Internationally acclaimed artists will be among the protagonists of the first edition of a weekend full of exhibitions, actions and interventions
Barcelona Gallery Weekend
Internationally renowned artists as Matt Mullican, Antonio Lopez and Antoni Llena will be among the protagonists of the first edition of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend, a weekend of exhibitions, actions and interventions in spaces that will be held from October 1st to 4th.
On behalf of the Association of Barcelona Art gallery, event organizer, Joan Anton Maragall explained today in the Gallery Weekend presentation aims to demonstrate “the artistic potential of the city” and place it between “international industry benchmark.”
It is an initiative in which Art Barcelona has been working for two years, and “from the beginning has attracted interest in the gallery sector, including in galleries that are not of this partnership.”
From the point of view of the artistic world gallerism, “Barcelona was very stop and had been difficult to find a consensus initiative taking, which was what the government asked us,” said Maragall.
The week aims, as Maragall, to “put Barcelona on the international contemporary art scene, galleries closer to town and retrieve local collectors.”
The Gallery Weekend, which includes the participation of the City of Barcelona and the Generalitat, and the support of the Ministry of Culture and the city of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, will offer a program based on four routes galleries, institutions and unusual spaces, plus other cultural, intellectual and social initiatives.
The kick-off will take place on October 1st in all spaces and galleries and curated at the MACBA, which will host the opening ceremony and open city in which attendees can see the museum exhibits until midnight.
Forty spaces, including 21 galleries, collected proposals for national and international artists, both contemporary and historical art.
The participating galleries show the best of their programming from internationally established artists as Matt Mullican, Antonio Lopez and Mladen Stilinovic to significant proposals such as Antoni Llena, Perejaume, Rogelio López Cuenca and Daniel G. Andújar and Francesc Ruiz, representative this year Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
In the galleries who bet on the historical avant-garde works by artists such as Joaquín Torres-García, coinciding with his retrospective at the MOMA in New York, Fausto Melotti Alberto Magnelli and in dialogue with Joan Miró, and group it shows exhibited works by Salvador Dalí Alexander Calder, Juan Gris, Julio Gonzalez, Miquel Barcelo, Antoni Miralda and Carlos Pazos.
The project already has precedents in Paris, Madrid and Berlin, with the participation of DNA galleries, Ana Mas Projects, Àngels Barcelona, Artur Ramon, AL34, etHALL, Balaguer, Barbie Carles Taché, Estrany-de la Mota, Joan Prats, Marc Domenech, Marlborough, Senda, Sicart / Joan Gaspar, Trama, Nogueras Blanchard, Palmadotze, ProjecteSD and Sala Dalmau.
As a complementary activity, Barcelona Weekend Gallery will feature the “Compositions” program, a series of five projects commissioned for the occasion, curated by the team Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Canepa Moon).
Mariana Canepa reported that the selected artists are David Bestué, Dora Garcia, Jordi Mitjà, with Pere Llobera Nilausen Rasmus and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.
These artists continued Canepa, develop temporary interventions in unique venues outside the contemporary art circuit as the Freudian Field Library, the Geological Museum of the Seminary, the Umbracle the Ciutadella Park, the gardens of the Central del Raval or the old All Cosme industrial site in L’Hospitalet.
They have also been implicated in museums initiative and centers like the MACBA, the MNAC, the Picasso, the Blueproject Foundation, CaixaForum, the CCCB, the Center Key Art Room, the Miró foundations, Tàpies, Vila Casas, Sunol, Arranz-Bravo and Mies van der Rohe, and La Virreina Image Center.
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