Updated January 9, 2023

Guy Pieters, an artist at heart

By Shana Devleschoudere
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Guy Pieters was born in the artistic village of Laethem-Saint-Martin, the heart of Flemish Expressionism. After meeting the Franco-American artist Arman in 1979, he became increasingly interested in post-war and contemporary art. The first gallery in Knokke was founded in 1981. Over the next 40 years, Guy Pieters, with his wife Linda at 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.

Over the years, Guy Pieters has published a vast number of books, including the catalog raisonné of Yves Klein.

Guy's success is mainly based on lifelong collaborations with artists. By exhibiting the masters of New Realism and Pop Art alongside works by rising stars, Galerie Guy Pieters has built a solid reputation that extends beyond national borders. Unmissable works are on show in his galleries in Knokke, where he organizes exhibitions by 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, les Lalanne, Pavlos, James Rosenquist, Mimo Rotella, Julian Schnabel, Keith Sonnier, Jean Tinguely, Koen Vanmechelen, Jacques Villeglé, Tom Wesselmann and others.

In 1984, Guy first worked with Christo & Jeanne-Claude. The pair of friends have always been a source of entrepreneurial spirit and passion for art, and Linda and Guy have supported all their projects ever since. Posthumously, in September 2021, Guy Pieters contributed to the installation of "Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped". 

Her story in pictures...