Mondialité
From 19 April to 10 September 2017

Mondialité focuses on the work of writer, poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant and his inspiring call for a global dialogue that does not erase local cultures.

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Chun Kwang Young
From 18 May to 10 September 2017

The artist Chun Kwang Young is the subject of the first solo presentation to date at the Boghossian Foundation. In congruence with the foundation’s focus on art and dialogue between cultures, Chun’s work emerges from a complex group of forms and influences, even as it achieves an elemental unity.

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Ephemeral exhibition

The City of Brussels inaugurated an exhibition consisting of four sculptures in its pedestrian zone. This initiative by Karine Lalieux, Alderwoman for Culture, was made possible thanks to a close collaboration with the Boghossian Foundation. The exhibition is on display until the 4th of September.

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Imaginary Frontiers
From 24 February to 30 April 2017

Imaginary Frontiers is a exhibition devoted to the theme of borders, visible and invisible and to mental mapping.

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Decor
From 8 September 2016 to 2 April 2017

The exhibition Decor, co-curated by Tino Sehgal, Dorothea von Hantelmann and Asad Raza will be an exhibition about the decorative in modern and contemporary art and at the same time simply be a decoration of the Villa Empain. With works of , Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol, just to name a few.

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Seeing Zen
10 November 2016 – 29 January 2017

The Boghossian Foundation presents ‘Seeing Zen’, an exhibition of 60 Zenga masterpieces from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Zenga means, ‘Seeing Zen through the vehicle of painting.’ Zenga bear witness to Zen ideals and challenge the viewer to look deeply into the meaning of the painting – and by extension look deeply into oneself.

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Répétition
13 May 2016 – 21 August 2016

The exhibition Répétition, co-curated by Asad Raza and Nicola Lees, includes historic graphic art works arranged in a mise-en-scene of new commissions by international artists such as Abbas Akhavan, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Latifa Echakhch, Lydia Ourahmane, Dexter Sinister and Mariana Telleria. In addition, the choreographer Andros Zins-Browne will present Already Unmade, the parallel project he conceived specially for the Villa Empain.

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When process becomes form: Dansaekhwa and Korean abstraction
20 February 2016– 24 April 2016

Working at the crossroads of diverse stylistic negotiations and within a politically and socially charged context, the seven featured Korean artists in this exhibition Lee Ufan, Chung Chang-Sup, Park Seo-Bo, Kwon Young-Woo, Ha Chong-Hyun, Kim Whanki and Chung Sang-Hwa, employed abstraction as a means of synthesis and innovation.

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Sarkis with Parajanov
24 September 2015– 31 January 2016

In the context of the 2015 commemorations of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the Boghossian Foundation presents an exhibition of two major artists of the Armenian contemporary culture.

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Heaven and Hell. From magic carpets to drones
6 March – 6 September 2015

The magic carpet has long been a symbolic way of travelling around the world. In Persian mythology, King Solomon had a magic carpet. The Queen of Sheba, who was said to be a magician, allegedly offered him this fabulous gift.

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Music Palace, the power of music seen by visual artists
25 September 2014 – 08 Februari 2015

Music Palace, as a call for freedom that awakens all the promises of the music in the sumptuous setting of the Villa Empain !

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A book between two stools
01 March 2014 – 07 September 2014

For two millennia the book has been expressing a set of world values and representations. In the 1st century CE, the appearance of the codex marked nothing less than a revolution in Rome, as it made the use of the scroll gradually obsolete.

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The Blue Route
27 September 2013 – 09 February 2014

This exhibition follows the footsteps of the Silk Road through the colour blue, for centuries inspiring artists, craftsmen and poets, both in the East and West alike.

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Exhibition Turbulences II
28 February 2013 – 01 September 2013

Unlike other so called “stable or balanced” matters, the turbulent processes are extremely touching, irreversible and unpredictable.

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Exhibitions 2012 - 2013

Edouard and Cleopatra. Egyptomanias from the XIXth century
20 September 2012 – 10 February 2013

For many years, the Boghossian Foundation has kept its goal to contribute as much as possible to the dialog between western and eastern cultures.

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Exhibition Art is the answer ! Contemporary Lebanese artists and designers
29 March 2012 – 02 September 2012

After humanitarian and educational activities since 1998 in Armenia and Lebanon, the Boghossian Foundation has also set itself the objective to contribute, as concretely as possible, to the dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West.

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Exhibitions 2010 - 2011

A dream of eternity. The long road of Oriental arts
07 October 2011 – 26 February 2012

Time is usually considered from two opposite angels: the instant and the duration. However, there is a third dimension of time, registered in the theory of dynamic systems, defended by mathematician Henri Poincaré: that of a long time, potentially never-ending.

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Women’s modesty and anger
11 March 2011 – 25 September 2011

Rituals, wigs, scarfs, make-up and so many other constraints determined the life of women for centuries, between mutilation, dissimulation and unveiling.

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Colors of the Orient, Arts and lifestyles in the Ottoman Empire
18 November 2010 – 27 February 2011

From the 18th of November 2010 until the 27th of February 2011, the Boghossian Foundation will present, in the salons and on the several levels of the Villa Empain, an exhibition which underlines the richness of the cultural inheritance transmitted by the Ottoman Empire, since the XVth Century until the beginning of the XIXth Century.

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Path of the elegance between the East and the West
23 April 2010 – 31 October 2010

The elegance declines here as the lead. If this theme is inspired by the beauty of the very house, it is advisable to assert in a more general way that the elegance constitutes a precious inheritance, a way of belonging to the world and to the others, the grace and the delicacy in the expression, in the gestures, in the recognized quality of the things which surround us.

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