Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Visiting Brussels: MIMA Museum's ‘City Lights’ with Swoon

Artist Swoon's Wheatpaste work at Mima Museum

Last month saw us here at Hookedblog take a short visit to Brussels, those of you following us on our Hookedblog Instagram account will have seen some of our #HookedblogOnTour adventures from the trip shared via the new Instagram stories feature. While in Brussels we spent some time exploring the city, enjoying the sights, some beers, chocolate and of course the street art on the walls of Brussels. In a previous post we shared some of the best street art we discovered on the streets of Brussels, if you missed it and want to see our street art finds from the trip and where you you can locate the works then be sure to have a look at the post 'Discovering some of Brussels best Street Art'.

The MIMA Museum

Alongside the street art on the streets we were also visiting Brussels to check out some of works from four giants of the New York Street Art scene, Faile (Previously on Hookedblog), Swoon(Previously on Hookedblog), MOMO (Previously on Hookedblog) and Maya Hayuk all of whom were invited to create indoor works for MIMA the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art's inaugural exhibition, City Lights.

Michel and Florence de Launoit, Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt are the brains behind this new project space which since opening it doors has attracted over 25,000 visitors in it’s first 4 months. The exhibition "City Lights" has been a huge success and luckily for those of you who have not visited Brussels yet for a visit they have extended the exhibition which will now run until the 31st December 2016. We have shared a selection of photographs we took at the Swoon installation while visiting the exhibition below.

MIMA_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYMIMA the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art building on the site of the former brewery Belle-Vue beside the canal in the center of Brussels.
Swoon__MIMA_Brussels_01_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYBefore you enter the Swoon installation space there are a number of short films being screened including one with Swoon discussing her time in Brussels and the work in the space.
  Swoon__MIMA_Brussels_02_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYSwoon_MIMA_Brussels_06_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYFollowing the signage leads you to Swoon's delicate paper works which line the staircase and follow you down into the museum basement as you defend to where Swoon has installed her works taking over a maze of darken basement spaces.


Visiting MIMA

Location: MIMA, Quai du Hainaut 41, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Belgium
Dates: The City Lights exhibition has now been extended until the 31st December 2016.
Times: The exhibit is open 10am - 6pm but please note they are closed Monday and Tuesday. The restaurant/cafe space is open until 8.30pm and again closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Price: Admission to the City Lights exhibition is 9.50 EURO.
Metro: Comte de Flandre – Graaf van Vlaanderen, Line 1 & 5

For additional info regarding the City Lights exhibition as well as the museums permanent collection visit the MIMA website.

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