ISELP contemporary art center
Closed for works until 2023, the Museum of Ixelles multiplies initiatives to bring its collections to life and make them known. These are renowned for the attention they pay to the emergence and development of modernity in Belgium (the end of the 19th century, the inter-war period, the 1950s, etc.). But they are continually enriched by acquisitions of contemporary artists, forming step by step a precious documentation of contemporary art in Belgium.
At ISELP, we are driven by the desire to bring the works to life, to put them in contact with the public, to allow specialists to share their research, their questions and their discoveries. Hence the very simple idea of inviting an art historian, a researcher, a critic, a curator to choose a work from the collections of the Museum of Ixelles and to comment on it at ISELP. In the presence of the work, based on its material reality. For one evening, a work from the collections of the Museum of Ixelles will shuttle to the Institute to tell us its story under the watchful eye of its host.
Alexander Streitberger is professor of art history at the Catholic University of Leuven and director of the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography, Art and Visual Culture (Leuven). He co-publishes the Lieven Gevaert Series, a collection of books on the history and theory of photography.