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Art Brussels

Art Brussels

Art Fair
Art Brussels, 30 years and always innovating!
  This April, the contemporary art fair Art Brussels celebrates its 30th edition.
With an annual attendance of more than 25 000 visitors – and one in three from abroad - Art Brussels belongs to the international top. Art Brussels 2012 will be a festive edition,with many new initiatives both at and around the fair.

New at Art Brussels
Strong new galleries as well as established names, a new fairground architecture, a nocturne on Thursday for the general public and fascinating debates ... will all make this a festive Art Brussels 2012 edition!

The galleries: (
182 international galleries from 25 countries bring an exciting mix of both young emerging talents and established names in the international art world. To guide the visitor through this diverse offer of over 2000 artists, Art Brussels is organised into three different zones:

FIRST CALL (With the support of National Lottery)
First Call presents the new generation of art galleries that have never before participated at Art Brussels.
This is definitely the zone for new discoveries. Belgium D + T Project / France Gaudel the Stampa / Germany Chert Berlin / Exile / Krome / Tanya Leighton / Soy Capitan / Italy Norma Mangione / Republic of Ireland Mother's Tankstation / Romania Plan B / Sweden Johan Berggren / United States of America Harris Lieberman / Alex Zachary

Young Talent is reserved for galleries that represent emerging and mid-career artists. Newcomers to this area include: Australia Neon Parc Austria Raum mit Light Belgium Anyspace / Waldburger Czech Republic Hunt Kastner Germany Cruise & Callas / Andrae Kaufmann / Koal / Kwadrat / PSM / Florent Tosin / Tanja Wagner Japan Yumiko Chiba Spain ADN The Netherlands Ellen de Bruijne / Juliette Jongma / Motive gallery United Kingdom Wilkinson / Works Projects United States Of America Cherry and Martin / C L E A R I N G / Luis De Jesus / Fitzroy / Ratio 3

The Gallery zone is the largest area. These galleries, mainly representing well-established artists are located in Hall 1. Aside from the familiar international participants such as Galerie 1900-2000, Baronian Francey, Continua, Gladstone, Ibid, Xavier Hufkens, Rodolphe Janssen, Simon Lee, Lelong, Greta Meert, Nathalie Obadia, Perrotin, Almine Rech, Daniel Templon, Tucci Russo, Micheline Szwajcer, Wentrup ... there are also interesting newcomers such as: Austria Christine König / Belgium Tim Van Laere / Axel Vervoordt France Alain Gutharc / Xippas Germany Michael Janssen / Iceland i8 Italy Cardi Black Box / Monica De Cardenas / Noire Contemporary Art / Prometeo / Japan Art Statements Switzerland Patricia Low / Mai 36 / The Netherlands Paul Andriesse / Ellen de Bruijne United Kingdom Carl Freedman / Karsten Schubert / United States of America CRG / Christopher Grimes / Mc Caffrey / Patrick Painter

New look:
The innovative profile of Art Brussels is clearly evident in the new lay-out of the fair; the young galleries
are first to welcome the visitors and set the tone for the fair. The main entrance of the fair has been completely rethought. The visitor entering the fair through the entrance in Hall 3, arrives directly in the First Call area. Collectors can set out in search of new discoveries right away. The visitor or collector looking for established artists will find easy access to Hall 1.

Nocturne – for the general public, Thursday, April 19:
On April 19, Art Brussels holds its first nocturne for the general public. The nocturne is dedicated to fashion: fashion designers and fashion gurus will attend en masse, turning Thursday 19/04 into a memorable event. Our special guests are the students of the fashion academies of Antwerp and La Cambre in Brussels.

New – outside of the fair walls
Outside of the fair walls, in and around the Belgian art cultural landscape but also in the centre of town, the art offer is entirely tailored to contemporary art. Numerous initiatives make this week the Brussels Art Week.

For the latest updates, a complete list of participating galleries, and information on the OFF program, please visit

Art Brussels 2012:
30th edition: Thu 19 – Sun 22 April 2012

Opening hours:
Preview: Wed 18 April: noon-4 pm. (invitation only)
Opening: Wed 18 April: 4 -10 pm. (invitation only)
Exhibition: Thu 19 - Sun 22 April: noon – 7 pm.
Nocturne: Thu 19 April: 7 – 10 pm.

Brussels Expo - Halls 1 & 3
Place de Belgique, 1
BE-1020 Brussels


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