Art Brussels Week: A Fair Without the Fair

Le 21 mai 2021, par Vanessa Schmitz-Grucker

Fairs are still off the agenda in Belgium, so Art Brussels Week 2021 had to reinvent itself and design a new format at the last minute.

Samuel Yal, Dissolution, ceramic, 180 x 180 x 180 cm (70.86 x 70.86 x 70.86 in), 2012.
Courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne and Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain

The event will take place in two parts: on the Artsy Online Viewing Room from June 1 to 14 and a gallery tour from June 3 to 6. There will be over 110 in-person exhibitions exclusively at galleries in Antwerp, Brussels and Knokke. some have scheduled their flagship shows during Art Brussels Week.

This is a major first for Art Brussels Week, which has been held in the Belgian capital every April since 1968 and draws an average of 25,000 visitors. But director Anne Vierstraete is brimming with confidence. "Art Brussels has built up a loyal following over the years,” she says. “We believe in this global initiative, which is taking place both on and offline. Art Brussels galleries are invited to post their profiles on the online sales platform Artsy, giving then access to a wider audience of international collectors, including online subscribers." Guided tours of selected galleries in Brussels will take place on June 5 and 6, meeting the need for physical contact with art world players. This year’s noteworthy shows include Gianin Conrad at Base-Alpha Gallery, Daems Van Remoortere and Ayrton Eblé at Callewaert Vanlangendonck, Leyla Aydoslu at Fred & Ferry and Roger Van Akelyen and Marc Kennes at De Zwarte Panter.

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