Brussels – MIMA, a new urban art museum

Published On 14 April 2016 | By Nicole |

On Friday 15th April a new museum will open its doors in Brussels. MIMA, Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art, is a unique contemporary museum and one of a kind in Europe. It enables the public to explore a history of culture 2.0.  As a lover of street art, its first exhibition is definitely one not to miss. it represents 4 of the finest urban artists. In a show titled ‘City Lights’, artists Faile, MOMO, Swoon and Maya Hayuk kick off MIMA’s first exhibition.

MIMA - Street Art Europe

Photo by Gautier Houba

MIMA is located along the canal in Brussels, in a building of the former Bellevue breweries. It is a museum of visual arts for the general public. It is determined to make a contribution to this empathetic, iconoclastic, collaborative, participatory and transversal cultural impetus. It will show artworks related to music cultures (punk-rock, electro, hip hop, folk…), graphics (graphic art, illustration, design), sports (skateboarding, surfing, extreme sports), the arts (cinema, plastic art, performance, comic strip, tattoo, fashion design) and urban art (graffiti, street art).

MIMA - Street Art Europe

Photo by Pascale Brischoux

Three floors of the museum play host to a permanent collection and a temporary exhibition. The collection will boast some forty works on loan from an association of sponsors. It is the main thread in a narrative that illustrates a period that started in 2000 and continues to the present day. It showcases works by Swoon, Escif, Katsu, Faile, Barry McGee, Ari Marcopoulos, Parra, Invader, Maya Hayuk, Boris Tellegen and Fuzi UV TPK.

‘City Lights’ is the first temporary exhibition taking place at the MIMA. The title of the exhibition, ‘City Lights’, is a visual translation of this cosmopolitan mindset. At the same time a wink to Charlie Chaplin’s film that tells the story of a dewy-eyed tramp who overcomes the loneliness and vainglorious consumerism of the city thanks to love.

MIMA - Street Art Europe

Swoon, Maya Hayuk, MOMO and the artist duo Faile are representatives of culture 2.0. It is in this capacity, but also because they know each other but have never had the opportunity to work together before, that they have been brought together to share the billing of ‘City Lights’ and to kick off the collective adventure of the MIMA.

MIMA - Street Art Europe

Photo by The Pickles

In the weeks prior to the opening the artists spent one week in Brussels to prepare for ‘City Lights’.  They have brought inside, what they would normally do outside, and make this first exhibition a true experience. For example: Maya Hayuk has painted one room in the brightest colors from bottom to top. Swoon’s artworks are covering most of the basement walls. Faile’s street artworks are always black/white and inside they give their art a lot of color. MOMO has given his art an extra dimension.

MIMA - Street Art Europe

Photo by The Pickles

We at Street Art Europe are looking forward giving MIMA a visit. Stay tuned for a full coverage.

‘City Lights’ / opening of MIMA
Exhibition: 15th April-28th August 2016
MIMA | 39 quai du Hainaut, Brussels, Belgium
MIMA website

 

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-- Some know her as that lady who has an immense love for art & culture, keen photographer, her content fascination or because of her weblog. It was in May 2008 when she found a new love in street art - at the Cans Festival in London. Ever since it has become an obsession that got a bit out of hand.