press release

Every year, five million tourists visit Bruges. What if they all decided to stay? What if a small, preserved, historic city should suddenly become a megapolis? This is the premise for the Bruges Contemporary Art and Architecture Triennial 2015.

This scenario opens up a plethora of possibilities and challenges. Would a small city be capable of coping with the dynamics of a metropolis? And conversely: could a city on a human scale contribute to a new, better form of urbanism?

Eighteen international artists went to work on this idea. They created new works that can be viewed on an art trail through the centre of Bruges. The artists pose questions and reflect on the future and potential of the city, of urbanisation, citizenship, lifestyle, community, economics, energy, space, sound and the values that guide us.

Three indoor exhibitions illustrate the concept of ‘city’ – in visions, dreams and real-life images - as a living, growing and evolving organism.

Explore the streets and canals of the city, unleash your imagination and discover a side of Bruges that you never knew existed.

The artistic direction of the Triënnale Brugge 2015 (Bruges Triennale 2015) is in the hands of Till-Holger Borchert, artistic director of the Musea Brugge, and Michel Dewilde, curator of the Cultuurcentrum Brugge.