After / D’après / Na

The exhibition After / D’après / Na by Vincent Meessen inaugurates Research in Residence, CIVA’s new collection-based, transdisciplinary research initiative

18/11/2022 – 28/05/2023 (extended)

Opening: 17/11/2022, 19h

Research in Residence renegotiates the terrain between the hermetic sphere of the archives and their public exposure. The program supports innovative research in various forms: exhibitions, installations, podcasts, talks, essays, performances, and more.

Meessen’s exhibition After / D’après / Na integrates architecture into an environment shared between its various cohabitants, human and nonhuman alike. The exhibition weaves together two types of architecture that characterize La Garenne, a rural plot on the outskirts of Brussels: the Art Nouveau cottage, exemplified by a demolished work by Léon Sneyers (of which diverse documents are conserved within the CIVA Collections), and the contemporary house, as articulated by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen and their design on the same site.

Meessen shows new works including  Per Sonare, a collaborative sound piece (4 channels, 37 minutes) made in collaboration with sound engineer and composer Laszlo Umbreit and the performer Caroline Daish.

Curated by Francis Carpentier and Silvia Franceschini

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An extensive interview with Vincent Meessen has been published on the occasion of this exhibition by Le Journal de l’Architecte (French)


Guided tour:

15/12/2022, 18h

Languages: French/Dutch

Entrance: €10

In the framework of the exhibition After / D’après / Na, CIVA organises a tour of its Collections by the artist Vincent Meessen and Francis Carpentier, head of the CIVA Collections. This visit offers you a different view on the exhibition, with a particular focus on the archives of Léon Sneyers. It’s also an opportunity to discuss Research in Residence, the new cross-disciplinary research series by CIVA.

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The Production of Space, Screening session:

19/01/2023, 19h

Booking is mandatory

During this evening, three videos will be screened and discussed. Shot in Burkina Faso, N12°13.062’/ W 001° 32.619′ Extended looks at the relationship between the construction of the planned city by urban planners and its reverse: the excavations in the so-called irregular city made by the people themselves.

The second video, Dear Adviser, is a dreamlike fable shot in the Capitol of Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab and Haryana, India. The Capitol, designed by Le Corbusier in the mid 1950s, brings together the executive, legislative and judicial authorities.

Based on unpublished archival material, Wild Architect, the third video offers a maze-like reflection on Utopolis, an abandoned project for an experimental city on an island in Veneto (Italy).  This anonymous found footage is based on unpublished footage filmed in the 1930s by Le Corbusier and his entourage.

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