KANAL – Centre Pompidou!

13 months of exhibitions and shows before conversion work begins

Before it becomes the largest cultural institution in Brussels, with 35,000 m2 devoted to artistic creation in all its forms, KANAL – Centre Pompidou proposes a unique cultural immersion in the buildings of the former Citröen garage.

Before conversion work begins, KANAL – Centre Pompidou will open its doors from May 2018 until June 2019 to allow the public to discover an exceptional cultural heritage, rich in history and preserved in its current state. Benefiting from the richness of the collections of the Centre Pompidou, the former Citroën garage will turn into a site hosting several exhibitions mixing visual arts, design, architecture, major installations and creations by Brussels-based artists, as well as a programme of performing-arts shows co-produced for this occasion with many of the city’s cultural actors.

A future cultural hub

The ambition of KANAL – Centre Pompidou is to offer a centre of culture and exchange open to all, to put the creative scene of Brussels in the limelight, and to contribute to the capital’s cultural appeal.

Driven by the Brussels-Capital Region, this ambitious project seeks to provide Brussels with a cultural hub favourable to the aura of the capital of Europe. In the context of a ten-year partnership with the Centre Pompidou, the future KANAL – Centre Pompidou will not only house a museum of modern and contemporary art, but also the rich collections of architecture and urbanism of the CIVA Foundation. It will also accommodate many public spaces with a range of functions, including several stages for the performing arts.

A wide-ranging programme

Events imagined in response to the identity of the site and its unique aesthetic qualities, but also its history

From 5 May 2018 until 10 June 2019, following a radically experimental approach, the former Citroën garage will turn into a platform open to a reflection on the stakes of the museum of the future. Curated by Bernard Blistène, the director of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, a multidisciplinary programme will seek to fill the spaces that were recently emptied of their functions and left in their current state. Many of the proposals seek to echo the identity of the site, but also its human and social history, tangible across the different workshops and offices and in the different fittings of this vast complex.

Eager to integrate Kanal – Centre Pompidou in its context, the programme will let a vast audience have access, in one and the same venue, to a wide-ranging and unique cultural offer. The programme follows the rhythm of the Brussels cultural calendar, in partnership with, among others, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, BOZAR, Performatik Festival, Flagey, Kaaitheater and La Raffinerie (Charleroi Danse).

Building up a collection of contemporary art

Brussels is without a doubt a creative centre for many artists: the Kanal Foundation, with an eye on the establishment of its museum of modern and contemporary art, intends to pay particular attention to this artistic scene.

In order to popularize the various forms of artistic creation that are being developed in the city, the Kanal Foundation has made it a point of honour to support Brussels-based artists. As a result, this year already, it has invited a dozen artists, selected by a jury, to present new work. This policy of commissions marks the start of the future museum’s collection. These works will be exhibited alongside those stemming from the collections of the Centre Pompidou. Each year, new pieces will be added to a collection that is specific to the institution.

The laureates of this first selection are: Younes Baba-Ali, Sadie Choua, Raffaella Crispino, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, Suchan Kinoshita, Ariane Loze, Vincent Meessen, Lazara Rosell Albear, and Emmanuel Van Der Auwera.

The members of the jury are:

  • Bernard Blistène, Director of the Musée national d’Art moderne Centre Pompidou;
  • Laurent Busine, Honorary director of the MAC’s (Grand Hornu);
  • Hans De Wolf, Professor at VUB;
  • Marie du Chastel, Coordinator and curator of the KIKK Festival;
  • Carine Fol, Artistic director of La Centrale;
  • Denis Laoureux, Professor at ULB;
  • Sophie Lauwers, Director of exhibitions at Bozar;
  • Cédric Libert, Director of contemporary architecture at the CIVA Foundation;
  • Stéphanie Pécourt, Director of the Halles Saint-Géry;
  • Alain Servais, Collector;
  • Phillip Van den Bossche, Director of MuZee (Ostend).