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Our country has lost a visionary artist with the passing of Johan van Geluwe.

He belongs to the canon of a country where belgitude has the seriousness of a deadpan joke, or the hilarity of a watertight mathematical formula. Van Geluwe elevated the entire country of Belgium to an art form. He’s the bastard family member of Bruegel, Ensor, Otlet (the Mondaneum), Garcet (the Tower of Eben Ezer), De Ghelderode, Wiertz, Magritte, Broodthaers, Panamarenko, Charlier, … First and foremost this idiosyncratic artist remains the Head Archivist of his own boundless, imaginary museum. At BOZAR, his Museums of Museums took pride of place at La Belgique Visionnaire België. C’est arrivé près de chez nous, the last exhibition devised by Harald Szeeman. Its international appeal stemmed from its fearless locality. Van Geluwe was aglocalist long before the internet or Ryanair. La Belgique Visionnaire remains a reference point for BOZAR. We treasure our memories of a visit to his studio where Johan was a well of stories about art, museums, gardens and war graves. Sire, il n’y a plus de primitifs flamands…


  • Bernd Lammel, 2019 © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH

    BONN KICKS OFF BEETHOVEN 2020

    2020 will be Ludwig’s year. The world will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, and his native city of Bonn started early with the unveiling of a major exhibition about the composer on 17 December.

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  • Brexit and a cultural way forward, together

    BOZAR joins and supports European cultural organisations and foundations’ call to continue collaborations with the UK. 

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  • International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

    On the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, BOZAR would like to emphasise that the world of culture, as a place to debate and to rally together, plays an important part in constructing a society where peace and dialogue are upheld as unassailable values. This day is an emphatic reminder for BOZAR of our shared responsibility as artists, politicians, and citizens in building a tolerant and fair world, an unbreachable defence against any form of barbarity.

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