LIEVEN STORME VINTAGE AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHY & TRIBAL ART
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Specialising in vintage African photography and tribal art in the historic centre of Bruges, world heritage city. We are selling to museums, collectors and dealers all over the world.
For centuries the canals of Bruges have linked the city to the sea, a guarantee of wealth and prosperity. International merchants built up Bruges into one of the largest Hanse cities. In the 15th century the city flourished as never before. During Bruges’ Golden Age, the 15th century, the fine arts prevailed. In the wake of the prestigious Burgundian dynasty, the great Flemish Primitives made a name for themselves. The world-renowned works of Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling and those of other prominent Flemish Masters can be admired at the Groeninge Museum, St John’s Hospital, St Saviour’s Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady. Michelangelo’s world famous ‘Madonna and Child’ can also be found in the Church of Our Lady. Large parts of the medieval heritage remained practically intact. Therefore, it is only logical that UNESCO designated the entire city centre as a World Heritage site. Saunter along the enigmatic canals, the arteries of the city, and immerse yourself in Bruges’ Golden Century.
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Heart For Darkness was founded by Lieven Storme, one of the world's leading art dealers for vintage African Photography.
The gallery maintains a large inventory of vintage African photographs and traditional African art of museum quality. Most of the pieces are published and have documented provenances.
Lieven Storme started in 1997 as an art consultant for contemporary art and was consultant for the start-up or expansion of numerous private and corporate collections.
As founder-director of Art Concern, he organised more than 40 exhibitions. These included individual exhibitions with work by Walker Evans, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel Peter Witkin and Jan Vanriet, as well as various group exhibitions with work by Georg Baselitz, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Tony Cragg, Katharina Grosse, Tracy Moffatt, David Nash, Thomas Ruff and Stephen Shore. In addition, with the 'Unlimited' exhibitions, he offered a platform to many young artists.
In 2004, Storme was appointed artistic director of the international art fair Lineart. After a facelift of the fair, with the introduction of The Fortis Young Ones Award, Belgium's Calling, Lineart Playground and an important section of tribal art, he left the organisation to specialise himself in vintage African photography and tribal art.