One month after the Brussels attacks that caused organisers to dread a negative impact on the fair, the 34th edition has ended with outright success.
While certain visitors, namely Americans, cancelled their travel plans, causing a logical decline in visitor rates, this edition nonetheless kept its end up, with a fine artistic selection offered by 141 galleries. Le Figaro spoke of “diabolical energy” while the Belgian media highlighted the bold selection. For the first time, this edition took place at the Tour&Taxis. Sales were good, with an average price of around €20,000 this year while prices started at around €8,000. A bronze sculpture by Jaume Plensa sold for €340,000 at the Galerie Lelong stand. Xavier Hufkens sold a work by Alice Neel for €550,000 and a mask by Thomas Houseago for $160,000. The MOT International gallery presented works by Laure Prouvost, winner of the 2013 Turner Prize, namely Swallow Me, From Italy to Flander, a tapestry for €60,000.
Despite a difficult context, economically as well as politically, Brussels has managed to stand out as a key contemporary art market in the hearts of collectors.