Art – Belgian Crew! street art installation “occupies” the sumptuous architecture of Egmont Palace in Brussels. The project is promoted by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that resides in a XVI century mansion in Sablon district overlooking the city from the top of a hill – Watch the video.
“Visitors can imagine the street artists secretly entering the ministerial building and occupying is spaces, each in their own way…” Says Pierre-Olivier Rollin, present director of the BPS22 art museum and curator of the Belgian Crew! exhibition.
Axel has been « tagging » an official ministerial vehicle. The jeep is covered in multicolour paint contrasting with the ‘silent’ monochromatic architecture of Egmont Palace street-facing courtyard. The artist aimed to capture the “aesthetics of the urgency” that characterised the first street interventions.
A splash of yellow paint drips down the Versailles-inspired marble stairs. The Great Deal of Pain(t) installation by El Nino76 refers to the history of the place. Back to the 1970’s, during the ratification of the creation of the EU, four political personalities were the target of a splash of blue painting which reached the steps of the staircase.
Walking to the upper floor, Reset’81 designed ghostly ‘fugitive’ graffiti on the side walls of the stairs. On the upper floor the duo Colonel & Spit revisits traditional ceramics by adding decorative patterns inspired by graffiti.
Frédéric Platéus transformed his letterings in sculpture. The Bomb Air seems to be floating and represents a flop (inflated letters) of REC, the initial tag of the artist. Hyperfuse is a 3D-modelling of his tag with a more angled design with sharp diagonals crushing the characters into compact letters.
In a side courtyard from the main square, Sara Conti created an imaginary scene inspired by visions of paradise. The pasted paper street-art technique allows to reconstruct a dreamlike vegetal universe contrasting with the surrounding architecture.
All the artists decorated also the mirrors in the ballroom in the upper floor. The exhibition is open to the public until august 31st – All photos by ArchiPanic.