John Armleder at the Kanal - Centre Pompidou, Brussels

24 September 2020 - 25 April 2021 

Painter, sculptor, installation artist, performer, archivist, curator, collector, publisher, gallerist, bookshop owner, and more, John Armleder (b. 1948, lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland) is one of the most singular figures and at the same time essential to the art of the past fifty years.

Associated with the Fluxus movement in the 1960s - 70s, his practice crossed the challenges of painting and image throughout the 1980s and 90s. Since then, his work has never stopped renewing itself as much through large installations as interventions at the limit of perceptible - including visitors in an active experience of the exhibition.

At Kanal - Centre Pompidou, the artist is invited to take over the Showroom areas of the former Citroën garage for seven months: on the six rough floors, Armleder proposes, in dialogue with a series of new monumental installations that he specifically designed for the site, a constellation of exhibitions, live events and workshops, offering the opportunity to dive into his world and the one of those he loves.

Organized in two large sequences (September - December 2020, February - April 2021), between invitations to other artists and nods to his influences, discoveries of forgotten figures and unexpected retrospectives, out-of-the-ordinary performances and concerts of experimental music, It Never Ends is a multidimensional and lively artistic proposal in constant movement. 

With a live programme curated together with Armleder to bring the exhibition to life, the Showrooms will be inhabited, activated and transformed continuously with concerts, performances and workshops for kids and family. Regular meetings such as the Thursday night at KANAL, special thematic weekends every month, the opening of new exhibitions every six weeks, punctuate this vast carte blanche

This is the most ambitious project Armleder has been asked to design to date. It Never Ends is a paradoxical proposition: it is a solo exhibition, but composed by multiple authors. It is, in a sense, a portrait of its creator, for whom questions of hospitality, collaboration and friendship have always been central.

September 24, 2020