Munchies Art Club was in the dynamic art capital Brussels, to visit the Art Brussels art fairs 38th Edition.
Founded in 1968, Art Brussels has placed itself amongst the most renowned contemporary art fairs in Europe, attracting art lovers, collectors and curators from around the world.
The fair took place at the end of April at the Tour and Taxis site, a striking historic former industrial space by the city Canal. functioning in the past as a key shipping and customs hub.
It was the perfect setting for the fair, and the weather played along beautifully.
The sun shone, allowing us to sit outdoors and enjoy the company of new friends, cold delicious Belgian beer in hand.
The high glass ceilings of the Tour & Taxis building created an airy and open feeling.
The atmosphere vibrant and awe-inspiring.
Everyone seemed happy to be there.
I know I felt like a child let loose in a candy store.
The 38th edition presented 156 galleries from 27 countries with an exquisite selection of contemporary artists.
The 4 day Fair is divided into 4 sections :
DISCOVERY, which focuses on emerging artists, PRIME, for established artists, REDISCOVERY, for forgotten or re-emerging artists and INVITED, promoting emerging and new galleries.
There was an incredible energy in the air.
Everyone was interested and engaged, with the gallerists and also with the artists who were present.
Art Brussels is an exceptional event to discover and explore contemporary art, offering talks, tours, performances, engagement, and culinary delights.
For me personally, it was also wonderful to see how many galleries were representing Ceramic artworks.
The ceramic sculptural work of Senegalese artist Seyni Awa Camara, represented by the Baronian Gallery, won this year's Solo Prize with the ceramic sculptures from his series Maternités.
Nino Mier represented the artist Stephanie Temma Hier and her extraordinary stoneware works, a truly exceptional artist.
Another piece that caught our attention was the ceramic purple sculpture by Greek artist Dionisis Kavallieratos shown at the Bernier Eliades booth.
There were many incredible experiences, such as standing in front of an André Butzer that was definitely one of them, as well as visiting the booths of the galleries I follow on Instagram was another.
It was such an amazing experience to stand in front of an artwork one has to date only seen on the screen, or that feeling of standing in the middle of a booth from a prominent gallery you have been following for so long.
The friendliness I experienced, the conversations I led, the new friends I made all within 2 days have been enormously inspiring.
Entering the fair one of the first pieces that struck me was the large painting by the artist Ben Sledsens presented by the gallery Tim Van Laere on the left.
It set the mood and offered the promise of more to come and we were not disappointed.
We instantly fell in love with the wonderful large paintings shown at Geukens De Vil from the artist Shirley Villavicencio Pizango with Peruvian descent, who works and lives in Ghent.
The Booth was beautiful and inviting and definitely one of my favourite at the fair.
Another eye catcher was the booth of the Galerie Les Filles du calvaire with the installation from the artist Kenny Duncan, dazzling.
Art Brussels is an event to be noted in art lovers calendar as an event not to be missed.
Set in the dynamic city of Brussels that has so much to offer culturally is an all-round exceptional package deal offering more than just the fair.