When curators play a role in art fairs, it tends to be for one small part or section. But for the third edition of Independent Brussels, Vincent Honoré, senior curator for the Hayward Gallery in London, will organize an entire fair. Scheduled to open on April 19 in Belgium, the 2018 fair will include commissioned presentations by galleries and institutions, as well as an expanded talks program.
Before the Hayward Gallery, Honoré worked at various institutions around Europe. He has held curatorial positions at the Palais de Tokyo and Tate Modern, and, from 2008 until earlier this year, he was the founding director and chief curator of the David Roberts Art Foundation. Honoré is currently organizing the 13th edition of the Baltic Triennial of International Art, which opens in Vilnius, Lithuania, in May 2018.
Much of Honoré’s work has dealt with performance art, and the 2018 edition of Independent Brussels will feature a greater emphasis on time-based work. (No details about the events programming or an exhibitor list have been announced yet.) He will work on the fair with Independent Brussels founder Laura Mitterand and projects director Goedele Bartholomeeusen.
In a statement, Independent founder Elizabeth Dee said, “Vincent brings a strong vision and track record of exhibitions that go beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar format. We’re looking forward to delivering a truly unique context for future art experiences.”