Ballon Rouge began as a nomadic gallery in September of 2017. In our first two years we put up exhibitions in Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Paris, and New York. Each of the cities we visited was stewarded by a ‘collective member’ - a curator who introduced us to artists and to their respective city’s art scene. (Francesca Gavin, London; Evelyn Simons, Brussels; Kathy Battista, NYC; Sol Camacho, Sao Paulo; Nicole O'Rourke, Istanbul; Helene Dumenil, Paris & Burcu Yuksel, Anlam de Coster, Brigitte Mulholland).
In March of 2019 we made Brussels our home city, inaugurating our permanent space. While we will continue to do shows abroad alongside our collective members, our primary location is now Brussels. Besides our own exhibitions, the space in Brussels sometimes hosts invited international galleries to show with us in exchange for a show of ours at theirs - a further continuation of our ethos of collaboration and collectivity.
So far we have collaborated or will soon collaborate with Hannah Barry Gallery (London); Melange (Cologne); Galerist (Istanbul); Gallery Artbeat, (Tbilisi); the Pill (Istanbul); Pi Artworks (Istanbul, London); Vitrine (London, Basel).
Helene Dumenil, Founder
Nicole O'Rourke, Director
Elio Ticca, Gallery Assistant
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