Come to the Centre for Fine Arts and surround yourself with the many contemporary pieces which have been specially commissioned for BOZAR: BRING BACK OUR BOYS AND GIRLS by Pascale Marthine Tayou (2015), Open the Curtain by Beat Streuli (2016), the spatial works of Jean Glibert (2017), Valérie Mannaerts’ hand-woven curtain (2017)… At BOZAR, creation and presentation go hand in hand and the artists are the driving force behind this. As scenographers, (co-)curators, theatre makers, filmmakers, performers or authors, they co-create place-specific pieces or bring Victor Horta's iconic building in line with the times. BOZAR enables partnerships between artists from Brussels, Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world, as it does between artists and scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians and so on. In 2017 BOZAR LAB launched a call to bring innovative businesses, start-ups, artists and researchers together around the power of the image. Come and see the results, in the spring of 2018, at the exhibition entitled Theodoor van Loon. A Caravaggist Painter between Rome and Brussels.
- BRING BACK OUR BOYS AND GIRLS (2015, Ravenstein Rotunda)
Pascale Marthine Tayou created the neon letters BRING BACK OUR BOYS AND GIRLS specially for his 2015 Boomerang exhibition. The slogan appeared in #BringBackOurGirls, the April 2014 Twitter campaign which turned our attention to the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terrorist organisation. Tayou added ‘boys’ because the boys of Boko Haram are 'lost' too. It is not clear, as yet, who or what can rescue these lost souls from the madness.
- Pascale's Eggs (2014, Vestibule)
Humour is never far away in the work of Pascale Marthine Tayou. He turned these colourful Easter eggs, for example, into an art installation for the ceiling of BOZAR's entrance hall. Although the title refers to Paschalis, the Latin word for Easter, it is also a cheeky reference to the artist's name.
Open the Curtain (2016, Vestibule)
This sculptural installation by Swiss photographer Beat Streuli focuses on the cultural diversity of our cities. The city is his stage; its residents the actors he observes through his lens. These photos and films were shot in the power centres of Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dubai and Moscow and focus on diversity, tolerance, safety and freedom.
Henri Jacobs (Vestibule)
For the second edition of Art on Paper (2016) artist Henri Jacobs created Vaporisation Crystallisation, in and on the scale of BOZAR's Rotunda, entrance hall and Fumoir. His in-situ piece sheds light on the various forms that drawing can take on these days.
Alevtina Kakhidze (Fumoir)
For the third edition of Art on Paper (2017) Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze designed the installation I still draw love, plants and things (2017). She uses drawings, image and sound to tell her personal story and this common theme runs through the corridors of the Centre for Fine Arts.
(Horta Hall and other locations in the Centre)
For his exhibition entitled Jean Glibert. Peintre en bâtiment (2017-2018) artist Jean Glibert painted large areas of colour in the building's residual spaces and passageways, and on pivotal points and structural elements which lend architectural tension to the Centre for Fine Arts.
(BOZAR CAFÉ VICTOR)
Valérie Mannaerts’ hand-woven curtain is used to screen off a section of the café for events and special occasions. The cut-off area creates a mysterious contrast with the wide open other half of BOZAR's CAFÉ VICTOR.
A FEW IN-SITU PIECES AT EXHIBITIONS IN 2018
For the exhibition Fernand Léger. Beauty is Everywhere (2018), Benoit Platéus (Young Belgian Art Prize 2003) created the work Schrank: a brand new installation which, like Léger's art, is inspired by everyday realities, and alternates between various media: photography, video, drawing and sculpture. For the exhibition Hugo Claus. Con amore (2018) Erik Nerinckx created the audio installation Nonkel Armands Duif Coco (2018), while Naninga Lens’ painting By the Way, Did You Murder René Catrysse? (2018) was inspired by Hugo Claus’ De Geruchten (Rumours). Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov has created a video installation entitled Some Bulgarians (2018) to mark the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2018.