8 November 2019
Award of the most remarkable exhibition of 2018, presented by AICA Belgium

M HKA, 7 November 2019

The James Lee Byars - The Perfect Kiss exhibition, organised by M HKA, under the curatorship of Lotte Beckwé, was elected the most outstanding exhibition of the previous year by the 111 members of the Belgian Association of Art Critics.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our members, we would like to warmly congratulate M HKA and its entire team!


The AICA Belgium Award is granted annually to an exhibition that has made a significant contribution to the current debate on art. The previous exhibitions that have been honoured are: "Lili Dujourie. Folds in Time - Plooien in de tijd", S.M.A.K., Ghent and Mu.ZEE, Ostend (2015); Mira Sanders, "Inland Voyages in an Inland Voyage" in ARGOS, Brussels (2016) and " The Absent Museum. Blueprint for a museum of contemporary art for the capital of Europe " at WIELS, Brussels (2017).

L to R: Dieter Roelstraete, Bart De Baere, Lotte Beckwé, Caroline Dumalin, Liliane Dewachter, Septembre Tiberghien, Joan Vandenberghe   Photo: Liesbeth Decan

9 September 2018
Award Ceremony Best Exhibition 2017

From L to R : Herman J. Daled, Member Board of Directors WIELS; Fran Bombeke, Assistant Relations & Development WIELS; Caroline Dumalin, Curator WIELS; Pierre Iserbyt, Chairman Board of Directors WIELS; Richard Venlet, Member of the General Assembly WIELS; Dirk Snauwaert, Curator of the exhibition and Artistic Director WIELS; Eva Wittocx, President; Joan Vandenberghe, Secretary / Treasurer; Ronald Van de Sompel and Colette Dubois, who provided the laudation, both Members of the Board of Directors, at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday 8 September, 2018, WIELS, Brussels.

24 June 2018
Best Exhibition Award 2017: "The Absent Museum" at WIELS, Brussels

In 2016, the Belgian Association of Art Critics relaunched its honorary prize, the "Best Exhibition Award" of the previous year. The prize is awarded to an exhibition that makes an essential contribution to the current debate on art. It is selected from a shortlist of five exhibitions established by the Board of Directors and voted on by the 112 affiliated art critics.

This year ABCA / BVKC awarded the prize for the best exhibition of 2017 to The Absent Museum. Blueprint for a museum of contemporary art for the capital of Europe, which took place in 2017 at Wiels in Brussels for its tenth anniversary.

The title "The Absent Museum" is a nod to the decisive influence that symbolism, with its predilection for the mysterious, still has on local Belgian modernism, but also to the tumultuous debate around a new museum of contemporary art in Brussels, the European capital. It is also an allusion to the fact that the WIELS does not have the status of a museum, but is generally called "the WIELS museum", a sign of recognition and a reflection of the expectations of the public, thus suggesting a museum operation. Anticipating the creation of such an institution in Brussels, WIELS is developing a temporary simulation, a proposal, a prefiguration of a future museum of contemporary art.

For this exhibition, WIELS has selected 45 leading artists from Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France and Germany to map the issues facing museums and the societies that inspire them. The exhibition has two parts. The first, historical, tackles the local "blind spots", the controversial subjects of the recent history of art; the second presents itself as a proposition of new stories. What relationship can there be between a local historical consciousness and cosmopolitan artists' aesthetic commitments when confronted with the paradoxes of globalization and the turbulence of history, while defending their sensibilities and singular words?

A catalogue directed by Dirk Snauwaert, titled The Absent Museum. Blueprint for a museum of contemporary art for the capital of Europe published by WIELS and the Mercator Fund, accompanied the exhibition; it includes essays by Manuel Borja-Villel, Charles Esche and Dirk Snauwaert.

With: Francis Alÿs, Archives de l'Ambassade Universelle, Younes Baba-Ali, Jo Baer, Monika Baer, Sammy Baloji, Guillaume Bijl, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, stanley brouwn, Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel, Marlene Dumas, Jimmie Durham, Jana Euler, Olivier Foulon, Michel François, Ellen Gallagher, Mekhitar Garabedian, Isa Genzken, Jef Geys, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Cameron Jamie, Ann Veronica Janssens, Martin Kippenberger, Goshka Macuga, Mark Manders, Lucy McKenzie, Wesley Meuris, Nástio Mosquito, Jean-Luc Moulène, Le Mur, Oscar Murillo, Otobong Nkanga, Felix Nussbaum, Willem Oorebeek, Marina Pinsky, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Gerhard Richter, Walter Swennen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Peter Wächtler, Christopher Williams, Nil Yalter.

The prize will be presented on Saturday 8 September at 11:30 in WIELS, Brussels, at a speech and reception. The presentation will take place in the presence of the curator Dirk Snauwaert, who set up the exhibition with Zoë Gray, Frédérique Versaen, Caroline Dumalin & Charlotte Friling. The exhibition by René Daniëls and the annual WIELS Art Book Fair can then be visited.

The prize will be awarded on Saturday 8th September at 11.30 am at WIELS, Brussels, accompanied by a speech and followed by a small reception. The award ceremony will take place in the presence of Dirk Snauwaert, curator of the exhibition together with Zoë Gray, Frédérique Versaen, Caroline Dumalin & Charlotte Friling. Afterwards, a possibility to visit the René Daniëls exhibition and the annual WIELS art book fair is offered.

19 November 2017
New President AICA International: Lisbeth Rebollo Gonçalves

Lisbeth Rebollo Gonçalves has been elected our new President during the 50th Congress AICA International, 13 – 17 November, 2017, Paris. She was the president of the Brazilian Association of Art Critics – ABCA, and member of AICA Administrative Board and Chair of the Finance Commission. Director of the XLI AICA Congress held in São Paulo, Brazil.
Head Professor at the School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and advises master’s and doctoral students. Directs the “Aesthetics and Art History” graduate studies. She is a professor at the post-graduate programs of ECA/USP, PROLAM – Latin American Post-Graduate Program, and at the Aesthetics and Art History Post-Graduate Program (Master’s and doctoral advisor). Coordinator of the Latin American Post-Graduate Program since 2013. Art researcher since 1980.  Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo from 1994 to 1998, and from 2006 to 2010. Curatorial experience at museums and cultural centres since 1977. Author of articles and essays for national and international books, catalogues and magazines. Collaborator of Artnexus Magazine, edited in Bogotá, Colombia, since 1996.
Member of the Editorial Board of Arte e Cultura na América Latina Magazine, published by the Scientific Society of Art Studies, since 1992, and of Revista da USP, from 2010 to 2015.
Member of the Board of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture – CNIC – Evaluation Committee for Free Tax Policies in Culture, 2007-2010.
Coordinator of “Art Criticism”, edited by the Brazilian Association of Art Critics.

25 June 2017






Ive Stevenheydens, Curator & Communication ARGOS, Mira Sanders and Rolf Quaghebeur, Directeur general ARGOS, at the award ceremony on Saturday, June 24th, 2017, LUCA School of Arts, Brussels.

14 June 2017
Price AICA-be best exhibition 2016

Mira Sanders, 'Inland Voyages in An Inland Voyage', ARGOS, Brussels

The Belgian Association of Art Critics has re-launched in 2016 its prize "Best Exhibition Award" of the previous year. The prize is awarded to a consolidated exhibition that makes a significant contribution to today's art discourse, which is selected from a shortlist of five exhibitions pre-established by the board of directors on which the 115 affiliated art critics can cast their votes.

This year ABCA / BVKC awarded the prize for the best exhibition of 2016 to "Inland Voyages in An Inland Voyage" by Mira Sanders, which took place in the fall of 2016 in ARGOS, Brussels.

The exhibition 'Inland Voyages in An Inland Voyage' originated from a fascination of Mira Sanders for the travel story An Inland Voyage (1878) by Robert Louis Stevenson. Sanders translated Stevenson's writings into "a subjective map" presented by a juxtaposition of images (text, video, drawings, scale model and sound). Several navigation options in 'An inland voyage' were investigated and offered. She also invited the artists Gudný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir, Filip Berte, Jan Kopp, Erwan Mahéo and Cédric Noël to draw this imaginary landscape with her.

The prize will be presented on Saturday, June 24th at the LUCA School of Arts - Campus Sint-Lukas Brussel, at 1:30 pm, accompanied by a speech and reception. The ceremony will be held in the presence of Mira Sanders, Rolf Quaghebeur, General Director, and Ive Stevenheydens, Curator & Communication, ARGOS.

From 2:00 pm, there will be the possibility to visit the LUCA Graduation Show.
At 3:00 pm one can also attend the lecture of Mieke Bal, 'The artist as a co-maker'.
More info at:
LUCA School of Arts, rue des Palais 70, 1030 Brussels

3 January 2017

This symposium will recall the historical process of the relationship between words and images, highlighted by René Magritte in his manifesto Les mots et les images of 1929.

It will highlight the current artistic resonances of this founding writing, which continues to put its mark on many an artist.


7 December 2016
Presentation Award for Young Art Criticism 2016

The Prijs voor de Jonge Kunstkritiek is an incentive for a new generation of critics and essayists from the Dutch-speaking area, who write about contemporary art. The award is an initiative of de Appel arts center Amsterdam, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Fund, in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, STUK - Huis voor Dans, Beeld en Geluid Leuven, M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp and Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven.


Friday, December 16, 2016 at 04:30pm
M HKA, Leuvenstraat 32 Antwerp

Free entrance - In Dutch

Reservations for the ceremony is mandatory.

Send before 14 December an e-mail with your full name, email address and phone number to stating 'Award Prize for Young Art Criticism December 16, 2016 @M HKA’.

More info at

6 August 2016

The XLIX th Congress of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) will take place in Havana, Cuba, between October 11 – 15, 2016. A post-Congress tour outside the Cuban capital will follow, October 16-17.

The Congress, organized by AICA International together with AICA Cuba, is the first in the history of AICA (established in 1950) to be held in Cuba. The Cuban section of AICA was created in the 1986 and reconstituted in 2014. The Congress’s main venues will include the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, and the Casa de los Américas, all located in Havana. The opening ceremony will take place at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes on the evening of October 11, 2016.

On Thursday October 13, a one-day symposium on the theme “New Utopias: Art, Memory and Context” will be hosted by the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes with the participation of leading art critics and art historians from around the world. Other events will include panel discussions on the past, present and the future of the Havana Biennial and on the history of AICA chapters in the Caribbean, as well as visits to local artists’ studios, galleries, museums, and art schools.

The full program is available on AICA's website.

11 June 2016

Martin Germann (S.M.A.K.), Philip Van Den Bossche (Mu.ZEE) and Lili Dujourie at the award ceremony on Saturday, June 11th, 2016, Maison Grégoire.

1 June 2016
AICA-be Award best exhibition 2015

After a long absence, the annual honorary AICA-be Award for best exhibition 2015 will be granted once again on Saturday, June 11 at Maison Grégoire, Dieweg 292, Uccle.

The Award goes to the double exhibition “Lili Dujourie. Folds in time – Plooien in de tijd“, S.M.A.K., Ghent and Mu.ZEE, Ostend.

At 2 pm, the Award will be conferred on the artist and curators of the double exhibition, in the presence of Lili Dujourie, Martin Germann (S.M.A.K.) and Phillip Van den Bossche (Mu.Zee).

After the ceremony and speech, a reception is provided.

8 January 2015
Presidential election

During the XLVII AICA International Congress, South Korea October 2014 the presidential election of AICA International found place. Marek Bartelik (AICA-USA) was elected for a second term. Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton (AICA-UK) was elected as the new Secretary General.
More on the AICA International website.

23 September 2014
AICA International Presidential Elections 2014

Voting for the International President of AICA is now taking place.

Members are encouraged to take part in elections; the candidates’ are Marek Bartelik and Jin Sup Yoon. To view their applications, go to the AICA International website.

To vote, members must send their voting papers to the ABCA BVKC Secretary by 26 September.

To vote, please download it from the AICA International website. Then please choose one of the three options, place it in an anonymous blank envelope, and send it inside an envelope with your name and section (ABCA BVKC) clearly marked on to Joan Vandenberghe (in a third envelope) by September 26th (Malie vd Topweg| Mail du Topweg 7/3E, 1090 JETTE); the President will then take them with her to the AICA International Congres. Having checked the names, the bureau then will discard all except the inmost envelope to ensure anonymity.

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