The retrospective exhibition of Art [ ] Collector’s fifth anniversary.
In November 2016, for its fifth birthday, Art [ ] Collector asked the Patio Opera’s Studio (Paris) for a
collective and retrospective exhibition gathering ten, laureate artists, which have presented a solo
show since the creation of this project. The exhibition « 5x2+1 », has been completly rethought and
renewed for this special occasion, and takes place in Brussels from the 11th of November to the 23rd
of December 2017 at la Patinoire Royale / galerie Valérie Bach. Art [ ] Collector therefore engages to
support and promote the upcoming French scene by accompanying the laureates on the international
scene – here in Brussels – and by sharing their favourites with new collectors and amators.
Co-curated by Philippe Piguet and Valérie Bach, the exhibition « 5x2+1 » gathers about fifty pieces of
art of the ten Art [ ] Collector’s laureates : Iris Levasseur, Jérémy Liron, Christine Barbe, Clément
Bagot, Karine Rougier, Claire Chesnier, Eva Nielsen, Abdelkader Benchamma, Olivier Masmonteil
and Massinissa Selmani. The curators joined up to conceive this collective exhibition based on two
sources : for each of the ten artists, they first chose two artworks from private collections (the Deret
collections, and the one of a collector who joined the adventure, including belgian collectors) –
prefering works that had not been shown yet. Furthermore, they asked them to present two or three
works, recently created, or even created at this very occasion.
Between specific commissions and recent creations, the majority of the pieces of art are presented for
the very first time to the Belgian audience.
As part of the partnership with la Patinoire Royale / galerie Valérie Bach which was launched in 2016,
an artist living and working in Belgium has been chosen to complete the anniversary exhibition :
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou. He was part of the list of four artists proposed by Valérie Bach and has been
selected by the 2016 Art [ ] Collector selection committee, joined by Constantin Chariot, the general
director of la Patinoire Royale.