Art Brussels is huge, varied and definitely worth visiting, especially if you are into contemporary art or have the curiousity for it. The fair website says that it brings together 190 contemporary art galleries from all over the world, more than 2000 artists, international well-known names as well as promising young talents and 30 000 contemporary art lovers. Having visited it in twice I must say this should be the case.
Last year I spent more than four hours there and saw half of it. This year I stayed for 1.5 hour. What does this say about 2014 edition? Nothing. It does say something though about a change in my perceptions. Lately I prefer to see less but in a quality way – to immerse myself in and enjoy a few concepts instead of getting exhausted and dizzy by trying to cover as much as possible.
There was a triptych by Marcin Dudek, a Polish artist, called All my scars. It was opening like a window and inside one could see a map of his visible and invisible scars caused by different life experiences.
Another concept which made a big impression on me was a video again by a Polish artist. In it, he was lashing his naked torso to blood and as he was doing so, negative statements appeared on the screen such as: “You are not good enough. You don’t take enough painting classes. You don’t practice enough etc”. The video title was linked to a red painting, the painting his torso has turned into at the end. The actual act was a literal interpretation of the expression “self-castigation”.
I was taken by a photography with the poetic title “mood is never better than memory” by the Chinese artist Chi Peng. I liked his other works too.
I was not able to note all the names of the artists whose works impressed me but I took pictures of some of them along with some of the more interesting/funny installations.
And the one below I took as a wink to myself (those who know me know what I mean).
Apart from the art the fair offered talks by artists and art experts on a specially constructed little stage.
It contained other nice concepts such as cafes integrated among the installations and benches for short rest such as this so called “meeting point”.
There was also a specially arranged place for children to create.
Finally, I found Art Brussels inspirational and providing opportunities for both contemplation over the exposed concepts and self-reflection.