The 5 most inspiring art galleries in Antwerp
1) Zeno X
The famous Zeno X gallery is based in a converted industrial building in Borgerhout. Run by Frank Demaegd, it exhibits works by Belgian painters like Luc Tuymans, Michael Borremans and photographer Dirk Braeckman.
2) Gallery Sofie van de Velde
As the daughter of an Antwerp gallery owner, Sofie van de Velde knows the contemporary art scene intimately. In her gallery space in the hip Nieuw Zuid neighbourhood she exhibits emerging international artists such as American artist Mike Bouchet. She also organises artist talks and art debates in her white spaces.
3) Tim Van Laere
Formerly based in a small town house, Tim van Laere moved in 2019 into a striking new gallery in the Nieuw Zuid district. Designed by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, the gallery is a brutal concrete building set next to the river with two gallery rooms lit by soft northern light.
4) Extra City Kunsthal
This art centre keeps moving. It started in 2004 in a condemned building out at the docks. Then it relocated to an industrial building in the north. Now it has settled into an abandoned laundry in the south. It stages edgy exhibitions by international artists in this remarkable space. The rugged industrial cafe was designed by the architects FVWW.
5) Fifty One Fine Art Photography
Gallery owner Roger Szmulewicz devotes his striking white exhibition space to Belgian and international photography. Ranked as one of the ten best photo galleries in the world, it exhibits classic American photographers such as Andre Kertesz and Saul Leiter as well as contemporary European, Japanese and African photographers.
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