Ibasho: new gallery dedicated to Japanese photography in Antwerp
Lovers of Japanese photography must go to Antwerp. Since March of this year the new gallery Ibasho is based in this beautiful Belgian city. Ibasho is specialized in postwar and contemporary Japanese photography. In its collection are works of well-known photographers such as Araki Nobuyoshi, Moriyama Daido and Sugimoto Hiroshi, but Ibasho also represents young and upcoming photographers.
Ibasho regularly presents exhibitions in its own premises and organizes pop-up exhibitions in various places. Additionally, the gallery aims to actively participate in a number of art and photography fairs in Europe. At Photo London 2015 they were already one of the exhibiting galleries and in September of this year, they will participate in Unseen Amsterdam.
The name Ibasho means as much as ‘a place where you can be yourself’ in Japanese. A fitting name indeed, as owners Annemarie Zethof and Martijn van Pieterson do give visitors to their gallery a most welcome feeling. In the beautiful and quiet atmosphere of a late 19th century townhouse, it is a pleasure to look at the many photographs. The variety of the collection is impressive. The gallery also holds (and sells) a small collection of twentieth century decorative arts.
Ibasho is located in the hip Zuid district, very near to Antwerp’s photo museum Fo-Mu; the Museum of Contemporary art and the Museum for Fine Arts (the last one is unfortunately closed for reconstruction until 2018). And for those who need to relax after a full day of looking at art and photography, there are many nice restaurants in this neighborhood as well.
Ibasho is a wonderful new initiative and a welcome contribution to the field of Japanese art galleries. Just go to Antwerp to find out yourself.