Independent Brussels Announces Dates and Preliminary Exhibitor List

The newest fair in Brussels has a banging lineup.

Brussels Grand PlacePhoto: via Iapss
Brussels Grand Place
Photo: via Iapss

The hotly anticipated inaugural edition of Independent Brussels has announced its dates and exhibitors.

The fair will take place on April 20-23, 2016, at the 50,000-square-foot Vanderborght Building, a stunning 1930s building located smack in the middle of the city, which once housed the Dexia bank’s art collection.

A few days ago, it was also announced that Olivier Pesret and Liv Vaisberg would be co-directors of the Brussels branch of the fair, which was originally founded by dealers Elizabeth Dee and Darren Flook in New York in 2010.

Liv Vaisberg<br>Photo: via See You There

Liv Vaisberg
Photo: via See You There

Vaisberg has become a key player in the buzzing art scene of the European capital. She is also the co-founder of the Brussels-based fair Poppositions, which launched in 2012, and follows an alternative fair model: Exhibitors are charged a modest fee of €200, tickets are just €5, and the entire event is run completely by volunteers.

Independent has been a model and personal inspiration,” Vaisberg said in a statement. “Its arrival to Brussels is highly anticipated and I am excited to take on the challenges now, as Brussels emerges as the new city of attraction for the contemporary art scene.”

Brussels is indeed positioning itself as an essential art hub in Europe, and the third week of April is becoming a particularly busy week. Independent’s main competitor, Art Brussels, will take place from April 22-24, while the smaller Poppositions is slated for April 20-24.

The confirmed exhibitors at Independent Brussels 2016 so far are:

Air de Paris, Paris

Christian Andersen, Copenhagen

Catherine Bastide, Brussels

Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö

Broadway 1602, New York

Carlos/Ishikawa, London

Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin

C L E A R I N G, Brussels/New York

Elizabeth Dee, New York

Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

gb agency, Paris

Gladstone Gallery, Brussels/New York

High Art, Paris

Emanuel Layr, Vienna

Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam

Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf

Markus Lüttgen, Cologne

Mary Mary, Glasgow

Meessen De Clercq, Brussels

Jan Mot, Brussels

Nature Morte, New Delhi

Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt

off vendome, Düsseldorf/New York

Office Baroque, Brussels

Maureen Paley, London

Peres Projects, Berlin

Praz-Delavallade, Paris

Project Native Informant, London

Almine Rech, Brussels/London/Paris

Société, Berlin

Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels

Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels

Truth and Consequences, Geneva

White Columns, New York

Galerie Susanne Zander | Delmes & Zander, Cologne/Berlin

David Zwirner, New York/London


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