Independent Collectors


“Brussels is booming, when it comes to culture and the arts,” says Katerina Gregos, the artistic director of Art Brussels. April 2016 will mark a double premiere: Art Brussels was held in its new location inside the historic halls of Tour & Taxis, and the New York fair Independent installed its European offshoot at the Dexia Art Center, a centrally located, former furniture department store from the 1930s. During such events Brussels really comes alive: parties, gallery nights, and open houses hosted by scores of private collectors set the program. For young artists and international collectors, this European capital––with both its charm and rough edges––is the new Mecca: studios, galleries, and institutions are here en masse. The Palais des Beaux-Arts (for short: Bozar) lures visitors with exhibitions ranging from Jeff Wall to Daniel Buren. Art-goers interested in current positions such as Edith Dekyndt are in good hands at the Wiels––Centre d’Art Contemporain, in the neighborhood of Forest. Nine artists’ studios for international newcomers are available for residencies at this art center, which opened in 2007 in an old brewery. If you want to explore the Brussels gallery scene, it’s best to take a tour of the Ixelles district, or the Lower Town, called Downtown. Situated here are the spaces of the long-established Greta Meert and the gallery Dépendance, run by Michael Callies who originally hails from Germany. Walking in the direction of Ixelles you’ll also pass the flagship gallery Jan Mot, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, recently relocated from Antwerp, as well as the New York blue-chip gallery Barbara Gladstone. Upon arriving in the elegant Ixelles district, you’ll find Almine Rech, Xavier Hufkens, and Levy.Delval. Whoever wishes to stock up on art books in otherwise comics-enthusiast Belgium should head straight to the magnificent Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert Passage, near the Grand-Place. Here, the Librairie Saint-Hubert and the bookshop Tropismes provide an opportunity for endless hours of browsing.

Brussels (19)

Vanhaerents Art Collection

Where the connection between building and collecting is more than metaphorical

Galila Barzilaï

Galila’s P.O.C presents itself as a contemporary curiosity cabinet.


The Family Servais Collection and The Loft present AMEXICA, an exhibition curated by Marisol Rodríguez

Sun Women

"Sun Women" presents seven artists brought together from external private collections in Riva's exhibition space.

Servais Family Collection – Dérapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries

The current hang of works from the Servais Family Collection, curated by Dragos Olea, offers a juxtaposition of concern versus hope

The Apartment

Charming presentation of contemporary art in the heart of Brussels.

Christophe Veys

An interview with the collector who owns the “invisible collection”.


An exhibition detailing the representation of the animal in contemporary art.

Remembering Mwene Mutapa – Exotic Mapping of a Collection

The Brussels-based contemporary art collection marked by a non-Western focus.

Polish Village

For the first time, the collection presents an exhibition entirely dedicated to the American artist Frank Stella.

Forever Young

The 2016 annual presentation organized by collector Alain Servais in his 900-square-meter loft in Brussels.

A from Animism, Atlas, Adrift[1]

A from Animism, Atlas, Adrift, Algorithmic, Apocryphal, Automatic, Ambiguous, Amnesia, Allegory, Above, Archive, Alien…

Human Figure

Creating a dialogue between contemporary sculptures and works from Oceanic Art

The Power and The Glory

Opening on the eve of the now infamous 2016 US elections, “The Power and The Glory” set out to examine the tension between an artist’s desire to shine and their desire to exist.

Not Really Really

Removed from the material world and undergoing various transformations.

Walter Vanhaerents

A Story About An Island

Many Suns & Worlds

The Brussels based Vanhaerents Art Collection is hosting the first solo exhibition of Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno.

Break Out!

In 1966, Alighiero Boetti created a trio of sculptures titled “Zig Zag”, consisting of the fabric of a beach chair woven in inside an aluminium cube.

Warhol & Subsequent Effects

Located in a charmingly remodelled former industrial building in the Dansaert district in the heart of Brussels, the Walter Vanhaerents contemporary art collection is presented in biannual exhibitions on three floors.