The first édition 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.
In 2025, ceramic brussels will be held from January 22nd to 26th.
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.
In 2025, ceramic brussels will bring 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.
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 and, as a member of the advisory board, is contributing to the programme and taking part in the selections.
This new event will take 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 intend to demonstrate its commitment to consistently question its format, and to promote and bring together all actors in the contemporary ceramic art world.
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.
↘ 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 organise the ceramic brussels art prize, a European call for projects with an international jury, and several prizes awarded during the event
↘ to contribute to the production of specific content by publishing an magazine devoted to ceramics
The fair offers an original and ambitious scenography to provide ideal exhibition conditions and encourage the discovery of artists works and installations.
Different 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.
The fair has the support of renowned international experts in the field of ceramics, who make up its advisory board.
The 2025 advisory board will be unveiled in march 2024.
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.
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.
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.
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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.