Profile of the fair

Anne Vierstraete

Art Brussels continues to be pivotal to the development of the city’s dynamic art scene. As always, the fair will display expertly curated and high-quality booths with works from some of the most exciting artists internationally. Through initiatives such as the new INVITED section, the fair demonstrates its ability to innovate in the rapidly evolving contemporary art market and art fair landscape.

Anne Vierstraete
Managing Director, Art Brussels

History of the fair

Founded in 1968, Art Brussels is one of the most renowned contemporary art fairs in Europe and a must-see in the international art calendar. Art Brussels represents a unique opportunity to discover the richness of the artistic and cultural scene of the European capital, and attracts a growing number of collectors, gallerists, curators, art professionals and art lovers from around the world. Every year in April, the fair welcomes around 25,000 visitors. Since 2016, Art Brussels had been held in the emblematic Tour & Taxis building, in the heart of Brussels. In 2019, Art Brussels has launched its new and diverse INVITED section, supporting emerging galleries and art spaces that are transcending the typical gallery format and that have never before participated in the fair.


Retaining its youthful profile as a discovery fair, Art Brussels brings together each year more than 150 contemporary art galleries among the most important of the international scene, gathered in four sections:

DISCOVERY: the focus is on young, emerging and lesser-known artists with recent works (2017-2020).
PRIME : the focus is on established artists from modern to contemporary.
REDISCOVERY: dedicated to art from the 20th century, this section presents living or deceased artists who are under-recognised, under-estimated or forgotten.
INVITED**: this section responds to exciting new shifts in the art market, providing new models to support a younger generation of international galleries that challenge traditional gallery models.

* Art Brussels presents a selection of SOLO presentations: each presentation is an individual, ambitious project dedicated to the work of one artist; a one-artist show in the entire stand or as an extension of the main stand

**As participation is by invitation, it is not possible to apply to the INVITED section.

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