“Valérie Bach”

Rendezvous at the Patinoire Royale!

It’s a majestic space stretching over nearly 3,000 m2, which once delighted roller skaters. Today it’s an exhibition space with a difference, in the middle of Brussels. We spend an hour with Valérie Bach and find out about her commitment to contemporary art… at the heart of a historic monument. Valérie Bach moved to Brussels in 2005. At that time, she opened her first art gallery in the Sablon district. It was in 2007 that she and her husband discovered La Patinoire Royale, a neo-classical building constructed in 1877 right in the centre of the Belgian capital. Semi-circular arch windows, a magnificent Polonceau structure, period glasswork… They fell in love with it immediately, and very soon after, the couple bought the site. As of 2012, the Galerie Valérie Bach began presenting its programme on this site in the wing looking out onto Rue Faider, while restoration of the building’s nave continued, overseen by the Jean-Paul Hermant and Pierre Yovanovitch architecture firms. It was thus in April 2015 that Valérie Bach, along with her director Constantin Chariot and his team, inaugurated this new hybrid venue which has preserved its historic name. Already, three exhibitions have taken place here: “La Résistance des images”, showing nearly 170 works representing major figures in narrative figuration, curated by Jean-Jacques Aillagon; “Let’s Move!”, a vast retrospective of kinetic art organised by Arnauld Pierre; and “Prouvé / Takis” organised in collaboration with the gallery Downtown. And now, until 25 March, and for the first time since the opening of La Patinoire, all of the venue’s spaces are being handed over to one artist: Joana Vasconcelos from Portugal, whose show includes a few monumental works. You are the manager of the Patinoire, as well as of the gallery bearing your name. What is the relationship between these two spaces? Despite...

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Vareity is the spice of life: an interview with Valérie Bach

A contemporary art fair solely dedicated to drawing, Drawing Now, which is taking place in Paris until 29 March 2015, is home to a diverse and dynamic range of works. We had the opportunity to speak to the founder and director of Brussels-based gallery Valérie Bach, whose varied display of works caught our attention. Firstly, how did you arrive in the art world? Completely by chance. I finished by studies at a relatively young age and started working in an agency to make a bit of money. Since I’m fluent in English and German, they sent me to work in a Parisian gallery that needed someone that spoke the same language as one of their artists. I went their with the idea that it would be a temporary job, but I ended up staying for seven years. It was a real period of discovery for me, and I developed a passion for art. I then went on to work in a completely different sector, until I moved, with my husband and daughter, to Belgium, at which point I decided to go back to what I loved, and opened a gallery. Could you tell us a little about your gallery? We’ve recently moved to 6 rue Faider, in the centre of Bruselles, where we’re lucky enough to have a huge glass-roofed space of about 2,000 square metres. We’ll soon be holding our inaugural exhibition, entitled, “La résistance des images”, which will be dedicated to Jean-Jacques Aillagon, former French minister of culture and communication, and will include works by around 20 artists, including: Adami, Aillaud, Arroyo, Évelyne Axell, Babou, Braun-Vega, Chambas, and many others. The theme of the show is something very close to my heart: narrative figuration. That’s why the works we’re selected all represent an aesthetic resistance to the dominant trend of abstraction, and...

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“I Hate Couples” at Galerie Valérie Bach

Brussels, 12 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 6 September to 26 October 2013, the Valérie Bach gallery is to hold the exhibition “Je hais les couples II” (I hate couples II), which follows the success of the event’s first edition in Paris in 2012. This collective exhibition will feature works by 20 artist who work as couples, including Lucy & Jorge Orta, Géraldine Py & Roberto Verde, Mrzyk & Moriceau, Cécile Hesse & Gaël Romier, Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, Jakob Gautel & Jason Karaïndros, Bruno Peinado & Virginie Barré, Elénore de Saintaignan & Grégoire Motte, Susplugas & Declercq, Anne & Patrick Poirier, Gloria Friedman & Bertrand Lavier, Brigiette Zieger and Philippe Fernandez. The exhibitionis curated by Susplugas and Alain Declercq, and is to coincide with the 6th edition of Brussels Art Days...

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