The Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection
The FdG collection consists mostly of works by emerging artists in dialogue with pieces from historical movements in the 1960s and 70s including the Zero Group, Arte Povera, conceptual and minimal art.
On one hand, many works in the collection explore reduced aesthetics with a great sensitivity to humble materials. On the other hand, a distinctive set of sober, geometric and monochromatic abstraction, such as the grid, are present. Themes of delegation, process, chance, combinatory, poetic language that critically describe the oddities in the world are considered in a large portion of the collection.
The main body of the collection is made up of international emerging and established artists working in different styles such as:
Ignasi Aballí, Harold Ancart, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Athanasios Argianas, Neïl Beloufa, Katinka Bock, Mohamed Bourouissa, Tom Burr, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Leonardo Drew, Sam Falls, Michel François, Romuald Hazoumè, Hiwa K, Jacob Kassay, Sigalit Landau, Elad Lassry, Jason Loebs, Shirin Neshat, Gedi Sibony, Valérie Snobeck, Elias Sime, Hank Willis Thomas, Rosemarie Trockel, Oscar Tuazon, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Christopher Wool.
Among the historical figures are Alighiero Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Dadamaino, Marcel Duchamp, Lucio Fontana, Jan Henderikse, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Heinz Mack, Karel Malich, Piero Manzoni, François Morellet, Michel Parmentier, Otto Piene, Jan Schoonhoven, Cy Twombly, Günter Uecker, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Marthe Wéry, Herbert Zangs.
An important part of the collection also concerns young artists from the vibrant Brussels art scene, among which are Aline Bouvy, Lieven De Boeck, Nadia Guerroui, Nicolás Lamas, Ariane Loze, Benoit Platéus, Fabrice Samyn.
Inspired by the life, work and world view of the late artist Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994), Inaspettatamente (Italian for unexpectedly) opens 11 November 2021, co-curated by Gregory Lang, as a preview to the official opening of Cloud Seven in February 2022.
Inaspettatamente features sculpture, painting, video and mixed media, 250 artists including Cory Arcangel, Kader Attia, Mirosław Bałka, Walead Beshty, Alighiero Boetti, Carlos Bunga, Julian Charrière, Mary Corse, Hanne Darboven, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Edith Dekyndt, Cristina Garrido, Theaster Gates, Shilpa Gupta, Roni Horn, Anne Imhof, Imi Knoebel, Kapwani Kiwanga, Gabriel Kuri, Alicja Kwade, Richard Long, François Morellet, Jonathan Monk, Roman Opalka, Damián Ortega, Claudio Parmiggiani, Analia Saban,Tomás Saraceno, Katrín Sigurdardottir, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lawrence Weiner, David Wojnarowicz and Héctor Zamora.
In the exhibition, a dialogue emerges between Boetti and the living artists present in the de Collection that echoes conversations around seriality and processes, order and disorder, and experimentation with different modes of production; either in a direct thematic connection or on a more intuitive level.
Among other themes, the show gathers artworks that explore time, duality and otherness, and the artist’s position in the world with geopolitical reflections that consider the current state of our uncertain times.
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Full House: One Space, Two Shows, 307 Artists, and 400 Pieces from The Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection
A book detailing two exhibitions that have taken place in the same building five years apart with contributions by figures such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Dirk Snauwaert, published by Mercatorfonds and distributed by Yale University Press.
Frédéric de Goldschmidt is a French art collector based in Brussels, where he has founded Cloud Seven, a coworking and exhibition space. Following studies in business, communication, and anthropology, he produced interactive media, TV programs, and films, such as Mobile Homes (Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes, 2018).
He has been collecting contemporary art since 2008, supporting emerging artists, engaging with curators, and sharing his collection with the public. He has co-curated exhibitions such as Not Really Really (2015), White Covers (2017), and Inaspettatamente (2021). He sits on the acquisition committee of Fondation KANAL, Brussels and is the President of the Prix des Amis du Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Cloud Seven is a 1,500 m² exhibition, co-working and living space with works from the Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection spread throughout seven floors.
The front building, built in the 1820s, includes areas for co-working, two flats, two studios for short-term stays, a multimedia room, a bar and a gym. The rear building, built in the 1920s, is designed to host temporary and semi-permanent exhibitions.