From September 15 to 19, the Barcelona Gallery Weekend city will once again fill the city with art. The annual event promoted by the Art Barcelona association aims to showcase the galleries’ role in offering culture to the public.
For 5 days, 33 galleries in the Greater Barcelona area will open their doors to anyone keen to take full advantage of their wide range of art. This year’s show, the 7th, is the largest to date and a record number of galleries representing more than 70 artists from 20 different countries will be taking part.
After a year that has been challenging for culture, especially for the galleries, this weekend showcases the city’s rich and varied art, while also encouraging collectors and highlighting the role of the galleries.
Below you will find everything you need to know to make the most of the event.
1. Four programs for four different audiences:
The Barcelona Gallery Weekend offers 4 programs that are designed for 4 different audiences.
The Public program includes all the exhibitions and activities of the participating galleries, while a Professional program, designed for collectors, art critics and institutional representatives, includes private guided tours and social events to foment contacts between gallery owners and collaborators.
On the other hand Plan Artévete offers a personalized advisory service for those who would like to start acquiring works of art.
Lastly, the Acquisitions program is designed for foundations and private companies that wish to buy works exhibited in the participating galleries for their collections.
2. Activities for all ages and tastes
In order to make contemporary and avant-garde art more accessible to all visitors, the program includes a full range of activities, with performances, guided tours, and workshops for children.
Antoni Tapies and Yago Hortal are amongst the many artists involved and the galleries offer photography, sculpture, painting, video art and much more.
There will be art to inspire everyone!
3. Follow one of the planned itineraries
The 16 free guided tours will be are sponsored by the ARCO Foundation. Divided into areas, the routes pass through almost all the participating galleries. Check the schedules and area here and sign up for those that suit you best.
There are even 2 routes designed for children from 8 to 12 years old, led by curator Alexandra Laudo.
Still not sure? Take a look at the agenda to help you make up your mind.