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Visual Arts Flanders 2012
Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art
Bijlokekaai 7d
9000 Ghent
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Visual Arts Flanders 2012

Discover contemporary art throughout Flanders, Belgium in 2012!
2012 brings the coinciding of important exhibitions of visual art taking place in Flanders, Belgium: Beaufort04, TRACK, Middelheim Museum 2012, Manifesta 9 and Newtopia – The State of Human Rights. The convenient geographic location and the shared focus on contemporary art of these five events have triggered the creation of an international communication platform that comprehends all of these appealing events into one coherent cluster.

In 2012 Belgium's neighbouring countries also offer major happenings in contemporary art such as dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, Germany), London 2012 Festival, Finale of the Cultural Olympiad (UK), Fantastic / lille3000: (France) and MONO (Centre Pompidou-Metz, France together with Mudam, Luxembourg).
Visual Arts Flanders 2012 is convinced that the high quality standard of each of the five exhibitions represented will persuade the arts professional to also stop over in Flanders when travelling to art events in Belgium's neighbouring countries.

The five cities where the events take place are geographically positioned in the region of Flanders, no more than an hour away from Brussels and at almost equal travelling distance from the exhibitions in Belgium's neighbouring countries. Travelling to and from one of the five cities/areas is easy and fast by means of plane, high-speed train or car. The Visual Arts Flanders 2012 coordination centre is a joint initiative of the Flemish Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art (BAM), the Flemish Arts and Heritage Agency and the 5 participating organisations.

Visual Art Flanders 2012 Cluster:

Beaufort04 - Triennial of Contemporary Art by the sea
March 31–September 30, 2012
Location: Belgian Coast
Curator: Phillip Van den Bossche

TRACK - a contemporary city conversation
May 12–September 16, 2012
Location: Ghent
Curators: Philippe Van Cauteren and Mirjam Varadinis

Middelheim Museum 2012 – A reinvented open air museum
From May 26, 2012
Location: Antwerp
Curator: Paul Robbrecht

Manifesta 9 - The Deep of the Modern
June 2–September 30, 2012
Location: Former coalmine Waterschei, Genk, Limburg, Belgium
Curator: Cuauhtémoc Medina
Associate Curators: Dawn Ades and Katerina Gregos

Newtopia - The State of Human Rights
September 1–December 10, 2012
Location: Mechelen
Curator: Katerina Gregos

Also in Belgium

Jimmie Durham – M HKA, Antwerp
May 24–November 18, 2012

Sense of Place – BOZAR, Brussels
June 14–September 16, 2012

Un-Scene II – WIELS, Brussels
June 23–August 26, 2012

Sol LeWitt, Colors – M-Museum, Leuven
June 21–October 14, 2012

Te Kust en te Keur – Mu.ZEE, Ostend
March 31–September 30, 2012

Visual Arts Flanders 2012: a contemporary arts programme within easy reach

Following the press preview of Manifesta 9 in Genk, Visual Arts Flanders 2012 invites you to discover the other Visual Arts Flanders 2012 exhibitions during the first weekend of June: Beaufort04 (Belgian coast), TRACK (Ghent) and Middelheim Museum 2012 (Antwerp). Getting a taste of Newtopia - The State of Human Rights (Mechelen) can be facilitated by interview opportunities with the curator.

To make the most of your visit to Belgium we recommend you stay at:
Ghent to visit TRACK, Beaufort04 and Te Kust en te Keur at Mu.ZEE
Antwerp to visit Middelheim Museum 2012 and Jimmie Durham at M HKA
Leuven to visit Sol LeWitt, Colors at M-Leuven, Un-Scene II at WIELS and Sense of Place at BOZAR in Brussels
Ostend to visit Beaufort04 and Te Kust en te Keur at Mu.ZEE
A press trip will be organized. More information can be obtained via: before May 1st, 2012. Participation will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.
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