Art Fair to Be Held in the Fall at Brussels Jewish Museum, Site of 2014 Terrorist Attack, Will Proceed as Planned Despite Airport, Subway Bombings, Director Says
An art fair in Belgium that is scheduled to take place at the country’s Jewish Museum will proceed as planned despite Tuesday’s deadly bombings in Brussels, the event’s director said.
The 2016 Brussels’ Accessible Art Fair will be held Sept. 22-25 at the Jewish Museum of Belgium, the site of a terrorist shooting in 2014, which left four people dead. The fair will showcase work and performances by 60 artists, and will mark the museum’s reopening, according to The Art Newspaper.
Following the 2014 attack, the museum closed its doors for four months, and has not been fully open to the public since then.
Art Fair director Stephanie Manasseh said the triple bombing attacks in Belgium, which left at least 34 people dead and more than 200 wounded, will not discourage her from going ahead with event.
“I believe that despite the threats and attacks we should continue as normal, as we did after the Paris attacks,” she said, adding that there will be increased security measures in place at the event.
Manasseh came up with the idea to have the art fair at the Jewish museum, The Art Newspaper reported. She said even before this week’s attacks in Brussels, she knew her choice of venue was “risky.”
“There are lots of things to consider. I took my time and thought this is the right thing to do. It’s time to make this museum live again,” she said, while speaking at the Art for Tomorrow conference in Qatar on March 15. “The Bataclan [theatre in Paris, the scene of another terrorist attack] is opening again, people are not going to stop sitting in cafés because of the risks — so let’s say, ‘We are not afraid.’”
Fair organizers announced that a first overseas version will be held at the National Arts Club in New York in November.