The initiative of Art House Antwerp (Artha) to bring together Antwerp art from the 1960s and 1970s and to exhibit it in an overview on the seventh floor of the BP Building by architect Léon Stynen has had a lot of impact. “Artists, heirs and collectors spontaneously came forward,” says Tom De Pauw, who founded Artha a year ago.
To show the new acquisitions, the exhibition, which opened on October 20, will be extended until December 22. It will be free to visit on weekends and on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a custom accrochage with additional artists such as Paul Van Hoeydonck, Cel Overberghe, Cesar Bailleux, Ludo Mich, Freddy Beyns, Paul De Vree, Joost De Bruyne, André Donders, Toon Haenen and Patricia Beyssens. They join, among others, Fred Bervoets, Tone Pauwels, Wilfried Pas, Marc Jambers, Roger Van Akelijen and Albert Szukalski, who can be seen with large ensembles.
In addition to the overview in the BP Building, Artha starts with focus exhibitions in a gallery at Amerikalei 128, where a different artist is highlighted each time for two weeks with around fifteen works. These exhibitions will also be on display during the weekend. The series starts with Leo Steculorum.
Another new initiative are the concerts that will take place on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm in the BP Building. Saxophonist and painter Cel Overberghe kicks off the event on November 26.
Artha wants to keep the large ensemble of works of art from the 1960s and 1970s, some of which is in its own portfolio and some made available by collectors and heirs, together for a while. The intention is to organize exhibitions in Brussels and Rotterdam next year, also at iconic locations such as the BP Building. This is possible thanks to the patronage of investment company Buysse & Partners, which owns striking buildings. Artha archives all works of art on a digital platform.