Macs celebrates 20 years with special exhibition

17 November 2022 - 19 March 2023

The Grand-Hornu Museum of Contemporary Arts (MACS) is twenty years old, and is celebrating that anniversary with an exhibition.

This exhibition is curated by Laurent Busine, who actually founded the museum and served as its director until 2016. It is called ‘Les Fabriques du cœur et leur usage’ (the Factories of the heart and their use) and includes not only contemporary and modern art but features older works as well.

The exhibition explores “the simple things of life” such as solitude, heroes and the very birth of the world, just to name a few. Some famous Belgian names grace the list of artists such as Frans Masereel, expressionist Edgard Tytgat and figurative painter Luc Tuymans. They stand beside foreign names like Marlene Dumas and Louise Bourgeois.

Between paintings and statues, the exhibition offers a lot of variety. It also includes a fifteen-minute film by David Claerbout, not to forget poetic phrases at the entrance of every room.

But even leaving aside the exhibition, MACS is worth a visit, if only for its unique setting. Situated just West of Mons, close to the French border, the museum’s site was the location of the former Grand-Hornu coal mine.

Did you know that since 2012, the Grand-Hornu site has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage?

So if you’re in the region of Mons, don’t hesitate to visit the Macs!