15 unmissable contemporary art galleries in Brussels

If Brussels is attracting more and more art fans and collectors it’s thanks to the presence of quality Belgian and international galleries. Whether they are uptown or downtown, these galleries showcase their Belgian and international artists, both famous and emerging. A visit to one of these galleries is an aesthetic experience, as well as a conceptual and philosophical one!

  • Uptown

  • 1. Albert Baronian 

    The Baronian gallery is a must for Brussels contemporary art. Albert Baronian opened his first gallery in Brussels in 1973! It was an immediate success thanks to his exhibitions of artists from the Arte Povera movement. Today the gallery exhibits both experienced names and young emerging artists.

  • 2. Gladstone

    Gladstone is a major gallery dedicated to contemporary art, founded by Barbara Gladstone in both New York and Brussels. It exhibits the work of more than 35 major international artists such as Anish Kapoor and Shirin Neshat, alongside work by emerging artists.

  • 3. Xavier Hufkens 

    Xavier Hufkens is one of the most influential contemporary art galleries in Europe. It is set in a bright, completely renovate house next to avenue Louise and has a second venue, a couple of streets away. The gallery exhibits the work of artists from different generations, with legendary names of contemporary art standing side-by-side with young, up-and-coming creators.

  • 4. Rodolphe Janssen 

    The Rodolphe Janssen gallery offers two spaces on opposite sides of rue de Livourne and organises interesting exhibitions of paintings, photographs, videos, etc.

  • 5. Keitelman Gallery 

    Keitelman is a gallery that has specialised in modern and contemporary art for 30 years. It offers an eclectic choice of pieces that give visitors a global view of art.

  • 6. Meessen De Clercq 

    Meessen De Clercq is a gallery that exhibits work from a group of established international artists. The gallery stretches over three floors of a house built in 1911 and includes a video projection room.

  • 7. Almine Rech Gallery 

    Almine Rech is a Parisian gallery with an impressive location close to avenue Louise, in which it invites artists to express themselves freely. Big names of the contemporary art world exhibit here, making it a must-see in Brussels’ galleries district.

  • 8. Michel Rein 

    After spending a number of years collecting pieces he fell in love with, Michel Rein decided to open a gallery in the French town of Tours in 1992, then another in Paris in 2000, before finally unveiling one in Brussels in 2013. It’s a new space and a European dimension for this gallery in Brussels.

  • 9. Daniel Templon 

    Daniel Templon is one of the French pioneers of contemporary art. Many important artists who are a part of the art movement’s history have exhibited in his gallery. In 2013, he decided to open a new gallery next to avenue Louise. He is aiming to promote a dialogue between international artists, established names and emerging talents.

  • Downtown

  • 10. Alice Gallery 

    Alice Gallery has gained a reputation by supporting both emerging and established contemporary artists working in all media : sculpture, painting, photography and new media. The gallery represents artists who share an aesthetic that combines the codes of contemporary art with those of subcultures.

  • 11. C  L E A R I N G 

    C L E A R I N G is a gallery based in Brooklyn and in Brussels. It will be opening a magnificent new venue in April 2017, next to the WIELS. It will offer a fresh and dynamic programme with young, internationally-renowned artists.

  • ​12. Dépendance 

    Dépendance gallery was founded in 2003. Since it opened, it has exhibited pieces that are as specific, individual and diverse as the artists who created them.

  • 13. Greta Meert 

    Housed in a magnificent Art Nouveau building, the Greta Meert gallery is a must in Brussels. It showcases minimal and conceptual art from the 1970s, along with a selection of prospective artists specialising in the plastic arts.

  • 14. Office Baroque 

    Originally from Antwerp, Office Baroque opened, at the end of 2013, a new venue in a beautiful Art Nouveau building in lower-Brussels which once housed a brewery. The gallery hosts experienced and emerging artists, from both Belgium and the United States.

  • 15. Au 67 Rue de la Régence

    At 67 rue de la Régence, close to the Palace of Justice of Brussels, you will find an art space made up of two buildings which house several contemporary art galleries. The perfect chance to browse a number of different spaces in just one visit! : Dvir Gallery / Independent Regence / JeanRochdard / Monchéri / Sorry We’re Closed

  • To browse the full list of all the exhibitions and opening nights in contemporary art galleries, please visit the NECA website ("New Exhibitions of Contemporary Art ").

    You can also sign up for free to the newsletter or get your hands on the NECA pamphlet available from most galleries and numerous cultural venues in Brussels.

    NECA is edited by the Fondation pour les Arts (Foundation for the Arts) in collaboration with visit.brussels.