Jan Boelen is former artistic director and founder of Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium.
Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium, organizes projects and exhibitions of contemporary art and design. Since 2002, Z33 has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday matters in a novel manner.
Instead of having a permanent collection, Z33 focuses on an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions. These exhibitions always have a strong social and research-based orientation, and they address topics from various artistic standpoints with a critical eye. Each project combines an exhibition with an extensive programme of related events. In addition to exhibitions, Z33 organizes artistic projects in public spaces and serves as a curator for exhibitions for external parties.
Projects at Z33 House for Contemporary Art touch on specific societal issues without an obligation for the ideas of proposals to be scientifically true, economically productive or politically correct. Alternative visions, multiple voices, fluctuating meanings and interpretations of the projects challenge to re-think certain issues with a fresh and open mindset.
In 2017–18, Z33 House for Contemporary Art will be renovated and a new wing will be built.