Galerie Tatjana Pieters

EXCERPT FROM 'VAN VIRTUELE GALERIE TOT WHITE CUBE MET NEW YORKSE ALLURE, OVER DE DIVERSITEIT VAN HET PLAATSELIJKE GALERIELANDSCHAP, TATJANA PIETERS, GALERIE TATJANA PIETERS - GENT'

Text: Joris D'hooghe / Translation from Dutch to English: Helen Simpson
Source: Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen, Jaargang 61, Juni 2012

After graduating from the department of Conservation and Restoration at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, Tatjana Pieters enrolled at the University of Ghent, to study art history. During her final year, she gained her first experience in a commercial art gallery, and it was not long before she decided to shoulder a similar project. After initially setting up a joint venture with the London gallery The Agency, under the banner ‘OneTwenty’, Pieters became a completely independent art dealer in 2008.

Since Antwerp-born Pieters made her debut onto the gallery scene, it has become impossible to imagine Ghent artistic life without her. In just a few years, she has developed an enterprise that is an irrefutable witness to a vision that is both ambitious and forward-looking. In particular, Pieters wants to give the group of artists that she represents a push in the back in terms of their artistic growth and development and, in so doing, to play the role of ‘catalyst’ in their careers. The careers of the artists with whom she collaborates are not always necessarily at the same stage. Thus Pieters’ gallery works with both young artists, such as 22-year-old Rein Dufait from Ostend, and the older generation that includes, amongst others, sixty-six year-old Philippe Van Snick. Pieters’ collaboration with Van Snick – who was one of the precursors of conceptual art in Belgium in the early 1970s – came about after she was impressed by the retrospective of his work organised by Museum M in 2010. Pieters contacted Van Snick, who no longer appeared to be represented by a gallery and, consequently, had not sold his work in many years. Pieters, ever the absolute catalyst, decided to change this. And with success, it would seem. In the same year as the retrospective at Museum M, Van Snick took part in a modest group exhibition in Pieters’ gallery together with his contemporary Walter Swennen, amongst others. It was a smart commercial move for Van Snick who – as Pieters predicted – sold more work in that short space of time than he’d ever done before. It is proof of Pieters’ ambitious and considered quest for the re-contextualisation of the established values that threaten to fall between the gaps in art history.

As a relatively young gallery owner, Tatjana Pieters has a clear vision on her profession. She thus approached the recently launched Internet initiative ‘Art +’ – a website that acts as a virtual gallery – in a healthy, critical way. She stated that increasing the visibility of an artist can be called a good thing in itself, were it not that Art + ignores the only correct experience of art: the physical. [...] Pieters is therefore much more than a sophisticated art dealer who employs a smart sales strategy to sell work by the artists in her stable. She has also conquered a place in the non-commercial art world. In 2008, she was appointed to the grant-giving Committee for Visual Arts of the Flemish Community and, since 2010, she has served on the board of the Friends of S.M.A.K. These two achievements, in particular, are thanks to the seriousness with which Pieters moves in the gallery landscape – a seriousness that is also radiated by the gallery itself. In 2011, Pieters had to relocate her quintessentially Ghent gallery when the building in which it was housed was going to be demolished. Rather than opting for a move to Antwerp or Brussels, only to find shelter in a space the size of a ‘match box’, and then ‘to become one of the many’, she chose to stay in Ghent. The gallery took up residence in a warehouse on the Nieuwevaart that, after an architectural intervention by designer Pieterjan Deblauwe, quickly gained a New York-style allure.

The future is therefore promising for Pieters, who says that she isn’t worried about the impact that the financial crisis might have upon the growth of the gallery. So long as Tatjana Pieters keeps producing a strong programme in an impressive spatial context, it might not be too long before her words seem prophetic.

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Philippe Van Snick

expo | Gent | 1 juli tot 9 september 2018

PAPER WORKS

expo | Gent | 20 mei tot 24 juni 2018
Audrey Cottin, Luc Deleu & T.O.P. office, Marijke De Roover, Anneke Eussen, Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver, Clive Hodgson, Vicky Lema & Dapper Bruce Lafitte, Mike Pratt, Michael Pybus, Dieter Ravyts, Michael Ross, Derek Sullivan, Philippe Van Snick, Lisa Vlaemminck,...

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JIM THORELL

The Beating Heart

expo | Gent | 28 januari tot 4 maart 2018

LISA VLAEMMINCK, MIKE PRATT

expo | Gent | 3 juni tot 8 juli 2018

LUC DELEU & T.O.P. OFFICE, DAPPER BRUCE LAFITTE

expo | Gent | 29 april tot 13 mei 2018

TIT FOR TWAT

expo | Gent | 18 maart tot 22 april 2018

ARCO MADRID: SHUZO AZUCHI GULLIVER & GUY ROMBOUTS

expo | Gent | van 21 tot 25 februari 2018

PRZEMEK PYSZCZEK

Rags On Buildings

expo | Gent | 28 januari tot 4 maart 2018

SHUZO AZUCHI GULLIVER & GUY ROMBOUTS

I Am Also Quantum

expo | Gent | 17 december 2017 tot 21 januari 2018

MICHAEL PYBUS

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN LIFE, ESPECIALLY NOTHING...

expo | Gent | 22 oktober tot 10 december 2017

Derek Sullivan

Manuscripts, manuals

expo | Gent | 18 juni tot 16 juli 2017

Veronika Pausova

Forest House

expo | Gent | 18 juni tot 16 juli 2017

HENNING HAMILTON

monkey see, monkey do

expo | Gent | 7 mei tot 11 juni 2017

DIETER RAVYTS

A mayor disappointment

expo | Gent | 7 mei tot 11 juni 2017

ELLA GOERNER

Natural Perfection

expo | Gent | 26 maart tot 30 april 2017

ANNEKE EUSSEN

Vertical Horizon

expo | Gent | 26 maart tot 30 april 2017

HANNAH LEES

Floated On Foam [] Flew With Birds

expo | Gent | 4 september tot 16 oktober 2016

TAMARA VAN SAN

Bowing Monk, Standard Poodle and Other Scholarly Objects

expo | Gent | 4 september tot 16 oktober 2016

AIDEN MORSE

Ghost To Ghost

expo | Gent | 5 juni 2016
Dit is de eerste solotentoonstelling van de jonge Australische kunstenaar Aiden Morse. Deze tentoonstelling correspondeert met Birde Vanheerswynghels / The cat with nine lives

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BIRDE VANHEERSWYNGHELS

The cat with nine lives

expo | Gent | 5 juni 2016
Dit is de eerste solotentoonstelling door jonge Belgische kunstenares Birde Vanheerswynghels. Deze tentoonstelling correspondeert met Aiden Morse / Ghost to ghost

door Galerie Tatjana Pieters

PHILIPPE VAN SNICK

Permutatie 1972 - 2015

expo | Gent | 24 april tot 29 mei 2016
Deze solotentoonstelling bevat een reeks van nieuwe werken, die zullen gecombineerd worden met historisch werk.

door Galerie Tatjana Pieters

JUMANJI

expo | Gent | 31 januari tot 3 april 2016
JUMANJI is een interactieve tentoonstelling die ons spiritueel potentieel uitdaagt. De kunstenaars in JUMANJI activeren op een onconventionele manier het denken over natuur, mystiek en sjamanisme, waarbij ze verschillende aspecten van de psychologie en inherente conflicten tussen onze rationele en instinctieve zelf onderzoeken. (photo courtesy Mattie van der Worm, 2015)

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Fire Sale

Audrey Cottin & a.pass

evenement | Gent | 4 november 2015
Presentation of six artistic researchers under the support of the post-master program a.pass. hour: to be announced

door Galerie Tatjana Pieters

What's the meaning of a goldfish

expo | Gent | 15 november 2015 tot 17 januari 2016
met Audrey Cottin, Clive Hodgson, Marie Jacotey, Dieter Ravyts, Derek Sullivan & Philippe Van Snick

door Galerie Tatjana Pieters

Listen to the stones, think like a mountain

curated by Evelien Bracke

expo | Gent | 23 augustus tot 31 oktober 2015
With: buren (Oshin Albrecht (BE, 1986) & Melissa Mabesoone (BE, 1988)), Céline Butaye (BE, 1980), Eleanor Duffin (IE, 1980), Anneke Eussen (NL, 1978), Anne Holtrop (NL, 1977), Carlos Irijalba (ES, 1979), Rachel de Joode (NL, 1979), Nicolás Lamas (PE, 1980), Cathérine Lommée (BE, 1983), Pieter Paul Pothoven (NL, 1981).

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(1/1).10

curated by Philippe Van Snick

expo | Gent | 14 juni tot 2 augustus 2015
Audrey Cottin, Rein Dufait, Heide Hinrichs, Filip Francis, Bernd Lohaus, Kiko Pérez, Gert Robijns, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Jacques Vieille, Maria Zahle in dialogue with works by Philippe Van Snick

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THE ORIGINALS S1 E1

Finissage / film night

evenement | Gent | 31 mei 2015
met films door Debora Delmar Corp Marijke De Roover Kim Laughton Jaakko Pallasvuo Heather Phillipson Prouvost Laure Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert

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KOSTAS SAHPAZIS

Interpunction #8

expo | Gent |

STEFANIE DE VOS

Fugere

expo | Gent | 22 februari 2015 tot 22 maart 2015

Arcade at Tatjana Pieters

Anna Barham, Luca Bertolo, John Wallbank

expo | Gent | 11 januari tot 8 februari 2015

Tamara Van San

Indian Shuffle (works from 2004-14)

expo | Gent | 16 november tot 21 december 2014

PAPER WORKS

expo | Gent | 14 september tot 9 november 2014
Caroline Achaintre, Anna Barham, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Luca Bertolo, Kasper Bosmans, Stefanie De Vos, Rein Dufait, Hadassah Emmerich, Anneke Eussen, Fernando Gutiérrez Huanchaco, Heide Hinrichs, Allison Hrabluik, Juan Pablo Plazas, Julia Spínola, Derek Sullivan, Tamara Van San, Philippe Van Snick, Birde Vanheerswynghels, John Wallbank, Maria Zahle

door Galerie Tatjana Pieters

Private Collection Selected by #2

Derek Sullivan

expo | Gent | 29 juni tot 24 augustus 2014

FREDERIC GEURTS

Glorious Failures

expo | Gent | 18 mei tot 22 juni 2014

ANNE WENZEL

Glorious Failures

expo | Gent | 18 mei tot 22 juni 2014

Daan Gielis

Interpunction #7

expo | Gent | 30 maart tot 4 mei 2014

Anneke Eussen

As it is

expo | Gent | 30 maart tot 4 mei 2014

STEFANIE DE VOS

Interpunction #6

expo | Gent | 16 februari tot 23 maart 2014

REIN DUFAIT

Kawagoopa!

expo | Gent | 16 februari tot 23 maart 2014

KASPER BOSMANS

Summary; fox, milk, smoke

expo | Gent | 16 februari tot 23 maart 2014

IM & EX PLICIT

curated by Luc Derycke

expo | Gent | 15 december 2013 tot 9 februari 2014
Marie Angeletti, Ricardo Brey, Raphaël Buedts, Mark Cloet, Luc Coeckelberghs, Stefaan Dheedene, Jimmie Durham, Ida Ekblad, Nick Ervinck, Michael Fullerton, Joris Ghekiere, Istvan Ist Huzjan, Jan Van Imschoot, Willem Oorebeek, Lore Rabaut, Juliao Sarmento, Richard Serra, Lawrence Weiner

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