Spazio Nobile At Home
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Spazio Nobile At Home is a collective exhibition of more than 30 artists, which has been carefully curated by Lise Coirier & Gian Giuseppe Simeone, co-founders and directors of Spazio Nobile Gallery in their private villa in Tervuren, Belgium, situated in the outskirts of Brussels. This neo-classical, eclectic Art Nouveau house, built up in 1900 with some additions of the 1950s (The Winter Garden and the Cubex kitchen), is part of an architectural promenade (Architectuur Wandeling, Vlaams Brabant) that dates from the same period as the construction of the Africa Museum and the Palais des Colonies by King Leopold II, located a hundred metres away. The gallery’s collection of contemporary applied art – at the fringe of decorative arts and contemporary fine art – is harmoniously integrated into the early 20th century interior of this Flemish Brabant heritage house located on the edge of the Forêt de Soignes, reknown for its centenary beech trees. The garden’s century-old green spaces were recently redesigned by Flemish landscape architect Aldrik Heirman and are home to a number of sculptures, including Fabian von Spreckelsen’s Freddy, a Corten steel meteorite at the front of the house, Kaspar Hamacher’s redwood Mother Earth Sphere, and the Corten steel planter by Dutch designer Joost van Bleiswijk. On the forest side, a kiosk and a Japanese-style sauna house are linked on either side by a stone path and an orchard. In the interior of the villa, next to the previous interior architecture intervention of Belgian interior architect Anne Derasse (also owner and partner of Spazio Nobile in “Le Sacre de la Matière” exhibition at Ancienne Nonciature) in the living room and stairwell and in the indoor spaces of the house, Belgian designer and architect Sébastien Caporusso brought the original Cubex kitchen back to life by creating and integrating a wall sculpture that structures the space overlooking the garden, Italian marbles Saint Laurent Verde and Calacutta Viola carefully chosen with the owners at Cromarbo (near Namur), as well as a wood and contemporary stained glass cabinet co-created with Atelier Mestdagh (Merelbeke), also creating in a spirit of audacity and economy of means. Caporusso has also designed a living space with an organic shaped dining table integrating terrazzo and bamboo, a signature furniture of Caporusso for Spazio Nobile. From the entrance hall to the cloakroom, passing through the large living room with its colonnades and its veranda or winter garden, one passes into the dining room, then through a corridor punctuated by a mosaic floor and doors decorated with early 20th century coloured stained glass windows, which runs along the grand staircase to the kitchen, the ultimate space of intimacy in the house and of contemplation towards the garden, following the rhythm of the seasons. The visit is a “timeless” and visually tactile stroll through more than hundred works created by the gallery’s artists, including François Azambourg, Jörg Bräuer, Nathalie Campion, Sébastien Caporusso, Marie Corbin, Jesper Eriksson, Lila Farget, Vincent Fournier, Ernst Gamperl, Garnier & Linker, Kaspar Hamacher, Sebastien Herkner, Amy Hilton, Pao Hui Kao, Katherine Huskie, Jin Kuramoto, Laura Laine, Tomáš Libertíny, Silvano Magnone, Isaac Monte, Mathieu Peyroulet, Païvi Rintaniemi, Samy Rio, Kristina Riska, Kustaa Saksi, Bela Silva, Lucile Soufflet, Piet Stockmans, Ann Beate Tempelhaug, Adi Toch, Kiki van Eijk, Joost Van Bleiswijk, Frederik Vercruysse, Vera Vermeersch, Fabian von Spreckelsen, Quentin Vuong and Philipp Weber.
About Spazio Nobile
By opening Spazio Nobile in 2016 in the very lively and cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Place Brugmann in Brussels, art historians Lise Coirier and Gian Giuseppe Simeone have united their passions for design and art history, initiating an erudite dialogue between contemporary applied arts, design and photography. With no boundaries between disciplines, the visual arts interact with the fine arts. Commissioning a collection of unique pieces, limited editions and installations both experimental and artistic, with a particular sensitivity to everything related to nature and minerality, each year the gallery organises five exhibitions and several events in art and heritage venues (Maison Louis Carré, Yvelines, France, arch. Alvar Aalto; Ancienne Nonciature, Grand Sablon; Lempertz (former galerie Leroy Frères), Brussels, etc). Spazio Nobile also takes part in Belgian and international fairs such as Art Brussels, Luxembourg Art Week, Art on Paper, Collectible Design Fair, PAD Paris and PAD London, Design Miami/Basel, Unique Design Shanghai, etc. The gallery has celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2021, and represents around 30 emerging and renowned artists and designers on an international scale, while promoting high-end craftsmanship and the cultures of East and West. Spazio Nobile also curates “TLmag_True Living of Art & Design”, established by Lise Coirier in 2008; through this bi-annual art and design magazine, available in print and online, the gallery shares its selection and its artistic and cultural commitment to collectible art and design. Spazio Nobile has received the “Homo Faber” label of excellence, and continues exploring its “Glass is Tomorrow” international project. In 2020, Spazio Nobile Gallery opened Spazio Nobile Studiolo, a permanent exhibition space, across from the main gallery which is located at the ‘bel étage’ of a 1920s house.
About Lise Coirier & Gian Giuseppe Simeone, co-founders and directors of Spazio Nobile
Lise Coirier, French by birth, has lived and worked in Brussels for 30 years. She has been running her consultancy agency Pro Materia for over 20 years and has always been involved as an entrepreneur in projects that she imagines from scratch. Founder and editor-in-chief of TL Magazine_True Living of Art & Design since 2008, she publishes this bi-annual (bilingual FR / EN) print and online magazine dedicated to contemporary culture, art and design. Lise Coirier has also initiated numerous European projects such as Human Cities and Glass is Tomorrow. She is an exhibition curator and has written numerous books, including Le Guide des Métiers d’art à Bruxelles et environs (ed. Best of Publishing / Fondation pour les arts, 1998 – 2000), Design in Belgium – 1945-2000 (ed. Racine, 2002), Label- Design.be, Belgium is Design (ed. Stichting Kunstboek, 2015 – 2010), the monographs by Xavier Lust (ed. Stichting Kunstboek, 2008) and Anne Derasse (ed. Betaplus, 2014), Glass is Tomorrow (ed. Pro Materia / Archibooks, 2015)… Since 2016 she has opened the Spazio Nobile gallery in Brussels with her partner and husband Gian Giuseppe Simeone, specialising in contemporary applied arts, design and photography.
Gian Giuseppe Simeone is an art historian and archaeologist specialising in the conservation and restoration of cultural and artistic heritage. Italian-Swedish, based in Brussels since 1979, he works as a consultant in projects and cooperation programmes in the field of creative industries and cultural heritage for the European Commission and other national and international organisations. Having created Culture Lab in 2002, his consultancy specialises in the design and management of international cooperation projects in the field of culture, mainly supported by the European Union. In this context, he has contributed to the realisation of more than 80 projects in all cultural fields, including the creation of major exhibitions, research programmes and co-productions in disciplines such as heritage, music, theatre, visual arts and design. He has also carried out numerous study, evaluation and consultancy missions in Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean, with the aim of highlighting the importance of culture in European Union policies and its role in socio-economic development. Gian Giuseppe Simeone has been a consultant to the ACP Culture programme since 2019 and is the author of several reference books on the study and valorisation of European and international culture and heritage, as well as on the creative industries. He co-founded the Spazio Nobile gallery with Lise Coirier in 2016.