Artistiek 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.

Shezad Dawood, courtesy of the artist

Artist list

Alfredo Aceto
Boris Achour
David Adamo
Waseem Ahmed
Harold Ancart
Omar Ba
Jill Baroff
Robert Barry
Eric Baudelaire
Linus Bill+Adrien Horni
Pierre Bismuth
Xiao Bo
Dirk Braeckman
Larry Clark
Sarah Conaway
Shezad Dawood
Geoffrey de Beer
Folkert de Jong
Edith Dekyndt
Wim Delvoye
A K Dolven
Lionel Estève
Andrea Éva Gyori
Michel François
Leo Gabin

Gert Tobias, courtesy of the artist

Kendell Geers
Babak Golkar
Thilo Heinzmann
Erika Hock
Karl Holmqvist
Jenny Holzer
Alex Israël
Christian Jankowski
Li Jingxiong
Ermias Kifleyesus
Yunchul Kim
Joseph Kosuth
Germaine Kruip
Sean Landers
José Lerma
Ella Littwitz
Shana Lutker
Benoît Maire
Kris Martin
Chris Martin
Elisabeth McAlpine
Josephine Meckseper
Théo Mercier
Mathieu Mercier

Mathieu Mercier, courtesy of the artist

Jonathan Monk
Hermann Kitsch
Sophie Nys
Edgar Orlaineta
Slawomir Pawszak
Bruno Peinado
Annaïk Lou Pitteloud
Laure Prouvost
Thom Puckey
Pablo Rasgado
Evariste Richer
Fabrice Samyn
Malgorzata Szymankiewicz
Vibeke Tandberg
Gert & Uwe Tobias
Barthélémy Toguo
Betty Tompkins
Joris Van de Moortel
Jan Van Imschoot
Jacques Vieille
Eric Yahnker
Thomas Zitzwitz

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.”

An accompanying programme of Conversations & Readings, titled Politics of things, featured artist interviews with the curators, cross-disciplinary discussions and readings. More details

The exhibition was exclusively on view at Art Brussels 2017, in Tour & Taxis.

Edgar Orlaineta, courtesy of the artist

Uwe Tobias, courtesy of the artist

Omar Ba, courtesy of the artist

Images caption:

- 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

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