Old hardware store becomes temporary art gallery (‘We do not remember the Berlin wall’, Quincaillerie Vander Eycken, Brussels)

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The most remarkable gallery show right now in Brussels? Don’t look any further. Let me tell you. And that’s because you’ll have to really look for it to find it: it’s in an old hardware store and not in a regular gallery. We do not remember the Berlin wall (through November 25, Rue du Viaduc 66, near Musée d’Ixelles) has two things going for it: one, the location is extraordinary (so you will not be disappointed, even if you don’t like the art), and two, it’s clear that enough thought has been put into where the works of art would be placed in that gigantic space. Curated by Emilie Pischedda and Barthélémy Schöller, and based on a quote by Walter Benjamin, it unites 12 artists linked in one way or the other to Berlin. Quincaillerie Vander Eycken opened in 1878 and was widely known until it went out of business in 2009. It’s a space for cultural events now (info here). Due to the positive feedback both curators hope to ‘re-activate’ other places with exhibitions in the future. We’ll be following them, and you can to, on their blog. One little detail: this unusual gallery does have one thing in common with the regular ones: all the works of art are for sale.


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