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NaturArchy Exhibition Opening Events | 24/25 May 2024

NaturArchy Exhibition Opening 24/25 May 2024

The opening events of the NaturArchy Exhibition will spread over two days: the opening itself at the Art Centre on Friday 24th May, a second opening in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, a workshop in the Forêt de Soignes on 25 May. 

The opening itself, on 24 May, will start at LaVallée, rue Adolphe Lavallée 39, 1080 Brussels, with a panel featuring two external curators Ingeborg Reichle and Claudia Schnugg, artist Paolo Cirio, anthropological law researcher Saskia Vermeylen and research activist Céline Charvériat . 

Proceedings will then move to iMAL, 30 Quai des Charbonnages, Brussels (a six minutes’ walk) with brief interventions in the Art Centre by personalities from Brussels, from the Regional Government to the township of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, and iMAL director Lucía Garcia. 

On 25 May, the programme foresees a separate opening moment for the sculpture Compos(t)ing by Ingrid Ogenstedt in the Parc du Cinquantenaire at 11:00 AM, in the presence of ex-BOZAR director Paul Dujardin. Throughout the day a workshop with artists Marina Wainer and Sam Nester on their Synocene project and installation will take place in the Forêt de Soignes (starting from Centre Culturel Wabo, Delleurlaan 39, 1170 Brussels).

These events are open to the public and free of charge (registration is required for the Synocene workshop). You find the full programme below.

Check out this event on iMAL's website.

NaturArchy Exhibition Opening Events

Where & When:

LaVallée - rue Adolphe Lavallée 39, 1080 Brussels | 17:00-18:30 on 24/05

iMAL, 30 Quai des Charbonnages, Brussels | 19:00-21:00 on 24/05

Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels | 11:00-12:30 on 25/05

Forêt de Soignes, starting Centre Culturel Wabo, Delleurlaan 39, 1170 Brussels | 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 on 25/05


Friday 24 May 2024

17:00-18:30 Opening in LaVallée - Panel on Towards a Natural Contract: Curating NaturArchy 

17:00-17:15 Welcome by Jolita Butkeviciene 

17:15-17:30 Intervention by Dr Saskia Vermeylen 

17:30-17:40 Intervention by Ingeborg Reichle, Claudia Schnugg, & Céline Charvériat, curators 

17:40-17:50 Intervention by Paolo Cirio, artist specialised in Nature and Law 

17:50-18:00 Intervention by Céline Charvériat, research activist and environmentalist

18:15-18:20 Q&A 

18:20-18:30 Conclusions by Jolita Butkeviciene 

 Walk together to iMAL

19:00-21:00 Opening in iMAL 

19:00-19:10 Intervention by Willem van de Voorde, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the EU (tbc) 

19:10-19:20 Intervention by Bernard Magenhann, acting DG 

19.20-19:25 Intervention by mayor / échevin of Molenbeek 

19:25-19:30 Intervention by Dr Lucía Garcia, Director, iMAL 

19:30-19:35 Intervention by Adriaan Eeckels, SciArt Project Lead, JRC S.4

 19:35-19:45 Dr Claudia Schnugg, independent curator 

19:45-20:00 Presentation of the artists 

20:00-21:00 Guided visit to the exhibition (artists and scientists present) 

21:00 End

Saturday 25 May 

Opening at Parc du Cinquantenaire 

11:00-11:10 Welcome – A. Eeckels 

11:10-11:20 Ans Persoons, Secretary of State for the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Urban Planning and Heritage, European and International Relations et al. 

11:25-11:35 Paul Dujardin, Commissioner General for the Art Nouveau Year - Brussels Capital Region 

11:35-11:40 Ingrid Ogenstedt, Ingrid Mayrhofer-Hufnagl and Dr Jonah Lynch on Compos(t)ing 

11:40-12:30 Presentation of NaturArchy artists and artworks – with Lucía Garcia, iMAL Director 

12:30 End 

Synocene Workshop - main event page and registration info. 

10:00-13:00 First workshop session in the Forêt de Soignes (Centre Culturel Wabo, Delleurlaan 39, 1170 Brussels)

14:00-17:00 Second workshop session in the Forêt de Soignes (Centre Culturel Wabo, Delleurlaan 39, 1170 Brussels)

The exhibition is being co-curated by JRC SciArt, Claudia Schnugg and Ingeborg Reichle as external curators, and iMAL, with Paul Dujardin, strategic and artistic advisor JRC SciArt project. Céline Charvériat is curating the public programme running alongside the exhibition.

About the exhibition on iMAL's website.

The sculpture Earthbreakers at the Parc du Cinquantennaire as part of the NaturArchy exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Urban, Brussels Environment, Brucity, BC Materials, C-Mile and Paul Dujardin, strategic and artistic advisor JRC SciArt project.

Constructed with the support of: Agnes Brandstaetter, Charlotte Burgaud, Manoah Camporini, Amandine Faugère, Roya Keshavarz, Stefan Piat, Bjørg Dyg Nielsen. 


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