Independent Collectors

Galila Barzilaï

Galila’s P.O.C presents itself as a contemporary curiosity cabinet.

Galila Barzilaï-Hollander. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Galila Barzilaï-Hollander. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert

Galila Barzilaï started collecting about 15 years ago. From the very first moment, it has been a dazzling, authentic, and cathartic experience for her; she looks for new artists, meets them, delves into their worlds, and sometimes commissions biographical works. She thus entrusted personal objects to the interpretation of Chiharu Shiota, Alice Anderson, Jonathan Callan, Marion Chopineau, and Ram Katzir, among others. More than a collector, Galila quickly became an “artoholic”, according to her own words. Intensely enriching her collection in a frenetic yet not devoid of humor approach, she chose to open her collection to the public. The words Passion, Obsession, and Collection guide her throughout the project. So be it! Galila’s P.O.C will be its name!

An atypical place in the Belgian artistic landscape, and even international, Galila’s P.O.C is designed as a gigantic cabinet of curiosities. It brings together an impressive array of artists from all over the world. A few big names, but above all a lot of emerging talents, are supported by Galila: “Art doesn’t have to be about price or prestige, it has to be felt. This is what P.O.C offers and I am delighted to share this vision with the public.”

One of her young South African proteges, Chris Soal describes her spirit as follows: “It is fitting that the first word used to describe Galila’s collection is Passion. ”Evident and embodied in her very being, she exudes it. And so it makes sense that Galila is a champion and friend to many young, emerging artists; for this passion locates her as one of the most youthfully spirited people I am incredibly fortunate to know.”

Architect Bruno Corbisier was entrusted with the renovation of the 1950s industrial building intended to make the permanent collection visible. Two other buildings, located on the same street, complete the ensemble. One will host temporary exhibitions, business seminars, and creative workshops for children. The other will host an archive and documentation center as well as an extraordinary collection of artists’ chairs.

I bought my first work as an emotional echo to a very painful moment in my life, just a few months after my husband passed away. Less than half an hour later, I had experienced a sense of rebirth - back to life!

GALILA BARZILAÏ-HOLLANDER

Galila's P.O.C is featured in the BMW ART GUIDE by INDEPENDENT COLLECTORS.

For more information visit Galila's P.O.C.

Installation view. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Christiane Feser, Jean Denant. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Christiane Feser, Jean Denant. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Esther Stocker, Jarbas Lopez, Zhou Wendou. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Esther Stocker, Jarbas Lopez, Zhou Wendou. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Chema Madoz, Bernard Aubertin, Leonardo João, Nathum Tevet, Jorge Perianes, Lucas Blalock, Eric Chale, Niki Boden, Otis Laubert. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Chema Madoz, Bernard Aubertin, Leonardo João, Nathum Tevet, Jorge Perianes, Lucas Blalock, Eric Chale, Niki Boden, Otis Laubert. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view. Thomas Bayrle, Isabel Muños. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Installation view. Thomas Bayrle, Isabel Muños. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Installation view. Maarten De Ceulaer, Anna Samat. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Installation view. Maarten De Ceulaer, Anna Samat. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Installation view, Isabel Muñoz, Thomas Bayrle, Jonathan Sullam, Lucie Lanzini, Priti Kahar. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Isabel Muñoz, Thomas Bayrle, Jonathan Sullam, Lucie Lanzini, Priti Kahar. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Opavivara, Michael Delucia. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Opavivara, Michael Delucia. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Jean-Philippe Duboscq, Christian Astugevieille, Antonio Santin, Avelino Sala, Carmen Perrin. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Jean-Philippe Duboscq, Christian Astugevieille, Antonio Santin, Avelino Sala, Carmen Perrin. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Jos Degruyter / Harald Thys, Aes + F, Shivari Aggarwai, Erik Dietman, Andreas Schulenburg, Anna Samat. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Jos Degruyter / Harald Thys, Aes + F, Shivari Aggarwai, Erik Dietman, Andreas Schulenburg, Anna Samat. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Rina Banerejee, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Jim Lambie, Dionyssopoulos Pavlos, Irma Alvarez-Laviada. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Rina Banerejee, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Jim Lambie, Dionyssopoulos Pavlos, Irma Alvarez-Laviada. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view. Antoni Miralda, Maurice Mbikayi. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Installation view. Antoni Miralda, Maurice Mbikayi. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Installation view. Alice Leens, Cécile Bendixen, Extrastruggle, Martine Feipel/Jean Bechameil, Alice Anderson. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Installation view. Alice Leens, Cécile Bendixen, Extrastruggle, Martine Feipel/Jean Bechameil, Alice Anderson. Image: Mireille Roobaert. @ Mireille Roobaert
Benoit Plateus, Xavier Lust, Florian et Michael Quistrebert, Chris Soal, Haeghe Yang. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Benoit Plateus, Xavier Lust, Florian et Michael Quistrebert, Chris Soal, Haeghe Yang. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Mert Avadya, Studio Rolf.Fr, Jose Vera Matos, Mark Wagner, Tanja Boukal, Piet Van, Otis Laubert, Carlos Aires, Jorge Perianes. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Mert Avadya, Studio Rolf.Fr, Jose Vera Matos, Mark Wagner, Tanja Boukal, Piet Van, Otis Laubert, Carlos Aires, Jorge Perianes. Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Tom Dale, Chris Soal, Peter Holst Henckel, Maurice Mbikayi, Philippe Assalit. Mert Avadya, Studio Rolf.Fr, Jose Vera Matos, Mark Wagner, Tanja Boukal, Piet Van, Otis Laubert, Carlos Aires, Jorge Perianes.Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas
Installation view, Tom Dale, Chris Soal, Peter Holst Henckel, Maurice Mbikayi, Philippe Assalit. Mert Avadya, Studio Rolf.Fr, Jose Vera Matos, Mark Wagner, Tanja Boukal, Piet Van, Otis Laubert, Carlos Aires, Jorge Perianes.Image: Diego Ravier. @ Diego Ravier/ Hans Lucas

All images courtesy of Galila’s P.O.C.

Belgium (26)

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

The industrialist couple Jules and Irma Dhondt-Dhaenens began collecting art in the 1920s

Vanhaerents Art Collection

Where the connection between building and collecting is more than metaphorical

AMEXICA @The Loft

The Family Servais Collection and The Loft present AMEXICA, an exhibition curated by Marisol Rodríguez

Schöne Sentimenten at the MDD

The Belgian Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, situated in the countryside at Deurle, presents an exhibition combining real artworks together with 'absent' ones.

Sun Women

"Sun Women" presents seven artists brought together from external private collections in Riva's exhibition space.

Servais Family Collection – Dérapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries

The current hang of works from the Servais Family Collection, curated by Dragos Olea, offers a juxtaposition of concern versus hope

The Apartment

Charming presentation of contemporary art in the heart of Brussels.

Christophe Veys

An interview with the collector who owns the “invisible collection”.

Animals

An exhibition detailing the representation of the animal in contemporary art.

Remembering Mwene Mutapa – Exotic Mapping of a Collection

The Brussels-based contemporary art collection marked by a non-Western focus.

Polish Village

For the first time, the collection presents an exhibition entirely dedicated to the American artist Frank Stella.

Collection in Motion

“Our exhibition space does not aim to be an oasis."

Forever Young

The 2016 annual presentation organized by collector Alain Servais in his 900-square-meter loft in Brussels.

A from Animism, Atlas, Adrift[1]

A from Animism, Atlas, Adrift, Algorithmic, Apocryphal, Automatic, Ambiguous, Amnesia, Allegory, Above, Archive, Alien…

Transylvanian Visions

A fervent promoter and collector of Contemporary Romanian Art, with a special focus on the artistic phenomenon of the Cluj School.

Human Figure

Creating a dialogue between contemporary sculptures and works from Oceanic Art

The Power and The Glory

Opening on the eve of the now infamous 2016 US elections, “The Power and The Glory” set out to examine the tension between an artist’s desire to shine and their desire to exist.

Not Really Really

Removed from the material world and undergoing various transformations.

Walter Vanhaerents

A Story About An Island

Machinations at Verbeke

The Verbeke concept presents a private collection and lively program with an experimental spirit and devotion to nature.

Bewogen Beweging

Exhibition at the Verbeke Foundation.

Many Suns & Worlds

The Brussels based Vanhaerents Art Collection is hosting the first solo exhibition of Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno.

From East to West

Located in an old grain factory on the banks of the Campine Canal in Herentals, the Art Center Hugo Voeten represents over 1 700 works that have been collected over a thirty year period.

Break Out!

In 1966, Alighiero Boetti created a trio of sculptures titled “Zig Zag”, consisting of the fabric of a beach chair woven in inside an aluminium cube.

Warhol & Subsequent Effects

Located in a charmingly remodelled former industrial building in the Dansaert district in the heart of Brussels, the Walter Vanhaerents contemporary art collection is presented in biannual exhibitions on three floors.