05-09-2014

Art in the public space – De Unie Hasselt-Genk

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A new, different kind of art project involves artists, social and cultural organisations and the residents of the two cities of Hasselt and Genk in the Belgian province of Limburg.



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Art in the public space – De Unie Hasselt-Genk A new, different kind of art project involves artists, social and cultural organisations and the residents of the two cities of Hasselt and Genk in the Belgian province of Limburg. The Hasselt-Genk union, together with Z33 House of Contemporray Art, have created an art route to set up new ways of connecting the two cities.



Z33, the house for contemporary art of the Belgian province of Limburg, together with the two cities of Hasselt and Genk, invited a dozen national and international artists to create permanent and semi-permanent artworks in different areas of the public space.



De Unie Hasselt-Genk – the Hasselt-Genk union – not only aims to attract tourists through a project that showcases the local splendours through the hands of artists, its goal is also to encourage the rediscovery of old ties and connections. The project was launched in June, and from 5 October 2014 it will turn into a real permanent art tour uniting Hasselt and Genk, an added value for the two cities and their residents.





Artists include Rinus Van der Velde, and Erik Odijk who with his De ROCK Show, established a new colony of artists at the Emile Van Doren museum in Genk. There’s also a Summer programme of events along the whole route.



Just one more example of how art can be used to showcase the territory, not only boosting tourism but also attracting the residents themselves who, as part of the Z33 mission are encouraged to see what they often take for granted in a new light.



We highly recommend this project for those of you who, like us, are somewhat partial to initiatives that create synergies between urban spaces, landscape, art, and above all with people.

De Unie Hasselt-Genk, Belgium
until 5 October 2014, to then turn into a permanent art tour
http://www.uniehasseltgenk.be/
http://www.z33.be/