Xavier Hufkens is one of Europe’s leading galleries for contemporary art. Located in Brussels, the gallery maintains a diverse exhibition programme with solo exhibitions of the gallery artists as well as group exhibitions and special projects. The gallery deals in a distinctive combination of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation-based work.Read More
The origins of the gallery date back to 1987, when Xavier Hufkens opened a gallery space in an un-refurbished warehouse in the neighbourhood of the South Station (Midi) in Brussels. During the early years, the focus of the gallery was upon mid-career and emerging artists and the gallery is known for having introduced some of the most influential contemporary artists to Brussels at a time when they were still relatively unknown. British sculptor Antony Gormley, who is still affiliated with the gallery, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Rosemarie Trockel all showed in Belgium for the first time with Xavier Hufkens (Gormley in 1987; Gonzalez-Torres in 1991 and Trockel in 1993).
In 1992, the gallery moved to a 19th-century townhouse at 6 rue Saint-Georges, close to the Avenue Louise. Completely renovated by Belgian architects Paul Robbrecht, Hilde Daem and Marie-José Van Hee, the house quickly gained a reputation for being not just one of the most beautiful contemporary art spaces in the Belgian capital, but also one of the most interesting. The expanded exhibition programme coincided with the additional representation of a number of established artists from Belgium and abroad, including Richard Artschwager, Thierry De Cordier and Jan Vercruysse. In 1997, Hufkens expanded the gallery further by annexing the adjacent building and a number of new artists joined the gallery, including Louise Bourgeois, Roni Horn and Thomas Houseago.
A second space in the same street, at 107 rue Saint-Georges, opened in spring 2013. Located in the Galerie Rivoli, a mixed-use commercial development from the 1970s, the new gallery space was designed by Swiss architect Harry Gugger, who was previously in partnership with Herzog and De Meuron. Slegten & Toegemann, Brussels, managed the project.
An eclectic but very clear vision underpins all of the gallery’s activities: 'The definition of the gallery was established from the start. The common thread, then and now, is quality over and above everything else, which I find more intellectually challenging than a forced definition. From the early days I juxtaposed established artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto with someone like Felix Gonzalez-Torres when he was totally unknown. Today I still mix my work: I have no problem showing Malcolm Morley … alongside Robert Ryman, or Willem de Kooning.' [Xavier Hufkens in The Art Newspaper, Issue 220, January 2011, published online: 20 January 2011]
Xavier Hufkens represents some thirty artists from different generations. He was part of the six-member selection committee for Art Basel during seven years and also participates in up to five international Arts Fairs annually. The gallery has partnerships with the estates of Louise Bourgeois, Willem de Kooning, Robert Mapplethorpe and Alice Neel.
Ocula Magazine shares a selection of exhibitions to see in Brussels during Gallery Weekend.Read More Ocula Photolog Frieze Seoul 2022: In Photos
Frieze Seoul opened its inaugural fair this year in the Gangnam district of the Korean city. Ocula's Hazel Ellis was on the ground to capture all the art, the energy and the people.View More Ocula Conversation McArthur Binion: 'I didn't come from art history, I landed there' By Paul Laster, Chicago
McArthur Binion reflects on his artistic trajectory from 1970s and 80s New York to Chicago and Lisbon.Read More Ocula Feature Lynda Benglis: Sculpture on Its Own Terms By Stephanie Bailey, Dallas, São Paulo
Lynda Benglis' work knows no contextual limitation; be it with painting, sculpture, or her own likeliness.Read More
The much-anticipated Frieze Seoul has arrived, bringing together over 110 of the world's top galleries including a thriving contingent in Asia.Read More Advisory Pick Chronicling the mind of Frank Walter at Xavier Hufkens 27 August 2022
Xavier Hufkens presents the first European retrospective of Antiguan artist and polymath Frank Walter (1926–2009).Read More Advisory Perspective Art Basel 2022: Advisory Selections 10 June 2022
Art Basel returns with an exciting line-up of international galleries, with 19 newcomers joining this year's edition.Read More Advisory Pick Xavier Hufkens Inaugurate New St-Georges Gallery With Christopher Wool Show 3 June 2022
Xavier Hufkens have just re-opened their flagship space at 6 rue St-Georges in Brussels, marking the gallery's 35th anniversary.Read More
你認為自由是什麼？而在充滿惶恐不安、不確定的環境裡時，譬如此刻傳染病疫情肆虐全世界的社會，你認為自由又象徵著什麼？Read More Related Press Southeast Asia at Taipei Dangdai 25 January 2020, Art & Market
The second edition of Taipei Dangdai concluded on 19 January 2020 with the participation of 99 galleries from across the globe and over 40,000 visitors.Read More Related Press Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings 4 November 2019, Apollo Magazine
Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Rachel Whiteread, Gerhard Richter. These may not be names that spring to mind when you think of the British Museum, but they all have work filed away in its extensive aRead More Related Press The Hollow Heart of Antony Gormley’s Spectacle 28 September 2019, Hyperallergic
LONDON — The English sculptor Antony Gormley is a man who believes in the art of spectacle. Of the 12 galleries devoted to this career-spanning retrospective at London's Royal Academy, three of themRead More
Produced on the occasion of the exhibition Frank Walter's Chessboard at Xavier Hufkens, 26 August–22 October 2022. Produced by Barbara Paca, PhD, OBE. Film by Thomas Barzilay Freund.View More Related Video & Audio Katy Hessel on Alice Neel
Filmed on the occasion of the exhibition Seeing who we are at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. (27 January—5 March 2022)View More Related Video & Audio Jo Applin on Lynda Benglis 11 December 2021, Xavier Hufkens
A new video on the artist's recent sculptural worksView More Related Video & Audio Huma Bhabha in conversation with Diana Campbell 12 October 2021, Xavier Hufkens
There is no hierarchy between the materials, they're all on the same level, they produce the same emotional and physical response. — Huma BhabhaView More