Design in a former colliery: the combination can take you by surprise. And it surprises! Even before you have passed through the doors of this cultural centre, the site can but amaze its visitors. It is the work of a visionary, Henri De Gorge, who at the beginning of the 19th century imagined an ultra modern complex in which the miners lived and worked. Listed in the Unesco world heritage, Grand Hornu is one of the most beautiful witnesses of the Industrial Revolution in Belgium.
Today, this majestic site which spreads over 4 hectares, houses the MAC's, a Museum of contemporary art, and this famous Innovation and Design Centre. The particularity of the CID, is that it does not have its own collections. It lives to the pace of the exhibitions it presents. From one year to the next, from one month to another, you will not discover the same works. Each exhibition raises its own discoveries and questions. Because the primary purpose of CID is to question you. As Marie Pok, Director, puts so eloquently: "design is a discipline that affects everyone of us. A Chair, a lamp, a toothbrush, a coach... those objects affect us all. » The CID questions our relation with the object. Connoisseur or design novice, you can only ask yourself questions: what is this object for? What did the artist want to say be presenting it in such form? Why has he used such materials?
The creator of Grand-Hornu was a visionary, and designers often plunge us into the future... Innovation is at the heart of the cultural project of the CID. Innovation is to shake up norms, ways of thinking and acting. Through its choices, CID wishes to incite the citizen to overcome its resistance to which the unfamiliar, or even unknown. This approach is nothing more than a call to openness to Others.
Projection to the future
The CID promotes contemporary design through a programme of exhibitions and mediation activities, emphasising innovation, experimental research, the emergence of new themes and horizons for research in the areas of design, architecture and graphic design. The great designers of today rub shoulders with lesser-known artists. Regardless of their degree of celebrity, they all challenge! Through varied exhibitions, the CID raises the public awareness of a culture of design and architecture. It queries, explores and explains this culture in dialogue with the designers, researchers, but also the citizens. How about joining the debate?