26 September 2022
AICA Belgium Award 2020-21

AICA Belgium (ABCA / BVKC), has the honour to grant this year's Annual Award for the most remarkable exhibition of 2020-2021 to the three solo exhibitions of Jacqueline Mesmaeker: Enkel Zicht Naar Zee, Naar West, CC Strombeek, 10.01– 04.03.2020; Ah quelle aventure, Bozar, Brussels, 19.05 – 21.07.2020; De page en page, Raveel Museum, Machelen-aan-de-Leie.

We congratulate the artist, the curators  Luk Lambrecht and Lieze Eneman, and the authors of the beautiful book Quelle aventure! published by MER and B&L accompanying them.

Texts by Luk Lambrecht, Lieze Eneman, Michel Baudson, Jean-Michel Botquin, Saskia De Coster, Anne Pontégnie, Melanie Deboutte, Sophie Lauwers, Philippe Van Cauteren.

Since 2016, each year the Belgian Association of Art Critics awards its Honorary Prize to the best exhibition of the previous year, aiming to highlight the value of an exhibition contributing to the discourse of art today.

Previous prizes have been awarded to :

2015: Lili Dujourie, 'Folds in Time - Plooien in de tijd' (S.M.A.K., Ghent and Mu.ZEE, Ostend)

2016: Mira Sanders, 'Inland Voyages in an Inland Voyage' (ARGOS, Brussels)

2017: 'The Absent Museum' (WIELS, Brussels)

2018: James Lee Byars, 'The Perfect Kiss' (M HKA, Antwerp)

2019 : Pieter Vermeersch (M Museum Leuven)

30 April 2022
Award for the most remarkable exhibition of 2019, AICA Belgium Award

Pieter Vermeersch's solo exhibition, organised by M Leuven with curator Eva Wittocx, was chosen by the 112 members of the Belgian Association of Art Critics as the most remarkable exhibition of the year 2019.

The prize also includes the monograph Variations, published on the occasion of the exhibition, edited by Moritz Kung and published by Ludion. The Prize was officially awarded in the Art Lounge of Art Brussels on 30 April. The Laudatio was conducted by Maud Salembier (coming soon online here). On behalf of the Board of Directors and our members, we would like to warmly congratulate the Museum M Leuven and its entire team!

Since 2016, this prize has again been awarded annually to an exhibition that has made a significant contribution to the current debate on art. In previous editions, the AICA Belgium Award went to:

2015: Lili Dujourie, "Folds in Time - Folds in time" (S.M.A.K., Ghent and Mu.ZEE, Ostend)
2016: Mira Sanders, "Inland Voyages in an Inland Voyage" (ARGOS, Brussels)
2017: "The Absent Museum" (WIELS, Brussels)
2018: James Lee Byars, "The Perfect Kiss" (M HKA, Antwerp)

19 March 2022
Support for the Ukrainian people

AICA Belgium (ABCA/BVKC) joins the International Bureau and the many National Sections in protesting against the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. It aligns itself with UNESCO's protest against this war.

Any war is a crime against the essence of the human being: its corps, its culture, the traces of its past.

AICA Belgium expresses its support for the Ukrainian people and the Russian peace demonstrators.

Brussels, 19 March 2022

26 February 2022
Watch this Space & ABCA/BVKC


For its 11th edition of 'Watch this Space', the 50° nord network contacted AICA France and AICA Belgium (ABCA/BVKC) to ask their members to write a critical text on each participating artist.

Five of our members responded to the call: Jean-Baptiste Carobolante, Laurent Courtens, Clémentine Davin, Antoinette Jattiot and Raya Lindberg.

The digital edition containing all these texts can be consulted via this link: 


22 September 2021
Congratulations to Laurent Courtens for this Award!!!

On Tuesday September 21, the 9th edition of the AICA France Art Critics' Award was held at the INHA auditorium. The winners of this original Award inspired by PechaKucha are :

- AICA France Prize : Camille Bardin who presented the artist Kubra Khademi.

- Special Prize : Elisa Rusca who presented the artist Nina Haab. Elisa Rusca is a member of AICA Switzerland.

- Special Prize : Laurent Courtens who presented the artist Eric Van Hove. Laurent Courtens is a member of AICA Belgium.

The members of the jury were : Régine Hatchondo (President of the Centre du Livre) ; Antje Kramer-Mallordy (Director of the Archives de la Critique d'Art); Marc Partouche (Secretary General of AICA International); Sandra Patron (Director of the CAPC- museum of contemporary art Bordeaux); Rafael Pic (editor in chief of the Quotidien de l'art)

#aicafrance #aicainternational #inha #camillebardin #elisarusca #laurentcourtens 


19 May 2021
The Ultima Beeldende Kunst 2020 award goes to curator Luk Lambrecht, member AICA Belgium.

On 18 May, the Flemish Community awarded the Ultimas 2020 to twelve laureates, in recognition of their exceptional merits in the socio-cultural sector.

From the jury report:

"Because of the exceptional position that Luk Lambrecht has acquired in the professional visual arts field, because of the way in which he has built up a broad international network, but above all because of the way in which this curator always puts the artist centre stage, the jury considers the awarding of this prize not so much as an appreciation of one person, but as a reward for all the artists who have worked together on this connecting project."

Last year there was quite a commotion when Luk Lambrecht was fired after more than twenty years of service as curator at CC Strombeek, a place that through his efforts has grown into an established name in the Flemish cultural landscape. The fact that Lambrecht is receiving an Ultima at this very moment therefore seems a well-considered choice.

Congratulations Luk!!!

You can read the full article in HART, 18 May 2021 (see link)

1 April 2021
Symposium van het Studiecentrum voor Experimentele Literatuur (UGent/VUB)

Beelden lezen. Scheppende kunstkritiek in België (1945-1985) / Lire les images. Critique d’art créative en Belgique (1945-1985)  May 7 2021  Bozar, Brussels

Between 1945 and 1985, many major Belgian writers devoted themselves to 'creative art criticism', a variant of journalistic literary art criticism. They were part of a tradition ranging from Charles Baudelaire to Yves Bonnefoy, via Oscar Wilde and Rainer Maria Rilke. Belgian writers - Hugo Claus, Christian Dotremont and many others - deliberately distanced themselves from 'objective' criticism. They produced lyrical and narrative texts that in some cases were creatively connected to the art they were writing about. As they were closely linked to visual artists or active in the visual arts themselves, their art criticism appeared not only in newspapers and magazines but also in monographs, catalogues and exhibition brochures. These publication media allowed them to break away from the demands of journalism.

By examining the cases of several Belgian art critics, both French and Dutch speaking, this symposium aims to provide a comprehensive picture of artistic life after 1945, when neo-avant-garde art pushed art critics to literary experimentation. Among the writers and critics under discussion are Louis Paul Boon, Marcel Broodthaers, Hugo Claus, Christian Dotremont and Jean Dypréau.

The symposium will conclude with a tribute to the poet-critic Roland Jooris on the occasion of his 85th birthday.


Organised by SEL/Bozar with the support of the research group Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC/VUB).

More info:


28 January 2021
WEBINAIRE with Jean-Marc Poinsot 11 February 2021 at 6pm

A Collection of critical books in a series of other publishing experiences — From document to book, from artist to critic

During this conversation, Jean-Marc Poinsot, founder and director of the Archives de la Critique d'Art de Rennes since 1989, will talk about the publications he produced within the framework of the AICA’s editorial project 'Art Critics of the World', as well as the ideas and choices that gave rise to them.

He'll be in conversation with Antje Kramer-Mallordy (Archives de la Critique d'Art, Rennes) and Henry Meyric-Hughes (Honorary President, AICA International)

Moderator: Jacques Leenhardt (Honorary President, AICA International)

Jean-Marc Poinsot is professor emeritus of History of Contemporary Art at the University of Rennes 2. He has published and edited books and reviews including the review Critique d'art (1993). He has contributed to the Paris Biennale (1971), to the CAPC, Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux, as well as to the Institute of Contemporary Art of Villeurbanne (1999). Likewise, he took part in the initiative of the creation of institutions dedicated to contemporary art such as the FRAC Bretagne (1980) and the Archives de la critique d’art (1989). Furthermore, he also created a Master Métiers de l'exposition (1984). A Member of AICA since 1974, he has been in charge of the Art Critics of the World collection since 2012.

11 February 2021 at 6pm (Paris)

Language: French

To receive the Zoom link, please register by February 8th at the latest at the following address:

4 January 2021

On the occasion of the publication of Mathilde Roman's book "Habiter l'exposition. L'artiste et la scénographie", with a preface by Chantal Pontbriand, President of AICA Canada, this webminar will initiate a discussion in French between the two authors, in a dialogue led by Alexandra Baudelot. The discussion will return to the ways in which contemporary artistic practices increasingly view the exhibition as a dynamic format, as a relationship between works, bodies and spaces, as an inhabited, living environment that welcomes a diversity of sensibilities. While scenography has long been kept out of the field of art, it is now being re-evaluated and intimately associated with the conception of exhibitions, through dialogues with scenographers but also through the integration of its codes, tools and history into the artist's practice.


Speakers :


Mathilde Roman is a Doctor of Arts, art critic, and has been treasurer of AICA International since 2016. She has been a professor at the Bosio Pavilion, Art&Scenography, Monaco since 2006, and regularly leads exhibition projects. At the end of 2020 she published Habiter l'exposition. L'artiste et la scénographie, published by Manuella.


Chantal Pontbriand is President of AICA Canada, curator of exhibitions and events, museologist, and writer. She has curated numerous events, festivals, exhibitions, publishing projects, magazines and more than twenty-two books, including the contemporary art magazine PARACHUTE and the FIND (Festival international de nouvelle danse). Her work explores issues of globalization and artistic heterogeneity.


Alexandra Baudelot is a curator and art critic living in Paris. In 2009 she founded the contemporary creation platform and independent art centre ROSASCAPE and co-directed the Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers from 2013 to 2019. She is the author of numerous articles on visual arts, dance and performance, and has published several books in the field of contemporary art.


More information on the publication HERE


Please register by e-mail before 13 January 2021:

12 November 2020
Award of the most remarkable exhibition 2019

AICA Belgium (ABCA/BVKC), is proud to present this year’s annual AWARD for BEST EXHIBITION 2019 to the solo exhibition of Pieter Vermeersch at M Leuven.

We congratulate the artist, the curator, the authors and the M Leuven team for their initiative and successful joined venture.

Since 2016, each year, the Belgian Association of Art Critics has awarded its honorary prize to the best exhibition of the previous year, thus aiming to underline the value of an exhibition contributing to the discourse of contemporary art.

Previous Awards went to:

2015: Lili Dujourie, “Folds in Time - Plooien in de tijd” (S.M.A.K., Ghent and Mu.ZEE, Ostend)

2016: Mira Sanders, “Inland Voyages in an Inland Voyage” (ARGOS, Brussels)

2017: “The Absent Museum” (WIELS, Brussels)

2018: James Lee Byars, “The Perfect Kiss” (M HKA, Antwerp)

It was very much our intention to present this Award in the presence of the artist on 3 December 2020 in M Leuven (Louvain). As a result of the various COVID-19 measures that have been officially imposed in our country, we are obliged, in consultation with the Museum, to postpone this award ceremony to a later date. Together with you, we hope that spring 2021 will remain an achievable date. (More details in further communication).

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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