Artistic Project 2017
Mementos: Artists’ Souvenirs, Artefacts, and other Curiosities
The project, organised in collaboration with the internationally renowned exhibition maker Jens Hoffmann and distinguished curator and critic Piper Marshall for the flagship artistic project situated within the fair. Called Mementos: Artists’ Souvenirs, Artefacts, and other Curiosities, the exhibition brings together personal objects and artefacts from the private collections of a diverse group of artists, all of whom are represented by galleries participating in Art Brussels 2017.
Installed within an intimate display designed by the Brussels-based architecture firm Lhoas Lhoas, the objects offer an alternative to the way we think about collecting, one which attaches high emotional or sentimental value to objects and is defined by individual histories and memories. Displaying these items in the context of an art fair suggests a different economy to that of the investment in art objects, whilst also revealing the sentiments and attitudes of the participating artists in a personal and highly subjective way.
Artist listAlfredo Aceto
Linus Bill+Adrien Horni
Geoffrey de Beer
Folkert de Jong
A K Dolven
Andrea Éva Gyori
Annaïk Lou Pitteloud
Gert & Uwe Tobias
Joris Van de Moortel
Jan Van Imschoot
Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director, Art Brussels, said:
“Over our 35 editions to date, artists are and have always been, at the centre of our programming. This highly personal project celebrates the everyday human experiences of individual artists who are championed by galleries at the fair this year. We are so delighted to have engaged with two such esteemed curators for this edition, who are working to bring the stories of the artists alive, while bringing our collective attention to the nature of collecting, and the emotional import of the items we hold most dear.”
The exhibition was exclusively on view at Art Brussels 2017, in Tour & Taxis.
- Shezad Dawood, Mounted pair of ancient bronze and limestone eyes and eyebrows. From a wooden sarcophagus mummy mask. Courtesy of the artist
- Gert Tobias, ceramic sculpture, courtesy of the artist
- Mathieu Mercier, a very small pencil, courtesy of the artist
- Edgar Orlaineta, Brass and vitric enamel cigarette case, courtesy of the artist
- Uwe Tobias, plastic penguin, courtesy of the artist
- Omar Ba, Postcard of the colonial period in Africa, courtesy of the artist