Talking Galleries / IV Barcelona Symposium

2-3 November 2015 MACBA

Artists and Gallerists: Sharing a Vision

ArtReview’s annual report on the most influential figures in the global art scene crowned the Swiss couple of dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth top the 100 power list for the first time. They are credited for changing the model of how art is bought and sold: “the Wirths were moving away from the conventional white cube and instead embracing different kinds of spaces in which to sell and develop art (…) To some extent they are reinventing the gallery model, challenging that traditional white space we are all used to”, said Mark Rappolt, editor of the magazine.

It is necessary to constantly review the practices of reference in order to survive and thrive in the ever-changing conditions of today’s art world. The economy, professional relations, production and distribution have mutated. In turn, the way art is experienced has also changed, since digital platforms are indeed replacing its physical engagement. Everything is speeding up and the market seems to favour only mega artists and uber galleries. Emerging and mid-level galleries are thus left to fend for themselves in the development of the artists’ careers and the pursuit of an audience, whilst they also have to support a commercial space. They are a too fundamental piece of the ecosystem to let them fail.

Talking Galleries IV Barcelona Symposium is inviting a community of professionals to present, learn, share and debate their ideas and experiences in a two-day journey not only delivering them from the stage but also encouraging an active and continuing dialogue with all attendants. What makes the symposium unique is how it creates a forum where speakers and participants keep the discussion lively and relevant throughout the panels, presentations, debates and workshops.

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Programme

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MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER
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9:00-9:45h
REGISTRATION
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9:45-10:00h
WELCOME INTRODUCTION
FERRAN BARENBLIT, MACBA Director
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10:00-11:30h
REFLECTIONS ON THE CONTEMPORARY ART ECOSYSTEM
MARC SPIEGLER, Art Basel Global Director
Keynote Speech: 45min + 45min Q&A
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11:30-12:00h
Coffee break
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12:00-13:30h
FAIRS UNDER REVIEW
Led by ANNETTE SCHÖNHOLZER, former Art Basel co-Director; founder, .connect the dots
Speakers:
ELIZABETH DEE, founder, Elizabeth Dee Gallery; co-founder, Independent
TOURIA EL GLAOUI, founding Director, 1:54 Contemporary African
Art Fair
CARLOS URROZ, Director, ARCOmadrid
Debate: 45min + 45min Q&A
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13:30-15:30h
Lunch break
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15:30-17:00h
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS OF THE ARTIST/GALLERIST RELATIONSHIP
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Led by ELIZABETH DEE, founder, Elizabeth Dee Galleryco-founder, Independent
Speakers:
DORA GARCÍA, artist
LISA RUYTER, artist
Debate: 45min + 45min Q&A
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17:00-17:30h
Coffee break
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17:30-18:30h
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FAIR FOR YOU?
ANNAMÁRIA MOLNÁR, founder and Director, Ani Molnár Gallery
Presentation: 35min + 25min Q&A
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19:15h
FUNDACIÓ ANTONI TÀPIES – Private Visit
Carles Guerra, newly appointed Director, hosts symposium members and shares his new project for the Foundation
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20:30h
WELCOME DINNER

 

* The schedule may be subject to changes
* All the sessions are in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish and Catalan

SPACE

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SPEAKERS 2015

Get to know the participating speakers

PRACTICAL INFO 2015

Venues, Transport, Accommodation

WHAT’S ON IN BARCELONA 2015

Art Agenda in Barcelona during the Symposium

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