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On the occasion of the shows by the Marcel Duchamp Prize “Invitation au voyage” at the CENTRALE for Contemporary Art and the Young Belgian Art Prize 2015 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts – BOZAR in Brussels; the CENTRALE, l’Echevinat de la Culture of the city of Brussels, the ADIAF, the Association for Young Belgian Painting, BOZAR and the cultural service of the French Embassy in Belgium are organizing a one-day event around contemporary art collectors in Belgium and France entitled “Passions dévoilées – les collectionneurs d’art contemporain en Belgique et en France”.
Belgium is frequently regarded as an Eldorado because of its strong concentration of collectors who very often have shown their commitment to contemporary art through the many initiatives they have taken in the public sphere: opening of exhibition places, a policy of supporting the production of works, etc.
For several few years, there has been a tremendous evolution in France’s contemporary art scene. After being almost exclusively dominated by the public sector (Frac, art centres, museums), the last ten years have seen a noticeable increase in the number of initiatives taken by private collectors whose role in the art world is becoming more and more recognized.
The purpose of this day of discussion and reflection is to take a look at these two contexts with different analyses and the exchange of experiences. The talks are organized in round tables, conducted in the morning by Jean-Marie Wynants and in the afternoon by Henri-François Debailleux, both of them journalists.
The programme for the day will be available very shortly.