Born in Antwerp in 1950.
Renowned art dealer highly specialized in Flemish tapestries and archeological objects from the Mediterranean area, his participation at prestigious Art and Antique fairs in Paris, Maastricht and New York attracts full attention.
Based in Antwerp as an art dealer since 1972, he opens in 1996 a gallery in Paris at the exclusive «Carré Rive Gauche» and supplies works of art to the greatest museums in the world, such as the Metropolitan in New York, the Louvre in Paris and the Getty in Los Angeles.
But he gives also a lot of his time to sailing, and aboard his yacht La Malu he sails the Mediterranean with his wife Laurette and their two sons. In 2003 he gives up his business in order to devote himself exclusively to his passion and to the preparation of his circumnavigation of the globe aboard his new yacht La Malu II together with his great friend the architect Luc Deleu. He told him in 1982 while rebuilding his house : «Luc, what if we took together sailing lessons?»
My friend Luc Deleu, born in 1944 in Duffel, Flanders, spotted one day a white whale in his home town, even before becoming a famous artist/architect, architect/artist and utopist. But aren't these the same: should an architect not be an artist and a utopist as well? When I first met him in 1973 I invited him to exhibit in my Spectrum Gallery in Antwerp. The result was surprising. A huge graffito on the wall suggested to dispensing with the Order of Architects. A bird nest under a plexiglass cupola was an invitation to each and everyone to build his own nest without the help of an architect. Three recycled aircraft carriers were transformed into a floating university: do students and their professors not have to travel? And when he rebuilt my house in the Schuttershofstraat in 1982 and I had to do for a few days without a roof over my head and could thus admire the stars, I asked him: «Luc, why shouldn't we take on sailing together?» And we went sailing, first from Blankenberge to Ostend, then to England, then to Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Later on to Saint Petersburg, before crossing the Atlantic in both directions. And as we prepare today our journey to the antipodes in order to explore the «orban space», Luc Deleu has become a real seaman as well as a great artist. - B.B.
Dès mon plus jeune âge, j’ai sillonné la Méditerranée sur le sloop de mon père, le « Buttercup ».
C’est à la Nederlandse-zijsschool que j’ai continué ma formation ainsi qu’aux Glénans sur l’île d’Ars en Bretagne en temps qu’intendant et moniteur. J’ai ensuite été formé à la charpente marine à Port Vendre,
Etabli pendant six ans à Saint Barthélemy aux Antilles Françaises j’ai été formé à la charpente traditionnelle. Pendant la même période, j’ai eu l’occasion de parcourir la Caraïbe sur différents voiliers. J’y ai même fait le commerce de fruits exotiques d’une île à l’autre. J’ai navigué sur de nombreux vieux gréement et traversé l’Atlantique d’Ouest en Est sur l’un d’eux..
De retour en Europe j’ai fait du gardiennage de chevaux dans les hautes Pyrénées Orientales, ce qui m’a conduit à participer à l’organisation, en tant qu’accompagnateur, de trecks à cheval en Mongolie du Nord.
Actuellement établi avec ma compagne et mes deux enfants dans le Périgord, j’y exerce mon métier de charpentier traditionnel.
Comment résister à la proposition qui m’a été faite de rejoindre le bord du Lamalu II ?
C’est avec eux que je repiquerai avec plaisir à l’aventure.
Born in 1960.
He opens in 1984 the shoe-store Coccodrillo in Antwerp.
Quite soon the store develops as a well known adress for top level designers-shoes.
Many now world famous designers could show their first collections at Coccodrillo.
The N.Y.Times wrote in one of his spring 2007 issues:
"...Coccodrillo, probably one of the best shoe-stores in the world...!" .
Born in 1953.
In 1987, after having restaured a William Fife sailing yacht built in 1899, he took the now famous Antwerp Fashion Designers to London and presented them as the "Antwerp Six".
London, proved to be the launch of their international careers and the start of the legendary Louis store, selling only Belgian Designers.
Together with Linda Loppa and Patrick DeMuynck, he started the Flanders Fashion Institute in 1998.
This was the base for the Modenatie project, uniting the world famous fashion academy, the fashion museum, the archives, the library and the fashion institute in an unparalleled fashion centre.
In 1975 he takes over from his father Georges, together with his brother, the family business of restoration of tapestries and rugs founded by his grandfather. In 1977 he is appointed Expert, member of the «Syndicat Français des Experts Professionnels en oeuvres d'art» (SFEP). In 1980 he founds with his brother and his wife Nicole de Pazzis-Chevalier the Gallery Chevalier (quai Voltaire). Dominique Chevalier is a dynamic defender of his profession and was more particularly Chairman of the «Association des Antiquaires et Galeries d'Art du Carré Rive Gauche» and Chairman of the «Syndicat National des Antiquaires». His dynamism and enthusiasm are intact. In 2001 he sets up with his friend Ali Bayat a company producing contemporary rugs.
A few years ago his colleague and friend Bernard Blondeel made him rediscover the sea, and he looks forward to taking up the challenge of a long sea passage.
Emeritus professor of the university of Antwerp (French literature 1500-1800) and fellow of the Royal Academy of Belgium. He wrote two books on Saint-Simon (Nizet) and the best selling biography Madame Palatine princesse européenne (Fayard, 1988). Since 1990 his research focuses on travel literature written during the early modern period. It inspired books published by Fayard such as Louis XIV et le Siam (1991), Chardin le Persan (1998) or Le noble désir de courir le monde - Voyager en Asie au XVIIe siècle (2002). Several of his books were translated and awarded prizes by the Académie française. Scientific editions of unpublished or hard to find old travel accounts (among them those by Choisy, Guidon de Chambelle, Carré or L'Estra) complete his research.
Working on the writings of early modern travelers who dared to confront the oceans made him wish to live through the same experience. His friend Bernard Blondeel's invitation gives him the opportunity, and enables him to explore the «orban space» and his own limitations.
His contribution? Keeper of fragments of the memory of those who traveled in the past, he could add a diachronic dimension to the spatial dimensions La Malu II is about to sail through.
Anita and Bernard meet on a berth in Panama, the eve of their departure, she for the Atlantic Ocean, he for the Pacific Ocean.
They exchange visiting cards.
30 years ago, she "fell into the blue of the sea" (just like Obelisk fell into his kettle). Much earlier, she also "fell into colour".
So she divides her time between the sea - at sea - and colour (painting, drawing, serigraphy) - on shore.
Because of the magic potion she kan observe, meditate, realize ....
Her reserach into colour, always linked to mathematics, her playful and artistic exploration result in didactic instruments and games based on logic.