ILEANA opened its doors in November 2020 with the aim of bringing international contemporary art to Australia. Located in New Farm, Brisbane, the gallery will present a series of selling solo and group exhibitions with international artists.
The gallery was founded by Boris Cornelissen, who previously worked as a contemporary art specialist at Sotheby’s in London and Hong Kong. Educated in the Netherlands, Paris and London, Boris has expert knowledge of both historical and emerging artists, and brings a wealth of expertise in European, American and Asian art to Australia. In particular, he has a strong interest in artists that have, for whatever reason, remained outside of the mainstream but occupy a prominent position in art history.
Aside from the programme of gallery exhibitions, ILEANA is also active in the secondary art market and is able to help if you are looking to acquire or sell works by international contemporary artists.
The gallery is named after the legendary art dealer Ileana Sonnabend, whose keen eye for new artists influenced the gallery programme of her then-husband Leo Castelli, with whom she worked on early exhibitions of Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein amongst many others. Perhaps more importantly, when she opened her own gallery in Paris, she became the first gallerist to bring American art to Europe, creating the first inter-continental market for contemporary art. And when she moved back to New York a decade later, she introduced a long list of European artists to the American public. Sonnabend was also the first gallerist to sell work by an international artist to the Australian collector John Kaldor, who acquired a Roy Lichtenstein painting from her Paris gallery in 1963.