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A hopeful 2024

Dear visitor and friend of Bozar,

2023 may have been marked by conflicts, but it was also a year filled with a longing and need to gather around collective commitments and passions.

The Centre for Fine Arts was alive like never before in 2023. We have wonderful memories of thousands of visitors who shared their love for the venue with us last year.

Bozar is a ‘house of arts’ that believes in the transformative potential of artworks. Via exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and debates, we invite you to encounter a multitude of rich and nuanced experiences with the power to shed new light on our actions and worldview.

Our major exhibition dedicated to Surrealism in Belgium opens in spring 2024. Histoire de ne pas rire highlights a controversial and highly politicised movement that sought, via poems, paintings and collective drawings, to rethink a world shaken by authoritarianism and war. A large-scale retrospective dedicated to the work of the great film-maker Chantal Akerman opens the following month.

Contemporary artists are not only involved in the Afropolitan Festival, but also in a programme of performances, lectures and debates, new formats such as the monthly multidisciplinary Bozar All over the P(a)lace and even video games. All this and more will soon be creating a refreshing and inspiring breeze.

I have been fully engaged as Director of this marvellous arts centre for over six months now, together with a dedicated and passionate team. A team that looks forward to sharing an artistic programme centred on encounter and discovery with you over the coming months.

Happy New Year! And here’s to a beautiful 2024!

Christophe Slagmuylder