6th Edition

22—23 January
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)


Talking Galleries. The International Think Tank for Galleries is proud to announce its sixth Barcelona Symposium, to be hosted by the MACBA museum on January 22 and 23, 2018.
The Barcelona Symposium is a two-day programme of debates, conversations and thought-provoking reflections on art gallery management. It brings together prominent art world figures to discuss current issues, share experiences and rethink models relevant to the art business sector.
Providing a proper space for gallerists to exchange their views and expertise with fellow professionals remains at the forefront of Talking Galleries’ founding principles. In order to fulfill this goal, it connects leading speakers with a committed audience made up of gallerists, collectors, journalists, curators, artists, and fair directors.
The 2018 programme will encompass some of the most relevant matters in today’s art gallery sector, such as the future of the gallery marketgallery transitions on to family members, managing artists’ estates in the 21st centurynew collaboration models for galleries and analysis and communication strategies for the online markets, among other actual concerns of primary interest in the field.
9.00 – 9.45 | Registration
9.45-10.00 | Welcome speeches
FERRAN BARENBLIT, Director, MACBA, Barcelona
LLUCIÀ HOMS, Director Talking Galleries, Barcelona
Heads of public Institutions, Ajuntament de Barcelona and Conselleria de Cultura/ Generalitat de Catalunya
10.00-11.30 | Opening keynote speech 
“What I Have Learned in 50 Years in The Art World”
With DANIEL TEMPLON, Galerie Templon, Paris/Brussels
In conversation with GEORGINA ADAM, Art Market Columnist, Financial Times & The Art Newspaper, London
11.30-12.00 | Coffee break
12.00-13.30 | Panel discussion
“What Future For The Art Market At The Mid-Level?”
NANNE DEKKING, Co-founder and CEO of Artory, New York/Berlin and Chairman of TEFAF
JEAN-CLAUDE FREYMOND GUTH, Artists’ Advisor, Basel/Brussels
URSULA KRINZINGER, Director Gallerie Krinzinger, Vienna
CLARE MCANDREW, Managing Director, Arts Economics
ALAIN SERVAIS, Collector, Brussels
Moderator: GEORGINA ADAM, Art Market Columnist, Financial Times & The Art Newspaper, London
13.30-15.00 | Lunch break
15.00-15.45 | Presentation
“Everything at Once: 500 shows and 50 years of Lisson Gallery”
OSSIAN WARD, Head of Content, Lisson Gallery, London/ New York
15.45-17.00 |Panel discussion
“The Delicate Transition of Passing Your Gallery on to Family Members”
DAVID JUDA, Director, Annely Juda Fine Art, London
ALEX LOGSDAIL, International Director, Lisson Gallery, London/New York
GUILLERMO PARRA ROMERO, Parra & Romero, Madrid
Moderator: CARLOS URROZ, Director, ARCOmadrid
17.00-17.20 |Coffee break
17.30-18.45 | Panel discussion
“Artists’ Estates. Managing Legacy in the 21st Century”
NATASHA HÉBERT, Galeria Toni Tàpies, Barcelona
CHRISTY MACLEAR, Vice Chairman, Art Agency, Partners
ADAM SHEFFER, Partner and Sales Director, Cheim & Read and President of ADAA, New York
HÉLÈNE VANDENBERGHE, The Institute for Artists’ Estates, Berlin
Moderator: MELANIE GERLIS, Art Market Columnist, Financial Times & The Art Newspaper, London
19.00-19.30 | MACBA, guided tour to exhibition Brossa Poetry, with curator Teresa Grandas
21.00-23.00 | Welcome dinner (Hotel Alma)
9.30-10.00 | Presentation
“Visible – Invisible. The FEAGA European Gallery Awards” 
ERNST HILGER, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna and Vice President of FEAGA
10.00-11.30 | Panel Discussion
“Gallerists and Art Advisors: How Should They Work Together”48*0.21
MARTIN AGUILERA, International Head of Sales, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo/New York/Brussels
SIMON DE PURY, President, de Pury de Pury, London
LISA SCHIFF, President, Schiff Fine Art , New York
Moderator: JEFFREY BOLOTEN, Course Leader, Art and Business Programme, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London
11.30-12.00 | Coffee break
12.00-13.30 | Conversation 
“Ways of Collaboration among Galleries”
VANESSA CARLOS, Founder, Carlos/Ishikawa and Founder of Condo, London
ELIZABETH DEE, Founder/CEO, Elizabeth Dee and Independent New York & Brussels
JOHN MARTIN, Founder, John Martin Gallery and Cromwell Place, London
Moderator: LORENA MUÑOZ-ALONSO, Art critic and journalist, London
13.30-15.00 | Lunch break
15.00-16.15 | Panel Discussion 
“Changes in the Online Art Market”
SASKIA CLIFFORD-MOBLEY, Head of Gallery Partnerships, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Artsy
SOPHIE NEUENDORF, Director, Gallery Network & Partnerships, artnet
Moderator: TIM SCHNEIDER, The Gray Market and artnet, News, New York
16.15-17.45 | Panel Discussion 
RICHARD SCOTT, Scott& Co, London
REBECCA TAYLOR, Executive Vice President, FITZ & CO, London/New York/Los Angeles
OSSIAN WARD, Head of Content, Lisson Gallery, London/New York
Moderator: LORENA MUÑOZ-ALONSO, Art critic and journalist, London
17.45-18.30 | Clossing session
“Summarising the Symposium”
GEORGINA ADAM, Art Market Editor-at-Large. The Art Newspaper, London
ADAM SHEFFER, Partner and Sales Director, Cheim & Read and President of ADAA, New York
18.30-19.30 | Farewell drink
* All the sessions will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish,
except for the opening keynote speech with Daniel Templon to be held in French  with simultaneous translation into Spanish and English.
* The programme may be subject to changes.




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