Brussels honours acclaimed filmmaker Chantal Akerman with mural and street name

Brussels has honoured renowned local film director Chantal Akerman with a mural and a street named after her in the city centre. The action is part of an ongoing campaign by the city to make women more visible in public spaces.

The mural and street name were inaugurated on Friday, in collaboration with the Chantal Akerman Foundation and Cinematek, and in the presence of Akerman’s sister, Sylviane.

Spanish artist Alba Fabre Sacristán created the work, based on a scene from Akerman’s critically acclaimed 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. The British Film Institute's Sight and Sounds magazine last year voted it the best film in the world, making her the first woman to top the poll.

The mural, on the facade of a house on the corner of Quai aux Barques and Rue Saint-André, will be part of the city’s Street Art trail. It depicts Jeanne Dielman, the main character in the film, sitting at a table in her kitchen, eating a slice of bread. 

“This is where my sister drew the inspiration for her film,” said Sylviane Akerman, president of the Chantal Akerman Foundation. “This fresco is recognition of my sister’s talent, but also of the importance of art and culture in our city.”

“Until now, only 15 per cent of street names with a person’s name were given to women,” said Anaïs Maes of socialist party, city councillor for Urban Planning and Public Space. “In the film world, the ratio of male to female directors is even more dramatic. However, there is no shortage of striking women, as Chantal Akerman, with her pioneering and internationally renowned creativity, proves. By anchoring women’s names in public spaces, we want to make our reading of history as inclusive as possible.”

"This fresco is recognition of my sister’s talent, but also of the importance of art and culture in our city"

The inauguration marks the beginning of a year dedicated to the filmmaker and artist, with a major exhibition at Bozar, a retrospective at Cinematek and themed evenings at Palace Cinema. 

Akerman was born in Brussels in 1950 and died in 2015 in Paris, where she is buried. 



Related news

Website preview
Film Fest Ghent celebrates 50th anniversary with new formula and branding
For its 50th anniversary, Film Fest Gent is unveiling a new formula and house style. The festival, which takes place from 10 to 21 October, also...
Website preview
Child Focus unveils mural of 5-year-old missing since 1985
A mural was unveiled on Thursday of a five-year-old boy who disappeared from a Brussels street in 1985. The foundation Child Focus created the...

Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.


Belga News Agency delivers dependable, rapid and high-quality information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from Belgium and abroad to all Belgian media. The information covers all sectors, from politics, economics and finance to social affairs, sports and culture, not to mention entertainment and lifestyle.

Every day, our journalists and press photographers produce hundreds of photos and news stories, dozens of online information items, plus audio and video bulletins, all in both national languages. Since the end of March 2022 English has been added as a language.

For public institutions, businesses and various organisations that need reliable information, Belga News Agency also offers a comprehensive range of corporate services to meet all their communication needs.


Arduinkaai 29 1000 Brussels