CENTRALE for contemporary art

CENTRALE : contemporary art exhibitions in Brussels

Nestled in a former power station in the heart of Brussels, CENTRALE for contemporary art is the contemporary art centre of the City of Brussels.
It develops a committed vision of art, beyond boundaries, and connected to the city and to society.
Each year it collaborates with confirmed and emerging artists from Brussels and the international scene to produce exhibitions and multidisciplinary projects housed in its various premises.

CENTRALE | hall presents exhibitions where confirmed visual artists based in Brussels enter into dialogue with the artists of their choice, along with group exhibitions showcasing a variety of approaches.

CENTRALE | box and CENTRALE | lab host emerging artists and assist them in developing their projects.

Since 2021, CENTRALE | vitrine, at 13 rue Sainte-Catherine, showcases the projects of four artists chosen through an annual open call.

CENTRALE also works with Brussels’ art schools. Since 2017 it has offered residencies to students enrolled in the CARE Master – exploring the plural practices of exhibition making – initiated with the Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles. In July 2020 the first edition of the Brussels Videonline Festival, organised in partnership with seven art schools, broadcast the films of twenty-one recently graduated art students.

Stemming from the visual arts, CENTRALE expands its programming with performances, concerts, art film screenings, meetings, debates, and much more. Priority is given to partnering with other local and international cultural institutions. 2020 also marks the start of another new angle: piKuur, an exhibition area set up in hôpital Saint-Pierre, in Brussels. With its first photographic exhibition in situ, CENTRALE is ushering art into hospitals.

People, audiences, are at the heart of CENTRALE’s missions: everyone – art lover or neophyte, individually or in school groups, with associations or with the family – can discover a work of art or an activity that suits them, be it a guided tour, a workshop, or participation in a work in progress, etc.

CENTRALE is ultimately a comprehensive cultural project, the project of a capital city, a project for everyone, a place where art meets life.

Sophie Whettnall & Etel Adnan. La banquise, la forêt et les étoiles © Philippe De Gobert
Sophie Whettnall & Etel Adnan. La banquise, la forêt et les étoiles © Philippe De Gobert