Art Brussels 2017: Exhibitors Announced
Friday 21 April – Sunday 23 April 2017
Preview & Vernissage: Thursday 20 April
Art Brussels is pleased to announce the participants of its 35th edition in 2017, which brings together 144 galleries from 28 countries in three main sections. Art Brussels’ International and Discovery Committees have selected a total of 34 newcomers.
In line with the fair’s ethos From Discovery to Rediscovery, the Committees play a significant role in developing Art Brussels’ existing ‘discovery profile’. Joining the Committees are two new members appointed by the fair, each with a curatorial background: Tania Doropoulos, Artistic Director at Timothy Taylor in London and New York; and Eva Birkenstock, Director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf.
PRIME will comprise 108 established galleries representing internationally known artists. Exciting newcomers to the section include Gallery Baton (Seoul), Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore) ProyectosMonclova (Mexico City) and Skopia Art Contemporain (Genève) next to important returning galleries such as Bernier/Eliades (Athens), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins and Havana), dépendance (Brussels), Xavier Hufkens (Brussels), Galerie Lelong (Paris, New York), KOW (Berlin), Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna), Galleria Massimo Minini (Brescia), New Art Centre (Salisbury), Almine Rech Gallery (Paris, Brussels, London, New York) and Tina Kim (New York).
DISCOVERY will feature 30 galleries showing recently created work (2014-2017) from artists that are not yet known to a wider public, including Babak Golkar (Edel Assanti, London); Erika Hock (Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf); Masimba Hwati (SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Johannesburg); Stanislas Lahaut (Dauwens & Beernaert Gallery, Brussels); Annaïk Lou Pitteloud (Barbara Seiler, Zürich); Jana Schröder (MIER Gallery, Los Angeles); Monika Stricker (Clages, Köln); and Emmanuel Van der Auwera (Harlan Levey Projects Gallery, Brussels).
REDISCOVERY will feature 9 galleries. It will be dedicated to art from the period between 1917 and 1987 and present important artists from the historical avant-garde that have been under- estimated, overlooked, or unduly forgotten. Artists such as Alfred Basbous (Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London); Jean Messagier (Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg, Paris, Genève, St-Etienne); Ryuji Tanaka (Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Hong Kong); Raoul Ubac & Reinhoud d'Haese (Laurentin Gallery, Brussels, Paris); and Léon Wuidar (Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels) will be put in the spotlight.
Art Brussels continues to place emphasis on the individual presentation of artists, with 15 galleries each presenting a single artist in the SOLO section. Exhibitors include Xavier Hufkens (Brussels) with David Altmejd; Galerie Daniel Templon (Brussels, Paris) with Omar Ba; Meessen De Clercq (Brussels) with Benoît Maire; Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) with Mohau Modisakeng; Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Brussels - Paris) with Laure Prouvost; and Sorry We’re Closed (Brussels) with Josh Sperling.
Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels says: “The applications to Art Brussels this year have been of an exceptionally high standard: exclusive, original and highly distinctive, in other words, wholly in line with our concept for the fair. We were delighted to see a high level of renewal within the list of galleries who applied, and to have already experienced such high enthusiasm for the fair ahead of our promising 35th edition.”
For the second time, the fair takes place at the historical location Tour & Taxis, bathed with natural light and situated in Brussels’ inner city area. The scenography of the fair, together with an optimised floor plan is entrusted to Tom Postma Design again.
A new brand profile from international firm Base Design offers the fair a refreshed visual identity for its 35th edition. Created in close collaboration with Art Brussels team, it re-affirms the fair’s positioning as a driving force and facilitator for culture in Brussels. More than simply a new logo, the new identity includes a unique typeface made for Art Brussels and will be present in all print and digital communication tools and on site. More details are to be announced soon in 2017.
Base Design is a leading international branding firm specializing in brand strategy and identity. Base was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1993 and maintains studios in New York, Brussels, Geneva and Los Angeles.
The full list of exhibitors for 2017 can be found here on the Art Brussels website.
Notes to editors
Art Brussels: Contemporary since 1968
Retaining its youthful profile as a discovery fair, Art Brussels, one of Europe’s original and most established fairs, celebrates its 35th edition in 2017.
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 21 - 23 April 2017 (Preview 20 April 2017), 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.
Art Brussels 2017 from Friday 21 April until Sunday 23 April 2017
Preview: Thursday 20 April 2017
Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Art Brussels 2017 exhibitors in numbers:
144 galleries in 4 sections:
• 30 in DISCOVERY
• 108 in PRIME
• 9 REDISCOVERY presentations
• 15 SOLO presentations
144 galleries from 28 countries:
• 18% Belgian (26 galleries)
• 82% international (118 galleries): of which 15% from outside of Europe (22 galleries)
• 24% newcomers to the fair (34 galleries)
• 62% exhibitors at Art Brussels 2016 (89 galleries)
• 14% return exhibitors from previous years (21 galleries)
The International Selection Committee for galleries in PRIME and REDISCOVERY and pre- selection of the SOLO presentations, is comprised of Belgian and international gallerists:
Augusto Arbizo, 11R (New York) | Albert Baronian, Galerie Albert Baronian (Brussels) | Michael Callies, dépendance (Brussels) | Claudia Cargnel, Bugada & Cargnel (Paris) | Simon Devolder, Xavier Hufkens (Brussels) | Tania Doropoulos, Timothy Taylor (London, New York) | Rodolphe Janssen, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels) | Thomas Krinzinger, Galerie Krinzinger (Vienna) and Andrew Renton, Marlborough Contemporary (London).
The DISCOVERY Committee, for the selection of the DISCOVERY section, consists of a group of international curators and gallerists:
Eva Birkenstock, Director, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen (Düsseldorf) | Michael Callies, dépendance (Brussels) | Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation (London) | Zoë Gray, Senior Curator, Wiels (Brussels) | Nikolaus Oberhuber, co-owner, KOW Gallery (Berlin)
We’re looking forward to welcome you at Art Brussels 2017!
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