Renovated art nouveau auction hall makes room for Belgian contemporary art (Marie-Jo Lafontaine at Lempertz, Brussels)

Marie-Jo Lafontaine at Lempertz (Brussels)From Antwerp back to Brussels. Just in case you were planning to visit that quirky exhibition about the theater and performance works of New York artist Jack Smith (1932-1989) at Gladstone Gallery (through November 8), do it now and drop by at their new neighbours as well. The art nouveau auction hall Galerie Leroy Frères (by architect Jules Barbier) has been reopened after a two-year and 4 million euro renovation by German auction house Lempertz. In the impressive hall you’ll find an exhibition (through October 10) with two works by Belgian photographer and video artist Marie-Jo Lafontaine: Liquid Crystals (1999), a series of portraits of teenagers, and the video installation Victoria (1988), 19 black columns with tv-monitors. A link to a pdf version of the catalogue here. Next exhibitions at Lempertz, all focusing on Belgian contemporary art: Stef Driesen (Nov 14-Dec 20) and Thomas Huyghe (March 6-April 4).

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