“Wide White Space”

BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts

In 1966 Anny De Decker and Bernd Lohaus launched their contemporary art gallery Wide White Space in Antwerp. This was an evocative though paradoxical name, given the dimensions of this first space. After going through two changes of address in its home city, in 1968 and 1973, and opening a second space in Brussels in ’73, the gallery remained active until 1977, although it slowed down considerably toward the end of this period, with only one exhibition a year in the two years before it closed. Among the artists shown were Marcel Broodthaers, Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Carl Andre, Daniel Buren, and Lawrence Weiner—all before 1970. Wide White Space contributed greatly to the emergence of this new artistic scene, one encountered elsewhere in Europe in exhibitions like “Prospect” in Düsseldorf, beginning in 1968, “When Attitudes Become Form” in Bern and “Op Losse Schroeven” (On Loose

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