Contemporary Art

In the Roman period, Tongeren was far ahead of its time. Today, the present and future still occupy a prominent place in this city.

Barbara Wyckmans initiated the 9th Month art project. This long-running expo project installs a contemporary art work in Tongeren city centre every two years. Each time, Belgium’s oldest city creates a new modern art route alongside its famous heritage sites, reinforcing its image as a trendsetter.

Luizado

The inspiration for this six-meter high sculpture by artist Nick Ervinck was the statue of the Jupiter in the Gallo-Roman museum

Roman Riots

With Roman Riots, Nadia Naveau brings us a modern interpretation of the Centauromachy, a mythical Greek fight that is often depicted in the art of Classical Antiquity. Only a few fragments of this historical group of statues have been found. The missing parts have been replaced by metal. Take a closer look. You will be surprised by a number of absurd elements: Apollo with a motorbike helmet, a Centaur in a diving helmet, a remarkable Rolls Royce, … even cartoon character Popeye has a place.

Lily Pond

The Lily Pond by Hans Op de Beeck is an impressive ‘living’ sculpture. It is an interpretation of a reflective pool – even though there is no water. The dark surface reflects the sky, the beguine and the surrounding greenery. Reflections of light and the surroundings alternate like waves. This is a wonderful place to meet up, or just to take a rest to enjoy the bronze water lilies that are always in bloom.

To the Point

(Liliane Vertessen – Museumplein) / In one respect, the work ‘To the Point’ refers to Tongeren's stratification. The Roman level is now a few metres underground. The ‘arrow’ symbolically refers to the point from which our history (as well as our future) departs… On the other hand, this work of art also refers to the important role of the Gallo-Roman Museum: ‘To the Point’ as in ‘come to the point’. The artist refers to a museum's function as an institution where residents and visitors receive an explanation of the city's and the region's past in an intelligent and clear manner.

The Third Paradise

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Tongeren works together with the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, who is an important representative of ‘Arte Povera’, in which the artist uses simple materials. Pistoletto created The Third Paradise, in which people seek a sustainable balance with nature. His philosophy is symbolised by a new infinity sign: two small circles that are attached on opposite sides of a central ring.

Tongeren continues to strive to spread Michelangelo Pistoletto’s philosophy.

Le Prince Evêque

This art project was made by the artistic duo ‘Le Prince Evêque’ but inspired by Pistoletto’s philosophy. It presents three Gallo-Roman burial mounds (tumuli) that mark the landscape in and around Tongeren. The middle hill is larger than the other two. A downward shaft runs through its centre, fitted with a mirror that reflects the sky. The silhouette depicts the upper part of the Third Paradise symbol.