Artist and musician Gavin Vanaelst's passion for folk art, art brut, antique rugs and contemporary art led him to open his own space in Antwerp, where exhibitions and musical performances can happen side to side with centuries-old furniture and unique pieces of folk art or volkskunst.
Aboli Bibelot opened its doors September 2020 in the Sint-Andries neighboorhood in Antwerp.
The gallery resides in the shadow of the Sint-Andries Church, a 16th-century parish known by locals as the Parochie Van Miserie, and dedicated to the patron saint of the Burgundians.
The gallery shares the building with furniture restoration atelier Arrangerie 13, who have been in this location for more than four decades and whos dedication to craftmanship feel like a step, even further, back in time.
Always looking for interesting objects and stories.
Portrait of Gavin Vanaelst by Inès van den Kieboom, 2022.