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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the artistic direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Sean Landers, Sean Landers at rodolphe janssen, Brussels
7 November–12 December 2019 Sean Landers Sean Landers rodolphe janssen, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Sophie Nys, Sophie Nys at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
7 November–21 December 2019 Sophie Nys Sophie Nys Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Koen van den Broek, Keep it together at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
7 November–21 December 2019 Koen van den Broek Keep it together Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Rudolf Polanszky, Chimera at Almine Rech, Brussels
24 October–21 December 2019 Rudolf Polanszky Chimera Almine Rech, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, René Wirths, beatbox at Templon, Brussels
24 October–21 December 2019 René Wirths beatbox Templon, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, PAINTING BELGIUM: Abstraction in Peace Time (1945–1975) at La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
6 September–7 December 2019 Group Exhibition PAINTING BELGIUM: Abstraction in Peace Time (1945–1975) La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Jan Dries, Infinite End at La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
6 September–7 December 2019 Jan Dries Infinite End La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Nicolas Party, Grotto at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
15 November–14 December 2019 Nicolas Party Grotto Xavier Hufkens, 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels
Contemporary art exhibition, Nicolas Party, Grotto at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
15 November–14 December 2019 Nicolas Party Grotto Xavier Hufkens, 107 rue St-Georges, Brussels

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Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels Ocula Report Golden Jubilee: Art Brussels 27 Apr 2018 : Denis Maksimov for Ocula

At the entrance of the fiftieth anniversary edition of Art Brussels (19–22 April 2018), Iván Navarro's Sediments (2017) at Galerie Templon's booth offered an appropriate 'welcome' into the bottomless world of an art fair—a world map rendered in lights that infinitely stretch into a void by way of an illusion created with mirrors. At La...

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Fair Play: Reflections on Art Brussels, 2016 Ocula Report Fair Play: Reflections on Art Brussels, 2016 29 Apr 2016 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The Independent art fair launched in Brussels this year, concurrent with Art Brussels, one of Europe’s oldest fairs, and it was a fitting disruption to Brussels’ art week. Art Brussels, after all, was founded as Art Actuel in 1968, just one year after Art Cologne launched the first modern art fair as Kunstmarkt Köln. The same year...

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David Noonan Ocula Conversation David Noonan Artist, Australia

A recent exhibition at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels saw the presentation of large-scale, screen-printed linen collages by Australian born, but London based artist, David Noonan. As with Noonan’s sculptural and film works, the linen collages presented at Hufkens are re-configurations of both abstract and figurative imagery, which he gleans from...

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Almine Rech Ocula Conversation Almine Rech Founder, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Paris and London

Almine Rech—the well-known French art dealer and founder of her eponymou gallery—recently expanded on her spaces in Paris and Brussels by opening a third space in London. The new gallery in Mayfair opened with Pittura Oggetto, a group show that features a tightly curated selection of pieces by important Italian artists of the 1960s. The...

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Koen Van Den Broek Ocula Conversation Koen Van Den Broek Artist, Belgium

The work of Koen van den Broek refuses to be neatly defined. It bears strong affinities to the tradition of European painting, while at the same time inhabiting the landscape of the street and the vocabulary of American abstraction. Having studied architecture, the artist explores the geometric spaces of roads and transportation structures....

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Studio Time: The New Adventures of Plankboy with Sean Landers Related Press Studio Time: The New Adventures of Plankboy with Sean Landers Juxtapoz Magazine : 6 November 2019

Over the course of a three-decades-long career, Landers has developed several singular series of work where he re-examines the relationship of the artist to their work. Arguably most recognised of them is a simple character devised from the materials which support a canvas. Sparked by a strong interest in Rene Magritte’s 1947–48 La Période Vache,...

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Franz Ackermann - Our Houses - Galerie Templon Brussels Related Video & Audio Franz Ackermann - Our Houses - Galerie Templon Brussels Templon : 14 September 2019

FRANZ ACKERMANNOur Houses5 SEPTEMBER—19 OCTOBER 2019Galerie Templon - BRUSSELS© José Huedo

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Josh Smith in conversation with Anne Pontégnie Related Video & Audio Josh Smith in conversation with Anne Pontégnie Xavier Hufkens : 9 July 2019

Josh Smith talks with Anne Pontégnie on the occasion of his exhibition Finding Emo at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (7 June—13 July 2019).

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Walter Swennen in conversation with Miguel Wandschneider Related Video & Audio Walter Swennen in conversation with Miguel Wandschneider Xavier Hufkens : 9 April 2019

Walter Swennen talks with Miguel Wandschneider on the occasion of his exhibition Un Cœur Pur at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (1 March—13 April 2019).

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Brutalist sculpture is the star act at this exhibition in Brussels Related Press Brutalist sculpture is the star act at this exhibition in Brussels Wallpaper* : 10 May 2018

'I have a strong credo that an exhibition must embody real objects,' says curator Matthieu Poirier prefacing a walkthrough of The Brutal Play, in which works from Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Robert Morris occupy the Fondation CAB in Brussels. 'These objects remind the viewers of their own bodies.'

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Mark Hagen Does Nude Group Therapy Related Press Mark Hagen Does Nude Group Therapy TL Magazine : 16 January 2018

In 1972, a Brussels-based NGO called the Union of International Associations put together 'The Encyclopaedia of World Problems and Human Potential'. The project intended to catalog both the pains and the solutions to human existence. Nude Group Therapy—think of sauna time in Finland—was one such mean to alleviate interpersonal...

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Exposées pour la première fois en Europe, les images de Robin Graubard retracent 40 années d'une existence dans les marges. Related Press Exposées pour la première fois en Europe, les images de Robin Graubard retracent 40 années d'une existence dans les marges. Focus Le Vif : 13 December 2017

Take a Picture It Lasts Longer. Le titre est de ceux que l’on aime. Il va comme un gant autravail de Robin Graubard (États-Unis, 1951) qui s’est souvent plu à en raconter l’origine.La scène se déroule en 1963 dans un cinéma new-yorkais. Âgée de douze ans, Robin a emmené sa frangine voir _From Russia with Love-, le dernier James Bond.

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Small but perfectly formed, Art Brussels is packing a big punch Related Press Small but perfectly formed, Art Brussels is packing a big punch Wallpaper* : 24 April 2017

There’s nary an Anish Kapoor to be found at the 35th edition of Art Brussels. It’s an unusual observation for such an established fixture on the art fair calendar – but Art Brussels has proven itself to be no ordinary fair. With only a handful of blue-chip galleries present, Art Brussels has carved out a role as one of Europe’s leading discovery...

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, Art Brussels 2019 at Ocula Advisory, London
25–28 Apr 2019 Art Brussels 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, BRAFA 2019 at Ocula Advisory, London
26 Jan–3 Feb 2019 BRAFA 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Art Brussels 2018 at Ocula Advisory, London
19–22 Apr 2018 Art Brussels 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, Art Brussels 2016 at Ocula Advisory, London
22–24 Apr 2016 Art Brussels 2016

About Brussels

At the heart of Europe, Brussels is a bustling, ever-changing city with a unique and highly active fine art scene. Over the centuries the Belgian capital has drawn European masters from Pieter Bruegel to Auguste Rodin, René Magritte, and Paul Delvaux. Heritage and UNESCO sites ranging from the medieval Grand-Place to 17th-century guild halls, a 19th-century stock exchange, iconic Art Nouveau and Art Deco town houses, and the futuristic Atomium building, amidst multiple green spaces define the urban landscape of this cosmopolitan cultural centre.

For a city at the heart of European politics and bureaucracy, Brussels' contemporary art scene is highly anarchistic and anti-authoritarian, defying categorisation and standardisation. Highly decentralised and diverse, there is no principal art district; instead, networks and groupings of various migrant and local contemporary artists and their collectors are scattered across the city's districts in all manner of spaces. Empty and abandoned spaces across the city have been transformed into places of art, with even major institutions such as Kanal—Centre Pompidou occupying former industrial spaces.

The city's contemporary art museums and institutions—the Musée Modern (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium), the Kanal, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre and Centrale for Contemporary Art—give just a small sample of the Brussels art world. An abundance of independent and alternative exhibition spaces and contemporary art galleries help Belgian and migrant artists find their own path. Galleries in Brussels like Templon, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Greta Meert, Almine Rech, Office Baroque, and Rodolphe Janssen, as well as non-profits such as La Loge and Complot, and independent institutions such as the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art and the Boghossian Foundation (based in Villa Empain) act as the backbone to the city's contemporary art scene.

With one of the highest concentrations of collectors in Europe and a large number of galleries and independent art organisations that offer support and stability to newer artists, Brussels attracts a wealth of international artists, evident across the multi-cultural collaborations and exhibition spaces dotted across the city.

Major exhibitions are sometimes held at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, though rarely do all art circles converge in this manner. The principal exception is the Art Brussels contemporary art fair (established in 1968), when artists, galleries, and art lovers from all over Brussels and overseas converge in one place. Other smaller alternative art fairs have arisen in recent years, including Art Truc Troc, the Affordable Art Fair, Independent, and Poppositions. These independent efforts attempt to alter gallery hierarchies and provide further space for emerging talent.

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