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The Porous City

The Porous City

The Porous City

During Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA, in addition to the installations in the city centre of Bruges, a group exhibition will also be organized to further explore the ambivalent theme: between dream and nightmare, under the skin or underground, from analogue to digital alienation. A selection of around 40 sculptures, photographs, drawings, paintings, and videos links the ‘unnerving’ nature of the rooms within the Burghers’ Lodge with dissonant voices, storylines, and wondrous worlds. The artists portray their view of the world, mankind, and architecture, which sometimes appears to be fragmented or distorted, but at other times also idyllic or heavenly.

Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA proposes a microscopic view of the environment and its residents, an under-the-skin analysis, and an interweaving with the hidden part of the urban fabric. The unspoken or the unnerving comes to the fore in the context of its architecture, urbanization, gardens, or parks. The exhibition The Porous City adds another dimension: the indoor spaces of a building where the work of diverse artists is divided into thematic groups. Here, Triennial Bruges extends the scope of its research from the urban outdoors to the private nature of a former home. In this environment, the research is intensified and narrowed down: in this laboratory, art forms create a dialogue, while others clash or seek conflict.

From the ‘Grand Nada’ to the ‘Vanity of Vanities’, visitors are confused, from cellar to spire, by colorful ribbons, delicate flowers, or strings of oil paint. Hard marble, wooden splinters, and strange polyester shapes shun today’s individual and social challenges. Besides the different threats, there is naturally also room for idyll and wonder. The fact the work is local, from Belgian workshops or a private collection, makes the presentation meaningful, stirring, and reassuring.

With work from Bilal Bahir, Semâ Bekirović, Rakel Bergman Fröberg, Willem Boel, Dries Boutsen, Jana Cordenier, Thierry De Cordier, Sarah De Vos, Lisse Declercq, Danny Devos, Joëlle Dubois, Kendell Geers, Daan Gielis, Geert Goiris, John Isaacs, Athar Jaber, Thomas Lerooy, Emilio López-Menchero, Enrique Marty, Cécile Massart, Hermann Nitsch, Ronald Ophuis, Štefan Papčo, Jasper Rigole, Sarah&Charles, Gregor Schneider, Mircea Suciu, Adrien Tirtiaux, Narcisse Tordoir, Ana Torfs, Gavin Turk, Ingel Vaikla, Caroline Van den Eynden, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Filip Vervaet, Julie Villard & Simon Brossard, Friederike von Rauch

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Kraanrei 19

From 8 May until 24 October 2021

open daily from 10 a.m. > 6 p.m.

Booking mandatory

Room 1.2

Roosenberg is a place, a space, a building, a film. Roosenberg is Amanda, Godelieve, Rosa and Trees. Roosenberg is a letter that tells of an encounter with four elderly nuns in a fascinating modernist monastery in Belgium, before the building was vacated. It is the story of a space at the beginning of the end.” – Ingel Vaikla

With work from: Ingel Vaikla.

Room 1.4

In this space, different realities, with their own laws, appear to move side by side. You tumble from one body to another visual language, in such a way that life and death, order and chaos, the theatrical and the intimate, humour and beauty meet each other.

With work from: John Isaacs, Athar Jaber, Thomas Lerooy, Enrique Marty, Štefan Papčo, Gavin Turk.

Room 2.2

In this room, wondrous worlds come together in colourful depictions and seductive figures. Feminine strength is present in the works of artists of different ages, who self-consciously move between domination, idealisation and ‘girly empowerment’.

With work from: Lisse Declercq, Sarah De Vos, Joëlle Dubois, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven.

Room 2.4

Violent scenes, war testimonies and nightmares are the leitmotiv in this final room of the exhibition route. The presented works are not necessarily documentary in nature, but in their aesthetic form they pose questions with the aim of discussing difficult subjects and taking up moral positions.

With work from: Bilal Bahir, Rakel Bergman Fröberg, Danny Devos, Kendell Geers, Daan Gielis, Emilio López-Menchero, Hermann Nitsch, Mircea Suciu .