Open Conversations
19 May 2017
Centre Pompidou, Paris

A partnership between Talking Galleries and CHOICES Paris Gallery Weekend



Get to know the participating speakers of Talking Galleries Paris – Open Conversations

Georgina Adam

Art market editor-at-large, The Art Newspaper; art market correspondent, Financial Times

Jean Altounian

Vice President of Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva

Aaron Cezar

Director, Delfina Foundation, London

Melanie Gerlis

Art Market Columnist, Financial Times, London

Sandra Hegedüs

Founder of SAM Art Projects, Paris

Kamel Mennour

Director of Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris/London

Jérôme Poggi

Director of Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris

Aldo Rubino

Founder and executive director, MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires

Samia Saouma

Director of Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris

Sandra Terdjman

Co-founder and director of Council, Paris

Nathalie Vallois

Director of Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris

Kees Visser

Artist, Haarlem (NL)/ Paris (FR)/ Reykjavik (IS)


10.00-10.45h | Registration

10.45-11.00h | Welcome speeches
Serge Lasvignes, president, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Llucià Homs, director of Talking Galleries, Barcelona
Marion Papillon, founder and director of Choices Paris Gallery Weekend, Paris

11.00-12.30h | Opening session
“Going Beyond the Collection: How to Approach the Future of Collecting”
Sandra Hegedus, founder, SAM Art Projects, Paris
Nathalie Vallois, director, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris
Moderated by Georgina Adam, art market journalist, Financial Times and The Art Newspaper, London

12.30-14.30h | Lunch break

14.45-16.15h  | Panel discussion 1
“Fostering Creation: the Key Role of Collectors”
Aaron Cezar, director, Delfina Foundation, London
Kamel Mennour, director, Kamel Mennour, Paris/ London
Samia Saouma, director, Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris/Berlin
Aldo Rubino
, founder and executive director, MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires
Moderator: Melanie Gerlis, art market journalist, Financial Times, London

16.30-18.00h | Panel discussion 2
“Working Hand in Hand: New Collaborations Between the Collector, the Gallerist and the Artist”
Jean Altounian,
vice president, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva
Jérôme Poggi,
director, Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris  
Sandra Terdjman
, co-founder and director, Council, Paris
Kees Visser, artist, Haarlem (NL)/ Paris (FR)/ Reykjavil (IS)
Moderated by Georgina Adam, art market journalist, Financial Times and The Art Newspaper, London

New Ways of Collecting

What does it mean to be a collector in the 21st century? How to collect contemporary art? Is it possible to collect without possessing? Contemporary art practices are shaping new ways of collecting.

It is no longer just about the acquisition and accumulation of objects, but also about participation in the art production process, which goes beyond the mere heritage of the artistic object. The collector of contemporary art ceases to be simply a buyer to become an active actor who contributes to the art scene, be it by providing material to the artists, intervening in the production or supporting its circulation. Collectors’ actions may also imply a new role for galleries and art institutions. In such context, what role should galleries assume? As key actors that manage artists’ careers, galleries are at the forefront of the art ecosystem and their task is decisive in the production, promotion and display of art nowadays.

The Open Conversations programme aims at reflecting on the ways of collecting contemporary art today and their impact on the different actors involved in the art world. In doing so, it seeks to contribute to rethinking how galleries are positioned at the centre of this debate. The sessions are intended to bring together the viewpoints of galleries, collectors, artists and institutions, in order to offer a broad insight on collecting from different positions.

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