Get Ready For Art Brussels 50th Anniversary Edition

Art Brussels 2018

Art Brussels is a fair dedicated to promoting vibrant young galleries that are on the road to becoming the new generation of shakers and movers in the art world.

The fair has three clear sections, aligned with its profile

DISCOVERY: the focus is on young, emerging and lesser-known artists with recent works (2015-2018) PRIME: the focus is on established artists from modern to contemporary. This section offers the possibility to extend the stand with a REDISCOVERY stand or a SOLO presentation. REDISCOVERY: dedicated to art from 1917 to 1987, the section presents living or deceased artists that are under-recognised, under-estimated or forgotten. This section offers the possibility to extend the stand with a SOLO presentation*

As part of its 50th-anniversary celebration, Art Brussels has announced the artistic projects for the 2018 edition of the fair. Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director, Art Brussels says: “On the occasion of our 50th anniversary, we celebrate our roots in the Belgian art scene. Along with a strong display of support from the key Belgian galleries, Art Brussels’s artistic projects are illustrative of the fair’s integration with the Belgian artistic scene. Our flagship artistic project reflects on a long-term collaboration with HISK (High Institute for Fine Arts, in Ghent), resulting in the exhibition Mystic Properties, under the lead of esteemed curator Elena Sorokina. Many of the ideas around the notions of possessing and exhibiting art addressed by the exhibition concept are especially interesting to be developed within the context of a fair. Alongside this, the fair has commissioned artist Philippine Hoegen for an original film entitled Crossed Wires, which explores the internationally recognised distinctiveness of the vibrant Brussels art scene, from 1968 until today.”


Laure Prouvost
Laure Prouvost

Mystic Properties

The artistic project for the 2018 edition of the fair, titled Mystic Properties, has been developed in collaboration with HISK (High Institute for Fine Arts) in Ghent, is curated by Elena Sorokina, Curator for the HISK, and will include works by HISK alumni and (future) friends.

The point of departure for the project is the “Ghent Altarpiece”, also known as “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”, which was first exhibited in Ghent’s Saint-Bavo Cathedral in 1432. Painted by Jan and Hubertus Van Eyck, the altarpiece is considered one of the most important paintings of the Western canon, a monument of proto-modernity still rife with binaries such as mysticism and realism, art and craft, and myth and science.

The exhibition looks beyond the canonic status of the altarpiece and focuses on two propositions: the altarpiece’s local belonging and its epic migrations. For centuries, the altarpiece has been an object of desire for kings, heads of state, dictators and governments. Its various panels were sold, looted and ransomed, serving as parts in royal collections and migrating between countries as spoils of war.

With this vertiginous perspective on the historical shifts in the altarpiece’s status in mind, Mystic Properties will examine histories of possession and temporalities of belonging, displacement and recovery, as well as the paradoxes of owning and exhibiting art in the present day, as the ownership of art grows increasingly disconnected from putting it on display and making it accessible to the public.

Within the specific context of this exhibition, the altarpiece is considered a local artwork, intimately connected to the city of Ghent; and yet the HISK artists question both their relationship to its canonical universal greatness and the impurity of categories and canons as such. The artists recast the question of the altarpiece’s belonging, asking if it can it be considered a “commons”, like air, water, or language, a public cultural property belonging to everyone.

Elena Sorokina, Curator, says: “This exhibition is conceived as a conversation between several generations of artists who have been residents at HISK, an institute founded as a free, non-hierarchical, open and experimental space of artistic exchange, based on conversation as a learning and teaching method.”

Further exploring the motif of belonging and possession, some participating artists invent new “regimes of ownership” for art, developing “acquisition scores”, creating their own crypto-currencies, or seed banks in the form of an artwork.

Participating artists: Michiel Alberts, Bili Bidjoka, Kasper Bosmans, Ricardo Brey, Raffaella Crispino, Heide Hinrichs, Hedwig Houben, Ola Lanko, Ella Littwitz, Almudena Lobera, Philip Metten, Wesley Meuris, Pedro Moraes, Cadine Navarro, Femmy Otten, Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo, Nicolas Provost, David Schutter, Ante Timmermans, Joris Van de Moortel, Rinus Van de Velde, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Pieter Vermeersch, Vermeir & Heiremans, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) and

Ghosttransmissions pt.2, curated by Nico Dockx, with sounds by: Gívan Belá, Michael Esposito, Francisco López, Marcos Lutyens, Ramuntcho Matta, Raqs Media Collective, Koichi Shimizu, Lamont Stigler, Eric Thielemans, Steve Van den Bosch, André Vida, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Philippine Hoegen
Philippine Hoegen

Crossed Wires

Interviews and conceptualisation by Philippine Hoegen

Through a series of conversations between people who are deeply immersed in the contemporary art environment, the film explores the direct experiences of those who have been part of the recent history of Belgian art. We asked them questions relating to their artistic and social paths, how their trajectories have shaped certain practices and what this means today. During the process, various interlocutors have been asked to suggest new contributors each time, so that every conversation generated new exchanges.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Art Brussels has also commissioned a film which explores the Belgian art scene as perceived from different positions and timeframes within the past 50 years. It gives insight into its development and complexity, focusing in particular but not exclusively on Brussels.

Interlocutors will include: gallerists Albert Baronian and Amaryllis Jacobs, director at Komplot Sonia Dermience, artist Sophie Nys, artistic director at WIELS Dirk Snauwaert, senior curator at M Museum Leuven Eva Wittocx and curator at MuHKA Nav Hacq among many others. Inspiring / Inspired: Women in the Belfius Art Collection

Belfius Wealth Management, principal partner of the fair, will present Inspiring / Inspired: Women in the Belfius Art Collection, an exclusive series of works specially selected for Art Brussels and on display in the Belfius Lounge.

Women, both on the canvas and in front of the easel, are the starting point for a journey that includes significant works by female artists such as Lili Dujourie, Marthe Wéry, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, as well as their male counterparts, including Michaël Borremans, Paul Delvaux, Rik Wouters and Luc Tuymans. Together, these fine pieces bring to the surface new conversations: between men and women, between model and artist, between society of yesteryear and today and, finally, between modern and contemporary art.

Located in Ghent, Belgium, HISK / High Institute for Fine Arts, Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts offers a post-academic course in Visual Arts. Based on a diversity of artistic practices and positions, the unique HISK concept gives the artists every opportunity for critical research within a broader aesthetic, social and political context.

About Elena Sorokina Elena Sorokina is a curator and art historian, currently working as a curator at HISK and was a curatorial advisor for documenta 14 in Athens/Kassel. She is an alumna of the Whitney Museum of American Art ISP in New York, and has previously obtained her Master’s degree in Art History from the Friedrich Wilhelm’s University in Bonn.

Her many projects include Museum (Science) Fictions at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Forms of Togetherness (and Separation) at WIELS, Brussels and the Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne; Spaces of Exception a special project for the Moscow Biennial; Agnes Varda. Temps Trituré, at LVMH Brussels; and the symposium What is a postcolonial exhibition? A collaborative project of SMBA and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

She has published in numerous catalogues and has written for Artforum, Flash Art, Cabinett Magazine, Manifesta Journal, Moscow Art Magazine, and other publications. Sorokina is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has been invited as lecturer at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée Picasso, Paris; YBCA, San-Francisco; ISCP, New York; HISK, Gent; Garage CCC, Moscow; amongst other institutions.

Philippine Hoegen (1970) is an artist living in Brussels and Amsterdam. Her multi-stranded practice engages with issues of objectness and personhood. Her work consists primarily of performances and performative interventions, collaborative events and workshops, and also writing and moderating. She teaches at AKV St Joost Academy in Breda, NL and at a-pass (advanced performance and scenography studies) in Brussels, BE. She is a researcher at the Expertise Centre for Art and Design at the Avans University of Applied Sciences, NL.

Art Brussels: Contemporary since 1968 Retaining its youthful profile as a discovery fair, Art Brussels, one of Europe’s most original and most established fairs, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. The fair can for the second year count on the main support of Belfius.

Since its inception, Art Brussels has evolved into one of the top European contemporary art fairs and is a must-see in the international art calendar. Over 19 – 22 April 2018 (Preview 19 April 2018), the European capital becomes a focal point for collectors, gallerists and art lovers from all over the world. Art Brussels provides a unique opportunity to explore the artistic richness of the city, which is home today to an ever greater number of artists, galleries and curators thanks to the fair.

Dates: Art Brussels 2018 from Friday 20 April until Sunday 22 April 2018 Preview: Thursday 19 April 2018 – Venue Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Photo: Courtesy Blain| Southern
Photo: Courtesy Blain| Southern

Galleries Exhibiting:

Luis Adelantado – Valencia
ADN Galeria – Barcelona
Galerie du Jour – Agnès B. – Paris
A.Gorgi – Sidi Bou Said
Allen – Paris
Artlead – Brussels
Martin Asbaek – Copenhagen
Enrico Astuni – Bologna
Piero Atchugarry – Garzón
Avlskarl – Copenhagen
AYE Gallery – Beijing

La Patinoire Royale – Galerie Valérie Bach – Brussels
BANK – Shanghai
Albert Baronian – Brussels
Base-Alpha – Antwerp
Baton – Seoul
Laurence Bernard – Geneva
Bernier/Eliades – Athens, Brussels
Blain|Southern – London
Thomas Brambilla – Bergamo
Brandstrup – Oslo
Braverman – Tel Aviv

Ceysson & Bénétière – Paris, Luxembourg, Saint-Etienne, New York
Chelouche – Tel Aviv
Choi&Lager – Cologne
Conradi – Hamburg
Continua – San Gimignano, Les Moulins, Beijing, Habana
CØPPERFIELD & Division of Labour – London

Dauwens & Beernaert – Brussels
Patrick De Brock – Knokke
Kristof De Clercq – Ghent
dépendance – Brussels
Derouillon – Paris
Lucie Drdova – Prague
Eric Dupont – Paris
Dürst Britt & Mayhew – Den Haag

Eastwards Prospectus – Bucharest
Escougnou-Cetraro – Paris
Exile & Polansky – Berlin & Prague

Imane Farès – Paris
Henrique Faria – New York
Fifty One – Antwerp, New York
Les Filles du Calvaire – Paris
Francisco Fino – Lisbon
Thomas Fischer – Berlin
Flatland – Amsterdam
Fold – London
Jean Fournier – Paris
Felix Frachon – Brussels

Christophe Gaillard – Paris
Gana Art – Seoul
Annie Gentils – Antwerp
Geukens & De Vil – Antwerp, Knokke

Habana – La Habana
HdM Gallery – Beijing, London
Kristin Hjellegjerde – London
The Hole – New York
Hopstreet – Brussels
Xavier Hufkens – Brussels
Hunter / Whitfield – London

Jahn und Jahn – Munich
Michael Janssen – Berlin
rodolphe janssen – Brussels

Kalfayan – Athens, Thessaloniki
Krinzinger – Vienna
Kuckei+Kuckei – Berlin
Kusseneers – Brussels

Irène Laub – Brussels, Shanghai
Antoine Laurentin – Brussels, Paris
Dohyang Lee – Paris
Lelong & Co. – Paris, New York
l’étrangère – London
Harlan Levey Projects – Brussels
Levy.Delval – Brussels
LMNO – Brussels

Ron Mandos – Amsterdam
Martos – New York
Maruani Mercier – Brussels, Knokke
Mario Mauroner – Salzburg, Vienna
Mazzoli – Berlin
Greta Meert – Brussels
Meessen De Clercq – Brussels
Mendes Wood DM – São Paulo, Brussels, New York
Galeria de las Misiones – Montevideo
Mitterrand – Paris
MLF | Marie-Laure Fleisch – Brussels
Ani Molnár – Budapest
Anne Mosseri-Marlio – Basel

New Art Centre – Salisbury
Nosbaum & Reding – Luxembourg

Nathalie Obadia – Brussels, Paris
Office Baroque – Brussels
Öktem&Aykut – Istanbul
Oniris – Florent Paumelle – Rennes
OV Project – Brussels

Pact – Paris
Parafin – London
Parisian Laundry – Montréal
Tatjana Pieters – Ghent
Plus-One – Antwerp
pop/off/art – Moscow
Proyectos Monclova – Mexico City

Raum mit Licht – Vienna
Almine Rech – Brussels, London, New York, Paris
(re)D. – Antwerp
Michel Rein – Brussels, Paris
Repetto – London
Ronchini – London
Rossicontemporary – Brussels

Sage – Paris
Eduardo Secci – Florence
Barbara Seiler – Zürich
Semiose – Paris
Senda – Barcelona
Shulamit Nazarian – Los Angeles
Tommy Simoens – Antwerp
Skopia / P.-H. Jaccaud – Geneva
SMAC – Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch
Filomena Soares – Lisbon
Sorry We’re Closed – Brussels
Pietro Sparta – Chagny
Stems – Brussels
Marc Straus – New York
Super Dakota – Brussels

Suzanne Tarasieve – Paris
tegenboschvanvreden – Amsterdam
Templon – Paris, Brussels
Tiwani – London
Valerie Traan – Antwerp
Transit – Mechelen
Triangle Bleu – Stavelot
Tucci Russo – Torre Pellice
Steve Turner – Los Angeles

Sofie Van De Velde – Antwerp
Isabelle van den Eynde – Dubai
Tim Van Laere – Antwerp
Axel Vervoordt – Wijnegem, Hong Kong
Nadja Vilenne – Liège

Waldburger Wouters – Brussels
Wetterling – Stockholm
The White House – Lovenjoel
Bryce Wolkowitz – New York

Xippas – Paris, Geneva, Montevideo

Z2O Sara Zanin – Rome
Zeno X – Antwerp
Zidoun-Bossuyt – Luxembourg
Zwart Huis – Brussels, Knokke

Galerie 8+4 / Bernard Chauveau – Paris
Artlead – Brussels
Dilecta – Paris
GDM – Paris
Spazio Nobile – Brussels


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