The Fair

Art Brussels, From Discovery to Rediscovery

Art Brussels: Contemporary since 1968

Retaining its youthful profile as a discovery fair, Art Brussels, one of Europe’s most original and most established fairs, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. The fair can for the second year count on the main support of Belfius Wealth Management.

Since its inception, Art Brussels has evolved into one of the top European contemporary art fairs, and is a must-see in the international art calendar. Over 19 - 22 April 2018 (Preview 19 April 2018), the European capital becomes a focal point for collectors, gallerists and art lovers from all over the world. Art Brussels provides a unique opportunity to explore the artistic richness of the city, which is home today to an ever greater number of artists, galleries and curators thanks to the fair.

From Discovery to Rediscovery

As Belgium’s leading fair, Art Brussels continues to build on its profile and track record as one of “Europe’s foremost discovery fairs”, as stated in the New York Times. Art Brussels brings something different to the international art fair practices by privileging solid artistic content and profiling surprising artistic practices which one does not see at other art fairs. At the same time, the fair welcomes a large number of important international established galleries, many of which presenting outstanding booths in the PRIME section and some museum-quality presentations in the REDISCOVERY section. Together with the DISCOVERY section, this mix provides the necessary equilibrium a fair needs between the young and upcoming and the renowned and recognised."

In this respect, 145 galleries are encouraged to play with the element of surprise by presenting either new work or undervalued historical work in the following sections:

  • DISCOVERY, where the focus is on young, emerging and lesser-known artists showing recent works (2015-2018).
  • PRIME, focusing on established artists from modern to contemporary.
  • REDISCOVERY, dedicated to art from 1917 to 1987, presenting living or deceased artists who are under-recognised, underestimated or forgotten.
  • Moreover, Art Brussels has always emphasized SOLO presentations thus offering the opportunity to get a more in-depth approach of the work of an artist.

On top of the gallery proposals, Art Brussels brings an exclusive artistic project, a discursive programme of debates, talks, etc. and pays attention to bringing the best of Belgian cuisine by JML, royal warrant holder of the Court of Belgium.


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