An interview with the founders of Brussels art gallery VidalCuglietta

French-born Lilou Vidal, a former gallery director and Belgian Barbara Cuglietta, whose background is in finance, launched a common project two years ago with the opening of art gallery VidalCuglietta. Located in Brussels’ fashionable Dansaert district, the gallery focuses on contemporary art from both Belgian and international artists. If you drop in for a visit before 17th November you can check out the fascinating works of New York-based Amy Granat as well as Belgian-born Nel Aerts.

Why is two better than one?

In life in general two is better than one, and that’s also true for our gallery. We’re much stronger together. Also, we complement each other. One of us has a finance background in addition to a passion for art, which can be very helpful.

Does 1+1 always equal 2?

Yes, mostly. But one plus one can also be one at times. We are two people working together but the outcome is one single thing, one project: Our gallery. It’s one entity. It’s never three, that’s for sure.

Do either of you ever wish it was just 1? 

No. Opening a gallery is a big business that unites so many different kinds of jobs in one. You have to be a manager, you’re supposed to be creative, you have to take care of the artists, … You cannot do that alone. It would take all your energy. We’re like one body and two heads. It’s like taking care of a baby alone or doing it as a couple. Of course we sometimes have minor disagreements, but regarding the important things – our vision, art and strategy – we never disagree.

Is 2 better than 3?

Three can be interesting, but it creates an imbalance, it’s a bit dangerous. Most of the time you’ll have two people on one side and the third person on the other.

Do either of you ever feel alone, even when you’re two?

No, never. Working in a gallery is a very personal thing, it can be quite emotional. And we know that if one of us isn’t 100% fit, the other is always there for support. We make sure to communicate a lot to keep it like that.

Can you remember a life without your +1?

It was totally different. We both worked for companies and now we are completely independent. We created our own project, our baby in a sense. We found our thing and we are the two brains behind it.

Is it all 50/50? 

Rather 100/100! But yes, everything is, even when it comes to buying food!

Galerie VidalCuglietta
Boulevard Barthélémy 5 Barthélémylaan
1000 Brussels
vidalcuglietta.com