Lichtekooi is a brand new non-profit contemporary art space, located in the Borgerhout area of Antwerp, and an initiative of Nadia Bijl and Pepa De Maesschalck. It opened its doors in the spring of 2021 or should I say gate, as their front door gate is a commissioned piece by artists Hans Wuyts and Tom Volkaert. The space is located in the former garage of a terrace house and aims to develop a varied programme of solo and thematic exhibitions, performances and shows, lectures and artist talks, all based on an open dialogue.
The term lichtekooi is an old Dutch word for a girl of easy virtue. Lichtekooi aims to be a good “hostess” for its audience and a “girl of easy virtue” for artists. Also worth noting is that they have a second exhibition space inside their toilet, housing an original Wim Delvoye...
At Shoobil Gallery, they strive to promote the ideas and practices of contemporary art and constantly challenge and question the artistic form, while exhibiting art in the best possible way and stimulating concept and vision. Co-founder Serena Baplu trusts her gut feeling when selecting art. Hands-on experience in building up exhibitions and a continuous thrive for improvement, contributes to an individualist identity they’ve built up over the years and plan to develop in the future.
Shoobil Gallery works as a non-profit organization and was founded in May 2015 by Serena Baplu, Tosca Baplu & Jef Gysen.
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