ING Cultural Centre
The Espace Culturel ING is housed in the large neo-classical architectural complex of Place Royale in Brussels,
built between 1776 and 1782 according to the plans of Barnabé Guimard.
Today, it combines the two grand town houses standing between the church of St-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg and the portico of Rue de Namur, occupied in the late 18th and early 19th century by Ferdinand-Pierre Rapedius de Berg and Count Charles d’Allegambe.Since 1986, ING has been hosting and organising prestigious exhibitions there with a view to highlighting Belgian and international artistic heritage.
In order to make the site comply with current safety standards, extensive renovations were carried out on the buildings. This not only earned the bank the Caïus prize from the Prométhéa Foundation in 1999 but also enabled it to exhibit masterpieces from the world’s greatest collections, among others the Metropolitan Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of New York, the Hermitage Museum and the Kremlin Museum, the Louvre Museum and the royal collections of the United Kingdom.
Taking part in the artistic life at the heart of Mont des Arts, ING has become one of the key players in cultural life in Belgium. From 7th October 2010 to 13th February 2011, the ING Cultural Centre will be holding the “Ensor démasqué” (Ensor unmasked) exhibition, dedicated to the paintings and drawings of one of Belgium’s greatest artists: James Ensor.