Poppositions Art Fair, Brussels

Launching its second edition, Poppositions returns to Brussels with another unconventional venue, twice as many participants and a jury to elect the best propositions from the selected artists. Running during Art Brussels, 18 – 21 April, the event continues to challenge the concept of an art fair by inviting pop-up galleries to fill a classified building with site-specific pieces. An international list of galleries are involved including, 200 x 75, Abilene, Actionfields, Not Yet, Les Commissaires, Outlandish, Greylight Projects and Rossi Contemporary.

Experimenting with the art fair format, Poppositions invites visitors to rediscover the unique venue through the prism of contemporary art installations throughout the building. Challenging the white cube format, the final presentation highlights the artistic skill and international appeal of those involved. The decision to showcase site-specific work also poses a question regarding curation, asking visitors to respond to the layout as well as the works.

This years programme will take place in Brass, formerly part of the Wielemans Ceuppens breweries in the Forest neighbourhood of Brussels. Built during the peak of the Belgian industrial revolution the art-deco building symbolises both the great expectations and inexorable postwar decline of the area. The building grew increasingly dilapidated under successive owners, eventually becoming a squat before being listed, restored and reopened as a space dedicated to culture in 2008.

Poppositions, 18 – 21 April, BRASS, Avenue Van Volxem, 364, Bruxelles – Forest.

1. Laura Porter (Abilene Gallery).
2. Karen Vermeren (Ponyho Gallery).