This cloud made of recycled materials will cover the new reception area of ​​the Exelis Museum: it is the idea of ​​Brussels artist Tatiana Wolska

As you know, the Exilis Museum has been closed since 2018 for renovations. These should improve visitor reception, expand exhibition spaces and improve the building's energy performance. The museum is supposed to reopen in principle in 2025.

In this context, the Foundation announces on May 2, 2024 that Artist Tatiana Wolska He was chosen to create original artwork for the new reception areas. It will be a wide multi-colored cloud. It will be suspended above the new reception areas “a bright site with an area of ​​500 m3” at the crossroads of the flows of visitors who will pass through it to go to the exhibition areas, the store or the café. In these public spaces, the work will be visible to everyone, not just those who purchase a paid ticket.

Participatory harvesting

The call for projects launched in June 2023 resulted in 144 applications. 10 artists and collectives were selected by a jury of experts. The latter met during the last week of April 2024 to listen to the artists’ defense of their proposals. Regarding the winner, the museum explains that “his comment caught the attention of the jury for its strong visual presence which, although light and airy, gives a special character to the space.” Its accessibility worked to its advantage, as did the artist's “participatory citizen method, especially the material gathering phase.” In fact, Wolska has made a habit of reusing found materials and waste in her works.

Tatiana Wolska. © Exelis Museum

Tatiana Wolska was born in 1977 in Zawiercie, Poland. She has been living and working in Brussels since 2016. The Exelis Museum explains that she “explores drawing, which she practices on a daily basis, and sculpture, which touches the boundaries of architecture.” Often starting from found materials and everyday tools, they give substance to organic forms, which unfold in curves. The forty-year-old artist has recycled plastic bottles, abandoned nails and recycled wood into her art.

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