With its specialised national and international art galleries, Brussels is attracting more and more art lovers and collectors. Brussels has become the new Berlin when it comes to contemporary art.
Situated both uptown and downtown, these numerous galleries all present Belgian and international artists, both emerging and experienced.
Whether you’re a curious visitor, an art lover or a discerning collector, a visit to these galleries is an aesthetic, conceptual and even philosophical experience.
To help you navigate your way, here is a list of the capital’s unmissable galleries.
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.
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 renovated 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. The gallery also publishes artistic catalogues.
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 aims to promote a dialogue between international artists, established names and emerging talents.
10. Valérie Bach
The Valérie Bach gallery is the delicate neighbour of the former Patinoire Royale (Royal ice-skating rink), a jewel of Brussels heritage. This gallery passionately supports artists living in Belgium, and brilliantly represents foreign, emerging and experienced artists, whether they are painters, sculptors, plastic artists or photographers..
11. 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.
12. 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. In April 2017 it opened a magnificent new venue next to the WIELS. It offers a fresh and dynamic programme with young, internationally-renowned artists.
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.
14. 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.
15. 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 Europe and the United States.
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.