CENTRALE for Contemporary Art

Contemporary art centre in Brussels

Brussels is home to a thriving contemporary art scene, and one of the must-visit venues for art lovers is the CENTRALE for Contemporary Art. Located in the heart of the city, the CENTRALE is a hub for contemporary culture, showcasing a diverse range of exhibitions and events from local and international artists. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what makes the CENTRALE so special and how you can make the most of your visit.

Uncovering Contemporary Art in Brussels

Opened in 2006, the CENTRALE for Contemporary Art is housed in a former power station, which has been transformed into a stunning exhibition space. The building’s industrial heritage is still evident, with exposed steel beams and brick walls providing a striking backdrop for the contemporary art on display. The CENTRALE’s mission is to promote contemporary culture in all its forms, and it does so through a varied program of exhibitions, performances, and workshops.

Visitors to the CENTRALE can expect to see works by both established and emerging artists, with a particular focus on Belgian and European contemporary art. The center also hosts talks, screenings, and other events, providing a platform for cultural exchange and dialogue. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or a newcomer to the scene, the CENTRALE is sure to offer something to inspire and engage you.

A Guide to Exploring Exhibitions and Events

The CENTRALE’s exhibitions change regularly, so it’s worth checking the center’s website to find out what’s on during your visit. As well as the main exhibition space, the CENTRALE has a smaller gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists.

In addition to its exhibitions, the CENTRALE hosts a range of events throughout the year. These include talks by artists and curators, film screenings, and performances. The center’s annual “Nuit Blanche” event is a highlight of the Brussels cultural calendar, with the CENTRALE staying open all night for visitors to explore its exhibitions and enjoy a program of live music and performances.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor to Brussels, be sure to put the CENTRALE for Contemporary Art on your cultural itinerary. With its commitment to showcasing the best of contemporary art from Belgium and beyond, it’s a true gem in the city’s cultural landscape.

Getting There

The CENTRALE is located in Place Sainte-Catherine, inside the city center of Brussels, and easily accessible by all public transportation.


Place Sainte-Catherine 44
1000 Bruxelles
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Hours and Fees


Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:30 to 18:00.


Mondays, Tuesdays and 01.01, 01.05, 09.06, 01.11, 11.11, 25.12


Your admission is free if you have museumPASSmusées, Brussels Card.

Normal rate 8,00 €
Group (min 10 pers.) 6,00 €
65+; Group (min. 10 pers.) ; Studentscard adult; Studentscard (18-26); Teacher Card; Residents City of Brussels (1000-1020-1130-1120) 4,00 €
Arts students (18-26) ; Job seeker (attestation); Recipients of social benefits 2,50 €
Art. 27 1,25 €
– 18 ; Group leader ; ICOM ; AICA ; Brussels Card ; museumPASSmusées* ; Press (card) ; disabled person ; accompanying disabled person; European Disability Card Free
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