BRUSSELS.- Art Brussels is pleased to announce the participants of its 50th anniversary edition, which brings together 146 galleries from 33 countries in four sections; 32 in DISCOVERY, 114 in PRIME and REDISCOVERY as well as 21 SOLO presentations. Art Brussels International and Discovery Committees have selected a total of 35 newcomers and 111 returning from previous years.
Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels: In celebration of the fairs 50th anniversary this year, we are going back to our roots with a strong display of support from the key Belgian galleries as well as a high rate of returning galleries. The fair will continue to be an exciting lab for discovery and a place to see booths from some of the top blue chip international galleries
Art Brussels is proud to have played a pivotal role in the citys burgeoning art scene which has developed over its 50 years and now also includes satellite events around the time of the fair. Brussels hosts a well-established collector base and a large number of private collections, as well as being a draw for artists and consequently a number of artist-run initiatives.
With representation from 33 different countries, the fair has never been so international, whilst also increasing the number of Belgian galleries (31% Belgian galleries in 2018 vs 18% in 2017). Loyal Belgian exhibitors returning in PRIME from last year include Albert Baronian, Almine Rech (also based in Paris, London, New York), dépendance, Xavier Hufkens, Axel Vervoordt (also based in Hong Kong), Greta Meert, Meessen De Clercq, rodolphe janssen, Sorry Were Closed, Harlan Levey, Nadja Vilenne, Maruani Mercier and Sofie Van de Velde. Further Belgian galleries that are new or have come back from previous years include Zeno X, Tim Van Laere, Tommy Simoens, Office Baroque, Mendes Wood DM (also based in São Paulo, New York), OV Project and Patrick De Brock.
PRIME will comprise of 111 established blue-chip galleries representing internationally recognised artists, including Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana), Baton (Seoul), Bernier/Eliades (Athens, Brussels), Ceysson & Bénétière (Paris, Luxembourg, Saint-Étienne, New York, Genève), Daniel Templon (Paris, Brussels), Filomena Soares (Lisbon), Krinzinger (Vienna), Galerie Lelong (Paris, New York), Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels), New Art Centre (Salisbury), Pietro Sparta (Chagny), PROYECTOSMONCLOVA (Mexico City), SKOPIA Art Contemporain (Genève), Thomas Brambilla (Bergamo), Galleria Tucci Russo (Torino), Avlskarl (Copenhagen), Galerie Jahn und Jahn (Munich), Xippas (Paris, Geneva, Montevideo), as well as other key Belgian galleries listed above.
Highlights showing the diversification within PRIME and REDISCOVERY sections include new additions and returning galleries such as Anne Mosseri-Marlio (Basel), AYE (Beijing), Blain | Southern (London, Berlin), Gana Art Gallery (Seoul, Busan), Kalfayan (Athens, Thessaloniki), Martos (New York), Thomas Fischer (Berlin), POP/OFF/ART (Moscow), Sage (Paris) and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong). Four galleries will dedicate their booth to a REDISCOVERY presentation, such as Henrique Faria Fine Art (New York), Axel Vervoordt (Wijnegem, Hong Kong), Luis Adelantado (Valencia) and Antoine Laurentin (Paris, Brussels).
DISCOVERY will feature 32 galleries showing recently created work (2015-2018) from artists that are not yet known in the Western European art scene; highlights in the section include Galerie Allen (Paris), BANK Gallery (Shanghai), Barbara Seiler (Zürich), Derouillon (Paris), Dürst Britt & Mayhew (The Hague), Hunter / Whitfield (London), Levy.Delval (Brussels), Galerie Pact (Paris), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), SMAC Gallery (Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Johannesburg), Stems (Brussels), tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam) and Waldburger Wouters (Brussels).
Art Brussels continues to place emphasis on the individual presentation of artists, with 21 galleries each presenting a single artist in the SOLO section. Exhibiting artists include Bart Stolle (Zeno X; Antwerp), Nicolas Party (Xavier Hufkens; Brussels), duo artists Florian Pugnaire & David Raffin (Ceysson & Bénétière; Paris, Luxembourg, Saint-Étienne, New York, Genève), Marlon Mullen (Sorry Were Closed; Brussels), Stelios Karamanolis (Flatland; Amsterdam), Daniel Firman (Choi&Lager; Cologne) and a large-scale presentation by Olivier Mosset (Martos Gallery; New York).
The full list of exhibitors for 2018 can be found here on the Art Brussels website.
The galleries in the sections PRIME, REDISCOVERY and SOLO are selected by the International Committee. The galleries in DISCOVERY are selected by the DISCOVERY Committee, consisting of a group of international curators and gallerists.
Art Brussels: Contemporary since 1968
Retaining its youthful profile as a discovery fair, Art Brussels, one of Europes most original and most established fairs, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. The fair can for the second year count on the main support of Belfius.
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 19 - 22 April 2018 (Preview 19 April 2018), 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 thanks to the fair.