The Absent Museum
Exhibition, WIELS, Brussels, Belgium.
The title is a nod to the decisive influence that symbolist, ‘mystical-mysterious’ thinking has had and continues to have on Belgian modernity. WIELS does not have the status of a museum, but is commonly referred to as ‘the WIELS museum’. This is a token not only of recognition, but also of the expectations that the Belgian audience and public opinion have towards WIELS as an institution.
To mark its 10th anniversary, WIELS presents a large-scale exhibition to set out a substantive framework or blueprint for a possible museum of contemporary art in the capital of Europe.