Guy Pieters, an artist at heartBy Shana Devleschoudere
Guy Pieters was born in the artistic village of Sint-Martens-Latem, heart of Flemish expressionism. After his meeting in 1979 with the French-American artist Arman, he became more interested in post-war and contemporary art. The first gallery in Knokke was founded in 1981. In the following 40 years Guy Pieters, with his wife Linda by his side, developed several galleries. The opening of their Foundation in Saint Tropez in May 2018 was the culmination of Linda and Guy's long career.
During all these years, Guy Pieters has published a large number of books, including the catalog raisonné of Yves Klein.
Guy's success is mainly based on lifetime collaborations with artists. By exhibiting the masters of New Realism and Pop Art next to the works of rising stars, the Guy Pieters Gallery has built a solid reputation even outside the national borders. In his galleries in Knokke, he organizes exhibitions of world-famous artists such as Karel Appel, Arman, César, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jim Dine, Jan Fabre, Jean-Michel Folon, Robert Indiana, the Lalannes, Pavlos, James Rosenquist, Mimo Rotella, Julian Schnabel, Keith Sonnier, Jean Tinguely, Koen Vanmechelen, Jacques Villeglé, Tom Wesselmann, and many others.
In 1984, Guy first worked with Christo & Jeanne-Claude. The couple of friends has always been a source of entrepreneurial spirit and passion for art, and Linda and Guy have supported all their projects since. Posthumously, in September 2021, Guy Pieters contributed to the installation of "Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped".
Its history in pictures...