Contemporary Art Scenes in Europe

BOZAR, Brussels

June 20 – August 19, 2018

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Since the 1970s, a network of diverse art scenes, operating outside the regular art market and established institutions, has developed throughout Europe. These are often independent initiatives which function on modest resources, remaining under the radar of the wider public, but at the same time creating a huge dynamic. These artistic platforms form a strong network, and an alternative art circuit that has spread throughout Europe. They are small and medium-sized non-profit organisations, often without institutional backing but set up and driven by artists, curators and committed cultural players. Their programmes are not about big names, market values or potential audiences, but purely about providing a platform for the artist's work. As such they fill a gap, literally ‘somewhere in between’ the commercial gallery circuit and the established art institutions.

The balance has shifted in recent years within the international visual art world. Market value has become more important and is increasingly putting public institutions and individual participants under pressure to succeed and take economic and often political interests into account.

As an established art institution in the heart of Europe, BOZAR is also examining this evolution. In this way Somewhere in Between is a critical reflection on our own operation. The exhibition initiates an almost atypical institutional dialogue between worlds that are aware of each other's existence but, de facto, function separately. BOZAR and the independent art spaces that will be its guests this summer are related to each other in a subtle interaction and will come together for the first time in alarge-scale collective project.

Untitled (Hommage à Krzysztof Niemczyk), Ugo Woatzi 
Puppies Puppies wearing Life Sport © 
Ponytail, Iona Nemes 
A Burning Bag as a Smoke-Grey Lotus, Gareth Moore 

Five artistic actors are given carte blanche to fill the exhibition halls at the Centre for Fine Arts: three Brussels art spaces (Etablissement d’en face, Komplot and La Loge), the Prague curator Michal Novotný who offers his perspective on the Eastern European art scene, and finally the investigation by Kunstenbibliotheek and the students on the Curatorial Studies course at the KASK (Ghent).

Somewhere in Between takes visitors on a journey through the artistic hotbeds of Europe and introduces them to lesser-known networks of artists and independent curators who are increasingly exchanging their hometowns for a (temporary) life in residencies, workshops, studios and art spaces from Tbilisi to Berlin, Riga to Lisbon, Athens to Rotterdam and Zagreb to Brussels.

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