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From 5 May to 16 September 2018, impressive constructions of contemporary artists and architects will appear in the historic heart of the city. These are answers to the effects of the fluid society today.

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Bruges Triennial 2018 | Liquid City – Vloeibare Stad will gather artists and architects from around the world in Bruges to leave their mark on the public space. The Polish-born British sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017) studied the globalizing society and came to the conclusion that change is constant and relentless. Long-established ideas and ways of life are coming under pressure. This globalization causes the “liquid society”, which engenders a number of threats.

A state of constant flux, driven by variation, pluralism and ambivalence can lead to uncertainty and even fear. But Bruges Triennial 2018 adopts the opposite stance as a possible beacon, a fluid city, open and involved, the engine of social, cultural and political change. Bruges as a creative melting pot where diversity leads to encounter. A seedbed for innovation in an urban context. With their artistic and architectural installations, the artists participating in Bruges Triennial 2018 | Liquid City – Vloeibare Stad create hospitable public spaces in the inner city. The temporary modifications they make to lesser-known and iconic places in the historic cityscape open up new opportunities for dialogue for residents and visitors alike.

The selected international artists and architects who are designing new work for the Bruges Triennial 2018 are:

  • Jarosław Kozakiewicz (PL)
  • Wesley Meuris (BE)
  • Renato Nicolodi (BE)
  • NLÉ – Kunle Adeyemi (NG-NL)
  • OBBA (KR)
  • Roxy Paine (USA)
  • John Powers (USA)
  • raumlabor (DE)
  • Rotor (BE)
  • Ruimteveldwerk (BE)
  • Tomás Saraceno (AR)
  • selgascano (ES)
  • StudioKCA (USA)
  • Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (IR)
  • Peter Van Driessche – Atelier4 (BE)

The Poortersloge (Burghers' Lodge) will act als a temporary exhibition space for video art and architectural design sketches. The FRAC-centre presents monumental models and designs of visionary architects from their collection, curated by its director Abdelkader Damani, in the church and garden of Bruges’ Grootseminarie or Large Seminary. 

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  • 5 May to 16 September 2018
  • Free novel arts trail in the historic city of Bruges
  • Underpinned by a programme of events, talks, performances and guides tours
  • Reservation for tours in NL, FR, EN, DE, ES and IT: toerisme@brugge.be or +32 (0)50 44 46 46
  • Reservations for educational activities (Dutch only, other languages upon availability): musea.reservatie@brugge.be or +32 (0)50 44 87 43