Brussels – The new Berlin?

(…) all the elements needed to make a vibrant art scene come together in Brussels. “You have good institutions, like Wiels, you have a dynamic commercial scene, a dynamic non-profit scene, and you have artists coming in and out a lot, as well as other visitors. You need all of these elements to create a dynamic art scene, and at the moment you have that here,” says Gray.

 Wiels, a contemporary art center, is in a former Brussels brewery. Credit Colin Delfosse for The New York Times
Wiels, a contemporary art center, is in a former Brussels brewery. Credit Colin Delfosse for The New York Times

Collector Frederic de Goldschmidt is confident the Brussels art scene will retain its vibrancy.

Some have voiced concerns that this moment might not last forever, that rents might go up, making Brussels less attractive for artists. But collector Frederic de Goldschmidt believes that “rents here will always be lower than Paris or London.” He adds that Brussels’ geographic location between other major European art cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdam and Cologne is also ideal and will remain that way.

The fact that the New York-based art fair Independent is to launch its first European edition in Brussels next year is another indicator of the fact that the Brussels art scene is not on the verge of losing its dynamism and appeal.

All of these factors, he says, are more important than whether or not Brussels can rightfully be labeled as “the new Berlin.”

Sources: The New York Times and DW

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