Museums and galleries in Brussels: showcasing female contemporary talent

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©Lalla Essaydi, Harem #18 Triptysch, 2009 – Portrait of a Lady, Fondation Boghossian

The trees are blossoming and so is your desire to go out? This spring, Brussels will be alive with contemporary art and there are numerous exhibitions highlighting the talent of female artists. From Charlotte Perriand to Kiki Smith and Marthe Wéry, Brussels' museums and galleries offer a beautiful overview of female creativity.

Portrait of a Lady – an exhibition dedicated to the representation of women

This spring's flagship exhibition, Portrait of a Lady, illustrates, through a series of works of art, the representation of women from prehistoric times to the present day. It establishes a dialogue between different Eastern and Western cultures and civilisations by bringing together a selection of ancient and contemporary pieces. Among others, visitors will encounter the fascinating Queen of Sheba, the work of contemporary artists Cindy Sherman and Ariane Loze and a handful of avant-garde artists such as Henri Matisse and Berthe Morisot.

Portrait of a lady – Fondation Boghossian > 04.09.22

© Wide World Press-New york Times, DR (droits réservés) – Charlotte Perriand. Comment voulons-nous vivre? Politique de photomontage, Design Museum Brussels

Pioneering modern artists

Three museums are celebrating the work of pioneering modern artists and highlighting their audacity and creative freedom. The Design Museum Brussels takes an original look at the iconic Charlotte Perriand through her incredible collection of photographs and some of her photomontages. At La Patinoire Royale - Galerie Valérie Bach, the geometric abstractions of Brussels painter Marthe Wéry reveal their minimalist aura. It's an opportunity to rediscover the pioneering work of this extraordinary artist. Last but not least, Huguette Caland makes an impression at Wiels with her colourful canvases displaying sensual curves that recall the liberation of the human body back in the 1960s.

Charlotte Perriand. Comment voulons-nous vivre? Politique de photomontage – Design Museum Brussels 01/04 > 28/08/2022

Marthe Wéry,  Au gré de ses « déplacements » – La Patinoire Royale – Galerie Valérie Bach  > 07/05/22

Huguette Caland, Tête à tête – Wiels  > 12/06/22

Louise Bourgeois in her Brooklyn studio with her granite sculpture Eyes in 1995. © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY; photo: © Jean-François Jaussaud

Contemporary talents

Some fine contemporary creators are also on show, including American artist Kiki Smith, who has created a small mythology of her own, with some thirty works on display at Fondation Thalie. The geometric abstractions of the young Tanya Goel at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts are simply mesmerising. Her works take us to another dimension, to the frontiers of optical art. As for photography, Hangar is offering a double exhibition based on two exceptional women, Spanish photographer and video artist Isabel Muñoz and the great Louise Bourgeois, whose intimate portraits are a delight to rediscover. Then, at the end of April, Els Dietvorst, winner of the 2021 Belgian Art Prize, will be honoured at the Centrale for Contemporary Art and Bozar. This double exhibition will provide a fascinating insight into the world of this star Belgian artist.

Kiki Smith, Inner Bodies – Fondation Thalie > 01/05/22

Tanya Goel, Optics and Duration – Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, 01/04 > 07/08/22

Isabel Muñoz, Trance’n’dance – Hangar Photo Art Center, 22/04 > 18/06

Jean-François Jaussaud, Louise Bourgeois: Intimate Portrait – Hangar Photo Art Center, 22/04 > 18/06

This is what you came for, The Barra Movement (Ft.Els Dietvorst) – Bozar and Centrale for Contemporary Art,  28/04 > 18/09/2022