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Confessions of an art dealer: Wim Peeters

The partner of Office Baroque Gallery, Brussels reveals his secrets

Wim Peeters

My biggest mistake…

giving my Raoul De Keyser to my ex back in 2004. I still have a nail for it on the wall.

My secret passion…

I’m always cooking. I get my latest kicks from latte art. So far I can do leaves, a heart and an apple.

The artist I should have signed…

Mike Kelley.

I should have been…

an archaeologist. But I realised it’s only one link in a chain of interpretations,

of discursive power relations. Contemporary art is more stimulating when it comes to dealing with these structures.

I enjoy the company of…

cats.

Dealers are misunderstood because…

it looks like they are never working.

Fairs are important…

because no one is buying alone in this era. It's a live stock market, where everybody is trying to catch tweets by others. And they’re usually in beautiful cities, so they are fun to go to.

A recurring nightmare involves…

giving birth to a baby octopus.

My greatest achievement is…

having another career before running the gallery. It considerably adds perspective to life.

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