Harlan Levey Projects
Harlan Levey Projects is opening a new gallery space in Molenbeek, to add to their existing gallery space in Ixelles. The new gallery is located in a large warehouse (approx. 250 m2) and will be inaugurated with a solo exhibition by Marcin Dudek, opening on 22 April 2021.
The space, called HLP 1080 after the post code of Molenbeek, is much more than an exhibition space. It’s a hub where diverse artists and creatives come together, a place that has a huge potential for various kinds of happenings and events. On the ground floor there is a large, industrial exhibition space. Upstairs you have the studio and showroom of the Belgian designer Noro Khachatryan. Artist Emmanuel Van der Auwera’s studio is located in the same building, and Marcin Dudek’s atelier is just around the corner, as are the studios of Amélie Bouvier and Sean Crossley.
For several reasons, the opening of this new space is exemplary for the unique way that Harlan Levey and his wife and co-founder, Winnie Kwok, run a gallery. Since the opening of the first project space in 2012, the gallery has invested a lot in the local cultural scene. Their community- oriented approach led to the opening of a new gallery in Ixelles (HLP 1050) in 2015, and is set to continue in this second venue in Molenbeek. The gallery is situated in a neighbourhood that is still undervalued, yet home to a lot of cultural institutions and players, such as Kanal and MIMA. The choice of Molenbeek as a setting is also part of the gallery’s striving to be embedded in the local cultural scene, while continuing to be relevant on an international level.
It has always been the mission of Harlan Levey and Winnie Kwok to facilitate the production and dissemination of artistic research into broader civic discussion. Their long-term vision has led to intense relationships with artists such as Marcin Dudek and Emmanuel Van der Auwera, and has inspired strong and intimate partnerships. Collaborations with institutions such as BPS22, M HKA, S.M.A.K., and Kanal, as well as Harlan Levey’s experience as a committee member of Brussels Gallery Weekend and a guest lecturer at HISK enforce the strong position of the gallery in Brussels, across Belgium, and abroad.
With the new space, Harlan Levey Projects announce new intentions for the gallery to combine art, design, and creative labs for creating interesting ideas and outcomes for the now and for the future.