With the Venice Biennale open to the public since last week, Frieze Art Fair New York in full swing until Sunday and PhotoLondon about to open next week, your best chances of catching a piece of the action is on Instagram. So we’ve put together a list of Belgian Instagram accounts – from the curator to collector – to follow if you want to make sure you see every opening, private view, studio visit or champagne glass they see.Compiled and written by Sophie Verhulst
artlead is an emerging, Belgium-based but internationally oriented platform for aspiring collectors – or for those looking to buy art through people who know what they’re talking about. Their website artlead.net – which includes an art journal and a handy search tool allowing you to find what you’re looking for – launches in September. Until then, you can enjoy the impeccable taste of art lead’s Instagrams with insider views of the art world’s latest exhibitions.
Louis-Philippe Van Eeckhoutte is director of Brussels gallery Office Baroque. His first exhibition “RIO” – after the Duran Duran record – opens at the gallery on 4th June and focuses on 80s aesthetics, featuring both upcoming artists such as Przemek Pyszczek, Barb Choit, Megan Marrin, and Michael Rey, as well as established names such as Peter Halley, Nicholas Krushenick and Peter Shire. His “must see” posts have a highly international feel to them.
Samuel Saelemakers is based in Antwerp and Rotterdam, where he works as a curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. He is currently working on a year long exhibition series under the title “Art In The Age Of… “ and “In Light Of 25 Years” – for which a select group of contemporary artists such as Özlem Altin, Camille Henrot and Christopher Williams examine the institution’s history through a series of commissioned presentations.
Collector Tanguy Van Quickenborne is young, restless and must have plenty of open space, judging from the posts-a-plenty of his own, ever-expanding collection. He seems to have taps on the latest up-and-coming young artists from around the world. Follow him for new discoveries, wish list inspiration or if you have an interest in artist or designers who use stone in their works (Van Quickenborne’s company Van Den Weghe is an innovator in the use of stone in homes as well as in art).
Antwerp gallerist Tim Van Laere‘s Instagram gives the followers studio visits and a visual on a wide array of art fairs and exhibitions around the globe. Most recently, he was at the Dallas Art Fair and the Venice Biennale, where two of his artists – Rinus Van de Velde and Adrian Ghenie – presented work.
Thomas Caron, former S.M.A.K. curator, is now working as art advisor and independent curator. Collaborating on different projects, he is currently developing a long-term art in public space project in Ghent. Join him for beautiful pictures of international exhibitions, studio visits and most major fairs; plus excellent coverage of what is to be currently seen in Belgian galleries and institutions.