Our 5 Favourite Photography Galleries in Antwerp
Last month we visited FOMU in Antwerp to check Harry Gruyaert’s show Retrospective. The Antwerp photography museum is now staging a landmark exhibition devoted to the work of the celebrated Flemish photographer. Gruyaert is one of the most well known photographers in Belgium. A pioneer of colour photography, and he has been a distinguished member of the renowned photography agency Magnum since 1982. If you’re visiting Antwerp we highly recommend laying your eyes on his great use of contrasting light and colours. However, this article is not solely to point you in the direction of the FOMU, Antwerp city is also home to numerous Contemporary Art galleries worth of any art-lover’s itinerary. This selection includes 5 of the best.
1. STIEGLITZ 19
Stieglitz19, founded in 2008, is specialised in 21st century art and photography with a focus on emerging artists and established artists who lack wider recognition in the art world. Belgian artist Thomas Vandenberghe, whose practice is often characterised by his affinity for making small, intimate photographs using a compact film camera, will be presenting premiere work with Van der Mieden at this year’s Unseen Amsterdam.
Klapdorp 2, 2000 Antwerpen, + 32 495 515 777, Open Wednesday - Saturday 14 - 18h and by appointment, http://stieglitz19.be
IBASHO is a young gallery with a specialism in Japanese photography, ranging from works by well-known Japanese photographers to younger contemporary Japanese artists, as well as works from Western photographers who were inspired by Japan. IBASHO hopes to show the versatility and beauty of Japanese photography in its many guises, from the raw and unpolished to the minimalist and still. As photo books are an important medium for presenting photography in Japan, IBASHO also deals in new and antiquarian Japanese photo books.
3. FIFTY ONE
FIFTY ONE was founded back in 2000 by Roger Szmulewicz, who started taking pictures himself at the age of 16 – and who also happened to be the face of Ulrich Lang New York’s perfumes Anvers and Anvers 2. The gallery enjoys a firm presence on the international scene, thanks to its outpost in New York and its impressive roaster of photographers, which counts the likes of Ike Ude, William Klein and Seydou Keita.
Zirkstraat 20, 2000 Antwerp, T: +32(0)3 289 84 58, E firstname.lastname@example.org, Open Tuesday - Saturday from 13 - 18h pm and by appointment.
4. INGRID DEUSS
Ingrid Deuss started her own photo gallery in Antwerp in 2011. She selects each artist with great care and offers a platform to both upcoming talent like Isabel Miquel Arques and Nicolas Karakatsanis and established photographers like Karel Fonteyne, Marcel van der Vlugt and Rankin. Ingrid has a keen eye in which (inter)national photographers meet outstanding standards, are able to develop a personal style signature and dare to explore the unbeaten track of fashion and portrait photography.
It’s not really a gallery but we put it in this list nonetheless. This interactive photography museum houses one of the most significant photo collections in Europe, featuring both equipment and photo documents. Each year, the FOMU presents several temporary exhibitions by nationally and internationally renowned photographers (like the Harry Gruyaert exhibition we visited). In addition you can also attend lectures and workshops, as well as daily screenings organised by Cinema Zuid in the two beautifully equipped cinemas. Don’t forget to check their programming before you swing by!