“The power of art has been an anchor of our business from the start and it is through a pure connection to art and artists that we have been able to impact people’s vision on collecting and existing with art. The gallery is as much a further crystallization of our raison d’être as it is a response to the new reality shaped by the exhibition trilogy – Artempo, Academia, In-finitum – curated by Axel Vervoordt. Without a setting and a stage, it is purely the artist’s voice which now will be heard.”
- Boris Vervoordt

They say you can’t buy good taste. But at Axel Vervoordt’s expansive compound of old warehouses in Kanaal, Antwerp, clients can come close to just that by purchasing ultra-rare antiques and impeccably proportioned furnishings all carefully sourced and meticulously restored by the Axel Vervoordt team. And with the opening of the nearby Axel Vervoordt Gallery on January 27, they can now buy art that has been curated with the same vision.

Focusing on the work of ZERO and Gutai artists, the Axel Vervoordt Gallery’s outstanding inaugural exhibition is dedicated to Günther Uecker. The artist was chosen not only because of his fit with the Axel Vervoordt philosophy but also because it was in the same space now occupied by the gallery that Axel Vervoordt first met Uecker in 1974. Seventeen works from his Black Rain series (black ink on a white canvas that evoke rain drops on soil), feature alongside a number of later pieces. Of particular note is Joshua – In Commemoration of This Moment (1999), which narrates the Bible story of Joshua on a script-like canvas. Another highlight is the large sculpture of oversized versions of Uecker’s signature nails, seemingly hammered flat into a tree trunk.

While Axel Vervoordt himself no longer oversees his eponymous company, he acts as a mentor to his son, Boris Vervoordt, who leads the interiors business, and Hans November, who heads the gallery. Indeed, it is Axel Vervoordt’s “journey in search of the forces of beauty and their irrevocable impact on life” that continues to inform the philosophy of all the art, antiques and interiors operations of this unique company.