ART*BRUXELLES*ART / by fariba mosleh

Oh WoMan, what a week - if you are into contemporary visual art and in BXL!?!
With Brussels Art Week in autumn this is the second week of the year when the city is full of art enthusiasts, artists, curators, gallerists, collectors and so on - it’s the week of ART BRUSSELS, the most important art fair in Belgium with all it’s satellite projects and parallel fair like Poppositions (nicely referred to as “poppo”), Gallery Night on Wednesday etc. Those who know me and art fairs, know that this is not really the place where I feel super comfortable and appreciate how art is handled … it’s of course a concept to be critical about. BUT it’s my second time here at Art Brussels and it’s surrounding program and I have to underline that I haven’t felt as comfortable on any art fair so far as I do in Brussels. It is staged in the beautiful atmospheric Tour and Taxis building next to the canal. It’s international, not too big and not too small. They try out different formats like inviting artists and galleries, giving juried solo shows to young artists or presenting rediscovered gallery positions. One can feel as a visitor that the exhibitors are enjoying their time at this fair, there is an open atmosphere, vivid bar life and you can easily get into conversations with one another.

Also the atmosphere in the galleries in town with an incredible amount of exhibitions starting this week is a unique one … a lot of people from the fair take their time to go and also see those. What I like about it most is the cooperation between the many art institution in this city and beyond. If you have a look into to the booklet of Art Brussels you get information about diverse art institutions - on- as well as off-spaces - and their program of these days. That’s really special and I appreciate it a lot. They are kind of working together - from so called commercial high end to non-commercial art facilitators.

It was special fun to meet several artists exhibited with whom I already worked with and from my time at ISCP New York***

Have a look to the pics which give a little impression about what’s going on these days artwise in Brussels.

For the whole blog of the brusselsARTproject click here.