Traditionally a crossroads of the Roman and Germanic cultures and a key meeting point amongst The Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany and France, Flanders is ideally located to contribute to a flourishing contemporary art scene. Although Flanders has no large-sized or monumental museums such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern in London or the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, it has other important and valuable qualities. Flanders has a robust mix of historical cities, museums for fine art, museums for contemporary art, art foundations, exhibition spaces and private galleries.
Institutions are generally of medium-size, but each very specific and innovative in its collections and programmes. Examples of such institutions are: BOZAR, WIELS and Argos in Brussels, M HKA, Middelheimmuseum, Fotomuseum and Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, S.M.A.K. and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Ghent, Mu.ZEE in Ostend, Museum M in Leuven and Z33 in Hasselt. Cities like Bruges, Ghent, Antwerpen, Brussels, Leuven and Hasselt are between a 30 minutes and a 2 hours drive away from each other. This density of significant art institutions, collectors and galleries in combination with internationally acclaimed artists and curators makes Flanders one of the most vibrant regions for contemporary visual art in Europe.