Independent Brussels Announces Dates and Preliminary Exhibitor List
The newest fair in Brussels has a banging lineup.
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.
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
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
Project Native Informant, London
Almine Rech, Brussels/London/Paris
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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