NADA Member


new membership!

We are pleased to announce that Rectangle has been welcomed as a new member of the NADA!

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) is the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art. more info.

List of new members:

1969 Gallery – New York
Nir Altman – Munich
Fragment Gallery – Moscow
Ginsberg – Lima
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects – New York
High Gallery – Warsaw
The Hole – New York
Hunter Shaw Fine Art – Los Angeles
in lieu – Los Angeles
Kapp Kapp – Philadelphia / New York
LETO – Warsaw
Mixer – Istanbul
Mother Gallery – Beacon, NY
NIAD Art Center – Richmond, CA
Project Pangée – Montreal
PROXYCO – New York
Rectangle – Brussels, Belgium
Stoneleaf Retreat – Kingston, NY
Ulterior Gallery – New York
Y2K group – New York

Past Shows

Julien Saudubray & Nicolas Bourthoumieux

Nicolas Bourthoumieux, Fatalitas, 2020
Nicolas Bourthoumieux, Fatalitas, 2020

Julien Saudubray & Nicolas Bourthoumieux


Wednesday 3 June – 15 June 2020
at Waldburger Wouters, Brussels

We are all literalists most or all of our lives. Presentness is grace.
Michael Fried, Art and Objecthood (1967)

Objectives is a title born from a pleasurable confusion of tongues that is so typical of Europe’s capital, but also doubles as an excuse for two artists (Julien Saudubray and Nicolas Bourthoumieux) to engage in an exhibitionary pas de deux. So perhaps – if we stay on track – there is no two but only one, or not one without the other, as in a dialogue or a dance. In fact, I believe their conversation has been going on for much longer and you just opened it up, dear visitor. So, do you see any common ground, except for the gallery floor you find yourself standing on? Well, let’s at least give it a shot.

Julien Saudubray approaches painting as a verb without a subject, a ceaseless activity, a mechanical process. His works are created through a delicate method of constant effacement – a writerly kind of painting sous rature or under erasure. Consistently combining layers of paint with turpentine, Saudubray constructs his images in an assiduous and laborious way. And since all good things take time, the resulting images are absolutely radiant. You will notice both large-scale oil paintings and smaller pastel drawings on view here, a va-et-vient between different mediums.

And then there’s Nicolas Bourthoumieux, whose minimal sculptures thoughtfully probe and occupy the space. His works seem to revisit the “other” of modernist painting, namely objecthood. What exactly are you looking at? Literal objects or a combination thereof, a gracious presence similar to what you see on the surrounding walls. And don’t be mistaken; Bourthoumieux’s materials (steel, wood, marble, glass, mirror, a meteorite,…) are not frozen in time but rather breathing at their own pace, as poetic fragments of history.

What you see here is what happens when the haphazard flow of things suddenly starts making sense. This is what we need artists for, to let us find pleasure in confusion and let us delight in getting lost. In other words, to let chance succeed. Or, with Samuel Beckett: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Pieter Vermeulen

Let us find pleasure in confusion and
let us delight in getting lost

Portrait Julien Saudubray Nicolas Bourthoumieux

Julien Saudubray
Born in 1985, France.
Lives and works in Brussels.

Nicolas Bourthoumieux
Born in 1985, France.
Lives and works in Brussels.


L’art même n°81

Edited by Jean-Baptiste Carobolante

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Book Launch & Cocktail

Sam Steverlynck & Tom Viaene

Illustration book cover:
Pablo Helguera, Artoons. Volume 3, 2010

Studio Bookworm

ISBN 978-2-8052-0497-5
20 €


21 February 2020, 6-10pm
SB34 The Pool, Brussels
Facebook Event / Instagram

Rectangle is thrilled to invite you to the launch of our book that compiles 6 years of activities, more than 30 billboards presented in Brussels’ streets and many collaborations with great artists.

Join us in The Pool for some cocktails & more billboards! 🍹

A special thanks to our friends, co-founders, and collaborators over the years: Cédric Alby, Jérémie Boyard, Pauline Bordaneil.

Of course, we would like to thank all the artists who have contributed generously to our project: Martin Belou, Melanie Bonajo, Philippe Durand, Sookoon Ang, Jesús Alberto Benítez, Peter Scott, Pablo Helguera, Benoît Platéus, Magali Lefebvre, Filip Van Dingenen, Vincent Olinet, Nicholas Knight, Nicolas Bourthoumieux, Jean-Alain Corre, Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Pierre La Police, Francis Raynaud, Chris Martin, John Murphy, Guillaume Petranto, Fresh White, Julien Goniche, Christophe de Rohan Chabot, Mathias Kessler, Victor Delestre, Romain Juan, Ludovic Beillard, Rémi Lambert, Yoel Pytowski, Coraline Guilbeau, Dome Wood, Juan Pablo Plazas and Sébastien Reuzé.

Rectangle thanks all the structures that invited us to participate in their events and program: Kunstvlaai Amsterdam, BCC Cologne, Biennale 9 Louvain-la-Neuve, Wandering Arts Biennial Bruxelles and Brussels Gallery Week-end. Also Michel François and Beaux-Arts de Paris students, MOREpublishers for the edition series by Koenraad Dedobbeleer and Katinka Bock.

All the private partners who have supported us for many events out- side and within their walls: Greylight Projects, Sagacity, Alain Servais. And many others: Wiels, Le Salon, Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Gregory Lang, Angel Vergara & Joël Benzakin, Maud Salembier, Galerie Nadja Vilenne, Waldburger Wouters, and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen.
Just as much and differently for their continuous support Colette Dubois, Saskia Gevaert, Septembre Tiberghien, Antony Hudek, Nicolas Jolly, Tim Wouters, Amélie Micoud, Stella Loning, Marta Saccani, Dragos & Erika Olea.

All Belgian and French public partners: Adera, Sint-Gillis Cultuur, The Walk, FWB for their support and trust.

And finally, thank you to all our fellow friends and family.

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Shows Past

Sébastien Reuzé

Sebastien Reuzé - life II
Sebastien Reuzé - life II

Sébastien Reuzé

life chapitre 2

25 October – 2 November 2019
at Château Nour, Brussels
Sebastien Reuze Profile at Rectangle

Sébastien Reuzé
Born in 1970 in France.
Lives and works in Brussels.