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Quo vadis Art Brussels?

The sub-title of the 24. edition is "2006 - the European platform for contemporary art" and this statement is confirmed by the fact that six out of 105 galleries do not only come from Europe.

The ART BRUSSELS remained young, new developments in the international art fair scene are welcomed; the sections "first call", "Young Galleries" are just as well integrated as "One Man Shows" or the refreshing "New! Design" area. The organization is professional, if there is any kind of problem there is a solution.

Adriaan Raemdonck, Galerie De Zwarte Panter, Antwerp

The Preview showed us, why the ART BRUSSELS is a special fair, until 11 o'clock the patience of the exhibitors was examined but the interest of the visitors did not weaken up to the last minute. On the last day up to 10 o'clock the patience is tested again. But the fair was shortened for one day.

One has the feeling that not the collectors come to the galleries at the Art Brussels, but the galleries are visiting the collectors. The gallery owner meet the art lovers and curators from the Benelux countries and France, which do not find the way e.g. to the ART COLOGNE. Differently expressed, the sales are good, the gallery owners are very relaxed, hardly no one will not want to be here next year.

Nevertheless, if the responsible persons want to set up the ART BRUSSELS in the future more internationally, then the main program must be lifted to a new level because one gets the impression that the gallery owners can drive home over night. The free visit of the "Atomium" until 6 o'clock is hardly to put into practice.

"This years edition of the ART BRUSSELS is for us a large success, as many collectors never attended the Preview before. The sales were very good. In contrast to many other fairs the ART BRUSSELS is characterised by being casual and relaxed.

"We look forward to the coming days.", says Adriaan Raemdonck, Galerie De Zwarte Panter, Antwerp

Michael Zink, Galerie Michael Zink, Munich

"the opening was a marvelous prelude. Quite crazy! Two years ago, I showed an installation from Marcel van Eeden with 30 work and could only sell 2 drawings during the entire fair. Yesterday at the opening we had only two drawings at the wall, but sold 16 drawings off the stock. In addition to that, our other artists like Fumie Sasabuchi with the Tattoo drawings sold brilliantly!", says Galerie Michael Zink, Munich

"We are really excited to have been invited to ART BRUSSELS because this is the first year that the fair is doing design and Belgium has some of the best art and design collectors in the world. Chinese contemporary design is making more headlines now and we are happy to be at the forefront of that movement. Artbrussels is a great opportunity for us to introduce Chinese design to the general public.", says Pearl Lam, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai

Pearl Lam and Arthur Duncan (Worldguide AG)

Text: Artur M. Holweg
Photos: Edouard Tercelin copyright Exporevue


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