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art/hoet bekaert gallery/ghent

Jan Hoet Jr. and Delphine Bekaert’s gallery rocks!  They have been supporting young contemporary artists for several years now. Since 2005 they occupy an interesting space in the centre of Ghent (Belgium), a classic white cube gallery with a twist.  At the rear of the space you’ll find a big open kitchen, where their opening brunches are being held.  The kitchen seems to be a great gathering space that takes the edge off the seriousness of a traditional gallery.  I felt pretty temped to make myself a coffee!

The have quite a few big spatial works on display in ‘A show 2010’.  The staircase to nowhere by Hannes van Severen and a mirror piece by Joris van de Moortel caught my eye.  This show runs until the 28th of February and the next one with works of Kelly Schacht is opening on the 21st of March.

You can check Hoet Bekaert out on the Armory Show in NYC this March and on fairs like Art Brussels and Frieze London later in the year or just hop over to the lively city of Ghent, which offers medieval architecture, canals and the fantastic SMAK contemporary art museum amongst others.  Hoet Bekaert has two beautiful rooms available above the gallery for those who want an alternative to a hotel – see details on ‘sweet dreams’ section of their website.  Great idea, this is not just a static gallery space, it has life revolving
around it.

Hoet Bekaert two

Work by Joris van de Moortel / Hannes Van Severen

Hoet Bekaert

Work by Kelly Schacht / Hoet Bekaert Gallery Kitchen
Courtesy Hoet Bekaert Gallery
All photos: An Michiels

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