About Bruno Claessens

Bruno Claessens (b. 1983) graduated in 2005 as historian.  In 2003, through his wife Griet Blomme, herself an ethnography graduate, he first came into contact with African art at the Sablon in Brussels.  From 2007 to 2010, he got better acquainted with all aspects of the African art world while being the assistant of Guy van Rijn in Brussels.  In Summer 2010, he organized the exhibition “Vlijmscherp” (Razor Sharp) with African weapons from the Ethnographic Collection of the University of Ghent.  Between 2010 and 2012, he was archivist of the Yale University-van Rijn Archive of African Art.  From 2013 to 2016, he worked as an independent expert in African art, advisor and curator. From February 2016 to June 2020, he served as European Head of African and Oceanic Art at Christie’s.

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Bruno Claessens (on the right).
Bruno Claessens (on the right).