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A new photography museum near Wiels

The Art Deco façade of the former Bata factory. - ©CH/ADT

2012-04-23 – The newspaper La Libre has announced that on 20 October a photography museum will be opened on 302-304 Avenue Van Volxem, 200 metres from the Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art.

This private museum of photography, the first of its kind in Brussels, will be called Fondation A and will occupy 450 m2  on the ground floor of the former Bata factory, an Art Deco building which has been renovated and converted into dwellings, shops and offices by the contractors JCX and the architects of the firm Art & Build.

La Libre adds that Fondation A has been created on the basis of the photography collection of Astrid Ullens, the sister of Guy Ullens, the collector of Chinese art and creator of the Ullens Center in Beijing. Astrid Ullens has told the newspaper that together with her curator Jean-Paul De Ridder, she will organise three exhibitions a year, the first of which, in October, will be devoted to the portrait by the American photographer Judith Joy Ross.

Astrid Ullens, who has taken up residence in Avenue Van Volxem, added that she looks forward to collaborating with the Wiels Centre to promote dynamism in the local district, among other things through a project based on photography with disadvantaged children.

Contact: Fondation A Stichting - 02.502.38.78 -