CENTRALE for contemporary art

The ambition of CENTRALE for contemporary art is to give contemporary visual arts the widest possible audience and make people discover contemporay artists from Brussels within an international perspective. This centre for contemporary art of Brussels City seeks to raise questions about today’s society. The idea is to be a space that is open to the world, Europe, the city and the neighbour-hood, and to respond to the specific characteristics of Brussels, with its diverse population and rich cultures.

 

(c) Johan Dehon
(c) Johan Dehon

 

A strong Brussels identity in an international perspective
Inaugurated in 2006, the City of Brussels’ contemporary art center aims at putting Brussels art on the map by showcasing emerging and renowned artist whilst privileging an international dimension. CENTRALE offers a reflection on contemporary creation and its many connections with society.
The program focuses on presenting artworks that question the limits of art rather than impose a unique reading.
With this in mind, CENTRALE produces thematic exhibitions, projects designed by pairs of Brussels/foreign artists, and supports young artists.
CENTRALE is intended as a space opened on the city and its inhabitants. It aims to reinforce social ties, bring an opening onto the world and trigger dialogues around contemporary creation. This intent is translated into intergenerational workshops, participative projects, and encounters with artists and collaborations with the capital city’s art schools and colleges and all other institutions that champion contemporary creation, regardless of its form.

 

An electric history
CENTRALE is located in Brussels first electric power station (1893). It preserves the name and semi-industrial architecture from that era.

Archive of the first electric power station of Brussels
Archive of the first electric power station of Brussels