Art Brussels Sheds Light on the Forgotten

BY Katrina Kufer / Apr 20 2017 / 16:44 PM

One of Europe’s foremost discovery fairs returns for the 35th time with an international mix of 144 contemporary art galleries

Art Brussels Sheds Light on the Forgotten
Image courtesy Tina Kim Gallery
Ha Chong-Hyun. Conjunction 05-52. 2005. Oil on hemp cloth. 120 x 180 cm

Taking place again this year at its new location in the Tour & Taxis landmark building, Art Brussels will continue its curatorial remit of exhibiting established artistic talent alongside “surprising artistic practices which one does not see at other art fairs.” Split into four sections (Discovery for emerging artists, Prime for established modern and contemporary works, Rediscovery for under-recognised or forgotten art between 1917-87, and Solo, offering in depth singular artist presentations), the fair prides itself on a comprehensive art offering that provides a developed and balanced equilibrium between upcoming and recognised talent. “Artists are and always have been at the centre of our programming,” said Art Brussels managing director Anne Vierstraete in a statement.

As 2017 marks the landmark 35th edition, Art Brussels has announced several special exhibitions visible throughout the fair, such as a collaboration with renowned exhibition maker Jens Hoffman and curator Piper Marshall for a special art project entitled Mementos: Artists’ Souvenirs, Artefacts and other Curiosities. This will see personal objects from the private collections of artists who are represented at the fair such as Jenny Holzer, Joseph Kosuth and Herman Nitsch. A second display designed by Belgian architecture firm Lhoas Lhoas will then question the methodology of collecting art in relation to sentimental versus economic value. “We are so delighted to have engaged with two such esteemed curators for this edition, who are working to bring the stories of the artists alive, while bringing our collective attention to the nature of collecting, and the emotional import of the items we hold most dear,” remarked Vierstraete.

With 34 new galleries, reinforcing the fair’s aim to be a “discovery destination”, booths to watch out for this year include newcomers Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong) and ProyectorsMonclova (Mexico City), as well as familiar names Galleria Continua (San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins/Habana), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna) and Almine Rech Gallery (Paris/Brussels/London/New York) in the Prime section. Discovery goers will be able to view up-and-coming talent from 30 galleries, including works by Babak Golkar (Edel Assanti, London) and Monika Stricker (Clages, Cologne). Rediscovery will treat visitors to nine galleries showing the likes of Alfred Basbous (Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London), Jean Messagier (Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg/Paris/Geneva/St-Etienne) and Ryuji Tanaka (Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp/Hong Kong), and Solo will feature David Altmejd (Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels/Paris) and Omar Ba (Meessen De Clercq, Brussels), among others.

A series of talks, artist projects and events will also be available alongside a special focus this year on Belgian cuisine by JML, royal warrant holder of the Court of Belgium to provide visitors a full cultural experience.

Art Brussels runs 20-23 April 2017 at the Tour & Taxis building, Brussels, Belgium. For more information visit