The Art Brussels fair, which runs this weekend, is moving to a more central location for its 2016 edition—Tour & Taxis, which was formerly the site of the Royal Customs House. Constructed between 1904 and 1906, it sits adjacent to a forthcoming modern and contemporary art museum in inner-city Brussels. For the past 17 years, the less-centrally located Brussels Expo has been hosting Art Brussels.
Anne Vierstraete, managing director of Art Brussels, had this to say:
“Art Brussels has largely contributed to the formation of Brussels’ reputation as a hotspot for contemporary art. Over the years, the buzz around the city’s contemporary art scene has grown massively. Progressively, artists are choosing Brussels as their place of residence, international galleries are opening branches in the city, and private and public art spaces are thriving more than ever. We have decided to move the fair to a new location that is closely connected to the heart of the city, near to galleries and museums.”