Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Gallery
For the past eight years, the Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Gallery has been based in a house and the adjoining print shop. A number of the original structural features (including chimneys, stained-glass windows, terrazzo flooring, faux-stone draped ornamentation around the bow window, and wooden roof beams) can still be seen in the U–shaped complex, which dates back to 1923 and surrounds a tree-filled garden. Throughout the year, the gallery celebrates the art of Australia’s indigenous peoples through exhibitions of paintings and sculptures about the Dreamtime (Earth’s creation). Each work evokes the points where these peoples meet and converge over their vast territory, much of which is desert. Each exhibition creates a bridge between the indigenous culture of Australia and our Western world, inviting visitors to explore an art that is at once ancestral and modern, that questions our relationship with nature and forges links between peoples across the oceans. Using both acrylics and natural pigments, the artists create boldly-hued pieces that tell the stories of their elders and bring all the colours of Australia to life on canvas. The gallery holds seven exhibitions a year. The works displayed are selected in situ, in the most remote parts of Australia, by passionate collector Bertrand Estrangin, who, supported by the country’s official art centres, travels thousands of kilometres through Australia’s red deserts each year to meet artists and bring their remarkable messages and creations to a European audience.
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 12:00, 15:30 and 16:30 (in French); 12:30, 16:00 and 17:00 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Klare Lijn.
Tour in Brusseleir (Brussels dialect): Sat. at 14:00. In cooperation with beBrusseleir.
Exhibition: “Our Routes, Our Map” featuring 30 remarkable paintings by Aboriginal artists from the community of Mimili Maku in central southern Australia (APY lands).
Sat. & Sun., 10:00 to 18:00
Rue Jules Besme/Jules Besmestraat 101, Koekelberg
By reservation only