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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions Triennial Bruges 2021


 

GENERAL

How did the theme ‘TraumA’ come about?

The creation of the theme was a thought process from the artistic team. The theme lines were being considered as early as 2018, long before COVID-19.

What is ‘TraumA’ about?

More information about the theme can be found here.

Who selected the artists?

The selection was made by the artistic team, consisting of Till-Holger Borchert, Michel Dewilde, Santiago De Waele and Els Wuyts.

Are there any Belgian artists or architects involved in Triennial Bruges 2021?

Three Belgian artists/architects are taking part:

  • Nadia Naveau has roots in Bruges and lives in Antwerp.
  • The architectural office Gijs Van Vaerenbergh from Leuven
  • Hans Op de Beeck, a native of Kempen who lives and works in Brussels.

They are joined by some Belgian artists taking part in the exhibition ‘The Porous City’ in the Poortersloge.

Is there any collaboration with local artists?

For Triennial Bruges, particular attention is being paid to which artists and architects can present a work that fits within the chosen theme of ‘TraumA’ on the one hand, and who can cast a different and uninhibited view on Bruges that is of high quality on the other. In the third edition, there will again be opportunities to register for various events on the theme of ‘TraumA’. There is also a side programme in the form of ‘Inspired by...’

What happens to the works after Triennial Bruges 2021? Will the works then become the property of the City of Bruges?

The works will remain the property of the artists, who will search for a new destination themselves or through their gallery. Other works will simply be demolished, and the artists will then see whether this material can be reused somewhere else.


 

INSTALLATIONS AND EXHIBITIONS

Where are the installations and artworks located?

With the exception of the installation on the outskirts of the city (Baron Ruzettepark), the installations are located in the city centre. You can find the location of each installation on the website or on the (interactive) city map, which can be obtained from the Poortersloge, from tourist information offices at the station, at 't Zand (Concertgebouw) and Markt (Historium) or via www.triennalebrugge.be/en/.

Useful to know:

  • The work of Laura Splan is included in the permanent collection of Museum O.L.V. ter Potterie – Potterierei 79B, B-8000 Bruges
  • Adrián Villar Rojas' installation is also partly spread across various locations in Zeebrugge, in collaboration with Beaufort. At the artist's request, the locations of the nests are not communicated. 
  • There are four installations from Amanda Browder. One permanent installation at the Europacollege on the Verversdijk that can be visited during the entire period. In addition, there are three other installations alternating with each other:
    • 24 May through 16 July: installation at House of Time
    • 16 July through 3 September: outer wall installation at the Kantmuseum
    • 3 September through 24 October: installation at the back of the Main Library Biekorf

From 4 June, you can watch a short documentary about the creation process for the installations at the Main Library Biekorf (Kuipersstraat 3, B-8000 Bruges).

Which exhibition will be held at the Poortersloge?

During Triennial Bruges 2021, besides the interventions in the heart of Bruges, a group exhibition is also being organised entitled ‘A porous city’. The exhibition consists of a selection of some 40 sculptures, photographs, drawings, paintings and videos, etc. These are the extant work of artists from home and abroad.


 

PRACTICAL

Where can I go with questions about Triennial Bruges 2021?

You can visit the tourist office 't Zand (Concert Hall), the tourist office Markt (Historium), the tourist office Stationsplein (Railway Station) and the tourist office at Zeebrugge. Visit Bruges can also be reached by telephone (7/7 from 10.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.) on +32 (0)50 44 46 46 and by e-mail via visitbruges@brugge.be. You can also get all information relating to Triennial Bruges 2021 daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. at the Poortersloge on the Jan van Eyckplein.

What are the opening hours?

Triennial Bruges 2021 is taking place from 8 May to 24 October 2021.

Eleven of the thirteen installations can be seen 24/7 and are located in public spaces. For the other installations and locations:

  • Laura Splan's installation is on display at Museum O.L.V. ter Potterie daily from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. A reservation is required.
  • Héctor Zamora's installation in the Gezellehuis garden can be visited and accessed from Tuesday through to Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. No booking is required.
  • Jon Lott’s installation on Gouden-Handrei can be visited 24/7 and accessed daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. No booking is required.
  • The work by Joanna Malinowska and C.T. Jasper consists of two parts: a sculpture in the garden of the Begijnhof plus a film that is shown in the former museum of the Begijnhof: the Begijnhuisje is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. The Begijnhof itself is open daily from 6.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • A visitor can enter the Gregor Schneider installation in the church of the Grootseminarie every two minutes. A volunteer at the entrance will tell you when you can go inside. You don't need to book.
  • There is one permanent installation by Amanda Browder on Verversdijk, which is always accessible. Three other installations alternate with each other. The first one can only be viewed during opening hours (10am – 6pm) at House of Time from 24 May 2021 (Site DuPont – Komvest 45/47 – 8000 Bruges). The locations of the two other installations are free to visit.
  • The exhibition ‘A Porous City’ at the Poortersloge is open daily from 10am – 6pm.

Reservations are required for the exhibition at the Museum O.L.V. ter Potterie and the Poortersloge.

How do I get to Triennial Bruges 2021?

Getting to Triennial Bruges is easy by train, bus, bicycle or car. Consult all the accessibility information here.

How can I visit Triennial Bruges 2021 individually?

You can visit Triennial Bruges 2021 with a city map (NL | FR | DE | EN), by means of audio guides and a podcast (NL | FR | DE | EN). At each outdoor installation, there is an information column with more information about the works, which you can listen to by scanning a QR code.

Triennial Bruges 2021 also offers several guided tours, which you can find out more about here.

Can I visit Triennial Bruges 2021 on a guided tour?

Guided tours are available in groups as well as individually, on foot or by bicycle. Discover all the possibilities here.

Is there a Triennial Bruges city map available?

Yes, a city map will be available from 8 May. You can find it in the Poortersloge and in the tourist information offices at the station, at 't Zand (Concertgebouw) and Markt (Historium). There will also be an interactive city map on the Triennial Bruges website.

Is there a fixed route?

No, there is no route. You can use the Triennial Bruges city map to map out your own route. A pre-imposed plan with route arrows has been deliberately avoided in order to give maximum freedom to visitors, to guarantee a smooth flow and to avoid waiting times and queues.

A marked route/track is only used if visitors are exploring the installations in groups accompanied by a guide.

How long does it take to see all the works?

The estimated walking distance to see all the works is about 10km. You can use the interactive map on the Triennial Bruges website to map out your route. At each installation, there is an information column with a city map showing the exact location and more information.

Are there any tips & tricks for a visit to Triennial Bruges 2021?

Use your smartphone for the best visit. Be sure to install a QR reader and bring headphones or earbuds to listen to the audio guides and podcasts.

Are there any earphones or headsets available for listening to the podcasts?

No, Triennial Bruges 2021 does not provide any earphones or headsets.

 

Where can I find toilets in the city centre?

Public toilets are open:

  • on the Burg (Burg Square) at the Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges) (9.30 a.m.-5.30 p.m.)
  • on the Markt (Market Square) in the Stadshallen (City Halls) (10.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.)
  • at the Simon Stevinplein (Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m.)
  • at the Gruuthuse Museum (9.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m.)
  • at 't Zand (9.30 a.m.-6.00 p.m., from 7.00 p.m. only accessible with parking ticket)
  • at the Biekorf (24/24h)
  • Minnewater Park (2.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m.)

Zeebrugge also has a public toilet, in the Badengebouw (Bathing building) on the Zeedijk (10.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m.).

Where can I find something to eat or drink?

House of Time offers a summer bar from 19 June through 19 September  on Saturdays and Sundays from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. The interactive map on the website of Triennial Bruges also flags hospitality ambassadors, who will tell you a special story linked to the theme ‘TraumA’, hidden away in a nice spot or offering a unique Triennial Bruges drink, menu or even picnic hamper. 

How can I stay informed about Triennial Bruges 2021?

Is there anywhere to submit questions, complaints, repairs, etc.?

You can submit your question via the contact form at www.triennalebrugge.be/en/ or via info@triennalebrugge.be, stating ‘Complaint’.

Can I visit Triennial Bruges 2021 with children?

You certainly can! You can read more information here.

Can I visit Triennial Bruges 2021 with my class?

You certainly can! You can read more information here.

Is there any literature available for families and schools?

Yes, there is an inspiration guide for teachers, an audio guide (6 – 12 years), activity cards (6 – 12 years) and a quest (6 – 12 years). You can find more information on the Triennial Bruges website.

Schools can take a free bus to Triennial Bruges 2021 thanks to dynamoOPWEG. This offer was developed in collaboration with Mastiek.

The activity cards (NL | FR | DE | EN) can be picked up from the Poortersloge or in the tourist information offices at the station, at 't Zand (Concertgebouw) and Markt (Historium).

Is Triennial Bruges 2021 accessible for wheelchair users?

Triennial Bruges strives for maximum and easy accessibility for people with disabilities. The locations are wheelchair-accessible with assistance. Guide dogs are allowed everywhere. You can find more information about the route at www.triennalebrugge.be/en/.

Are there guided tours for people with visual or hearing impairments?

Guide association S-wan Guides with a twist has developed a Triennial Bruges walking tour tailored to people with visual or hearing impairments. More information about this tour can be obtained from S-wan.


 

BOOKING

How and through which website can I reserve access to the exhibition ‘The Porous City’ at the Poortersloge?

Tickets can be booked via Musea Brugge or www.triennalebrugge.be/reserveren.

How and through which website can I book access to Hector Zamora's installation in the garden of the Gezellehuis?

You no longer have to make reservations to climb the installation. The maximum capacity is 10 people. This is monitored on the spot by a steward from the organisation. As soon as a visitor leaves the scaffolding, another visitor can start the climb. The garden is large enough to accommodate waiting visitors. Depending on how busy it is, the scaffolding may be closed earlier than 6.00 p.m., so that visitors waiting in the queue can still go up.

Please also bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • At 6 Beaufort wind and/or in very hard rain, the installation will close. In such an event, the 't Zand (Concertgebouw) information office will be informed.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the scaffolding. They may be tied up in the garden, but not to the scaffolding.
  • Visitors under 1m40 may not climb the scaffolding.  

 

How and through which website do I book entrance to the exhibition at Museum O.L.V. Ter Potterie?

Tickets can be booked via Musea Brugge or www.triennalebrugge.be/reserveren.


 

COVID-19

Can my visit to Triennial Bruges be COVID-19-proof?

Absolutely. However, it is important that you always comply with the applicable measures as imposed by the government and/or the organisation.

The majority of the art installations for Triennial Bruges 2021 are set up outdoors, spread across the entire city. You can map out your own route. A pre-imposed plan with route arrows has been deliberately avoided. This is not only to allow for greater freedom for the visitors, but also to avoid any waiting times or queues. A marked route is only used if visitors are exploring the artworks in groups accompanied by a guide.

The indoor locations for Triennial Bruges 2021 are well-ventilated. Hand sanitiser and face masks are also available here. An attendant will keep an eye on the distancing rules and one-way walking traffic in accordance with the Musea Brugge rules. This way, a visit to these locations can be conducted in a responsible manner.

Am I required to wear a face mask in the city centre?

During Triennial Bruges 2021, the measures are applied as determined by the City of Bruges. At the moment, you do not need to wear a face mask in Bruges city centre. However, you do still need to wear a face mask if it turns out to be impossible to guarantee that social distancing rules can be respected, including in the open air.

Please note: the following installations can only be accessed with face mask:

  • The Porous City (Poortersloge)
  • Strangler – Héctor Zamora (garden of the Gezellehuis)
  • The Bruges Diptych – Jon Lott (pavilion on the Gouden-Handrei)
  • BLACK LIGHTNING – Gregor Schneider (Groot-Seminarie church)
  • Laura Splan (museum O.L.V. ter Potterie).

 

Will there be a crowd barometer?

A crowd barometer is not an immediate requirement. The art installations for Triennial Bruges 2021 are widely distributed throughout the city and you can discover them for 6 months. Thanks to this spread in time and space, the organisation does not expect large concentrations of visitors at any one time. Of course, the police and the organisation will both keep a finger on the pulse and may intervene if necessary.

What if there are too many people in the city? What about crowd control?

Triennial Bruges 2021 is taking place in public spaces. The police and the organisation will closely monitor the public turnout. If there are too many people in the city, the police may decide to close off certain access roads.

The Triennial Bruges 2021 organisation may also close a series of installations if necessary, including:

  • Indoor exhibition ‘A Porous City’ (Poortersloge)
  • Strangler – Héctor Zamora (Garden of Gezellehuis)
  • The Bruges Diptych – Jon Lott (Pavilion on the Gouden-Handrei)
  • BLACK LIGHTNING – Gregor Schneider (Grootseminarie church)
  • Happy Coincidences – Amanda Browder (House of Time)
  • Laura Splan (Museum O.L.V. ter Potterie)


 

OTHER QUESTIONS

Will there be another URB EGG café this year?

No. This concept has since found its way into the private sphere. The pop-up café URB EGG was initiated by Triennial Bruges in 2015, but has since been widely picked up. The same applies to swimming in the canals, which has been run by the City of Bruges Sports Department for two summers now.

Where can I find information about the events taking place as part of the Triennial Bruges 2021?

You can find all events related to Triennial Bruges here. Owing to the influence of COVID-19, it was decided to move all the events for May and June and reschedule them over the months of July, August, September and October. As soon as more information is available, this will also be published on www.triennalebrugge.be/en/.