Independent, founded in 2010, in New York, has its first European edition in Brussels this year. It is taking place on the six floors of the Vanderborght Building, on the historical center of the city, from the 20th to the 23rd of April 2016. Independent Brussels features more than 60 international galleries and non-profit institutions presenting solo and site-driven projects, aiming to rethink the viewer experience and the art display methods.
A.R.M. visited Independent Brussels and found very surprising projects, engaging curatorial proposals, and new approaches on fair exhibition display. Among many great shows here are some of the projects and galleries that we decided to highlight:
Delmes & Zander: After presenting the exhibition ONE/other Self Portraits at the Independent New York in March 2016, Delmes & Zander gives continuity to this project with OTHER/one Portraits, now at Independent Brussels. Departing from the curious photographs on an unknown artist, titled Obsession (circa 1870), this show delves into the obsessive relationship between the gaze of the artist and his subject.
David Zwirner: David Zwirner presents a series of works by Carol Bove, Stan Douglas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Oscar Murillo, Fred Sandback, and Christopher Williams.
Galerie Christophe Gaillard: Presenting the project ‘Porosity’ by the artist Rachel de Joode.
Elizabeth Dee: Works by Mac Adams, John Giorno, and Leo Gabin.
Office Baroque: Curatorial project from Jan de Cock, including works from different artists: Leigh Ledare, Tyson Reeder, Mathew Cerletty, Matthew Brannon, Christopher Knowles, Keith Farquhar, Michel Auder, Daniel Sinsel, David Diao, Jan de Cock, B. Wurtz, and Catherine Ahearn.
Markus Lüttgen: Gallery Markus Lüttgen brings the work by two artists to Independent Brussels: George Rippon and Ryan McLaughlin.
Ibid Gallery: Ibid Gallery booth at Independent features a solo project by Rodrigo Matheus.
Andréhn-Schiptjenko: Works by Uta Barth, Matts Leiderstam, and Cajsa von Zeipel.
Mary Mary: Works by Milano Chow and Aleana Egan.
Le Salon by Almine Rech: Le Salon rethinks the inhabited exhibition space, selecting cat tree inspired sculptures by John Armleder, questioning the ready-made and decorative qualities of art. Works by Regina Möller, David Polzin, Laurent Le Deunff, Eric Croes, Poesivski Poeselovski, and Amanda Ross-Ho (these last three bringing to light the diy and craft culture elevated to fine arts).