- A-Z night
- art in public space
- Art on the Meuse
- De Unie Hasselt-Genk
- Francesca Torzo
- Francesca Torzo
- Kunst in open ruimte
- Mies van der Rohe Award
- Milan Design Week
- Open Call
- performative exhibition
- Pit – Art in Public Space in Borgloon-Heers
- School of Time
- Sophie Nys
- Studio Future
- The Time of Work
- The Wilde Things
- The Work of Time
Memento is a sculpture in the Central Graveyard in Borgloon. The artwork by Wesley Meuris is an anchor in the rolling landscape and invites visitors to enter. The architectural structure of the work ensures a special experience of looking and wandering. The steel-constructed space can be interpreted in various ways and challenges one’s imagination. Whoever visits the space experiences its intimacy. This reflects the memory of its surroundings.
Save Our Souls
SOS or SAVE OUR SOULS is a common emergency signal used by castaways on desert islands in films and books. In the summer of 2021, that call for help came very close. The Meuse river threatened to over flow the dykewall in Heppeneert. In the riverbed, writer Maarten Inghels presents a word sculpture made of sand of the river Meuse. For him, SAVE OUR SOULS is a pointless cry for help in these times of increasing floods and summer droughts. The fact that the artwork can flood or wash away is essential for Inghels. With it, he emphasises the vulnerability of people and society in the face of the immense power of water.
Benjamin Verdonck explores the Meuse Valley on foot. Along the way he collects objects that tell us something about the area, from stones and seeds to plastic packaging and lost jewelry. He treats these everyday objects as relics which he presents in various chapels throughout the Meuse Valley. The carefully arranged collections show his journeys through the area where water and people each leave their own traces.
The Green House
The Green House in the middle of the Arboretum at Bokrijk was once ready to be demolished. Krijn the King decided to save it. He stripped the building from the inside out and added an extra layer to it, making it part of the Arboretum as a ruined pavilion. The design focuses on the beautiful enclosed garden that boasts a profusion of vegetation. He plays with the visitor’s gaze, sense of direction and perception. The work invites you to experience the place in a new way.
The Rock Show
In 2014, Erik Odijk expanded the Emile Van Doren Museum with an outdoor exhibition space. Along with an ensemble of artists, he transformed the villa of landscape painter Emile Van Doren back into a place of encounter. The museum garden features the permanently exhibited works ‘Meeting Place of Memorial Stones for Lost Loved Ones’ (Erik Odijk), the ‘Prediction Module’ (Vaast Colson), ‘A meteorite named Erika’ (Erik Odijk) and ‘A Landscape for the Painter’ by Rudy J. Luijters.
Once again the artist militia meets in an unruly group portrait
The Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde is creating a Night Watch 2.0. This monumental charcoal drawing was inspired by the genre of group portraits from the 16th and 17th century. He is bringing this tradition to Hasselt’s legendary local café Cambrinus. He depicts a fictional community of artists featuring both people from his own personal circle and the café’s regulars.
The Swiss Atelier Amont designed Canal Pavilion, a pleasant meeting spot where you can relax or have a picnic. The expressive roof-shaped wooden structure, surrounded by curtains, was built in the Quartier Canal in Hasselt in 2014. You can now find it in the green environment of the Bethany Campus Hasselt.
In Borgloon, Fred Eerdekens (BE) is exhibiting a folded line in the landscape. Along the Romeinse Kassei, you will find a wood-like sculpture in which you can read the word ‘twijfelgrens’ (doubtful border), but only when you look at it from exactly the right position. Fred Eerdekens often uses language as a medium for his artworks. At the same time, his work is a reflection on how language works. For Twijfelgrens, you must assume the right position to be able to read the “hidden” word and to acquire insight.
Gravitational Waves is a subtle installation by artist Tomás Saraceno (°1973, Argentina/lives and works in Berlin). His projects are inspired by, among other things, spheres, cloud formations and… spiderwebs. In his work, he observes patters that occur both in the macrostructures of our universe and in the microsystems of nature. To Saraceno, the web is the best metaphor to connect everything that lives and survives. The installation seamlessly matches the surroundings of the Kattevennen and the Cosmodrome, where microcosms and macrocosms meet.
Sound artist Paul Devens has created a new artwork in the Church of Saint Servatius in Groot-Loon. Proximity Effect is a sound installation tailor-made for the beautiful church, parts of which date from the 12th century. Using speakers and sensors, the visitor is absorbed in an interplay of tones, sounds of outside recordings, acoustics, echo and space.
Picturesque Sketches: after Léon Becker
The concrete bridge at the Hoogzij connects the Heem Park with the nature reserve Kattevennen, but also brusquely interrupts this green area. British artist Nils Norman has painted the concrete walls with a collage of pictures that are inspired by the illustrations of the landscape painter and arachnologist Léon Becker (1826-1909). In the 19th century, Becker visited Genk and published a standard work on spiders. Norman’s painting refers to the surrounding nature and the importance of ecological balance. In it likewise a critique of the closing of the Ford factory and its social impact.
Reading between the Lines
The duo of architects Gijs Van Vaerenbergh created a see-through church in Borgloon. Reading between the Lines is 10 metres high and consist of 100 stacked layers of steel plate shaped like a little Loon church. The construction weighs no less than 30 tons. The special way in which the church was constructed ensures that the landscape always remains visible when looking through the church, but from a distance and close up. The church is thus present in the landscape, but also absent.
In the landscape around the Abbey of Colen in Kerniel. The round construction with a stunning 360° view is delineated by uniform vertical wooden slats. Entering the artwork is a special experience that refers to the religious and is reminiscent of walking around an abbey. According to the artist, Aeneas Wilder, his work functions as a lens through which the visitor can focus his or her thoughts and emotions against the backdrop of the landscape around Kerniel.
In the landscape, beside the lane heading to the castle of Hex, you will find four tree tents where you can spend the night. The tear-shaped sculptures hang from high trees and provide an alternative form of accommodation to spend the night in Haspengouw. The work of Dré Wapenaar (°1961, the Netherlands) is always situated at the intersection of architecture and sculpture, between a stay and an encounter. His sculptures are primarily tent constructions that are installed temporarily. They invite visitors to occupy them, to stay in them or to shelter beneath them. The social interaction around the work is of great importance to the artist.