Art Brussels 2009 – 27th edition of the contemporary art fair
27th edition of the contemporary art fair
24 – 27 April
The 27th edition of the contemporary art fair artbrussels takes place from Friday 24 to Monday 27 April 2009. 170 galleries from more than 23 countries offer an insight of the current international contemporary art scene.
© artbrussels 2009
The 27th edition of artbrussels opens on 24th April 2009. The fair ranks among the top European contemporary art fairs and gains importance every year. Welcoming more than 32 000 professionals, collectors, and art lovers from all over Europe and beyond, the fair is the European epicentre for contemporary art in April.
More than 1 500 artists are represented: young, emerging talent and galleries alike, as well as established names showing a selection of their finest paintings, sculptures, photos, video, and other installations.
- Brussels, capital of Europe
As European capital, Brussels has defined itself as an increasingly cosmopolitical and multicultural city, a hotbed and laboratory for contemporary art. Many foreign artists have settled in the city in recent years and foreign galleries have opened branches slowly but surely.
Belgium is renowned for its large number of private collectors of contemporary art, which makes participating in artbrussels particularly attractive for foreign exhibitors. The corporate world shares a similar interest and supports the vibrant art scene in various ways.
Brussels also offers a rich variety of artistic events, coinciding with artbrussels, and can take pride in a unique architecture, a distinctive fashion and design scene and an incomparable
artbrussels has a young and solid image, presenting – aside from distinguished names – a large number of works by young promising artists from various countries. This formula attracts an audience of art lovers as well as museum directors, art critics, and art collectors who are presented a comprehensive view of the current and avant-garde developments in the international contemporary art field.
Beside a strong gallery list artbrussels offers an exciting varied program: an outdoor exhibition, artist projects in the fair, debates on the art market, signing sessions by artists and other art world subjects. In a nutshell…
- ‘Art in the City’ @ the Egmont Park
With the support of the City of Brussels, artbrussels presents ‘Art in the City’, an outdoor sculpture project with artworks provided by participating galleries.
For the duration of the fair, the sculptures will be exhibited in Egmont Park (behind the Hilton Hotel). A committee of specialists, assembled for this very occasion, will make a selection from the exhibited sculptures. The City of Brussels will acquire the selected work and later provide a permanent display on avenue de Stalingrad in the Midi Station district. Brussels aims to energize its public spaces by integrating art in the city.
- ‘Artist Project’ @ the fair
Seven women artists living & working in Belgium create a ‘site-specific’ intervention at the fair. Some of the interventions are more ephemeral than others. Carla Arocha & Stephane Schraenen – Koraalberg / Charlotte Beaudry – Aliceday / Fia Cielen – HISK / Berlinde De Bruyckere – Continua / Sophie Nys – G. Meert & Richard Venlet – E. Platteau / Els Opsomer- E.Hécey / Kelly Schacht – Hoet-Bekaert
- ‘Luc Tuymans’ @ Wiels
An astonishing Solo Exhibition by Luc Tuymans opens at Wiels on Wednesday 22 April, the evening before the artbrussels opening.
- ‘Debates’ @ the fair
« Présentation du programme de coopération culturelle ‘Culture 2007-2013’ » (FR), Friday 24/04, 11am-12.30pm: Stéphanie Pécourt et Marion Alecian de Point Contact Culture vous invitent à découvrir plus en détail ce programme culturel européen.
‘Artist and Entrepreneur as partners in a company, how far does it go?’ (EN), Friday 24/04, 2pm-3.15pm: In collaboration with Arteconomy
Guest speakers: Michaël Aerts (Artist), Alastair Creamer (Director-Creamer and Lloyd), Stef Vande Meulebroucke (CEO – Domotic.Lounge/Elektromat), Els Opsomer (artist), Aline Pujo (Curator-Collectione Neuflize Vie, President-IACCCA), Julie Vandenbroucke (President-Arteconomy)
‘Art, creativity and economy’ (EN) Friday 24/04, 3.15pm-4.30pm: an initiative by BAM, institute of visual, audiovisuel and media art
Keynote: Pascal Cools. director of Flanders DC, will talk about the different initiatives and opportunities offered to heighten creativity and stimulate entrepreneurship within a company. Can these kind of initiatives make a bridge toward culture and arts?
‘The Cosmopolitan Chicken Project within a broader context: art between science and ethics’ (EN), Friday 24/04, 5pm-6.30pm: an initiative by Sint-Lukasgalerie, Brussels
Guest speakers: Filip Luyckx (Curator Sint-Lukasgalerie), Peter Marijnen (Genetic researcher), Dr. Mike Phillips (Tate Consultant), Koen Vanmechelen (Artist)