Axel Vervoordt (Antwerp, b.1947) is the president of the Vervoordt Foundation and the founder and éminence grise of the eponymous company which over the past four decades has created a nonpareil approach to living with art. His first project in the early 1970s, the revitalization of an entire medieval street in the heart of Antwerp which emphasized not only the beauty of the buildings but also the beauty of the passing of time and its effect on them, led him to occupy a singular position in the arts world, a position he has kept and crystallized ever since. In 2007, Vervoordt embarked upon a series of internationally acclaimed exhibitions in Venice ( Artempo, In-finitum, TRA) which heralded a new era in his life and that of the company. He created the Vervoordt Foundation over which he presides, and took on an overarching mentor role within the Axel Vervoordt Company of which Boris Vervoordt assumed the management responsibilities.
The Vervoordt Foundation most recently co-curated the exhibition “Tàpies. Lo sguardo dell’artista” at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, coinciding with the 2013 Venice Biennale. Axel Vervoordt has published many successful books explaining his philosophy on living with art. As an additional part of the Company, the Axel Vervoordt Gallery opened in January 2011 in the Vlaeykensgang in Antwerp, back to the roots, focusing on Gutai and ZERO and contemporary works in the same vein, it reflects Vervoordt’s early interest in and commitment to these artists.