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ELEANOR ANTIN, Exhibition view Classical Frieze, 2010, Brussels


JEF GEYS, Exhibition view Retrospectieve - Introspectie, Room 3, 2008, Brussels


Exhibition view Location Shots, 2006, Brussels

Exhibition view Location Shots, 2006, Brussels


Founded in Luxembourg in 1996, Erna Hecey Gallery proved to be a dynamic force on the Luxembourg scene, organizing numerous exhibitions and events over a ten-year period, with a special focus on collaborative projects. First exhibition included, Fabrice Hybert, John Armleder, Peter Friedl, Nedko Solakov, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Sophie Calle, Thomas Hirschhorn, and also Marcel Broodthaers and Lawrence Weiner.

In 2005, Erna Hecey moved her gallery to Brussels into a large industrial space in the city centre. When running her space in Brussels, Erna Hecey privileged artists who engaged with the space’s architecture and the larger context of an art gallery situated in Europe’s capital. Artists such as Eleanor Antin, Lili Dujourie, Jef Geys, Peter Friedl, Johan Grimonprez, Suzanne Lafont, Peter Downsbrough, Bert Theis or Rainer Oldendorf created memorable installations that betrayed the assumed political, historical and aesthetic neutrality of the white cube.

The larger space also allowed to start a parallel exhibitions and projects program, which highlights particular artworks, historical works, exhibitions in sequences, such as Jef Geys, One year exhibition programme, creative art publications outside the standard exhibition format and started a series of curated exhibition, Market Forces, Cult of Personnality, or Location Shots, Drawings...

In 2007 Erna Hecey founded Project and Consulting Agency in Luxembourg for designing and managing exhibitions and cultural events, and for acting as an artistic advisor for large-scale site specific and architecture-related projects. Hecey curated for Luxembourg 2007 European Cultural Capital Sophie Calle’s Exquisite Pain set in a special installation designed by Frank Gehry at Rotunda 1 a 19th Century industrial building originally used for the maintenance of locomotives in Bonnevoie, Luxembourg.

Hecey claims to invest much attention and resources into the production of exhibitions that question the very premises of art distribution and presentation. Since 2011 she has relocated to Luxembourg. She is developing a new gallery model a peripatetic one, particularly well suited to the artists she works with, since their practices foreground the spatial, temporal and political-economic situation of art. This transitional and mobile gallery allow her to adapt each time to the particular site where the work of art appears be it a museum, a biennial or, an art fair.

Artfairs since 1998

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