An icon of modernity, technical expertise and architectural prowess, the Atomium has been committed to promoting creativity ever since it opened in 1958. It was therefore only natural that after its renovation in 2006, Brussels’ most Belgian of buildings continued to focus on design.
The decorative arts, as they used to be called, continue to be a popular source of inspiration for designers, and the Atomium is proud to provide the backdrop for this artistic trend today.
In the autumn of 2010
, in collaboration with Design September
, the Atomium opened up its exhibition spaces to three talented young designers. The experience was a great success, and Belgian and international visitors alike were thrilled. Such a positive outcome could only lead to one conclusion: a second similar event.
INTERSECTIONS#2. Belgian design once again analyses the very nature of design, somewhere between artistic creation and commercial production.
Given an expression that often seems to be abused when used to describe objects, the goal of Intersections is to illustrate the meaning that these designers give to their discipline and to their work. To a certain extent, it’s about reframing the debate, providing instructions on how to interpret the creative processes in terms of design, and taking this subject out of specialist shows and even galleries.
Although the general agenda of this event is similar to that of the 2010 exhibition, the angle it takes has changed slightly. INTERSECTIONS#2 takes a new approach, looking at three artists, but also at three fundamental areas of contemporary Belgian design.
Inspired, inventive, resourceful artists, Achilles Associates
, Lucile Soufflet
and Diane Steverlynck
give us an honest perspective of their pieces, using them to call into question our daily lives. At the heart of each one’s work there is the question of functionality, and of the social impact that pieces have. INTERSECTIONS
#2 focuses on an important time for creativity in Belgium.