I am always intrigued by new museums in town, but I find Brussels has been quite lazy in the past years. Luckily things are changing and there’s been a new addition, the MIMA, since April 2016.
The Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art is quite a difficult name so let’s stick with MIMA, which is funny enough. Its location is in one of the communes of Brussels which unfortunately became famous after the last terrible events in Europe. But don’t be put off by this, there’s nothing to be afraid when taking a stroll along the canal in Molenbeek.
The museum itself has a permanent and a temporary collection. The current temporary collection is called “Get up Stand up – Changing the world with posters”. It features protest posters from 1968 to 1973: Michaël Lellouche, the curator of this exhibition, is also the owner of all these posters. It’s very interesting to watch the videos all through the exhibitions in which he tells us about his collection and what was happening during the years when posters became a means of protest.
In the main hall there’s an installation called “strike the officers” by Julio Le Parc: they are punching bags with figures, an invitation to go against existing structures.
And don’t forget to go all the way to the roof for another interesting view of the city!