Published on September 10th, 2020 | by James Drew0
Brussels museums return to lighten the mood
Brussels museums are making their comeback with a long weekend of events to lighten up all moods, writes Martin Banks.
From 1-4 October, artists and cultural organisations are taking the stage in 40 Brussels’ museums to eclipse the gloom of 2020 and offer a programme that is 100% safe.
It has been a trying, unpredictable year. For the event sector as well as for the museums, the new realities are tough but Brussels Museums are determined to offer Brussels residents and visitors new genuine moments of carefree enjoyment.
Brussels museums say they want to offer a “space of solidarity” to artists and associations who do not or no longer have the opportunity to express themselves and perform as easily since 13 March.
Unlike the museums that have been able to reopen since 18 May, many cultural players (artists, actors, musicians, guides, concert halls, theatres, etc.) have not yet been able to resume their activities. The museums themselves have had to adapt their programming to guarantee safety, often at the expense of their necessary financial sustainability.
Upon reservation and in compliance with security measures, the museums are places where you can escape for a few hours from the speed of everyday life and the turmoil of the coronavirus. On the programme are 70 different activities, in small groups only: concerts, workshops, performances, artist meetings, children’s entertainment, original guided tours, outdoor walks and of course exhibitions.
The many events (all listed here) include :
• At the ISELP Institute for Contemporary Arts, a workshop of ancient printing techniques in sunlight (cyanotype) in the context of the exhibition “INSPIRE” which questions the passing of time and its intensity.
• At the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, Madame la Professeure Postérieur there is an exhilarating aerobic session will remind the visitor of the humor of certain comic strips.
• At the Erasmus House, total immersion in artworks through the practice of mindfulness with Mindful Art Appreciation, the fragility of ceramics with Terre Source or a stroll through time between Neerpede and Cureghem with KlareLijn.
• A magical moment at the MIMA where Brussels visual artist duo “Floop VJ” and the DJ Skuomachine meet and animate monsters and shapes from the ZOO exhibition.
• At BELvue Museum, Beguided offers a sung guided tour that describes Belgium through the Belgian (and non-Belgian) songs that have shaped its history, from la Brabançonne to Sandra Kim.
• In its brand-new Living Planet Gallery, the Museum of Natural Sciences casts the sound performance “DIVE” created by Ine Claes and Mathieu Calleja in collaboration with Juan Parra Cancino. It is based on the sound of dreams and transports the visitor into a moving and mysterious atmosphere where the impulses of the day take over.