Brafa makes a foray into contemporary art
In this year’s edition of Brafa, the Brussels fair opened itself up to contemporary art with an hommage to Julio Le Parc, the founding member of G.R.A.V (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel).
Whilst many of the exhibitors were returning for another year, there were a good number of new faces too, including La Béraudière gallery, which recently moved from Geneva to Brussels, Patrick de Brock Gallery (Knokke), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels) and Omer Tiroche (London). Many of the modern and contemporary galleries appear to be saving themselves for the grand pageant that is TEFAF, which will take place this March in Maastricht, but there was still some interesting food for thought. Here is our quick overview…
Francis Maere Fine Arts Gallery has rediscovered Eugène Dodeigne, who passed away in 2015. Dodeigne is one of the most significant French sculptors of the 20th and 21st centuries, but is woefully unknown. The gallery presented a collection of his charcoal drawings on paper and an installation of five stunning anthropomorphic sculptures in limestone.
Eugène Dodeigne. Photo : Clotilde Scordia
London gallery Omer Tiroche presented a huge 1960 work by Karel Appel entitled Personnage.
Personnage (1960). Courtesy Omer Tiroche
Kalman Maklary Fine Arts (Budapest) returned to the fair with an ensemble of works by Judit Reigl.
Claude Bernard presented the young painter Ronan Barrot, whose austere works make a dramatic impression.
Ronan Barrot, Untitled (2016). Courtesy Galerie Claude Bernard.
The works on paper by Georges Valmier & Auguste Herbin, shown at Harold t’Kint de Roodenbeke.
Auguste Herbin, Do (1945). Photo : Clotilde Scordia
Last but not least, Brussels’ own Patinoire Royale, a stalwart of Brafa, returned to the fair with work by Joana Vasconcelos (who currently has an exhibition at the gallery) and kinetic artists including Julio Le Parc.
Julio Le Parc, Quantitative sequences (1959-1991). Courtesy La Patinoire Royale
Until January 29