Belgian Crew! Street Art at the Egmont Palace, Brussels

For the fifth consecutive year the Egmont Palace will welcome the public for a summer exhibition. This year, from July 21st until August 31st, Street Art will be at the center of the attention of the exhibition Belgian Crew! Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that this art form, in which he is particularly interested, will be on show in the Egmont Palace.

The Belgian Crew exposition was conceived as an ‘illegal’ intervention of graffiti artists in the Egmont Palace. Visitors can imagine the artists secretly entering the building and occupying the space, each in their own way: a wind from the street that inspires the venerable Palace during summer.

Axel. This graffiti artist  has been « tagging » an official vehicle of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In doing so, he has captured the aesthetics  of the urgency that characterized the first street interventions. The sailent traits contrast with the color of the vehicle.

Sara Conti. Croce & Delizia. An imaginary scene, inspired by the visions of paradise that punctuate the history of art, deals with human relationships, the joys and challenges they provide. Another technique of street art, the pasted paper allows for the reconstruction of a dreamlike vegetal universe contrasting with the architecture. 

El Nino76 The Great Deal of Pain(t) The graffiti practice evoques a research of the place to guarantee a maximum visibility and impact of the memory of the spectator. The staircase of the ambassadors, realized in 1906 inspired by the original in Versailles, is such a unique place. The used technique is dripping. This intervention refers to the history of the place.  Back to the 1970’s, during the ratification of the creation of the EU, four political personalities were the target of a splash of blue painting which reached the steps of the staircase.

Reset’81. Spectrum. By mingling with the matter Reset accepted the challenge to create a ghost (print, trace) in the form of fugitive graffiti in its pure form by playing with the texture of the support.

Michaël Nicolaï aka T.L.H. 976. Union Flag 3.0. Adept of an approach of digital interpretation of reality, the artist created colourful flags whose multicolour composition stems from the palette of the Photoshop® software. Visible through the window, the flags become new visual landmarks that contrast with the general tone of the buildings. Because the flags can be seen from the Egmont Parc, the work unfolds all its visual power.

Colonel & Spit. La Vie est Belge. This duo revisits traditional ceramics by adding decorative patterns inspired by graffiti. They made a series of decorative vases with ancient forms and techniques, covered with typical Belgian popular expressions.

Frédéric Platéus. Bomb Air. Collection Uhoda, Liège. Historical figure of graffiti in Belgium, Frédéric Platéus aka Rec(to), transformed his letterings in sculpture. The Bomb Air series represents a flop (inflated letters) of “Rec”, the initial tag of the artist. The sculpture seems to be floating in the air, with a surprising lightness.

Frédéric Platéus. Hyperfuse. Collection BPS22, Charleroi. For this art work, Frédéric Platéus aka Rec(to) has transformed his letters in sculptures. It is again a modelling in 3D of “REC”, the initial tag of the artist. This time it is in “wild style’”, more angled and with sharp diagonals, crushing the caracters into compact letters. The work, in front of the chimney, can still be read from left to right.

Practical information:

Expo Belgian Crew
Egmont Palace
8 Petit Sablon 
1000 Brussels

From 21 July until 31 August:
21/07: 15h-18h  
22/07-31/08: Monday-Friday, 12h-18h 
Closed on 15/08 
Free entry

Belgian Crew