Exhibition ‘A Porous City’

Bruges Triennial 2021 - Exhibition Poortersloge

The exhibition ‘The Porous City’ ran until 26 September 2021 and can unfortunately no longer be visited. The other installations of Triennial Bruges 2021 will remain in the city until 24 October 2021.


In addition to 13 interventions within the heart of the city, Triennial Bruges is also hosting the group exhibition ‘A Porous City’. The exhibition goes deeper into the ‘TraumA theme, with a selection of 40 sculptures, photos, drawings, paintings and videos. The works of art link dissonant voices, different story lines and wondrous worlds with the ‘unnerving’ nature of the rooms within the Poortersloge. Here, the artists portray their view of the world, mankind and architecture. A perspective that sometimes seems fragmented or distorted, but at other times also idyllic or heavenly.

The exhibition adds a further dimension to the light shed on the local area and residents by Triennial Bruges 2021. By dividing the work of diverse artists into thematic groups across the different indoor spaces, Triennial Bruges extends the scope of its research from the urban outdoors to the private nature of a former home. Within the experimental walls of the Poortersloge, art forms create a dialogue, while others clash or seek conflict. Visitors are confused, from cellar to spire, by colourful ribbons, delicate flowers or strings of oil paint. Hard marble, wooden splinters and strange polyester shapes shun today's individual and social challenges. Besides the different threats, there is naturally also room for idyll and wonder.


The fact the work is local, from Belgian workshops or a private collection, makes the presentation meaningful, stirring and reassuring. With work from Bilal Bahir, Semâ Bekirović, Rakel Bergman Fröberg, Willem Boel, Dries Boutsen, Jana Cordenier, Thierry De Cordier, Sarah De Vos, Lisse Declercq, Danny Devos, Joëlle Dubois, Kendell Geers, Daan Gielis, Geert Goiris, John Isaacs, Athar Jaber, Thomas Lerooy, Emilio López-Menchero, Enrique Marty, Cécile Massart, Hermann Nitsch, Ronald Ophuis, Štefan Papčo, Jasper Rigole, Sarah&Charles, Gregor Schneider, Mircea Suciu, Adrien Tirtiaux, Narcisse Tordoir, Ana Torfs, Gavin Turk, Ingel Vaikla, Caroline Van den Eynden, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Filip Vervaet, Julie Villard & Simon Brossard en Friederike von Rauch.

Practical information

Kraanrei 19
8000 Brugge

From 8 May to 26 September 2021.
Open daily, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Free entry (Reservations are required).