Gallery of the fu­ture

The next gen­er­a­tion of mod­ern art spa­ces are closer than you think – it’s time to turn your home into an ex­hi­bi­tion. This Bel­gian town­house shows how to do it in style

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It’s time to turn your home into an ex­hi­bi­tion. This Bel­gian town­house shows you how to do it in style


You don’t have to pos­sess the bank bal­ance of Charles Saatchi to start your own gallery at home. All you need is an eye for tal­ent, like in­te­rior ar­chi­tect Jo Ho­even, the owner of this art-filled home in Bruges, Bel­gium. The key is not to get too caught up with chas­ing nov­elty – go for what you love, not what you think might have fu­ture value. There are plenty of places to ex­plore this gen­er­a­tion’s YBAS ( Young Bri­tish Artists), from es­tab­lished events such as the Af­ford­able Art Fair – held in Lon­don, Bris­tol and other ma­jor cities around the world – to web­sites like De­gree Art, which cham­pi­ons fresh-out-of-art-school painters and sculp­tors. Al­ter­na­tively, if you don’t feel ready to com­mit, there’s also the op­tion to rent. Rise Art of­fers ready-to-hang works from £25 per month – if you de­cide to keep it, the rental cost will be taken off the price of the piece.


Home­owner Jo de­scribes this 19th-cen­tury town­house, which he shares with his Weimaraner dog Nel­son, as a gallery, ‘a show­room of my ideas’. To ac­com­mo­date his col­lec­tion, he has opened up the liv­ing ar­eas to cre­ate rooms that are ideal for larger pieces, such as the colour­ful chan­de­lier in the hall­way by Maarten Baas, or Gi­ant, a sculp­ture of a man in a top hat by Bel­gian artist Pierre Caille, which stands in the cor­ner of the liv­ing room (see pre­vi­ous page). Jo has kept the walls white (in the tra­di­tion of mod­ern gal­leries) and added slim black skirt­ing and de­tail­ing around the doors to fur­ther frame the many art­works. The paint­ings and sculp­tures may be 21st-cen­tury, but the fur­ni­ture that ac­com­pa­nies them is largely com­prised of clas­sic 1960s pieces by French de­signer Pierre Chapo. This mix of the vin­tage and the cut­ting-edge is what makes this a very per­sonal kind of art space.


Op­po­site The ‘ Elm’ din­ing ta­ble and ‘ Wood’ bench by Pierre Chapo were bought at Thomas Ser­ruys, an an­tiques dealer in Bruges – try Pa­mono in the UK. The masks on sticks are by Stu­dio Bert­jan Pot, the com­put­erised land­scape is by Mathias Casaer and the ab­stract paint­ing is by An­twerp­based artist Fleur de Roeck Hall­way Breche mar­ble tiles by Do­minique Des­im­pel cover the floor, a chan­de­lier by Maarten Baas hangs above and fig­ures by Night­shop make them­selves at home Stock­ist de­tails on p169

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