Discover Benelux, Issue 43, July 2017

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Discover Benelux  |  Culture  |  Top Belgian Galleries & Art Exhibitions

Pierre Alechinsky, Chassez le naturel (1968).

Guy Pieters Gallery: one of a kind TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK  |  PHOTOS: GUY PIETERS GALLERY

A protagonist of the art scene, promoting and collecting artists with an inventive point of view: this is what makes Guy Pieters Gallery. Shaped by his small hometown of Sint-MartensLatem, Pieters is a gallery owner and art dealer known for his uncommon sense for greatness and entrepreneurial strategies, binding internationally renowned artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Marcel Broodthaers, Arman, César, Yves Klein and Jan Fabre to his eponymous gallery.

ering love for art at a young age, Pieters’ life has shaped itself through unexpected meetings, lifelong friendships with artists, and above all his wife Linda. His success has led him to establish several art galleries over the past 30 years: from SintMartens-Latem to Knokke, Saint Paul de Vence and Paris, to the anticipated opening of a St Tropez location in July 2018. Showcasing the masters of new realism and pop art alongside the talents of tomorrow, Guy Pieters Gallery has gained a reputation far beyond its native Belgium.

‘Looking for the unexpected is what gives life meaning’: that is the motto Guy Pieters has treasured throughout his life. Discov-

Moments of art

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Jan Fabre, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Robert Indiana, Marcel Duchamp,

Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Keith Haring, among many others; the lengthy list of artists presented by Pieters hardly ever changes form. “I am very loyal to the artists that I represent,” Pieters starts. “I would like to view myself as a friend before anything else. My collaborations have evolved in lifelong friendships based on a common passion for art, in which we shared many moments of life.” Guy Pieters Gallery is dedicated to new realism and pop art, with famous works sitting next to solo exhibitions. Artists presented are mainly those who shaped or heavily influenced their movements. “I always look for the over-the-edge factor,