Lombaardstraat 23
3500 Hasselt


Wednesday → Friday 11:00h → 18:00h
Saturday → Sunday 13:00h → 17:00h
Every first Thursday of the month → 22:00h


Adults → € 4,-
-26 years, 65+ years, groups (min. 10 persons), UIT-card → € 2,-
-18 years, school groups, ICOM, CIAP-members → free admission

CIAP is an independent association for contemporary art. CIAP was founded in 1976 and its operating methods are very comparable to the German model of the Kunstverein, a model that is not well known in Flanders. CIAP aims to respond to the local art scene in a 2-way direction, on the one hand by presenting from within the local context towards a larger (eu)regional public and on the other hand by boosting the local artists, art-professionals and public by showing innovative international artistic developments.

Current Exhibitions

  • 18.11.2018

    Leen Voet / Alda & Armand

    In her solo show Alda & Armand, Leen Voet (BE, 1971) presents a new series of large-scale oil paintings on canvas. The series is based on an intimate transaction: a few years ago, Leen Voet’s father gave her four kitchen towels adorned with screen-printed flowers. The Voet family had received them in the seventies / eighties, during a visit to a local food fair. Her father offered her the towels, rich with memories, on the condition that she would “make paintings of them”. Leen Voet accepted the challenge. She translated and enlarged their pictorial designs on the canvas. The series Alda & Armand consists of three exact reproductions and of four variations, which have been interpreted more loosely or have been geometrically transformed.
  • 18.11.2018

    Lodewijk Heylen / Minecraft Ecologies

    At CIAP, Lodewijk Heylen is conducting the 14 week long experiment Minecraft Ecologies. During the opening hours of the exhibition, several computers will be available for visitors to play the popular game Minecraft. On a communal server, everyone will be able contribute to this alternative world. Every player will be asked to communicate with the others in a chatroom. These conversations are then automatically converted to text and transmitted in real time during the exhibition. All conversations will be gathered in a log. Minecraft Ecologies is an attempt to expose the limits and possibilities of a self-sufficient system. The collected data will give rise to an all-encompassing experiment, in which technology and human interaction assume a central position.

  • 18.11.2018

    Where widowed objects meet orphaned ideas

    A group show with works of Sara Bachour, Anaïs Chabeur, Emile Hermans, Kornel Janczy, Rokko Miyoshi, Ingel Vaikla, Julita Wójcik and curated by Alicja Melzacka.
    In typography, ‘widows’ and ‘orphans’ are the lines standing alone at the top or bottom of a page, separated from the core paragraph. Here, they function as an analogy for other entities that have been purposely or accidentally detached from their context, and whose meanings become subject to renegotiation. The field of arts is where those proverbial widows and orphans can gather and where new and old interpretations can be generated, challenged, and debated. This exhibition presents seven different artistic positions coming into dialogue with one another and with the exceptional, symbolically-charged space of CIAP. It features both emerging as well as more established international artists, who in their own ways address the mechanisms of meaning-making, remembering, and forgetting that shape the entirety of our cultural landscapes – from personal souvenirs to landmarks of power.

Current Events

  • 17.02.2019

    Finissage - New Year's reception

    CIAP organizes its annual New Year's meeting on Sunday 17 February from 15:00h. At the reception CIAP offers everyone the special cakes from artist duo Simona Denicolai (1972, Milan) & Ivo Provoost (1974, Diksmuide).

    That day you can also visit the current exhibitions for the last time in the presence of the artists and curators: Alda & Armand of Leen Voet, Where widowed objects measure orphaned ideas compiled by Alicja Melzacka and Minecraft Ecologies of Lodewijk Heylen.