I was looking for a good quote about art to introduce today’s post and came upon the following from Paul Gauguin. “The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art’s audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public.”
Whether you agree with this statement or not, art, especially modern art, isn’t always well understood or approachable by the general public. So what a great idea Stephanie, a Canadian living in Brussels, had to create the Accessible Art Fair. Now in its fifth year, the fair aims to bring artists and art lovers together and provide art buyers the opportunity to gain more insight into the artists’ work.
Taking place this weekend, the Brussels Accessible Art Fair is intended for first time buyers as well as art collectors, giving them a chance to meet artists in a casual setting. Held in the Conrad Hotel’s main ballroom, the event will have works from over 50 international artists on display, including paintings, photography and sculpture at a range of prices.
The fair opens on Friday, 21 September (6-10pm) and continues Saturday (11am-6pm) and Sunday (11am-6pm). Admission is free but you need to register via the Eventbrite page. If you’re looking for personalized help to navigate the collections, the Accessible Art Fair team will be on hand to offer art consultancy services. Visitors who need to see the works of art in their surroundings before purchasing will be given this opportunity after the event.
If you want a sneak preview of the fair, head out to Louise Night on Thursday, 20 September, when several high-end shops (Tiffany’s, Agnès B, Ralph Lauren) will be displaying some of the participating artists’ work. You can also check out the Facebook page for a glimpse.
The Accessible Art Fair is run twice a year in Belgium (Brussels and Antwerp) as well as in other capitals including Tel Aviv, Vienna and Bratislava. It’s a great opportunity to acquire an original work of art for your home or office and meet the artists behind the work.
Expats for UNICEF is the charity partner for this year’s fair so be sure to stop by the stand. There will be photographs for sale and the proceeds will go to support UNICEF programs.
I’ll be at the fair all weekend at the UNICEF stand so be sure to say hello!
Images via Accessible Art Fair.