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Brussels Art Scene: Conceptual Art in its Prime

Exhibition view: Making Visible, Harlan Levey Projects, 2024.


By WM March 19, 2024

The air in Brussels, Belgium, is filled with young, artistic energy – coined as “cozy chaos” by The New York Times and “the next design capital” by Architectural Digest. Over the last decade, the city has supported creative experimentation for residential and incoming artists, sending ripples into the art and design world. Brussels’ galleries and private collections have created space for further experimentation and contemplation.

Brussels art scene still can surprise by its exhibition quality, and it does create a paradise for Art lovers from all over the world. Two of newer places in town that have caught our attention on are Kin Gallery and Beige Gallery along with a well-established Harlan Levey Projects, now situated in the new location in the downtown area of the city .

Gallery KIN, founded by the renowned curator Nicolas Schaffhausen, showcased the works of Liam Gillick, a UK artist whose practice encompasses vulnerability within the semiotics of technology. His work questions the language of renovated spaces and the tension between minimalist designs.

Courtesy of KIN.

The exquisite exhibition at Beige Gallery founded only year ago by Ann Cesteleyn, showcasing the work of the young and talented Paul Czerlitzki who is noy yet widely known by the larger public merits our full attention. Harlan Levey Projects (HLP), a rapidly emerging small powerhouse with a flawless art selection, is developing a strong reputation for impeccable curation. Having already showcased an array of talents that includes championing artists Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Marcin Dudek and Haseeb Ahmed.

The Gallery invited guest curator Lara Pan, who utilized the whimsical creative energy sparked from her further manifested artistic vision to encapsulate the ethos of transcendentalism in her exhibition titled “Making Visible." 

This endeavor drew inspiration from Edwin Schlossberg seminal 1969 film bearing the same title and showcased a symphony of ingenuity and reflection. Making Visible was a conceptual video exploration of McLuhanesque prophecies and communication theory, revealing the hidden potential of television material and its imperceptible realm. The 26-minute cinematic essay prompts questions of temporality, industrialization, and the human experience.

Exhibition view: Making Visible, Harlan Levey Projects, 2024.

Schlossberg confronts his viewers with the profound notion that “in order to make this image visible to you, it had to become invisible.” 2 Pan echoes the essence of Schlossberg’s vision, a realm where the tangible and the abstract dance in harmony, and continues to invite viewers to question and explore the impermeable nature of art and creativity. She shared her vision by inviting artists whose works expend the consciousness of the viewer. We observed a gathering of unique artistic minds including  Edwin Schlossberg, Constance DeJong, Suzanne Treister and Gunther Selichar alongside a younger generation of talents such as Ira Lombardia and Jonathan Sullam . Ultimately, she wishes for us to see beyond the surface.

Suzanne Treister, 2018, The Holographic Universe Theory Of Art History (THUTOAH), Single-channel video (16:54 mins) with sound (51:16 mins)

“Making Visible”, a fusion of art and concept, is a kaleidoscope of perspectives, revolving around themes such as invisible imagery, hidden messages, and intersections of conscious and unconscious perceptions of possibilities. Harlan Levey Projects and Lara Pan was an unparalleled match 

In the vibrant art scene of Brussels, Harlan Levey Projects together with Kin Gallery and Beige Gallery stand as a testament to the city’s ever-developing status as a hub of creative innovation. WM 



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