ceramic brussels

In 2025, ceramic brussels takes place from January 22nd to 26th.

ceramic brussels brings together more than 60 galleries, institutions and key players in ceramics, in a unique scenography, in the heart of Europe.

For this second edition, the fair promises to emphasise its international scope, open its doors to modern ceramics and welcome the participation of renowned institutions.

Over the past few years, ceramics has enjoyed a remarkable comeback, grabbing the limelight on the contemporary arts stage.

Supported by a string of pioneering artists who have gradually and largely contributed to its revival (Johan Creten, Miquel Barceló, Grayson Perry, Klara Kristalova, Carolein Smit and Anne Wenzel), ceramics has been given a new lease of life. 

As such, it is crossing over into the practices of contemporary artists, opening the field to new experiments and being showcased by contemporary art galleries.

Ubiquitous in artists’ studios, in international centres and museums, ceramics is in a constant state of (r)evolution, subject to multiple influences and practices, possessed by the Zeitgeist and driven by a varied and high-quality scene.

The first edition of ceramic brussels,
the first international contemporary art fair dedicated to ceramics, took place from January 25th to 28th 2024 on the Tour&Taxis site, in the heart of Europe.

The fair welcomed 55 international galleries and presented close to 200 artists to 12.900 visitors

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ceramic brussels has the active support of renowned international experts in the field of contemporary ceramics.

One of them, the sculptor Johan Creten, accepted the invitation to be the 2024 ceramic brussels guest of honour.

This event takes the form of a militant fair, resolutely focused on showcasing contemporary ceramics, with an intense agenda that includes visits and exhibitions, a series of conferences and the publication of an annual review.

ceramic brussels emphasizes the experience and encounter of content, while at the same time creating an international market and networking platform.

The fair intends to demonstrate its commitment to consistently question its format, and to promote and bring together all actors in the contemporary ceramic art world.

objectives

ceramic brussels aims to showcase the vitality and diversity of contemporary ceramics practice, support contemporary creation and stimulate new exchanges between artists, institutions, galleries and the audience.

4 objectives:

↘ to showcase the diversity of artistic approaches to ceramics through the selection of international galleries and the involvement of leading global institutions and key players

↘ to offer a unique forum for high-level exchanges, networking, and induce interactions and collaborations

↘ to deliver the ceramic brussels art prize, a European call for projects with an international jury, and several additional prizes to be awarded during the fair

to contribute to the production of specific content by publishing a magazine devoted to ceramics

scenography

The fair offers an original and ambitious scenography to provide ideal exhibition conditions and encourage the discovery of artists works and installations.

Multiple areas have been thought and developed to offer an experience to the audience. On top of the 2 main halls welcoming more than 60 galleries, the entrance area is divided in three distinctive parts to present different projects.

2024 edition

advisory board

The fair has the support of renowned international experts in the field of ceramics.

the 2024 advisory board

the 2025 advisory board:

Christine Germain Donnat

Christine Germain-Donnat (fr)

Patrimony Curator / Ministère de la Culture de France

Trained as a historian and art historian, her joyful erudition takes her to the history of clothing - to ceramics - or to contemporary creation, which she readily invites as a counterpoint to surprise the visitor’s eye and take it where it wouldn’t go! At the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris, which she has been directing since 2019, Christine Germain-Donnat played a decisive role in steering a vast renovation project that led to the museum’s reopening in 2021, as well as a major overhaul of its collections. Christine Germain-Donnat has previously worked at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, led the redeployment of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et de la Mode to the Château Borély in Marseille, and directed the Musée National de la Céramique (Département du Patrimoine et des Collections) at Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique.

Florence Reckinger Taddei

Florence Reckinger Taddeï (fr)

President of Les Amis des Musées d’art et d’histoire Luxembourg (LU)

Florence Reckinger-Taddeï pursued a career in law, in Luxemburg and, simultaneously, initiated and supported many charitable and cultural projects linked to her passion for the arts. Today, she dedicates her time entirely to supporting the arts, organising exhibitions and the publication of art related books. 

In 2019, she founded the Regala project and gallery in Arles, hosting artist residencies and an exhibition space, as well as artists’s monographies, the "Cahiers Regala". The first exhibition was dedicated to Christian Lacroix who, amongst drawings, paintings, photographies, presented his first ceramics.

Florence is President of les Amis des Musées du Luxembourg, and founder and President of Lët’z Arles and the Luxembourg Photography Award. She is an administrator for the Musée d’Art Contemporain du Luxembourg (Mudam), for the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg, for Les Rencontres d’Arles and for the Ecole nationale supérieure de la photographie (ENSP). She is a member of the board of directors of the Luxembourg Red Cross, and has helped to introduce them to many craftspeople she has met on her travels, as well as organising a charity auction at the annual Red Cross Ball which she chaired for 20 years. Finally, she is one of the ambassadors for Homo Faber.

@amisdesmuseesluxembourg
amisdesmusees.lu

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Ludovic Recchia (be)

Art historian and curator specialising in modern and contemporary ceramics, Director of Keramis

Ludovic Recchia is an art historian curator specialising in modern and contemporary ceramics. Curator of the European decorative arts collections at the Royal Museum of Mariemont from 2003 to 2022, he is presently director and curator of Keramis Museum and Art Center (FWB), an institution that he founded in 2015. Since 2016, he has been a membre of the International Academy of Ceramics. As part of exhibition offices, he publishes lots of books dedicated to contemporary ceramists including Marc Alberghina (2023), Daniel Pontoreau (2022), Charlotte Coquen (2017) Antoine de Vinck (2015), Frank Steyaert (2016), Marc Feulien (2006), Emile Desmedt (2005) and Johan Creten (2007). 

@keramis
keramis.be

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Geertje Jacobs (nl)

Director of the EKWC international artist-in-residence and centre-of-excellence for ceramics

Geertje Jacobs is Director of the European Ceramics Centre (EKWC) in the Netherlands, an international artists’ residency and a centre of excellence for ceramics.

For 50 years now, artists, designers and architects from all over the world have been working there to experiment with clay. The EKWC is the combination of world-class facilities, the presence of consultants with internationally leading technical knowledge and the openness to freely share recipes, processes and innovation.

Geertje Jacobs studied art history in Utrecht and Florence and has worked in the museum sector for over 15 years (notably at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Textile Museum in Tilburg and the National Glassmuseum in Leerdam).

@ekwc_oisterwijk
EKWC.nl

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Magdalena Gerber (ch)

Artist, Professor and Head of CERCCO, HEAD-Geneva

Magdalena Gerber is an artist based in Geneva.

Her artistic research evolves between the fields of art and design. Alongside her sculptural projects in the studio, her work explores changes in the industrial manufacture of porcelain in Switzerland. Since 2013, she has been the director of CERCCO, the Centre for Contemporary Ceramics at HEAD - Geneva, where she works as a lecturer in art and design.

She holds a BA in Ceramic Sculpture and an MAS in Art | Design and Innovation from the University of Art and Design Basel.

@gerbermagdalena
@cercco_head
hesge.ch/head

Photo Henri Jobbe Duval

Henri Jobbe Duval (fr)

Commandeur des Arts et Lettres ; Co-founder of the Fiac, Chairman of Source Garouste Hermine

Trained in law, he set up a contemporary art gallery in Rennes where he championed avant-garde artists such as Bram van Velde, Hartung, Messagier, Soulages and Velichovic...

He helped to set up the FIAC organising committee. He then ran the Beaubourg 2 gallery with Pierre Nahon and Patrice Trigano, and then the Travers gallery.

As director of communications and partnerships at OIP, a company specialising in the organisation of trade fairs, he played an active part in the development of the FIAC, the Salon du Livre and the Salon Nautique.

He also founded HJD & Cie, was Curator of summer exhibitions in La Rochelle (Richard Texier, Ernest Pignon Ernest, Hervé Di Rosa), contributed to the creation of Art Paris Abu Dhabi, and supported Ateliers d'art de France in the creation of the first Biennale des Métiers d'art at the Grand Palais.

He is involved in La Corderie Royale de Rochefort (Centre international de la mer), La Source, and is the President of La Source Hermine.

@fiacparis

@artparisartfair
artparis.com

@lasourcegarouste
lasourcegarouste.fr/hermine

founders

The fair is co-managed by a Franco-Belgian duo, Gilles Parmentier and Jean-Marc Dimanche. 

They both initiated several major exhibitions, artistic events and/or fairs in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, and share the running of the fair, playing on the strength of their complementary skills.

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Gilles Parmentier (be)

ceramic brussels Co-director, Art on Paper and Brussels Drawing Week Director

After more than 10 years working in communication and human resources, in 2011, Gilles Parmentier was appointed director of the Reporters agency, a reference in Belgium specialised in photojournalism and video.

In 2017, he founded Studio Gondo (VO Group), which links the artistic world with businesses and brands. Since 2018, he has been Fair Director of Art on Paper, the international drawing fair in Brussels, which he manages and develops. Brussels Drawing Week, organised in partnership with more than 30 Brussels cultural institutions, was his brainchild.

Today he works on numerous artistic and creative projects and events.


@artonpaper
artonpaper.be

@brusselsdrawingweek
brusselsdrawingweek.be

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Jean-Marc Dimanche (fr)

Artistic advisor, General Commissioner of the Biennale De Mains De Maitres Luxembourg, ceramic brussels Co-director

After creating and directing the design agency V.I.T.R.I.O.L. for 20 years, he founded in 2008, with Florence Guillier-Bernard, Maison Parisienne, a traveling gallery dedicated to French crafts, in the framework of which he organised more than fifty exhibitions in various European capitals.

At the beginning of 2016, he was called as advisor to H.R.H. the Grand Duchess Heiress of Luxembourg, and worked with her on the implementation of the biennial De Mains De Maîtres, of which he is now general commissioner.

In parallel, he directed, between March 2019, the date of its opening in Brussels, and June 2022, ELEVEN STEENS, a private space dedicated to Art and Matter, open to all areas of creation, be it the plastic arts, design, crafts, architecture or fashion.

Independent curator, he accompanies numerous exhibitions in the field of crafts and contemporary art, whether in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. For the past five years he has been a contributor to the Revue de la Céramique et du Verre and has contributed to numerous catalogues and artists' books.

@dimanche_lab
demainsdemaitres.lu

team

Gilles Parmentier,

co-director

Jean-Marc Dimanche,

co-director

Stéphanie Vessière,

exhibitions, food & production coordinator

stephanie@ceramic.brussels
+32 472 70 96 83

Tiphaine Queguineur,

fair assistant

tiphaine@ceramic.brussels
+32 470 01 54 62

collaborators

Sophie Carrée PR,

public & press relations

Pam&Jenny,

graphic design

Aesthete Studio,

social media

Variable,

web development

Olivier De Roeck,

scenography

Olivier De Roeck

Brainstories,

production Agency

ADC

production, light & son

news

A special publication dedicated to the fair covers technical, economic, historical, philosophical and practical subjects. It provides an overview of contemporary ceramic world through interviews, opinion pieces, exchanges and conversations.

↘ The 2024 edition is available to read or download here.

2024 publication in collaboration with AMA
2024 publication in collaboration with AMA