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Brussels is a city of surprises and constant change, and one of the best illustrations of this is MIMA. The Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art opened its doors in May 2016, housed in the former Belle-Vue breweries along the Brussels Canal. It is certainly no coincidence that this museum was born amid the industrial atmosphere of “Belgian Manchester”. Its mission? To present the most significant artworks of our time and to decipher the history of culture 2.0.
Behind this fantastic project are two pairs of key players in the artistic and cultural life of Brussels: Michel and Florence de Launoit, and Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt. All are committed to supporting a culture open to all, beyond barriers.
The museum houses a permanent collection, the collection 2.0, which currently contains around thirty artworks reflecting our era and will continue to be expanded over future years. Whether graffiti, street art, tattooing, surf, comics, cartoons, graphic design or electro culture, a wide range of media are covered but all converge on a single shared language of communication. Through this, it addresses contemporary topics of new technologies and the spatiotemporal upheaval they cause.
In this bright and superbly refurbished space, MIMA also hosts temporary exhibitions. From 3 February to 28 May 2017 the space will be taken over by Dutch artist Boris Tellegen, aka Delta. Spread over three floors, the installation traces the development of this graffiti genius via his current multidimensional creations. Combining collage, sculpture, drawings, videos and installations, the artist explores the creative intelligence of modern technology, opening the door to a new dimension populated by a different language and structures.
A magnificent exhibition and a museum not to miss on your visit to Brussels.
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.