Opening of 'Inner Circle: Masters of Belgian Abstraction' and Collection Callewaert-Vanlangendonck
On a unique location with a courtyard next to St James’s Church, Collection Callewaert-Vanlangendonck shows important artworks dating from the postwar era.
While the two other galleries (Wolstraat 21-23) host temporary exhibitions combining modern and contemporary artists, the Collection will have a more permanent display with only a few exhibitions a year.
Since starting Callewaert-Vanlangendonck in 2012, gallery owners Yoeri Vanlangendonck and Brecht Callewaert have been collecting abstract art of great significance. The gallery’s collection is a good resemblance of a valuable part of Belgian art history. All key artists of the Belgian post-wart art scene are represented.
By organising exhibitions around various themes, the collection gets the chance to be shared with the public. Partnerships with museums and private collectors enrich the shows with works which sometimes rarely have been seen on public display before.
The location has also a symbolic value. With Rubens's grave only a few meters away in the church, modern masters are suddenly closely connected to the old ones. This refers to the eternity, universality and timelessness of art and beauty. Creating a space where those three elements can live in harmony is one of the main purposes of the Collection Callewaert-Vanlangendonck.
Opening on Thursday 18 May 2017 (7-11 pm) by Sven Gatz, Flemish Minister of Culture and Herman Van Goethem, rector of the University of Antwerp.