Triennial Bruges 2018: Liquid City has invited international artists and architects to reflect on how flexible, fluid, resilient a historic city like Bruges can be at a time when nothing seems certain.

The water, which literally crosses and surrounds the city and which once made Bruges famous worldwide, becomes a metaphor for Liquid City. In the city centre, fifteen works of art, installations and meeting places are being built up. They form an open and inviting trail that brings people together in unexpected places.

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Jarosław Kozakiewicz – BRUG

Two faces meet on the water. They create a place for new – often unexpected – encounters.

Wesley Meuris - UrbanModeL

What better place to welcome and meet new guests or visitors? This pavilion combines aspects of welcoming spaces in an artistic analysis.

©Iwan Baan

Renato Nicolodi - Acheron I

A monumental sculpture seems to be floating in the middle of the Langerei. Might this be an entrance to the underworld?

©Iwan Baan

NLÉ - Kunle Adeyemi | MFS III - Minne Floating School

In 2016 NLÉ won the Silver Lion for his Floating School in Venice. This time he refined the installation creating a floating classroom looking out over one of Bruges’ finest parks.

©Iwan Baan

OBBA - The Floating Island

OBBA adds a new dimension to architecture and pushes her boundaries. In Bruges the agency makes room for a new walk, right on the water! Nest in the environment and experience the city from a whole new perspective while the water of the canals is rippling under your feet.

©Iwan Baan

John Powers -Lanchals

Lanchals will guide you to the city centre. This fifteen-metre tall structure of rigorously stacked modules will mark a hidden place of peace and serenity in the city.

raumlabor - House of Time

House of Time equals peace, encounter and co-creation. For one year, youngsters come together and jointly transform the site to a place where everything is possible.

Rotor - What's Eating the Chinese Mitten Crab

The Chinese mitten crab, an introduced species in the canals of Bruges. Follow its tracks until Zeebrugge.

©Iwan Baan

Ruimteveldwerk - G.O.D.

The area where the Almshouses such as Sint-Trudo are situated is to be a place of silence. But what does silence mean? Prepare yourself to experience absolute silence, where you can meet others in all serenity.

©CC BY-SA 2.5 / Aerocene Foundation

Tomás Saraceno - Aerocene

Saraceno dreams about a future of flying cities that float on solar and wind energy. He sends prototypes up in the sky and has them film what they register.

©Iwan Baan

selgascano - selgascano pavilion

Meet, enjoy and get enchanted by the colourful pavilion of the Spanish architects selgascano, a new sunny meeting place on the water.

©Matthias Desmet

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian - Khayyam Fountain

The Iranian artist imagines the perfect city. The tower, built from repetitive geometrical crystal structures inspired by patterns from the mystical Sufism, reflects our ideas and dreams about a new society.

©Sarah Bauwens

StudioKCA - Skyscraper (The Bruges Whale)

Near the statue of Jan Van Eyck, Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale) rises up from the Canal. Skyscraper is 5 tons of plastic waste pulled out of the ocean to create a 4 story tall whale: a powerful reminder of the 150,000,000 tons of plastic waste still swimming in our waters. Skyscraper is a physical example of why we need to change how we use and dispose of plastic in the world today.

©Iwan Baan

Peter Van Driessche – Atelier4 - INFINITI²³

How are we going to be able to live and work if the sea level continues to rise and whole areas will be flooded? Experience a new form of urbanity on the water.

Exhibition Architectures Liquides - Liquid Architectures

Architectural models from the Frac Centre - Val de Loire (FR), curated by Abdelkader Damani

Poortersloge Exhibition Liquid City | URB EGG-café

In the Poortersloge, the Bruges Triennial is providing an overview of the participant's, their work and installations in the historic city centre.

URB SEA - Beaufort in Zeebrugge

URB SEA paviljoen - Triennale Brugge meets Beaufort


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The Bruges Triennial is a collaboration between Brugge Plus, Musea Brugge, Kenniscentrum vzw and Cultuurcentrum, commissioned by the City of Bruges