Opening Bruges Triennial 2018


From 5 May to 16 September 2018, all those who live and work in Bruges and all who visit the city can enjoy the surprising constructions that artists and architects have devised in response to the consequences of the fluid society.

Triennale Brugge 2018 selgascano pavilion 5 Foto Iwan Baan

From 5 May to 16 September 2018, some impressive constructions by contemporary artists and architects will appear in Bruges' historic city centre. Bruges Triennial 2018: Liquid City | Vloeibare Stad reaches back to the theme of 2015, which was a reflection on the city as a megapolis. This time, however, it takes a step further : how flexible, liquid and resilient can a historic city like Bruges be in an age when nothing seems to be certain any longer? This world is changing rapidly. Established ways of thinking and forms of life are under pressure. What does the future hold? Bruges Triennial invited international artists and architects to reflect on this.

Taking the specific context of Bruges, Bruges Triennial 2018: Liquid City | Vloeibare Stad uses the image of today’s liquid city as a symbol for positive social and urban change. By means of cooperative creative processes, Bruges Triennial 2018 creates opportunities for new encounters between a diverse range of city users. Chance synergies, sudden insights and sustainable solutions stimulate the image of the city. These processes lead to a new understanding of liquid urbanity and society. The arts trail in the historic heart of Bruges weaves the various aspects of the liquid city into three broad themes: inviting, hospitable spaces; creative cooperation projects, and the city imagined.

Participating artists and architects Bruges Triennial 2018:

Nlé – Kunlé Adeyemi (NG-NL) – MFS III – Minne Floating School, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (IR) – Khayyam Fountain, Jarosław Kozakiewicz (PL) – BRUG, Wesley Meuris (BE) – UrbanModeL, Renato Nicolodi (BE) – ACHERON I, OBBA (KR) – The Floating Island, John Powers (US) – Lanchals, raumlaborberlin (DE) – House of Time, Rotor (BE) – What’s Eating the Chinese Mitten Crab, Ruimteveldwerk (BE) – G.O.D., Tomás Saraceno (AR) – Aerocene, selgascano (ES) – selgascano pavilion, StudioKCA (US) – Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale), Peter Van Driessche (BE) – INFINITI²³