Independent Brussels 2018

Independent was conceived and initiated in 2009 by Elizabeth Dee, Darren Flook, Matthew Higgs and Laura Mitterrand, with a consortium of like-minded commercial and non-profit galleries. It is an invitational art fair devised by and for gallerists, which reexamines traditional methods of presenting, viewing, and experiencing contemporary art. Now in its ninth year, Independent has a rotating participant network of over 240 galleries from 47 cities worldwide.
We are pleased to invite you on a virtual tour of the historic 50,000 square feet Vanderborght building. Step in and explore five floors filled with art by some of the world’s most exciting artists represented by leading and emerging galleries side by side.

Experience the whole art fair in 3D

Experience the art fair floor by floor in 3D

Floor 1

Edel Assanti, Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Galería Marta Cervera, Galería Javier, López & Fer Francés, Mendes Wood DM, Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, Mieke Van Schaijk, The Sunday Painter, Super Dakota, Supportico Lopez, untilthen and WE DO NOT WORK ALONE.

Floor 2

Alden Projects™, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Sean Horton (presents), Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Kisterem, Christine König Galerie, Josh Lilley, Nottingham Contemporary, OSL Contemporary, Richard Saltoun, Aurel Scheibler, Semiose. Whitechapel Gallery and Amanda Wilkinson.

Floor 3

Hervé Bize, Carl Freedman Gallery, Friedman Benda, Galerie Éric Hussenot
Labor, Galerie Christian Lethert, Meessen De Clercq, The Merchant House, Roman Road, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, VNH Gallery and Galerie Fons Welters.

Floor 4

annex14, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Patricia, Fleming Projects, GRIMM, Francesca Minini, Galerie Nagel Draxler, T H E P I L L, Berthold Pott, Galerie Joseph Tang, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, trampoline and VIGO.

Floor 5, Elephant, Ermes – Ermes, Exo Exo, Flash Art, NICC, Plagiarama, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Sans titre (2016) and Puilaetco Dewaay Private Bankers.


Independent Brussels was inaugurated in 2016 at the historic Vanderborght, a former department store in the center of Brussels, Belgium. The project was founded by the City of Brussels in collaboration with founders Elizabeth Dee and Laura Mitterrand. This unique partnership with the Ministry of Culture and the City of Brussels has allowed for further support of the European ecosystem for galleries internationally.

The fair has supported a year-round Belgian gallery residency program (Independent Régence) which hosts exhibition programming in Brussels in collaboration with Independent’s extended gallery network. Now in its third year, in 2018 the program will expand beyond its original location to a citywide format.


“We were trying to find a solution to these narrow, persistent problems of fairs and how they assist galleries in terms of their economies and how they function. There’s a reluctance of many galleries to take part in fairs, but it’s like a catch-22— they’re obliged to take part, but they find them unsatisfactory in terms of a place to see art, or a place for artists to present their work. The idea was to really create something of a hybrid— something that wasn’t exactly a fair, although there was a commercial aspect, and wasn’t exactly an exhibition, though it perhaps resembled one.

“We also wanted to break down some of those hierarchies that exist in the art world between the blue-chip galleries—the galleries that do resale, the more established commercial galleries—and the emerging young galleries, and then also the galleries that are outside of those narratives. For me, it was an interesting opportunity to create space for all kinds of art, a marketplace for all kinds of art, where you’d see things alongside one another that you perhaps wouldn’t typically encounter elsewhere. I don’t think one could necessarily say that it’s a curated exhibition, but it’s definitely a curated forum or curated platform. From the outset, for me, it was very interesting to have more ‘maverick’ dealers included in the mix.”

-Matthew Higgs

November 8–11, 2018
Vanderborght Building
50 rue de l’Ecuyer
1000 Brussels

Private Viewing
(By invitation)
Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 3-10pm

Public Viewings
Friday, November 9,  2018 – 12-9pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 12-7pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 – 12-7pm

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