Art and culture are the heart and soul of Antwerp. Turn any corner and you'll bump into a museum, architectural landmark or a gallery. To escape the usual busy tourist attractions, why not embark on an artistic tour and visit one of the many art galleries? Attend a vernissage or finissage. Dress up for the occasion if you feel like it, enjoy a glass of bubbly and meet the artist. Seclude yourself among the art on the walls to enjoy a stolen moment's pleasure away from the bustling city crowds or take your art lover-in-crime by the arm for a Friday night of gallery hopping. Where to? We're happy to show you around and introduce you to a selection of ten Antwerp art galleries.
THE 10 BEST ART GALLERIES IN ANTWERP
Galerie Solo can be found in Antwerp South, near the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and is well worth a stop. This gallery exhibits contemporary art of both up-and-coming talent and already successful artists. Just walk in and be wowed by what you find. While it might not seem like your thing initially, you'll still leave with a smile.
Museumstraat 29, 2000 Antwerp, galeriesolo.be
Tim Van Laere Gallery
In recent years, there have been solo exhibitions here by Rinus Van de Velde and Ben Sledsens, among others. Those are big names for a small gallery. To attract more international artists, the Tim Van Laere Gallery will soon be packing up shop and moving to a new building at Nieuw Zuid in Antwerp. We can’t wait to see which celebrity artists we'll get to meet there in the near future.
Verlatstraat 23, 2000 Antwerp, timvanlaeregallery.com
Where does design stop and art begin? Sometimes the line between the two is paper-thin. And it’s precisely along that boundary that this gallery finds the perfect balance. Design, art and architecture flow seamlessly into one another here. In addition to photography, drawings and paintings, Valerie Traan also showcases cabinets, tables and chairs – not to mention the gorgeous architecture of the gallery itself. Large windows and a magnificent staircase breach the sterility of the white walls. That alone is reason enough for a visit.
Reyndersstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp, valeriteraan.be
De Zwarte Panter
An art gallery in a chapel – that’s not something you see every day. De Zwarte Panter art gallery has called the chapel of the former Sint-Julianusgasthuis home since 1970. The chapel was built in 1505 and still has its beautiful and authentic stained-glass window, which provides unique lighting. To get to the other exhibition rooms, you'll have to cross the lovely courtyard. You'd almost forget you're in the centre of Antwerp. Stroll through Hoogstraat and turn off here for a relaxing, art-filled break.
Hoogstraat 70-72-74, 2000 Antwerp, dezwartepanter.com
Skulls, you won’t be able to miss them in the art gallery that artist Steve Locatelli and his wife Jera De Vliegher opened in Antwerp in 2007; they’re his favourite subject. He exhibits his own work in the gallery, but occasionally also collaborates with other national and international artists. Steve Locatelli is best known as a street art artist. You can find his work all over Belgium, but also in the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Russia and New York, etc.
Oude Koornmarkt 53, 2000 Antwerp, artifexgallery.be
Art gallery Keteleer can be found near Antwerp’s botanical garden. Architect Vincent Van Duysen took on the challenge of the 600 m2 exhibition space and transformed it into a place with a strong indoor/outdoor connection where the gaze can’t help but be immediately drawn to the works of art, both those on the walls inside and those in the sculpture garden outside. In 2017, the gallery was expanded with a new space: NEXT DOOR.
Leopoldstraat 55-57, 2000 Antwerp, keteleer.com
In Antwerp's Nieuw Zuid district there’s tons to see and do when it comes to art. PLUS-ONE gallery also found its home here, on the ground floor of a new building. Both Belgian and international artists exhibit their works in this large gallery. The gallery aims to encourage more collaborations, more transparency and more adventure.
Léon Stynenstraat 21, 2000 Antwerp, plus-one.be
This is the place for Japanese photography by well-known artists and young talent. Ibasho is Japanese for 'a place where you can be yourself'. Both minimalist and colourful photography have showcased here. The gallery is on the ground floor of the gallery owners’ home, and that homely atmosphere is something they want to extend into their gallery. So, feel free to take a look at the works here over a cup of Japanese tea and browse through the many books of photography.
Tolstraat 67, 2000 Antwerp, ibashogallery.com
Callewaert-Vanlangendonck is located in the Antwerp university district. If you love abstract art, this is the place to be. Cobra, Art Abstrait, Art Construit, Formes, G58, the New Flemish School and the ZERO movement – the artists of these art movements are all exhibited here. The 17th-century building on Rue Saint-Jacques is also a kind of museum in itself, not just with art on the wall, but including archive material from the post-war art movement. It's absolutely worth a visit!
Gallery: Wolstraat 21-23, 2000 Antwerp, Collection: Sint-Jacobstraat 17, 2000 Antwerp callewaert-vanlangendonck.com
Gallery FIFTY ONE
Classic and contemporary photography exhibitions take place in Gallery 51, located in a peaceful corner of Antwerp, behind the Grote Markt. The property's ground floor and cellar house are where to admire the art on the walls, but you can also disappear into the small library for a little while and leaf through the photography books.
Zirkstraat 20, 2000 Antwerp, gallery51.com