A new private museum will be opening in Brussels in one of the city’s former brasseries. The Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA) is scheduled to open on 15 April.
The new institution is expected to fill in a gap as the Belgian capital holds no public museum for contemporary art. The initiative is being driven by two Belgian art dealers, Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt. Their museum will be hosting a collection gathered since 2000 that Raphaël Cruyt describes as “wider than street art”. It includes twenty or so works by David Shrigley and Barry McGee that will be part of the inaugural hanging. The first exhibition, “City Lights”, will gather installations by Swoon, Maya Hayuk, Momo and Faile.
This new museum has been set up thanks to an innovative financing model. The founders are renting the space while financing will be based on ticket sales, a bookshop, a restaurant and a few private partnerships, without excluding recourse to crowdfunding for one-off projects. As Raphaël Cruyt remarks: “We’re not from the museum world or an academic background. We want to find our own way to set up the museum.”