March 31, 2006 - Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerpen - The Galleries Show
March 31, 2006

The Galleries Show

Extra City: The Galleries Show
Starts Wednesday April 19th at 6pm and runs thru Sunday April 23rd

Kattendijkdok Kaai 44
2030 Antwerp
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THE GALLERIES SHOW The Galleries Show is a five-day art fair that invites 22 international galleries to participate as curatorial agents. The project will be questioning the potential of art fairs and specifically of galleries as innovative agents in the field of contemporary culture. The Galleries Show is designed as an art fair but behaves like an exhibition.

Starts Wednesday April 19th at 6pm and runs thru Sunday April 23rd


Bidoun, New York
Blow de la Barra, London
Counter Gallery, London
Dépendance, Brussels
Dicksmith Gallery, London
Fortescue Avenue, London
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Galeria Comercial, Puerto Rico
Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin
Greene Naftali, New York
Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Jan Mot, Brussels
Johann Koenig, Berlin
John Connelly Presents, New York
OPA, Mexico City
Orchard, New York
Peres Projects, Los Angeles/Berlin
Proyectos Monclova, Guadalajara
Standard (Oslo), Oslo
T293, Naples
Vilma Gold, London/Berlin

The Exhibition:

The Galleries Show is an exhibition project that invites galleries to participate as curatorial agents in a 5-day fair project. The project is designed as an autonomous exhibition/fair and coincides with Artbrussels mid April 2006.

The Galleries Show adopts a singular position on the basis of the various agendas it interconnects: It strives to merge different economies of presentation and agency with the hybrid exhibition format of the art fair. Moreover the project will be questioning the potential of art fairs and specifically of galleries as innovative agents in the field of contemporary culture. It is a test case for including the specific knowledges of galleries in exhibition projects.

Extra City invited 11 galleries to participate to the project. Each of the participating galleries in the fair was invited to select a second gallery. The total number of galleries participating to The Galleries Show is limited to 22.

The galleries invited to participate in The Galleries Show are pioneering platforms that have manifested themselves in the recent past through articulating new economies for art, in singling out new relationships between art and the public realm. They have taken on the role of public negotiators that often operate beyond the walls of the gallery space, or beyond the promoting of individual artists or works.

The Galleries Show as a project stimulates galleries to develop new forms of public appearance. It is our aim to develop and promote both an exhibition and a discourse on the basis of the combined expertises that galleries contain. The participating galleries have invited guests and put together a public program for the fair that is structured around 22 lectures/contributions by the participating galleries.

Extra City has commissioned new productions from at least one artist for each participating gallery and has entrusted the gallery with the realization and presentation. These newly commissioned works will mark the role of Extra City within the exhibition project as an enabler with a critical focus/perspective.

The second objective is to complement the presentation of works and collaborate endeavors with a theoretical framework that is inspired by the practice of the different relationships and energies that galleries connect or negotiate, with a focus on how they contribute to, or integrate in future scenarios for arts production and dissemination. The program and publication (October 2006) will not only be inspired by, moreover they will be initiated by the galleries in collaboration with Extra City.

Opening events April 19th:
Opening preview, 4 pm – by invitation or VIP pass only
Opening reception, 6 pm – 12 pm
Opening e-flux Video Rental, 6 pm
Screening e-flux video Rental, 6 pm
Opening Ars Viva, 7 pm
Cocktail Ars Viva, 7.30 pm
Opening party, 11pm
Exhibition hours:
20 april, 2am 10 pm
21 april, 11 am 10 pm
22 april, 11 am 10 pm
23 april, 11 am 6 pm

The galleries Show Saturday party, 22 april at 10pm

Regular Bus Shuttles to and from Artbrussels

Also at Extra City in April
KÜBA, a project by Kutlug Ataman thru may 28th
e-flux video rental, a project by Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda thru september 24th
Ars viva, Jason Dodge, Takehito Koganezawa, Michaela Meise, Robin Rhode thru June 11th

About Extra City:
Extra City is a pioneering platform for exhibitions, reflection and contemporary culture. It seeks to be a pathfinder in formatting an institute for contemporary art of the 21st century. Extra City is an enabler that invests in both artists and curators to realize innovative projects under the best possible circumstances. It offers an active public frame of reference and stimulates new processes of cultural understanding through organizing individual exhibitions, group exhibitions, research projects, artists and organizations in residence, lectures and workshops.

Extra City benefits the support of Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, stad Antwerpen, Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen, Trouw Natie. Media sponsor Klara

The Galleries Show is supported by VitraPoint Antwerpen, Cappellini, Diesel, Weekend Knack, A-prior, Frieze, art, Damn, Springerin, Contemporary, Foodmaker

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