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Simon Delobel

Simon Delobel is a French art worker born and raised in Lille, but currently living in Antwerp. He studied art history and museology at l’École du Louvre in Paris, where he developed an aversion for power structures. His move to Belgium, unfortunately, didn't allow him to work any further on the topic of colonial exhibitions and museums in India, Indochina and Indonesia. From 2008 until 2018, he assisted two Belgian outsider art collectors who opened their own exhibition spaces in Kemzeke (Verbeke Foundation) and Herentals (Art Center Hugo Voeten) in 2007 and 2012. While there, he organized various exhibitions and collection presentations related to collages, bio art, ecological art, and Bulgarian modern and contemporary art. In parallel with this institutional curatorial activity, he ran Trampoline, a gallery of contemporary art in the city of Antwerp, during five years. Between October 2018 and May 2020 he created thirteen new galleries, trying to escape the tyranny of the brand that reigns in the world of contemporary art. Since October 2021 he has run KIOSK Ghent as director. 

Flanders Arts Institute

Expertise centre for performing arts, music and visual arts.