Presentation

Art on Paper, the international fair for contemporary drawing in Brussels, will take place from 6 to 9 October 2022 in the Vanderborght Building.

Art on Paper presents in the heart of Brussels a unique panorama of the quality and diversity of contemporary approaches to drawing through the organisation of an international fair dedicated to this practice.

Art on Paper offers the various audiences, both professionals and amateurs, the opportunity to discover this diversity through the presentation of artists selected by established and emerging Belgian and international galleries.

Art on Paper will be held as part of the third edition of the Brussels Drawing Week (3 to 9 October), which will bring together a series of drawing events in the Vanderborght Building.

Selection committee

2022

The selection of the galleries is made by an independent selection committee, composed of art professionals, experts and collectors, specialised in contemporary drawing. Through bold choices, it ensures the quality of the artistic proposals and the discovery of the most lively, innovative and stimulating.

Anne Bambynek

Anne Bambynek

Curator, National Bank of Belgium
BIO

Anne Bambynek (° 1992, Brussels) has been directing the contemporary art collection of the National Bank of Belgium since May 2020. She studied art history at KULeuven and Freie Universität Berlin and started working as Yves Randaxhe's assistant curator at the National Bank in 2016. In 2019, she collaborated in the realization of the exhibition Building a Dialogue. Two Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art. This year she curated NBB's second public exhibition: (un)common values, on the occasion of the collection's 50th anniversary.

Frédéric de Goldschmidt

Art collector and founder, Cloud Seven
BIO

Frédéric de Goldschmidt is a French contemporary art collector based in Brussels. He has been collecting since 2008 and supports emerging artists in their creative process, engages with curators in exhibition projects and shares his collection with the public. He is one of eleven collectors or couples of collectors from Brussels of contemporary art that have been invited to present a selection of their works at Centrale for Contemporary Art in 2017-2018 (Private Choices). Since 2010, he has organized several contemporary art exhibitions in Brussels, notably Not Really Really (2015), which he co-curated with Agata Jastrząbek, White Covers (2017), co-curated with Carine Fol, and Inaspettatamente (2021), co-curated with Grégory Lang, at Cloud Seven, a new hybrid center dedicated to work, life and art opening this Spring 2022. He is a member of the acquisition committee of Fondation Kanal in Brussels and a member of Board of the Friends of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, in charge of their annual Prize since 2018.

Joost Declercq

Art director, Art on Paper
BIO

Joost Declercq has spent his entire career in the cultural sector. In 1986 he founded his gallery ‘Joost Declercq’ in Ghent, where he introduced a generation of post-conceptual artists (Jan Vercruysse, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Gerhard Merz...), but also young artists (Berlinde De Bruyckere...). From 1992 to 2004, he worked for private and public foundations, such as the Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman Foundation in Antibes, or the King Baudouin Foundation as part of the project The New Commissioners on the occasion of Brussels, European Cultural Capital in 2000, as well as projects throughout Flanders. From 2004 to 2020, he was the director of the Dhondt-Dhaenens (MDD) in Sint-Martens-Latem. Today, he works as a cultural advisor for various private foundations, in addition to his role as artistic director of Art on Paper.

Benedicte Goessaert

Benedicte Goesaert

Art liaison
BIO

Benedicte Goesaert is an artist liaison for collectors, curatorial projects and artist estates. During her eight years engagement as a director of Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, Benedicte collaborated closely with international artists, galleries, leading collections and major museums.

Driven by a longstanding interest in Art History, Benedicte specialises in 20th and 21st century art with a dedicated focus on contemporary art post-1989. Having travelled extensively, she has discovered contemporary art landscapes from places as diverse as from Cape Town to Minneapolis and from Mexico City to Tokyo. While closer to home, Benedicte contributed to the international critical acclaim of Belgian painting. Establishing strong ties to the contemporary Belgian art scene, she has worked with artists such as Michaël Borremans, Dirk Braeckman, Raoul De Keyser, Mark Manders, Luc Tuymans and Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven.

Paul Vanhonsebrouck

Paul Vanhonsebrouck

Art collector
BIO

Born in Izegem on 28.09.1965, Paul comes from a family of traders. After studying economics, Paul founded his first supermarket at the age of 21. Today, he manages about 15 branches all over Belgium. With his wife and three daughters, he shares a passion for sports, art and culture. Paul's uncle, Luc Vanhonsebrouck, who was also a passionate collector of modern art, passed on his love of art to him. Together with his wife Sabine, Paul started to study art history and joined various contemporary art associations. In the early nineties, Paul participated in the creation of Liebaert Projects, a private foundation for contemporary art in Kortrijk. Paul has been the chairman for several years and under his leadership Daig Grantina, Özgur Kär, Sebastian Jeffor, Eva L'Hoest and Athena Papadopoulos have already been presented to the public. Paul is also a member of the 7th edition of the Groeninghe Art Collection, a collective that, under the direction of a curator, currently Elena Soboleva, collectively acquires artworks. In addition, Paul is a member of the advisory board of the DD Club, where he has been passionately instructed by Joost Declercq for years.

History

From the birth of the fair, under the impetus of Michel Culot and in collaboration with Paul Dujardin and the fair’s team, to the organisation of its 6th edition in 2021: find out, by year, the highlights and various players who have contributed to the evolution of Art on Paper to become one of the leading European drawing fairs.

2014

Premises and birth of a commitment to the promotion of contemporary drawing.

  • Born as a pop-up store, under the impetus of Michel Culot and the late Pierre Hallet (1953 - 2021), the Art on Paper fair evolved rapidly to become, from 2015 onwards with the help of Paul Dujardin, an art fair dedicated to the practice of drawing at BOZAR.
  • At the instigation of Michel Culot (founder of Art on Paper at BOZAR), Adeline d'Ursel and Paul Dujardin (director of BOZAR), a collaboration agreement was signed to support the organisation of a platform for the promotion of contemporary drawing, the Art on Paper fair. 
  • The fair advocates the solo show as the preferred form of presentation of the artists' work. 
  • An agreement places Art on Paper as a "hosted event" within BOZAR, which is a partner of the fair.

2015 - 2017

First editions and development of the Art on Paper formula in the Terarken Rooms of BOZAR.

ORGANISATION
Fair Director / Adeline d’Ursel
Artistic Director / Pauline Hatzigeorgiou
Fair Coordinator / Grace Lombi
Fair Advisor / Liv Vaisberg

SELECTION COMMITTEES

2015
Denis De Rudder Head of the drawing department, La Cambre
Olivier Gevart Directeur, Ete 78
Harlan Levey Harlan Levey Projects
Francesco Rossi Rossicontemporary
Maïté Smeyers BOZAR Expo
Christophe Veys Veys-Verhaevert Collection

2016
Denis De Rudder Head of the drawing department, La Cambre
Joost Declercq Director, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Olivier Gevart Director, Ete 78
Yves Lecointre Director, Frac Picardie/des mondes dessinés
Francesco Rossi Rossicontemporary
Christophe Veys Veys-Verhaevert Collection

2017
Denis De Rudder Head of the drawing department, La Cambre
Joost Declercq Director, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Olivier Gevart Director, Ete 78
Sophie Lauwers Head of exhibitions, BOZAR
Yves Lecointre Director, Frac Picardie/des mondes dessinés
Tanguy Van Quickenborne Art collector

EXHIBITORS' LIST
2015  2016  2017

  • The first three editions of the fair take place in the Terarken Rooms in BOZAR.
  • The fair welcomes 25 galleries including major Belgian and international galleries: Zenox X Gallery (Mircea Suciu), Albert Baronian (Robert Devriendt), Meessen De Clercq (Nicolas Lamas), Sofie Van De Velde (Johan de Wilde) and Michel Rein (Raphaël Zarka).  
  • On average, the fair welcomes nearly 5000 visitors at each edition, and its reputation is growing rapidly internationally. 
  • In addition to the solo shows, the Eeckman Art Prize is presented, a prize for young talent selected by a jury of professionals and initiated by the fair and its partners Eeckman Art & Insurance and BOZAR. 
  • Creation of the SOFAM prize for the best solo show, selected by a jury of professionals.
  • In 2017, the fair wins the visit.brussels Award in the category 'International Congress & Fair'.
  • Two in situ works are created in collaboration with BOZAR: in 2016, "Vaporisation Crystallisation" by the artist Henri Jacobs in the BOZAR Rotunda, entrance hall and Fumoir and, in 2017, "I still draw love, plants and things" in the Fumoir by the Ukrainian artist, Alevtina Kakhidze.
  • First partnership with La Libre Belgique for the co-creation of an Art on Paper supplement in Arts Libre.

2018

The fair doubles in size, further increasing its influence and recognition both internationally and in Belgium. Art on Paper at BOZAR is one of the leading drawing fairs and a key event on the European drawing agenda.

ORGANISATION
Fair Director Adeline d'Ursel & Gilles Parmentier
Artistic Director Marie Cantos
Fair Coordinator Kelly de Gheldere
Fair Advisor Liv Vaisberg

SELECTION COMMITTEE
Denis De Rudder Head of the drawing department, La Cambre
Joost Declercq Director, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
Florence and Daniel Guerlain Art collector
Sophie Lauwers Head of exhibitions, BOZAR
Yves Lecointre Director, Frac Picardie l des mondes dessinés
Kate Mc Farlane Co-director, Drawing Room 
Reyn van der Lugt Art collector

EXHIBITORS' LIST
galleries

  • The fair is located in the Ravenstein circuit of BOZAR and welcomes 50 galleries.
  • The fair opens a 'project space' section to allow young galleries and 'artist-run-spaces' to participate in the fair.
  • Collaboration with BOZAR Bookshop to present the artbooks of the artists present on the fair. 
  • Exhibition of a series of works on paper, "Dark Museums and Colored Museums" by the artist Leo Copers at BOZAR.
  • Creation of sound capsules by sound artist Alix Gastineau, on the initiative of Marie Cantos and with the support of SOFAM.
  • VIP programming of studio visits by artists (Gabriel Kuri, Audrey Cottin and Raffaella Crispino) and visits to private collections (Tobias Arndt and the Veys-Verhaevert collection).
  • Programming of three talks with speakers: Javier Quilis, curator and CEO INELCOM Arte Contemporáneo, Valeria Duplat du Tate and Denis De Rudder, head of the drawing department at La Cambre, and the artist Katrin Ströbel.
  • Performance and visual and sound installation, ''Drawing'', in the living room of the artist Clarissa Baumann.
  • Second edition of the Art on Paper supplement in Arts Libre in partnership with La Libre Belgique.

2019

The 5th anniversary edition marks a turning point for Art on Paper at BOZAR, the fair welcomes almost 10,000 visitors and received unrivalled media attention. Launch of the first edition of the Brussels Drawing Week.

ORGANISATION
Fair Director Gilles Parmentier
Artistic Director Bas Hendrikx
Fair Coordinator Agnès Raux
Fair Advisor Liv Vaisberg

SELECTION COMMITTEE
Denis De Rudder Head of the drawing department, La Cambre
Florence and Daniel Guerlain Art collectors
Kate Macfarlane Co-director, Drawing Room
Sophie Lauwers Head of exhibitions, BOZAR
Reyn van der Lugt Art collector

EXHIBITORS' LIST
galleries

  • Opening of the fair to the presentation of one or two artists in addition to the solo show.
  • Launch of the first edition of the Brussels Drawing Week with around fifteen participating schools and art centres.
  • Programme of talks: conversation between the artist Daphné Nan Le Sergent and Johana Carrier, co-editor-in-chief of Roven, and between the artist Keren Cytter (Daata) and Bas Hendrikx, artistic director of Art on Paper 2019.
  • Exhibition of Timo van Grinsven, laureate of the Eeckman Art Prize at the Botanique as part of the Brussels Drawing Week.
  • Production of a catalogue for the 2019 edition of Art on Paper, listing the participating galleries, the partners and the programme of the Brussels Drawing Week.
  • BOZAR has a 'BOZAR on Paper' stand in the Horta hall where a series of drawings of their collection in limited edition are on sale.

2020

A promising and highly anticipated edition, cancelled following the health crisis of Covid-19 in Belgium and internationally.

  • Strong synergies with the exhibition 'Molenbeek', drawings by Philippe Vandenberg at BOZAR. 
  • Second edition of the Brussels Drawing Week (cancelled due to Coronavirus) with a double participation of Brussels museums and art centres.
  • Programming of book signing-session by the artists, in collaboration with BOZAR Bookshop.

2021

Creation of a drawing ecosystem consisting of Art on Paper and Brussels Drawing Week.

ORGANISATION
Fair Director Gilles Parmentier
Artistic Director Joost Declercq & Charlotte Crevits
Fair Coordinator & Gallery Relations Agnès Raux

LISTE DES EXPOSANTS
galeries

  • Joost Declercq and Charlotte Crevits take over the artistic direction of the fair for a period of at least 3 years.
  • Organisation of the fair taking into account the current sanitary measures.
  • Publication of a new website with the development of a digital platform for the management of VIP relations.
  • Second edition of the Brussels Drawing Week with a doubling of the participating Brussels museums and art centres.

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