A new generation of artists

In order to lend the Humanist Sculpture Park on the VUB Main Campus a more dynamic touch, ten young artists were asked to create new open-air sculptures. The temporary sculptures are exhibited for two years in four clusters of two to three sculptures each. The current edition runs from 2022 to 2024.

Plan your visit

Initiator

The temporary sculpture project is an initiative of Pilar. Pilar is the cultural centre on the VUB Main Campus, which hosts concerts, plays, debates and art exhibitions within its presentation space. As a ‘House for Arts & Sciences’, it also actively supports young cultural entrepreneurs and it offers budding artists spaces to create their works.

Artistic assignment

The artistic assignment of the participating artists was to create an in situ-sculpture, inspired by the context of the university campus and the liberal-humanist character of VUB. They were given free reign for the creation and the way the work was to be embedded in the environment. This resulted in a series of works of art that are a challenging addition to the permanent collection of the Humanist Sculpture Park, both visually and in terms of content. Several of the recently added works of art connect to the theme of activism, which the university promotes in its recently launched campaign ‘The World Needs You’. Other sculptures are a visual response to the social and architectural context of the campus.

The temporary sculptures

A first cluster of the temporary sculpture project will be completed by Bart Lescrève, Juan Pablo Plazas en Nina Van Denbempt. They are residents of Barak Lili M, the artist studios of Pilar located on the See U site. This project is one of the opportunities for them to showcase their works as resident artists.

Pilar partly delegated the curatorship for the remaining clusters that form part of this project. The curators appointed a number of artists who were each allowed to fill one cluster with their own works.

They were Leyla Aydoslu, Elise Eeraerts and Kasper Devos. They invited fellow artists to create a work for the campus, possibly completing their cluster with their own sculpture. In this way, they collaborated with both Belgian and foreign artists.

Plan your visit 

The Humanist Sculpture Park is open 24/7 and can be visited free of charge. 
Parking is available and the area is wheelchair-accessible. 

VUB Main Campus
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Elsene

Information about the sculptures

Each sculpture is accompanied by a QR code that gives access to an audio fragment. You can play it on your smartphone to discover the stories behind the sculptures. We recommend that you bring headphones for a more comfortable audio experience. 

Want to take a personal tour?

Request a tour from Bjorne.