UPDATE 30.10.2020 | It is with a heavy heart that we announce being unable to maintain Art Antwerp scheduled from 10 to 13 December 2020, due to the recent restrictions communicated by the Belgian government. We warmly thank gallerists, collectors and art lovers for their ongoing support and enthusiasm. Art Antwerp will be launched in better times
Stay safe, take good care of yourself and your beloved ones.
27.10.2020 | Art Brussels announces the launch of a new fair in Antwerp, Art Antwerp, a regional contemporary art fair of approximately 60 galleries, taking place from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 December 2020 at Antwerp Expo.
Just like when visiting a gallery, Art Antwerp will allow you to view art in situ. Art lovers are extremely keen to engage with art despite the context of the Covid-19 virus. From this point of departure and to support the regional art market, Art Brussels is launching this new initiative in full compliance with the security measures imposed by the Belgian government. Art Antwerp is already enthusiastically welcomed among contemporary art professionals.
Given the current circumstances, the fair will be organised on a smaller scale with most exhibitors hailing from Belgium and its surrounding countries.
It’s no coincidence that the city of Antwerp has been chosen. It’s a vibrant city that is home to some of Belgium’s most prominent museums, counts numerous galleries, and is a hotspot for cutting-edge fashion.
Anne Vierstraete, managing director and Nele Verhaeren, co-director: “We look forward to gathering galleries and collectors at a small-scale fair that is locally embedded alongside a number of strong international players who accepted our invitation. We notice that there’s an increasing need for face-to-face meetings in the art world. Given the know-how that Easyfairs has in-house with regard to the application of strict security measures, we have all the necessary resources to organise Art Antwerp in record time while ensuring maximum security. The launch of Art Antwerp is of course challenging but utterly exciting.”
Easyfairs, the company to which both Art Brussels and Art Antwerp belong, is an international leading company in the exhibition sector. In recent months, Easyfairs has invested heavily in safety procedures so that fairs can be organised in the safest way. To this end, it entered into a partnership with SGS, an international leader in compliance. SGS will ensure that all safety and hygiene measures are observed during Art Antwerp.
On July 24, 2020, we received the approval of the Belgian National Security Council that fairs could be held again as of September 1, subject to strict compliance with the trade protocol, which includes fairs. The sanitary measures that will apply to Art Antwerp will however be even more severe than those currently practiced in the trade.
Art Antwerp: concrete security measures
Art Antwerp is dedicated to creating a safe environment for exhibitors and visitors. Visitors are asked to reserve a time slot in advance, aisles will be significantly larger to avoid crowding and there will be two separate entrances and exits. Visitors will be counted electronically when entering and leaving the exhibition hall to ensure the exhibition is never over capacity. Other measures include the regular cleaning of surfaces, mandatory social distancing and face masks. There will be no late openings or cocktails events.
The Art Antwerp team is of course closely monitoring the situation. The organisation of the fair will continue as long as it can be assured that the imposed security measures can be properly implemented and as long as new restrictions do not undermine the success of Art Antwerp.
The fair is working with a Hosting Committee, drawn from the Belgian members of the Art Brussels international committee, whose role continues to be the selection of the participating galleries “upon invitation”, ensuring the high quality of exhibitors that Art Brussels is known for.
The Hosting Committee members are: Michael Callies (from dépendance, Brussels), Simon De Volder (from Xavier Hufkens, Brussels), Rodolphe Janssen (from rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Knokke) and Nina Hendrickx (from Zeno X, Antwerp).
The members of the Hosting Committee state: “We are happy with this new initiative being organised under the helm of Art Brussels. After months of restrictions and cancelled art fairs, it becomes essential to step out of our gallery spaces and connect with our peers and with collectors and art lovers on a larger scale. Art Antwerp represents a perfect opportunity to match these needs within a safe and regional fair and the invitational process allows us to ensure quality within a balanced selection of galleries according to their profile and provenance.”
Art Antwerp takes place from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 December 2020
Preview days (only upon invitation): Thursday 10 and Friday 11 December from 10am to 8pm
Public opening days: Saturday 12 December from 11am to 8pm | Sunday 13 December from 11am to 7pm
Antwerp Expo, Jan van Rijswijcklaan 191, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium
The venue Antwerp Expo is ideally located close to the highways from and to Brussels and the West-Flanders region, and the Netherlands. The city is also easily reachable by train (Thalys stop on the way to and from Paris/Amsterdam).
We look forward to welcoming you to Art Antwerp 2020!