Exhibition. LGBTQIA+ BXL, Collecting Memories
From 22 February to 14 June 2022 in the Museum of the City of Brussels (at the 'Bracketed space').
In October 2021, the Museums and Archives of the City of Brussels organized a collection of archives belonging to LGBTQIA+ communities. The aim was to expand and complete the collections in order to preserve the collective memory of these communities. A first result can be seen at the 'Bracketed space' of the Museum of the City.
Among the donated items was a small rhinestone painting depicting the LGBTQIA+ flag. This work was made by Gilbert Baker, the designer of the flag. In 2008, he offered 30 copies to various Gay Pride events, including that of Brussels. The piece puts the creation of the flag, the history of the Gay Pride and the various struggles of the LGBTQIA+ communities into context.
Donation from Maman
A few months ago, Maman, the famous transvestite of the Brussels nightlife, announced her retirement. The Museum asked her to dig into her archives. In addition to the cabaret promotional items, she also offered one of the highlights of her wardrobe: a black stage dress made of pleated synthetic mesh and mechanically crafted lace, combined with matching shoes and a brooch.
Collection of LGBTQIA+ archives
In addition to these objects, about 30 donated pieces are on display. In the meantime, the collection continues. The teams continue to collect posters, photos, clothing, badges, plates,...:
Gilbert BAKER, Sans titre, 2008 © Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles