‘Beyond Bruegel’ and Plein Publiek take over Brussels
2019 marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the elder, one of the greatest and most beloved Flemish renaissance painters. To celebrate the artist and pay homage to his legacy, Visitflanders, Plein Publiek and Create.eu have joined forces and developed a unique and contemporary immersive Bruegel-experience. To that end, they are taking up residence at the foot of the Mont des arts - the historical heart of the capital - where the majestic Palais de la Dynastie will be transformed into an impressive multimedia exhibit. Whilst the project was initiated by Duvel Moortgat, the experiential exhibit forms part of the Flemish master’s program, which puts the spotlight on Rubens, Bruegel and Van Eck with a range of events and activities that seek to attract 3 million visitors from all over the world.
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Apart from the center of the Bruegel-experience, the Palais de la Dynastie is also bound to become Brussel’s newest hotspot. Indeed, Plein Publiek – which has deservedly established a buzz-worthy reputation as Antwerp’s single most popular event-location – will be planting its signature greenhouse in the Palais de la Dynastie, where from march onwards visitors are welcome to indulge in a wide array of brunches, concerts, jazz- and dance-nights, vintage markets, fashion shows, workshops, closet sales and much more.
In line with Plein Publiek’s recipe for success, the greenhouse will be housing a bar and contemporary restaurant, the concept of which has been conceived by chef Gilles Melchior. The latter has made a name for himself as an outstanding culinary talent with his self-titled restaurant and previously gained experience in the three Michel-starred restaurant Hof van Cleve. The young chef features among Flanders Kitchen Rebels – a selection of promising chefs with a love for Flemish gastronomy – and is widely praised for his authentic culinary style, which passes over the hypes and instead prioritizes technicity, respect and dynamism.