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Germination Kieming

Ceramic public artwork about the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union for the Municipality of Ixelles in Brussels

24 November 2020
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Ixelles, Brussels

During her artistic residency in Ixelles for the exhibition “Françoise Schein, Human Rights Artist” at the CIVA, the artist wanted to create a participatory artwork with the residents and young people of Ixelles municipality. 

Many sites were suggested by the Municipality of Ixelles for an artistic intervention that highlights the neglected urban space.
To meet these challenges and offer access to creation for all, Françoise Schein and the association INSCRIRE suggested a participatory mural work, which highlights the public space and the historical heritage of the neighborhood.  

Located in the Germoir district, at the junction of Rue du Vivier and the Rue du Germoir in Ixelles, the artwork was based on the concept of Germination to create a pedagogical work whose aesthetics refers to the germination of plants and whose fruits are the 50 articles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Schools and local associations of the district were invited to think and express in painting the articles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The teachers are always very active during this work of conceptual analysis towards a work of public art graphic design. 

Participative and creative workshops, held at the CIVA, gathered students from the Edmond Peeters Vocational School of Ixelles, members of the Den Teirling Association of Ixelles, students from the Francisco Ferrer High School – Primary Section and other inhabitants of the municipality and visitors to the museum.  

The participants’ work was exhibited at the Civa Museum until the end of the exhibition in May 2014. The exhibition included a short video on the project, produced by video artist Rachel Lamisse.


CIVA, Centre International pour la Ville l’Architecture et le paysage
Municipality of Ixelles
Brussels Capital
Bruxelles Mobilité
Contrat de Quartier Durable Maelbeek / Service Rénovation Urbaine
Fondation Roi Baudouin
Fonds Suzanne et Louise Matelart
Prix Bruocsella
Association Den Teirling
Professional School Edmond Peeters
Haute École Francisco Ferrer


Françoise Schein
Katia de Radiguès
Rachel Lamisse