Our Story

  •          Momentum Art Gallery, is above all the story of a dream. The dream of a man who has always been captivated by contemporary art. Since he was twelve in fact, and the acquisition at that time of a poster of Vasarely which changed everything. A man who wished for his passion to have a showcase. A case where he could exhibit, promote, exchange, surprise, discover, advise. All this at the same time!
             Momentum Art Gallery is also the story of a friendship with Olivier W. which led to the opening, more than twenty years ago now, of a first gallery in Belgium. More exactly on the coast in Knokke-Le-Zoute. This seaside resort, a mecca for art and culture, is the perfect setting to welcome artists from all over Europe and their works. On the seawall, facing the sea, one is easily lulled by the creativity and originality that are omnipresent in our galerie now a must for the destination.
    In 2020, the story takes a nice family dimension with the arrival of the sparkling Léa Marciano who joins the adventure. Lea is now in charge of our second gallery which opened on the French Riviera, in Nice. In the heart of the emblematic and traditional Cours Saleya, the choice of the building we have invested in is not insignificant. Indeed, if you look closely, you will recognize the iconic ochre façade of the building where Henri Matisse lived for many years. A nice symbol!
             The artists we work with come from many different countries, but we also make a point of exhibiting local figures. However, they all have in common that they have established a sincere and warm relationship with us. Painters or sculptorsThey are resolutely anchored in their time. We know them all personally and they trust us to be the perfect ambassadors of their respective works and their philosophy. Thus, the famous animals of Richard Orlinski, the colorful universe of David Gerstein, optical and kinetic art of Patrick Rubinstein, the bronze works of Andrea Roggi, but also the practices of Antonio Segui or the human figures of Paul Day are as many universes and fabulous pieces to discover in our spaces.
             The avowed objective? To contribute to the influence of each of these artists by presenting their work to visitors, whether they are collectors, enthusiasts or simply curious, in order to, who knows, trigger a love affair. We wanted our galleries to be above all a place of discovery based on exchange and conviviality in which our teams have only one wish: to listen to you, to guide you and to share with you the same passion for contemporary art.
             We can also advise you on how to manage your artistic assets. Tax-advantaged solutions exist to enable you to invest in a work of art. This can be done through leasing or finance leasing. Our advisers are entirely at your disposal to carry out simulations specific to your acquisition project.
  • Momentum Art Gallery - Belgium, Located in Knokke-Le-Zoute

    Momentum Art Gallery - Belgium

    Located in Knokke-Le-Zoute

    Our small seaside resort of Knokke of almost 35,000 souls is particularly popular with visitors, thanks to the charming assets of the Flemish coast, but also and above all thanks to the richness, diversity and value of the services offered, not only artistic but also gastronomic. It is the city of fine arts par excellence. Knokke has a real artistic vocation and you can enjoy the works of the Momentum Art Gallery even outdoors. Some famous artists were born or lived in Knokke, and, to quote the most popular, Jean Claude Vandamme has a second home there! As soon as one has the ambition to present Art, Knokke is a must for everyone, amateurs and artists.

  • The Momentum Art Gallery is located on the seaside dike in Knokke Le Zoute therefore easily accessible. It has been designed to be visible to the public. We are happy to participate in making the city even more beautiful as a propagator of “emotional matter”.
    We love contemporary art in all its forms: sculptures, paintings; all materials from resin to glass, from bronze to gold leaf; we are adept at shapes, movement, the play of light, modernity, the message. We permanently exhibit some internationally renowned artists that we can follow in the evolution of their work but we also discover new talents that correspond to our state of mind: contemporary and popular. Meet us crossing the beach from the Indi Beach Club Knokke or after tasting a lobster, the local specialty. Because of our proximity to the artists who exhibit with us, we will have at heart to deliver the message of the works that touch you, to transmit you this memorial and sensory heritage and to communicate our passion.
  • Momentum Art Gallery - France, Located in Nice

    Momentum Art Gallery - France

    Located in Nice
    The cours Saleya, its stalls with a thousand perfumes, its flower market, its shimmering colors. Along the cobblestones, market gardeners, restaurant owners, regulars, tourists and the curious meet. But did you know? This emblematic square of Nice is also very popular with artists. What better place to open a gallery here on the Côte d’Azur? It is in 2020 that Momentum Art Gallery opened its second address (after Knokke-le-Zoute in Belgium) at number 1 of the Place Charles Felix. It was a real coup de coeur for this place full of history: illustrious guest of this building, Henri Matisse lived there from 1921 to 1938.
  • The idea? To create a place that honors contemporary art in its many forms as well as artists from all walks of life. When you enter the gallery, you will be surprised by the works of Richard Orlinski, Patrick Rubinstein, David Gerstein or Charles Fazzino. Because we are located in the heart of the Riviera, it seemed only natural that we should also highlight local figures. This is why we wanted to present and promote the work of local artists such as François Nasica’s playful and colorful canvases or Yaniv Edery’s unique technique of working on resin.
    Our expertise both in terms of interior and exterior decoration, accompanies you in each of your projects thanks to a large selection of paintings and sculptures. We also specialize in advising you on financing a work of art through leasing. This type of financing offers many tax advantages. The director of the gallery Léa Marciano and her team welcome you every day from 10 am to 6 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm.

  • Claude S. et Olivier W.
    Claude S. et Olivier W.
  • How did you come into contact with contemporary art?
    I remember that in my nursery there was a Vasarely poster hanging. I must have been about twelve years old when I got it. I was intrigued by these geometric shapes and these colors so neat. It was in the seventies and this kinetic art was in the air of the time.

    Where did you train?
    When I was growing up, I worked in the Grand Boulevards area and very quickly during lunch I started going to the Drouot Hotel. That’s when I learned my trade, watching the auctions. I began to acquire works based on my modest resources. I got into it.
    How did you come to become a gallerist?
    Little by little in the 1980s thanks to meetings of artists and people recognized in the trade, I became an international exhibition curator for great artists such as Antoine Bourdelle or Messagier, Bernard Buffet and Vasarely, like a wink to my childhood! And one thing led to another, in the 1990s, I decided to open my first gallery near Place St Michel, quai des Grands Augustins. A few years later, I met my partner Olivier W, an enlightened amateur of contemporary art, and together we decided to open a gallery in Belgium at Knokke le Zoute on the dike facing the sea. The choice of our artists made a hit and very quickly, this gallery became a friendly and essential place of the Belgian coast. To continue our adventure, we decided to open a new gallery on the French Riviera in Nice. This is our new challenge and we are very excited. It is with joy that my daughter Léa decides to join the adventure. It is a family story and love of art and artists that continues,
    Which artists do you prefer?
    From the outset, I will say living artists. Artists we love, with whom we have real relationships and exchanges. We can defend them because we understand their message. Artists who live in their time.

    And how do you see the future?
    The arrival of social media has forced us to think about new ways of working. Leasing and the rapprochement with companies seems to be a new approach that we are going to favour.