Art Brussels is a contemporary art fair that takes place in Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Europe’s most upcoming and exciting art city.
- Quality over quantity. The size of the fair will be reduced from 191 galleries to no more than 140 galleries to ensure better quality
- Clear sections aligned with the profile of the fair: From Discovery to Rediscovery
- Located in Tour & Taxis, a turn of the 20th century beautiful, industrial customs house
- Expansion of its forces and network to attract the best Belgian and international collectors
- A cutting-edge and surprising artistic programmation in a wonderful new scenography, curated by Katerina Gregos
- The fair to make new discoveries.
HANS OP DE BEECK (BE, 1969) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it. Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invites them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection. At Art Brussels we will present work form his Vanitas series; sculptures based on a modern day “vanitas” staging. Op de Beeck lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He has shown his work at GEM, The Hague, MUHKA, Antwerp, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, La Biennale di Venezia, Shanghai Biennale, Tate Modern in London, and many more.
ISAAC JULIEN (UK, 1960) works and lives in London. At Art Brussels we will show photos from his latest series Stones Against Diamonds. Stones Against Diamonds was recently presented as a video installation at last years La Biennale di Venezia and Art Basel. The work draws inspiration from a letter written by Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Signature elements of Bo Bardi’s work have been incorporated into Julien’s work, creating an exhilarating combination of aesthetically images within the framework of modernist thinking. The work was filmed in the remote region of Iceland, using the breathtaking scenery of ice caves as a set for the film. The shoot took place over five days with the crew enduring sub-zero temperatures in the heart of glacial caves. Julien was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001. His work was shown a.o. at the Whitney Museum in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Serpentine Gallery in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern, Guggenheim Collection and the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation.
RENIE SPOELSTRA (NL, 1974), strives for intentional apathy with her grand charcoal drawings; hours and days pass in a flash, every moment frozen in time and every moment the same. The last six months Spoelstra has worked on her new series Stretching Universe, part…, for which she connects cinematic characteristics with “authentic” landscapes of breathtaking nature. Stretching Universe refers to the scientific fact that our universe is expanding, while at the same time people on earth have become less tolerant towards each other and in this respect the world thus seems to be shrinking due to narrow-mindedness. Spoelstra’s work was a.o. shown at Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Centre Pompidou in Paris, ARCO in Madrid, Louis Dreyfus Family Collection, Witte de With in Rotterdam and the Teylers Museum in Haarlem.
At Art Brussels we will also show works by the following artists: IVAN GRUBANOV (SRB,1976) paintings, INTI HERNANDEZ (CU, 1976) sculptures, MOHAU MODISAKENG (ZA, 1986) photography, RIK SMITS (NL, 1982) drawings and KONRAD WYREBEK (CZ, 1983) paintings.
SOLO BOOTH | LEVI VAN VELUW (NL, 1985) produces multi-disciplinary works that include photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. At Art Brussels Van Veluw will present his project The Collapse of Cohesion. Just like all his projects, The Collapse of Cohesion started with distinctive charcoal drawings, followed by a photo series based on these drawings, now replicated life-size in a wooden installation. The Collapse of Cohesion is about the effect of forces of nature on human structures and plays with our fascination for destruction. Van Veluw’s works where a.o. shown at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, Design Museum in London, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C.