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Autumn highlights: 13 new exhibitions you can’t miss

This autumn, the museums of Brussels are back with a new season of eclectic exhibitions that combine poetry, humour and intimacy. Are you looking for a new breath of life or for a few moments of grace? Then mark your calendars! 

Brussels Touch – Fashion & Lace Museum

27.08.2021 > 15.05.2022

Through 33 talents, this new exhibition ‘made in Belgium’ at the Fashion & Lace Museum questions the characteristics of Brussels fashion and the influence of its scene on the international reputation of Belgian design from the 1980s to the present day.

Marcel Broodthaers : Industrial Poems, Open Letters – WIELS

10.09.2021 > 09.01.2022

An enigmatic and poetic journey where images become words and words become images. Through this new exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Marcel Broodthaers Estate, WIELS presents for the first time the complete series of 36 main motifs from Broodthaers' famous plates, revealing his point of view on the reproducibility of the work of art and of language.

Hahaha, the Humor of Art – ING Art Center

15.09.2021 > 16.01.202

Can we laugh at everything? This exhibition with KANAL and the Centre Pompidou looks at the role of humour in the sacred realm of beauty, starting with Marcel Duchamp's upside-down urinal. From caricatures to toy-artworks to parody, discover how comedy has changed the course of art history.

Stephan Balleux et Porz An Park – Bounce - Botanique

16.09.2021 > 21.11.2021

The space of the Museum from Botanique becomes the playground of visual artist Stephan Balleux and Cédric Dambrain, composer and performer behind Porz an Park. Their audiovisual creation tests our perceptions and certainties, echoing the instability caused by the pandemic.

Works on paper. Galila’s Collection – Jewish Museum of Belgium

17.09.2021 > 13.02.2022

Galila Hollander-Barzilaï, the Belgian collector born in Tel Aviv, is an extraordinary personality. It is no wonder that her art collection contains a plethora of equally eccentric contemporary works. This exhibition at the Jewish Museum offers a clear and powerful selection from this personal universe, focusing on the medium of paper!

Nuages – Maison des Arts

17.09.2021 > 21.11.2021

Who hasn't dreamed of imaginary worlds while looking up to the sky? Clouds are an invitation to contemplate, and fortunately as there are quite a few of them in Belgium. Countless artists are inspired by them: this exhibition brings together their contemporary works and those from the Schaerbeek municipal ancient art collection around this cottony theme.

Raoul Servais. A world between magic and realism – BELvue Museum

24.09.2021 > 06.03.2022

A tribute to the Belgian pioneer of animated film, with drawings, background props and instruments the ‘Wizard of Ostend’ used to make his films. The exhibition, which will later travel to several international venues, was curated by François Schuiten – one of Belgium’s most renowned cartoonists.

CRUSH – Unexpected encounters between design and art- Design Museum Brussels

22.10.2021 > 06.03.2022

An exhibition in the form of a singular love affair: that of artworks from the (temporarily closed) Musée d'Ixelles and design objects from the (plastic) collection of the Design Museum Brussels. It's just a little crush, sha-la-la-la...

Dans un pli du temps - art et marges museum

07.10.2021 > 06.02.2022

2022 in a few months?! Ugh, no thanks. We'd rather enjoy the break in space and time offered by the new exhibition at the art et marges museum. Works that overwhelm our senses and offer us the chance to contemplate at ease "within a fold of time".

David Hockney : a major double exhibition – BOZAR

08.10.2021 > 23.01.2022

After 30 years, David Hockney is finally back at BOZAR, which has decided to see double for the occasion! A much-anticipated retrospective will trace his entire career, from his double portraits to monumental landscapes (in Works from the Tate Collection, 1954-2017). A second, more experimental exhibition shows the colourful paintings made by the artist on his iPad during the first confinement (in The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020). Timeless.

Tracks to Modernity – Europalia – Royal museums of fine arts of Belgium

15.10.2021 > 13.02.2022

The train as a harbinger of change and modernity is the theme of the Royal Museums' new Europalia Train & Tracks exhibition. From the Impressionists to the Surrealists, lots of artists from the 19th and 20th centuries have taken an interest in this subject, including Monet, Spilliaert, Léger, De Chirico, Mondrian and Delvaux. Full steam ahead!

Orient-Express : Mythical, Luxurious, Belgian! - Train World

26.10.2021 > 17.04.2022

Train journeys carry very personal stories, but this one is clearly a myth! The Orient-Express has been a source of inspiration for literature and cinema and continues to symbolise a time when travelling was an art. Train World offers a glimpse into this dream with this flagship exhibition in the Europalia Trains & Tracks programme. Exceptional, two original carriages of the legendary train will be brought to Brussels and made accessible to the public!

La vie matérielle – Centrale for Contemporary Art

09.12.2021 > 13.03.2022

Taking its title from Marguerite Duras' book of the same name, this later exhibition at the Centrale closes our selection in style! It presents a dialogue between 12 Italian and Belgian artists on the link between art and life; works of refuge that have in common the use of humble materials associated with craftsmanship and a desire to connect the emotional and our inner life with the everyday life and the body.

Want to discover more exhibitions or take the road less travelled? Check out our full exhibition calendar!