Join us and 4 prominent figures of the Belgian contemporary art world for a discussion on the art of collecting. Because collecting art is not only about buying an artwork, it is also about living with it.

Are you thinking about collecting art, but you don’t know where to start? The contemporary art fair Art Brussels and TheMerode are proud to welcome you to talk about the art of collecting with Benedicte Goesaert (art liaison & curator), Sofie Van de Velde (Founder & owner Gallery Sofie Van de Velde), Christophe Veys (director of the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée in La Louvière and collector) and Stéphanie Vandenecker (Head of VIP Relations Art Brussels)

The process of collecting art going from entering an art gallery, asking for prices, getting to know an artists’ work can sometimes seem overwhelming. How to start an art collection? Where and what to look at? Art galleries, art fairs and art advisors, who are the key players in the art world? 

Joins us on March 16 and learn the ropes of the art of collecting with an engaging discussion moderated by Constance Hautier and gathering four key actors of the contemporary art world.

Speakers :   

Benedicte Goesaert 

Benedicte Goesaert is working as an art liaison for private art collectors. She is the artistic manager at Philippe Van Snick Estate and is active as a VIP Ambassador for Art Brussels. She also writes and curated multiple exhibitions, such as ‘NO PRESSURE’ at the private collection of Carla Arocha-Stéphane Schraenen-Luc Tuymans (2022), the 40th edition of Watou Art Festival (2021), ofte vojaĝantoj’ at Wilford X, Temse (2019). Next, she is the co-curator of ‘Rooms of Resonance’, the upcoming exhibition at Cloud Seven in Brussels (2023). Before she was the director at Zeno X Gallery (2011-2019). She holds a Master degree in Art History at Ghent University and a postgraduate in Curatorial Studies at KASK, Ghent. 

Sofie Van de Velde 

Sofie Van de Velde founded her own Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, located in two areas in Antwerp, specialized in contemporary art, in 2012. She is also active as the President of FEAGA (Federation of European Art Galleries Association) and Vice-President of BUP (VZW Belgische Moderne en Hedendaagse Kunstgaleries). Between 2018 and 2020 she operated as a Specialist of Contemporary Art at the television show “Stukken Van Mensen”. She holds a Master in Education Science.

Christophe Veys 

Christophe Veys, a graduate in art history and archaeology, is a professor of contemporary art history and cultural institutions at ARTS²-Mons. A renowned lecturer, he has published numerous scientific articles and exhibition catalogues. He has collaborated on numerous exhibitions as a curator. He is currently director of the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée in La Louvière. Christophe Veys is also active as a collector of contemporary art.

Stéphanie Vandenecker 

Stéphanie Vandenecker is the Head of VIP Relations at the contemporary art fairs Art Brussels (20-23 April 2023 at Brussels Expo) and Art Antwerp (14-17 December 2023 at Antwerp Expo), and the Real Estate Summit Realty (19-20 September 2023). Before she worked as a curator and communication officer for multiple exhibitions. She holds a Master degree in Art History at Ghent University and a postgraduate in Curatorial Studies at KASK, Ghent. Afterwards she studied International Business Management at HoGent.


Constance Hautier 

After different experiences between Paris, London and Brussels, Constance Hautier launched the podcast The Audio Guide (2021), which highlights women working behind amazing creative projects. Constance is also an independent curator and author. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History at Brussels University – ULB and University of Paris 1, Panthéon – Sorbonne and a master’s degree in Cultural Management at the City University London.


  • 18:30 > Welcome
  • 19:00 – 20:00 > Panel + Q&A

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