Belmacz is a space for innovation situated in central London, where cultural expression and polyvocal conversations are taking place.
Founded in 2000 by Julia Muggenburg, Belmacz a trans*cultural composite, of the male adjective ‘bel’ (from the French beautiful), ‘maximum’ (the Latin root), and the sublime letter ‘z’ (part of the Slavic ‘cz’), ‘Belmacz’ references both Muggenburg’s sensibility as well as the iconic 20th century jeweller Suzanne Belperron – whose expansive out-look is echoed in Muggenburg’s interests and ways of working.
In 2010, Belmacz moved to its current site in Davies Street (Mayfair). Here, Muggenburg developed Belmacz’s roster of artists, using her conceptual stance to establish an annual programme of solo and thematic group exhibitions, itinerant events, publishing projects, and supporting the artists, enabling their work to become part of private and public art collections. In 2014, Muggenburg’s vision for Belmacz was synthesised at Nottingham Contemporary, where she and the gallery were invited to curate Fourth Drawer Down: an exhibition that explored the intersection between art, anthropology and British history – a reference to, or rather a re-working of, historical Wunderkammer.
Gaining a reputation as a dynamic platform, Belmacz’s has become a site for artistic dissonance, cacophonies, and compositions – in short, a space where discourses are honed, shared, and made available to all.