Karim Grusenmeyer (Gent Belgium, 1965) is a Sinologist specialized in Chinese and Southeast Asian Art. He is graciously supported by his wife Isabelle Bilquin, a goldsmith, expert in jewels and daughter of the renowned Belgian painter Jean Bilquin.
In 2016, The Grusenmeyer-Woliner Gallery is created in association with Damien Woliner.
The gallery specializes in exquisite sculpture, objects of beauty and jewelry from China, South and Southeast Asia (e.g. Dong Sôn, Khmer, Gandhara, Gupta), Oceania and Madagascar, as well as Chinese classical furniture.
Our selection is based on originality, rarity, age, condition, and above all, the highest level of artistic taste.
Since 1992 we have been helping collectors to acquire the objects of their dreams and assist interior designers and decorators. We pursue a relationship based on trust and underpinned by all the professional guarantees of taste, knowledge and integrity. All our items come with a certificate of expertise that provides the buyer with a guarantee of the authenticity, condition and quality of the object acquired.
You are most welcome to visit for a professional evaluation, for informed advice, or for viewing the collection.
From early childhood, Karim was submerged in the world of antiques thanks to his father, Stefaan Grusenmeyer, who started his career as a dealer in 1960, and was eventually elected president of the Guild of Flemish Antiquairs. With keen interest, Karim has observed the ever-evolving career of his eclectic father spanning over 50 years and involving the arts of all continents and all periods.
After a maiden voyage to China in 1985, he subsequently studied Sinology (classical and modern Chinese, modern Japanese) at the University of Gent and then spent two years (1988-1990) in Beijing, at the Academy of Fine Arts ... while frequenting the Beijing antique markets.
Back in Belgium, Karim taught Chinese Art history at the University of Gent before deciding to pursue a career dealing with objects rather than words.
In 1992 Isabelle and Karim Grusenmeyer-Bilquin opened their gallery of Chinese art specializing in scholar's art, furniture and archaeology. In 2000, the gallery moved to the Sablon district in Brussels and thus was triggered a vivid interest for the arts of Oceania and Madagascar of which fine examples are continuously displayed, in contrast with the works of Southeast Asian art that remain however, dominant in the gallery's collection.
Karim Grusenmeyer is a member of the 'Chambre Royale des Antiquaires et des Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art de Belgique' since 1993 (membership supported by Gisèle Croës and Bernard Blondeel). In 2010, with the patronage of Jacques Barrère and Jacques Billen, Karim was elected member of the Belgian Chamber of Art Experts .
We have participated at numerous national and international antiques fairs, such as BRAFA at Tour & Taxis Brussels, TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF Basel, Olympia London, BRUNEAF Brussels, BOA Brussels and KAOS Parcours des Mondes in Paris. Please check the portfolio section for images of some events.
Isabelle and Karim Grusenmeyer are founding members of "5 Continents Editions", founded in Milan in 2002 by Eric Ghysels.
Damien Woliner grew up in Paris surrounded with art since a little boy. His passion and curiosity for art and beauty was aroused by his mother, Agnès Woliner, a tribal art dealer based in Paris for over 20 years, and a well known and passionate Parisian dealer-collector Gérard Wahl dit Boyer, aka ‘Bébérose’. Being taught the trade by ‘BéBé', Damien acquired solid knowledges in different fields such as african art, european archeology, classic art and haute époque.
Starting in 2002 till 2005 Damien studied History and Art History at the Higher Institute of the Arts in Paris (IESA), parallel to which, from 2002-2007, he worked as a trainee for the Alain & Gérard Gallery at the rue de Beaune. Further studies include training in gemstone mineralogy at the National Institute of Gemology (ING), Paris.
In 2004 his active business life took off when he took a stand at Saint-Ouen in co-operation with Virgil Wahl Boyer. A next step was taken when he joined the K. Grusenmeyer Gallery in 2007 to specialize in Asian Art. In 2016 Karim and Damien have started a partnership and will move to a new gallery at the Sablon in 2017.
Spirals and Ancestors, 2003, with Joaquin Pecci
Gods and Ancestors - Sculptural Art from Asia, 2007
The Ancestor Transcends - Sculptural Art from Asia and Oceania, 2008
The World of Sculptures, 2016
In preparation: a publication on Southeast Asian archaeology