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Galila’s P.O.C.: A contemporary cabinet of curiosities
I am not an art collector. I am an ‘artoholic’, and that is a serious addiction.
Art is essential in my everyday life. Regardless of the aesthetic joy it is a source of constant spirit and mind stimulation and an important source of creativity and problem-solving approach to life. Another aspect is the human side: I am in contact with young artists who reflect the world of tomorrow. It is very nourishing sharing an experience which is definitely a source of happiness.
Galila in It's Mine, A Tribute to Art Collectors, Wetterling Gallery
Galila's collection presents itself like a real cabinet of contemporary curiosities: a tumult of mostly disharmonious objects one after another! This machinations plastiques of every genre is grouped together by theme and appears in a certain manner as an accumulation of natural, artificial, exotic and scientific categories of other cabinets of curiosity from the Renaissance period. […]
In fact, at the heart of this misplaced accumulation of artworks is the oeuvre of a singular interpretation of the world, operated by one consecrated woman and soul. […] For more than fifteen years, it is uniquely the passion to see that guides Galila’s instinctive choices. This is a first line of strength of her approach as a collector. Her attraction to works of art, as with objects in general, express a purely aesthetic passion for forms, colours, vibrations, materials and textures that solicit an entire palette of visual pleasure inside her. Thus, it is the only force of attraction exercised by the art works on her aesthetic sensibility that vibrate and decide what the acquisitions are: Galila abandons herself from the magnetism of the works which attract her eye in the nets of their physical forms. Never does she let herself be guided by a calculated reason or speculation. The ancestry of the artists does not interest her.[…]
François Deckoninck, Art Historian — Translation by Jeff Gleich
In 2004, Galila’s husband and lifelong partner, Jacques Hollander, suddenly passed away at the age of 65. The following year, Galila decided to take a healing trip to New York City, a place they used to enjoy together.
When an ad for the Armory Show caught her attention, she thought it was a fair selling armor and she bought a ticket, thinking of her husband's passion for antiques. She soon discovered that it was actually a show dedicated to contemporary art. Galila quickly overcame her initial shock and, within fifteen minutes, had bought her very first contemporary artwork. A piece multiplying the telling sentence “WHY?” 11.522 times, by artist Tom Fowler.
Since then, her thirst for discovering emerging artists has been unquenchable and she keeps travelling extensively to see and acquire new works. Part of that intensive art-addicted lifestyle is to also build friendships with the artists she collects. An attitude that results in mutual creative cross-pollination and even sometimes personal commissions. The self-called Artoholic builds a 'collection of collections' around about twenty themes such as eyes, books, chairs, recycling, etc. The different logics structuring the body of works act like a reflection of herself, a psychanalitic process or an autobiography.
While it has always been her mission to make her collection as visible as possible, and to promote the many young artists she collects by generously lending pieces to exhibitions, Galila's P.O.C. forms a new stage in this adventure. To make her art accessible to the public, she collaborated with the architect Bruno Corbisier to renovate an historic 1950s industrial building in Brussels’ Forest district. With Galila's P.O.C. her aim is to open a place free of any prejudice that will bring a smile to the visitor’s face.
She is thrilled to share this while intimate yet generous contemporary «cabinet of curiosities».