Meet Lise Coirier, Director, Spazio Nobile
We asked a few questions to Lise Coirier, Director of Spazio Nobile in Brussels, and exhibitor of the new "Focus Brussels" section in 2020: professional background, gallery programming, participation in the fair, Brussels art scene and flagship work exhibited this year are in the spotlight in this interview.
The gallery and its programming
Since 2008, I edit and publish TLmag_True Living of Art & Design, a bi-annual international magazine, print and online, which shares my selection and my artistic and cultural commitment to collectors and lovers of art and design. A real tool and platform for discovery and dissemination, my husband and partner Gian Giuseppe Simeone and I wanted to get even more involved in the creation, and in 2016 opened the Spazio Nobile gallery dedicated to contemporary applied arts, collectible design, and photography. Without putting any border between disciplines, the visual arts rub shoulders with the fine arts. We give impetus to the creation of unique pieces, limited editions, and installations that are both experimental and artistic, with a particular sensitivity to everything related to nature and minerality.
Your participation in the fair
It was a regular Luxembourg-based collector of the gallery who spoke highly of Luxembourg Art Week and advised us to participate. So, as soon as the fair contacted us, we did not hesitate for a single second to participate. Also, given the current context and the cancellation of major international fairs such as FIAC or PAD Paris and London, we were seduced by the geographical proximity and the size of a national art fair, with influence cross-border. We are delighted to meet our Luxembourgish collectors and look forward to meeting new ones. It is our first participation in an art fair in Luxembourg, and we are enthusiastic about the idea of finding in some ways a creative abundance specific to galleries and the art market.
Artists shown at the fair
Our chosen theme is that of Asian aesthetics through a selection of artists who share the same values in a quest for cultural exchanges between East and West. We mainly collaborate with "makers", creators who are involved in both the design and the production of high quality pieces of art. We will present, to name but a few, artists who fully participate in the identity of the Spazio Nobile gallery such as Kaspar Hamacher, a Belgian designer and his creations both sculptural and functional made of a single piece of wood, Jörg Bräuer and Silvano Magnone, photographers who explore the texture of time, Vincent Fournier and his Kintsugi series composed of portraits of women in kimono, dry pastels by British artist Amy Hilton, furniture in tracing paper developed by the Taiwanese designer based in the Netherlands Pao Hui Kao, the drawings and enamelled sculptures of the Portuguese Bela Silva, but also all the research and work on porcelain of Piet Stockmans who, at 80, still works actively in his workshop at C-Mine in Genk, a.o.
The Brussels art scene
Brussels is a multicultural, rich, and dynamic capital, a genuine crossroads and gateway to Europe. It is full of high potential for collectors. Belgium and Luxembourg are countries whose attractiveness in the art sector is recognised worlwide. It is essential to forge lasting links there, particularly within the community of collectors who still cross borders from one neighbouring country to another, despite the current pandemic situation.
Flagship work on your booth
For Spazio Nobile in exclusivity, the French artist Vincent Fournier has produced a series of photographs inspired by the age-old art of "kintsugi" and his love for the Japanese aesthetic. Able to sublimate flaws, "kintsugi" is a Japanese technique for repairing broken porcelain or ceramics using lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum powder. By choosing to magnify cracks and snags rather than hiding them, this technique avoids throwing out damaged parts, gives them a second life, and even transfigures them into luxurious pieces with illuminated veins. French artist Vincent Fournier has found inspiration in this 15th-century technique for his new series of ten photographs taken in the Heidelbach Hotel (tea pavilion) of the National Museum of Asian Arts - Guimet (MNAAG). Glued together, marbled with gold paper and then re-photographed, these snapshots of women in kimono, according to him, testify to a "lucky accident, the reassembly of a beautiful broken object, which in [his] eyes evokes the memory mechanisms. We must necessarily modify it, rearrange the pieces in our mind to bring back an incomplete and fragmentary memory."
Vincent Fournier, Kintsugi, 2019, Inkjet print on Bizan paper, 50x35cm, courtesy Vincent Fournier & Spazio Nobile Gallery