Barcelona Gallery Weekend: International Art World Event

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One of the most extraordinary ways to experience travel is through immersion in a city’s art scene. International travelers will have this opportunity from October 10 to 13, 2019, when Barcelona Gallery Weekend will celebrate its fifth edition. This special international art world event will feature 27 galleries and more than 50 artists in some of the stunning art spaces in Barcelona and the surrounding areas.

Art Barcelona (Abe) and the Association of Contemporary Art Galleries are organizing the events during this weekend. Programs for art professionals, collectors and the general public will highlight the crucial role of galleries in contemporary cultural heritage.

The event, which promises to celebrate the rich and varied cultural fabric of Barcelona, Spain, highlight the importance of contemporary art through the discovery of new artistic proposals, dissemination of information as well as the increased visibility of  27 galleries holding exhibitions with their most prominent artists. This edition focuses on the role of galleries as promoters of contemporary cultural heritage.

Multicultural Event With International Artists

More than 50 national and international artists will participate in this multicultural event.  Artists from the United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine, Chile, Sweden, Turkey, Portugal and Argentina, among others, will display their work.

Established artists of the previous decades together with emerging artists of the energetic Barcelona art scene will take part in a program that contemplates all disciplines, from painting to sculpture, installation, performance and photography. Artworks will range from historical to avant-garde and highlight the latest trends in contemporary art.

New galleries that have recently opened their doors are taking part in the 5th edition of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend. They include Alalimón, Dilalica or the Valencian Espai Tactel, which has inaugurated its Barcelona headquarters in Gràcia under the name Espai Tactel Toormix, Bombon Projects and Arte Aurora.

In addition, artists from Art Barcelona galleries will participate in the 58th Venice Biennale 2019. They include Itziar Okariz – represented by etHALL – who will represent Spain together with Sergio Prego (a project curated by Peio Aguirre). Those representing Catalonia will display an Artist’s Book as part of the exhibition “Catalonia in Venice_To Lose Your Head (Idols)”: Perejaume – represented by Nogueras Blanchard and Joan Prats. Others are Lúa Coderch and Daniela Ortiz, represented by àngels barcelona, and Lasurt- represented by Joan Prats.

Wide Range of Work From Global Art World

This year’s participating artists include well-known names on the international scene such as the Italian Riccardo Licata, painter, engraver, mosaicist, sculptor and designer deeply influenced by music; the British Emma Kay, known for working with subjectivity and memory and for being the first artist to design the cover of the London Underground Map or the American Alex Katz, considered one of the forerunners of Pop Art.

Other artists include Antoni Tàpies, one of the world’s leading exponents of informalism; Gerard Mas, a sculptor who starts from the classical but gives his characters grotesque attitudes; Antonio Saura, representative of Spanish abstract expressionism; Eduardo Chillida, a sculptor and engraver known for his works in iron and concrete; or Magda Bolumar, a plastic artist linked to the artistic avant-garde of the central decades of the 20th century.

Emerging artists will also have their place in the artistic program of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend with a national and international line-up such as Barcelona’s Josep Maynou, a multidisciplinary creator who expands his horizons toward performative territories, textile work, drawing and installations that bring together popular consumer objects; the visual artistic duo of Puerto Rico and South Africa Christto & Andrew; the Santander painter Vicky Uslé, explorer of the poetic potential of abstraction or the Argentine Joaquín Lalanne, surrealist painter with allusions to Chirico, the Baroque, Pop, Street Art and the vindication of art as a space of freedom.

Participating Galleries

Here are the galleries involved in the Barcelona Gallery Weekend 2019 program in Barcelona, Spain: 3 Punts Galeria, ADN Galería, Alalimón, Àmbit Galeria d’Art, Ana Mas Projects, àngels barcelona, Arte Aurora, Artur Ramon Art, Bombon Projects, Die Ecke arte contemporáneo, Dilalica, Espai Tactel Toormix, etHALL, Galería Carles Taché, Galeria Contrast, Galeria Joan Prats, Galeria Marc Domènech, Galeria Toni Tàpies, L&B Gallery, Mayoral, Nogueras Blanchard, Palmadotze Galeria d’art, Pigment Gallery, RocioSantaCruz, Sala Parés, Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo and GaleríaZielinsky.

Participating Artists

The international artists who will participate in the next edition of Barcelona Gallery Weekend are Alex Katz, Anna Ill, Antonio Saura, Antoni Tàpies, Christto & Andrew, Cynthia Fusillo, Diogo Pimentão, Dirk Salz, Eduardo Chillida, Emma Kay, Francisca Benítez, Francisco Suárez, Gerard Mas, Gonzalo Sicre, Gustavo Pérez, Irma Álvarez-Laviada, Itziar Okariz, Jaime Pitarch, Jordi Mitjà, Joaquín Lalanne, José Luis Paz Fo, Josep Guinovart, Josep Maynou, Juan Uslé, Lindsay Howard, Luis Coquenão, Luis Feito, Luis Úrculo, Magda Bolumar, Manolo Millares, Maria Pratts, Marta Fàbregas, Meta Isæus-Berlin, Nazif Topçuoglu, Núria Rion,  Oksana Mas, Patricia Betancur, Patrik Grijalvo, Pere Gastó, Rafael Canogar, Rafols Casamada, Raphaël Barontini, Riccardo Licata, Rocío Verdejo, Shona Kitchen, Vanesa Muñoz, Vicky Uslé and more to be announced soon.

Would you like to experience Barcelona through the city’s outstanding galleries and the eyes of international artists displaying their work? Make plans to enjoy special events during Barcelona Gallery Weekend now!

 

 

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