Newsweek has a bit of a love letter to Axel Vervoordt on the occasion of his last Venice Biennale showcase. Newsseek’s Abigail Esman locates Vervoordt’s style in the birth of the Zero group and an appreciation of Japanese ideas.
Even with that in mind, there’s always Vervoordt’s intuition guiding his choice:
In 2007, he curated his first exhibition, “Artempo,” at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, which explored notions of art and time. He has curated another show during every Biennale since, and although not part of the official program, his exhibitions have become must-line-up-for Biennale highlights. This month, he will open his final show for the Fortuny, as he intends to devote more time to the foundation he and his wife, May, founded in 2008, and to producing exhibitions in his own space at Kanaal, the residential and retail complex he has designed in a former distillery outside of Antwerp, Belgium. […]
At 14, having already developed a love for antiques, he traveled to England, where, helped by a loan from his father, he picked up several small items at local auctions—choices he made, he says, entirely by intuition. Back in Antwerp, he researched his finds and sold what proved to be valuable, quickly paying off his father’s loan. He says he still works the same way.