dirk Braeckman. We mustn't forget the recently opened homage to Hugo Claus, the greatest Belgian writer from the second half of the 20th century. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages.
The impressive spring programme can be summarised with the subtitle of the Léger exhibition: ‘Beauty is everywhere’. The current exhibition programme is a nice example of BOZAR’s mission to serve as a model for European cultural centres of the 21st century. From that core artistic task, BOZAR wants to fulfil a wider role: rather than simply exhibiting art, it wants to embed it in a social context. BOZAR bridges the gap between art and other sectors like education, scientific research, technology, etc.