Universal Art

Saturday 22 September | 10am–11am

Axel Vervoordt is a world-renowned collector and connoisseur of antique and contemporary art (included by Architectural Digest in its 2018 AD100 Hall of Fame). His eponymous family-run company spans art and antiques, interior design, real estate and contemporary art galleries in Antwerp and Hong Kong.

Since its completion in 2017, Kanaal, the “City in the Country” built by the Axel Vervoordt Company on the site of a former 19th century distillery and malthouse close to Antwerp, has housed a part of the extensive collection of the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and new spaces for the Axel Vervoordt Gallery. Included in its permanent installations are works by Anish Kapoor, Maria Abamovic and James Turrell.

Axel Vervoordt explains his vision on art, how he has always collected and combined art from various origins and periods and how old art has always been comtemporary. He will explain how this philosophy has inspired him as a curator of exhibitions in Palazzo Fortuny at the Venice Biennale for over 10 years and also in his work as a gallerist.


Kanaal general view copyright Jan Liégeois
Kanaal general view copyright Jan Liégeois

Banner image: Axel Vervoordt copyright Michael James O'Brien