As one of Europe’s oldest and most established art fairs, Art Brussels has a reputation for discovery, and this year 152 galleries from 32 countries will present a mix of established and emerging talent as well as artists to rediscover. The fair will present the best from the contemporary gallery scene, showcasing more than 800 artists. Alongside the new initiatives and projects commissioned for the fair, Art Brussels will feature works that engage with technology and Artificial Intelligence, spirituality and mysticism, and themes of race, identity and gender politics.
Naturally this is a fair oriented towards a general art loving public, but quite a lot of galleries present photographers. Amongst them Marc De Blieck (1958) (Annie Gentils Gallery), Noé Sendas (1972) (Galeria Presença), Claude Closky (1963) (Galerie Laurent Godin), Elsa & Johanna (1990 & 1991) (Galerie La Forest Divonne), Melanie Bonajo (1978) who represented The Netherlands at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022 with ‘When the body says Yes’ (gallery AKINCI), Eric Manigaud (1971)(Gallery Fifty One), Yang Yongliang (1980) (Hdm Gallery), Sara Imloul (1986) (Hopstreet Gallery), , Perejaume (1957 ) (Nogueras Blanchard) & Anys Reimann (1965) (An Horn)
The participating galleries are divided into four different sections according to the artists exhibited: PRIME (for mid-career and established artists), DISCOVERY (emerging artists), REDISCOVERY (unduly underrepresented or overlooked artists from the 20th century) and SOLO (solo artist presentations).
Key SOLO presentations include the photographers/ artists working with lens based media Noé Sendas (Galeria Presença), Léonard Pongo (1988) (Kristof De Clercq gallery) & Ria Verhaeghe (1950) (Richard Saltoun Gallery)
In PRIME we are looking forward to Christiane Peschek’s (1984) oeuvre on the interface between post-photography, post-internet, text and painting, between analogue processes and digital/virtual transformation.
An expanded REDISCOVERY section (12 galleries vs 7 in 2022) will enable visitors to uncover gems created between 1945-2000 by artists unduly underrepresented or overlooked from an older generation or who are no longer with us.
Art Brussels 2023 selected galleries in numbers:
152 galleries divided in 4 sections:
- 34 in DISCOVERY
- 99 in PRIME
- 12 in REDISCOVERY
- 29 SOLO presentations
Of the 152 participating galleries:
- 26% are established in Belgium
- 55% are European (outside of Belgium)
- 19% are from the rest of the world (from these, 9% are from the USA and 4% are from Asia)
In loving memory of Mark Vanmoerkerke – Stibbe Lounge
Show a selection of works from the private collection of the Vanmoerkerke family and has been carefully chosen to honour the life of entrepreneur, collector, friend, husband and father, the late Mark Vanmoerkerke, who passed away on 26 October 2022. The exhibition will feature works by the following lens based artists: Robert Longo, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans along with other international recognized names as Alighiero Boetti, Maurizio Cattelan, Sam Durant, Lucio Fontana, Léo Marfurt & Gerhard Richter,
The KickCancer Collection
The KickCancer Collection consists of a massive wall of postcard-sized artworks at the fair. An impressive list of 215 artists contributed to this project, established names as well as promising emerging talents. All works will be sold at a flat rate of €400 for the benefit of the Belgian KickCancer Foundation, which finances research on children’s cancer and empowers patients and their families. All works will be sold anonymously (signed on the back). The name of the artist will only be revealed after the purchase of the artwork.
Opening day: Thursday April 20th – Preview from 11am to 4pm, and Vernissage from 4pm to 9pm
Public opening days: Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April from 11am to 7pm
Looking forward to welcome you at Art Brussels 2023 on a new location:
Hall 5 & Hall 6
Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Brussels
Tickets: https://www.artbrussels.com/en/visitor-info/tickets/ (Online registration mandatory) – Article 27 get free entrance.
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