“The facade of The Hotel Aubecq” at Kanal Centre Pompidou Brussels

What to do with the facade of the Hotel Aubecq, one of Victor Horta’s finest achievements? Such is the question that this exhibition seeks to raise. Hôtel Aubecq is one of Victor Horta’s finest achievements, as regards both the built result and the relationship that the architect had with the client, Octave Aubecq, throughout the conception of the project.

 

“The facade of The Hotel Aubecq” © Coll. CIVA, Brussels, Armelle CARON, 2018

 

Aubecq was authoritarian and peremptory, Horta stubborn and clever: both men hit it off wonderfully! A pure masterpiece, the curving façade of this semi-detached building presents a rather unusual structure: no longer composed of metallic girders as before, but of bluestone from Wallonia cleverly set off by grey and red granite. (more…)

“As Found – Prospective Heritage” at Kanal Centre Pompidou Brussels

“Ville miniature” idealized by André Citroën, the Citroën garage – a production space and a showroom – marks the Brussels landscape since the 1935 World’s Fair. Since then, the building has undergone successive transformations and additions. As Found presents the key episodes of a story that begins in the early 20th century and ends with the 7 architectural projects selected after the international competition in which 92 teams took part.

 

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 

Plans, models, historical and current documents are the testimony of the place as found. Seen from the angle of rupture and continuity, the museum projects at the Citroën garage propose that this place of production remains a place of production and that traction becomes again the activity taking place there. In this place of memory (lieu de mémoire) and meeting in a wide urban dimension, industrial ambition gives way to an artistic and cultural project: an 84-year-old studio conscious of itself.


 

Practical information

“As Found – Prospective Heritage”
May 5, 2018 – June 10, 2019
Kanal — Centre Pompidou
Quai des Péniches, 1000 Brussels
Belgium

 


Centre Pompidou will open its doors in the former Citroën Yser garage in Brussels for a programme prefiguring the ‘Cultural city’ in the making, comprising among others the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art that is in development. During the 13 months preceding the start of the work, the public will be able to discover this mythical building in its raw state through several art and architecture exhibitions, large installations and ten brand-new creations by Brussels- based artists. There will also be shows produced in collaboration with cultural organizations from Brussels.

 

“The structure of the Exhibition Stores after completion of the assemblage. Construction of the cornice band”. Photography by E. Sergysels, in L’Ossature Métallique, No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“The structure of the Exhibition Stores after completion of the assemblage. Construction of the cornice band”. Photography by E. Sergysels, in L’Ossature Métallique, No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“View of the structural walls of the buidings as seen during their installation”. Photography by E. Sergysels, in L’Ossature Métallique, No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“View of the structural walls of the buidings as seen during their installation”. Photography by E. Sergysels, in L’Ossature Métallique, No. 2, 1935, Coll.
AAM / CIVA, Brussels

 

KANAL, an ambitious project driven by the Brussels-Capital Region, will provide Brussels with a multidisciplinary cultural hub worthy of the capital of Europe. In the context of a ten- year partnership with the Centre Pompidou, the site measuring 35,000 m2 will not only be home to a Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art but also to the vast collections of the CIVA Foundation relating to architecture and urban planning. The remaining space will accommodate many public areas devoted to the arts – both formal and informal, including stages for the performing arts.

 

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 

During the 13 prefigurative months, and on the basis of a radically experimental approach that will transform the former Citroën Yser garage into a platform open to reflection on the stakes for the museum of the future, a multidisciplinary programme will fill the vast spaces that were recently stripped of their functions and left in their current state.

 

View of the viaduct from the roof of the Citroën Showroom, ca. 1958, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

View of the viaduct from the roof of the Citroën Showroom, ca. 1958, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

« Brussels, Boulevard d’Anvers ». Postcard, ca. 1960, Souvexpo Bruxelles, Coll. CIVA, Brussels

« Brussels, Boulevard d’Anvers ». Postcard, ca. 1960, Souvexpo Bruxelles, Coll. CIVA, Brussels

 

The many proposals will set out to echo the identity of the space – its unique aesthetic qualities, typical of 1930s industrial architecture, but also its human and social history, palpable in the various workshops and offices.

 

Advertisement for Citroën, in Les Beaux-Arts, No. 121, 1934, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

Advertisement for Citroën, in Les Beaux-Arts, No. 121, 1934, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“Overview of the new installations of the Citroën Company in Brussels”, in L'Ossature Métallique,No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“Overview of the new installations of the Citroën Company in Brussels”, in L’Ossature Métallique,No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

 

Carried out with an eye to integrating the urban fabric and engaging in dialogue with the Brussels partners, this prefigurative year has been conceived under the supervision of Bernard Blistène, the director of the Centre Pompidou’s Musée national d’art moderne. It will enable a broad public to discover, in one and the same space, a wide-ranging and brand-new cultural offer.

 

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 

KANAL will also propose a performing-arts programme that will follow the Brussels cultural calendar, in partnership with the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, BOZAR, the Performatik festival and the Beursschouwburg, Flagey, the Botanique, the Kaaitheater, La Raffinerie (Charleroi danse) and the Ancienne Belgique, among many more.


 

News source: Kanal — Centre Pompidou
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