For some, turning 30 is a good thing. For Art Brussels, its means five days of exhibitions, events and parties for 30,000 art lovers, collectors and artists around Brussels.
Art Brussels is an annual contemporary art fair that brings together over 2000 artists, both new and established names, from various disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, video installations and performance. This year’s 30th edition will host works from 182 galleries from around the world at Brussels Expo.
The exhibition starts today 18 April, with an invite-only opening and continues through Sunday 22 April, 12-7pm each day. There is a late night evening tomorrow 19 April until 10pm. Admission is €15 (€12 if you order online today). To help you navigate the enormous show, daily guided visits in French and Dutch are available to all visitors (free of charge) at 3pm and 5pm. You can also download a pretty good app that allows you to get a sneak peek at works from each gallery in the exhibition and information about the event.
Over the next few days there are loads of other events taking place alongside the main exhibition. Here are just a few highlights, but check out the BAANG (Brussels Art and Night Guide) website for a full listing of events and locations for each day.
- Egmont Park (next to The Hotel) is hosting an Art in the City, an outdoor sculpture exhibition from Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm, free entrance.
- Galerie de la Reine in the centre is the location for the first ever Video in the City, a showing of select videos from galleries in the Art Brussels exhibition. Open from 18 to 27 April, 2-10:30pm, entrance €5.
- On Friday, 20 April, check out Gallery Night. Over 25 different galleries around Brussels, both uptown and downtown, will have an open door evening between 6 and 10pm. See map here.
- Technikart Pop Up Club will host parties each night this week at the Patone Hotel, bringing together music and art in a creative setting.
Images via Art Brussels and Visit Brussels.