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Art Matters with Barth Johnson and Kendell Geers
Arts & Culture

Mon. June 17, 12:15PM

Art Matters with Barth Johnson and Kendell Geers

Join Kendell Geers for a monthly luncheon with a special guest and a passionate insight into why Art Matters. This month meet Barth Johnson from Wilde Gallery.

Join us for another exciting Art Matters table where we will discuss how Barth deals with the complex needs of megastar artists whose needs are larger than life. Learn about the real life history of Oscar Wilde’s family in exile and how Barth combines his passion for gastronomy and wine with running one of the most successful galleries in Switzerland. This Art Matters lunch will be particularly exciting because we will discuss the Marcel Duchamp book we just made together. Witness first hand how an artist and his gallery work together over lunch and the reasons why Art Matters.

Barth Johnson took over Guy Bärtschi gallery in 2019 with a vision to develop Geneva’s oldest contemporary art gallery into an international hub of art, wine and a restaurant set to win Michelin honours. He changed the gallery name to Wilde in reference to his former wife’s family who are the direct descendants of Oscar Wilde. With spaces in Geneva, Zurich and an architectural statement in Basel designed by the French architect Andrée Putman, Wilde Gallery represents artists like Marina Abramovic, Adel Abessemed, Jan Fabre and Not Vital. 


Barth Johnson

Owner of Wilde Gallery, Zurich, Basel, Geneva.


Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers is a pivotal figure in contemporary African art, whose powerful works explore themes of identity, resistance, and the complex legacies of history. Born in apartheid-era South Africa, Geers' journey from a working-class family to an artist in exile has profoundly shaped his unique artistic language, defying simple categorization. Geers gained international recognition early in his career, with notable participation in the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale and Documenta 11 in 2002, curated by the esteemed Okwui Enwezor. In 2013, Enwezor further cemented Geers' significance by curating his retrospective at the prestigious Haus der Kunst in Munich. Now based in Brussels, Geers continues to push artistic boundaries, creating works that resonate globally while remaining firmly rooted in his African identity and experiences.

this event is limited to members only

Mon. June 17, 12:15PM
Mon. June 17, 2:00PM
A Seat at the Table
Guest allowed?
34.99€ incl. VAT


Place Poelaert, 6
1000 Brussels
Parking Poelaert, Place Poelaert 1000 Brussels

Detailed program

Mon. June 17, 12:15PM
Conference and lunch
Mon. June 17, 12:30PM
Mon. June 17, 2:00PM