April 5, 2011 - Art Brussels - Art Brussels 2011
April 5, 2011

Art Brussels 2011

Art Brussels 2011

Preview: Wed 27 April 2011
Thu 28 April–Sun 1 May 2011

Opening hours
Preview: 12 am till 10 pm
Fair: 12 am till 7 pmVenue
Brussels Expo – Halls 1 & 3
Place de Belgique, 1
BE-1020 Brussels


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The 29th edition of the contemporary art fair Art Brussels takes place from Thursday 28 April to Sunday 1 May with Preview on Wednesday 27 April. 170 galleries from more than 26 countries offer an insight of the current international contemporary art scene. Click here for the exhibitors’ list. Beside a strong gallery list Art Brussels offers an outdoor sculpture exhibition, ‘Art in the City’, artist projects in the fair with Mousse magazine, debates on the art market, Artist Talks and a busy “Off Programme”.


Symbol of Art Brussels’ young and innovative profile, the First Call section presents galleries with a promising programme participating in the fair for the first time. Collectors and art lovers always look forward to explore the so-called ‘First Callers’ who are scouted from around the world and selected by a specialised committee, which is made up of two gallery owners, a curator and a Belgian collector. Only 14 galleries are eligible. The First Call zone is supported by the National Lottery.

Belgium / Tulips & Roses / VidalCuglietta / Germany / Sonja Junkers / Italy / Francesca Minini / Portugal / Pedro Cera / The Netherlands / Juliette Jongma / Diana Stigter / United Kingdom / Corvi-Mora / Kate MacGarry / Mot International / Works Projects / United States of America / Miguel Abreu / Cherry and Martin / Lisa Cooley //

Mousse magazine has been commissioned to curate the Artist Projects for Art Brussels 2011. Selected artists are Matthew Brannon, Claire Fontaine, Liam Gillick, Linder, Rob Pruitt, and Nora Schultz. Each artist is invited to take a closer look at the boundaries of the art fair’s structure, its identity and its institutional character and to fully explore the experience of a visit to Art Brussels. The interventions will be discovered and experienced by the visitors throughout the fair.

Matthew Brannon took over some of the printed communication of the fair such as the dust cover of the catalogue, the floor plan and the VIP cards. The last once mock credit cards, underscoring Brannon’s perception of this given status symbol. The performative nature of Claire Fontaine‘s project shows a live intervention, staged during the fair, which aims to reveal the very nature of the act of exchanging art for money, the art trade itself. Liam Gillick will assemble and disseminate a sound intervention in the fringes of the fair. His project questions the boundaries and limitations of art at a fair. Linder is interested in dress codes: examining how clothing can confer authority, a role, an identity, an image to the wearer. Linder has teamed with designer Richard Nicoll to create the uniforms for the people working at Art Brussels. Rob Pruitt has designed the carrier bag for Art Brussels and has given instructions how to potentially recycle such an item. And Nora Schultz has taken the carpeted grid of corridors and aisles as the field of intervention, the land where to scatter her floor pieces.

Visitors to Art Brussels will be able to navigate through the fair and its adjacent activities with the new iPhone or iPad applications. An invaluable tool for art lovers, collectors and curators to obtain information about the participating galleries and their artists. The application is sponsored by Belgacom.

NEW: ARTIST TALKS – mezzanine – hall 3

Art Brussels presents a series of Artists Talks, curated by art critic Nathalie Hartjes, each revolving around the practice of one artist. The artists in focus are joined in the discussions by panel members (fellow artists, curators, critics, gallerists or collectors) who have a personal commitment to the artist´s practice. The art historian, critic and collector Alexander Mayhew will moderate each discussion.

Friday 29 April 5pm: Kendell Geers in dialogue with Pierre-Olivier Rollin, artistic director B.P.S.22.
Saturday 30 April 5pm: Mika Rottenberg in dialogue with Ann Demeester, artistic director de Appel.
Sunday 1 May 5pm: Karen Sargsyan in dialogue with Florian Waldvogel, director Kunstverein Hamburg.

DEBATES – conference room – hall 3

Thursday 28 April 2pm
Sound and Vision: Beyond Reason – Contour 2011
Popular music accompanies or is constitutive of some of our most meaningful and widely shared cultural moments. The artists in Contour 2011, Sound and Vision: Beyond Reason explore the intersections of music and contemporary art.
With Anthony Kiendl, Yann Chateigné Tytelman, Edith Dekyndt and Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven

Friday 29 April 2pm
Social Contract or Survival of the Fittest? Interdependency and responsibility in the arts in times of crisis.
A panel with Dora Garcia, Jonas Staal and Andrea Phillips, chaired by Wouter Davidts, will discuss the state of social awareness and collective responsibility, against the background of the interdependencies—unspoken, overpriced or unpaid—that shape the present-day art world, its economy and internal regulations. The discussion will investigate complicities and armistices between art and politics by locating these exchanges ‘within’ rather than ‘outside’ the art world—postulated but never quite grasped by institutional critique and the emancipatory rhetoric of radicalism. They will discuss to what extent the art world seamlessly blends with—even if metaphorically distinct from—power relations at large.

Friday 29 April 5pm
Infosession Culture Programme (2007-2013): Discover the opportunities and objectives of this co-funding program for your European cultural cooperation project.
The Programme provides a budget for quality projects able to encourage innovation and creativity and provide real European added value. Operators from all cultural sectors (except audiovisual) are welcome to take part in this Programme.

Saturday 30 April 2pm
Memory, the index, the gestural and the specter of actuality.
A conversation between Angel Vergara, Laurent Busine and Luc Tuymans for the occasion of the exhibition “Feuilleton” of Angel Vergara in the Belgian pavilion of the 54th Biennale of Venice.

Sunday 1 May 2pm
The domus roundtable discussion will focus on current crossovers between contemporary art and architecture, using Donald Judd and his essay It’s Hard to Find a Good Lamp as a starting point for our discussion. More and more artists are now collaborating with architects, and vice versa. When does architecture become a work of art, and when does an artwork become architecture? And what is the collector buying—is it art or is it architecture?
With Markus Miessen, Alexandra Midal, Joseph Grima, Jan de Cock. Moderator: Angelique Campens

For more information and latest updates: www.artbrussels.be

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