Art Brussels 2017
As many times before, I would come to a city to attend a main art fair only to find that there is so much more going on! Many smaller fairs and great exhibitions. See my other write-ups of my Brussels trip to find out what else goes on in this city this same week.
The 35th Art Brussels fair was great! Interesting artists and great galleries. The venue itself is beautiful and has a great feel about it.
Again, the variety and selections were great. Satisfying curation and greatly organized sections. Many new artists and many of my favorite ones that I see at almost every art fair. Both the known and the unknown artists bring me equal pleasure; the familiar and unfamiliar are equally exciting to me in the art world. Discovering new ideas, mediums, and techniques is fascinating to any art lover, and keeping up with one’s favorite artists and what they are producing is just as captivating.
Seeing some of my favorite Arab artists, like Diana Al Hadid at Galleri Brandstrup, showcased at these international fairs is quite exciting, and walking through the fair looking at white pillows, hanging men, paintings made from animal carcasses is as stimulating and exciting as seeing the works by the biggest names in the Modern art world. Re-admiring my favorite green Moss People by Kim Simonsson, or appreciating Africa-born, Belgian artist Ermias Kifleyesus’s beautiful collages entirely out of old books and magazines; recycled story telling at its best, at Brussels based Kusseneers gallery.
The art at the Belfius Lounge was astonishing, and getting the chance to admire priceless pieces by the old Masters amidst all the Contemporary and Modern art, was definitely an added bonus.
I have to mention that I absolutely loved the seating blocks in the hallways of the fair!!! I think all art fairs should have those. Walking through an art fair can be quite tiring and having a place to sit every once in a while is a really good idea.