The exhibition brings together 82 Belgian and international artists
    selected by an exceptional jury.
    The 96 works on show were conceived and created in line with the theme of
    this second edition, PARTICLE[S].


    25 April > 5 May

    MAD Brussels  

    Every day 10:00 - 18:00 

    closed on 1 May   

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    On our planet dominated by the urgency of transformation, PARTICLE[S] proposes a variation on the theme of tiny forces, their active solidarity, their concealed power. Their subtle arrangement creates a work, or on the contrary, generates chaos. The strength of PARTICLE[S] is irresistible...


    In physics, 'elementary particles' are the smallest elements of which the matter and forces of the universe are made up : in perpetual motion, these tiny bodies are capable, by amalgamating, of composing large ensembles and thereby constitute the basis of all creation, of all transformation. In grammar, a particle is a small invariable element: solid, modest, it inflects the meaning of a word by joining with it.


    The notion of PARTICLE[S] can be approached from a purely scientific or technical point of view. But it can also be seen, in a world threatened by pollution and the extinction of species, as a metaphor for people whose interactions will eventually form a critical mass capable of regenerating it.


    PARTICLE[S] also applies to the world of contemporary jewellery, as each material (metal, wood, stones, etc.) is made up of those particles, in subtle arrangements that will eventually end up making a work of art.


    Finally, as in the poem of Jalal al-Din Rumi, PARTICLE[S] may express a metaphor for irresistible attraction between opposites like fragile straw and strong amber, thus producing creative energy


    All the particles in the world

    Are in love and looking for others

    Pieces of straw tremble

    In the presence of amber.



    Photographe: Rebecca De Cavel |Maquillage: Emma Catry | Modèle: Keyshia Valle | Creator: Thierry Bontridder


  • Artists

    Giovanni Allovio • Henrike Altes • Miriam Arentz • Mylène Auquière • Michael Berger • Julia Boix-Vives • Thierry Bontridder • Emma Carrau Bueno • Cristina Celis • Natalia Cellini • Olga Chernyshova • Elvira Cibotti • Laila Marie Costa • Hilde De Decker and Hanneke Van Hage • Corrado De Meo • Martine De Vos • Sarah Drew • Joke Dubbeldam • Evgenia Elanic • Åsa Elmstam • Beáta Farkas • Antinéa Faucher • Mathilde Fenoll • Eva Fernandez Martos • Frédéric Frenay • Arata Fuchi • Motoko Furuhashi • Donatienne Grégoire • Joani Groenewald • Yujeong Han • Juan Harnie • Margit Hart • Kirsten Haydon • Susie Heuberger • Valerie Ho Oi Ying • Xiaozhe Huang • Annika Ingelaere • Sayaka Ito • Lodie Kardouss • Judith Kayser • Consuelo Keller • Shunwan Ko • Annelieke Landré • Irina Latkina • Claire Lavendhomme • Ariel Lavian • Raphaëlle Léaux • Vivien Lehotai • Ioli Leivada • Barbora Lexová • Lena Lindahl • Carmen López • Haley Lowe • Rose Luker • Rikke Lunnemann • Masha Mamkaeva and Marina Evlentieva • Lital Mendel • Stephie Morawetz • Delphine Nardin • Daniil Neskromniy • André Normann • Nicole Polentas • Svetlana Prigoditch • Ingrid Raymenants • Hélène Sajfrt • Jolynn Santiago • Moniek Schrijer • Azin Soltani • Michelle Stewart • Rebecca Tanda • Taavi Teevet • Saskia Tossaint • Deniz Turan • Chloé Ucedo • Olivia Van Damme • Charlotte Van de Velde • Diederick Van Hovell, Fanny Bergerot et Isidore Gesvert • Charlotte Vanhoubroek • Jun Jin Wu • Danni Xu • Christoph Zellweger



    Public prize 

    Visitors are encouraged to attend the "Particles" exhibition and vote for their favorite artist. At the end, a winner will be randomly selected from the voters. He/she will receive as a prize, a jewelry-making course at LES ATELIERS DU BIJOU CONTEMPORAIN. 


    Jury Award  


    Les Brucelles' prize 


    & several others



    Evelien Bracke 

    Curator at Design Museum Gent


    David Huycke  

    Jewellery artist, teacher at PXL-MAD school of Arts Hasselt


    Chequita Nahar 

    Jewellery artist. Head of Fine Art and Design programme at the Maastricht Institute of Arts and curator (Schmuck 2020)


    Delphine Perrache 

    Jewellery artist, winner of the Zinneke Prize in the first edition


    Patrick Sigal  

    Owner of More Upstairs Gallery, Brussel. Expert of the contemporary jewellery department at Pierre Bergé Auction.



    MAD Brussels

    Nieuwgranenmarkt 10

    Place du Nouveau Marché-aux-Grains

    1000 Brussels


    Free entrance