“The once sleepy Brussels art scene is making some noise,” T, the New York Times style magazine opined at the end of last month. The easy-going character of the city, the lack of a well-defined identity, or the absence of a museum for modern art do not hinder Brussels from gaining cultural importance internationally. And with a new female director, Katerina Gregos, there is a fresh breeze blowing through Art Brussels as well. The annual look and buy festival of contemporary art brings together 187 galleries and over 2,000 artists from across the world under one roof. We dropped by three Brussels galleries – the brand-new C L E A R I N G, the eight-year-old Alice Gallery, and the long-established AEROPLASTICS contemporary – in full preparation for the fair.