Discover Benelux, Issue 53, May 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Culture Feature  |  Art Brussels and Poppositions

Art Brussels 2018, Tour & Taxis. Photo: David Plas

at 10 Chancery Lane enthral and terrify visitors in equal measure, and you realise that art is mad, but ultimately glorious. Despite this rollercoaster of emotional states, I was still able to keep my journalistic hat firmly on my head, and can report back on some of the best Benelux-based booths from the fair. Brussels’ mega dealer Xavier Hufkens showed Nicolas Party with one of his trademark installations, and pastel works. Antwerp galleries Sofie van de Velde and PLUS-ONE joined forces to curate a mega show of some 20 artists, and Geukens and de Vil recreated the studio of emerging Belgian artist Sofie Muller. However, the winner of the prized Antoniak Award for best booth goes to Nosbaum Reding, the Luxembourg-based gallery whose booth featured charred black walls and centred around Damien Deroubaix’s playful woodland hut. Fun, cerebral and immersive! 82  |  Issue 53  |  May 2018

As I left the fair into the balmy night, I reflected on my whistle stop trip to the capital. They might not be Frieze or Art Basel, and I doubt they want to be, but Poppositions and Art Brussels offer something different. Every conversation I had with people throughout the day was thoughtful, knowledgeable and enthusi-

Sofie Muller, Geukens & De Vil, Art Brussels 2018. Photo David Plas

astic. Each was also accompanied with an assuring lack of pretension. There is a real passion for art here, and it is infectious. I cannot wait to go back. Web: www.artbrussels.com www.poppositions.com