© Jonathan Monk, Waiting for famous people (Leo Castelli),1997. Courtesy of the artist and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen.


The first international gallerist meeting

September 19–21 2011

Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA)

Top international gallerists discuss current issues

TALKING GALLERIES, the first international meeting for gallery directors, will be held in Barcelona on September the 19th, 20th and 21st 2011. It aims to offer a meeting place for industry professionals that goes above and beyond the commercial side of the art market to focus on exploring and debating central issues of common interest.

Conceived as an annual event, TALKING GALLERIES will function as an open platform to foster thought and debate around the world of galleries. In its first edition, TALKING GALLERIES brings together twenty-five speakers from eleven different countries, including the major art capitals in the world.

Located in the Auditorium of the Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA), this three-day event will gather leading international gallerists to discuss current issues, share experiences and draw up strategies for the future. Curators, collectors, art critics, directors of museums and other art institutions will give their point of view as invited speakers in the scheduled debates and conferences.

In the 2011edition, TALKING GALLERIES aims to:

· Define the new role of the gallerist in the art world

· Analyze the shape of the art market following the economic downturn

· Locate and scan new art markets

· Offer alternatives to the current model of art fairs

· Compare and contrast strategies for boosting galleries’ international reach

The meeting’s agenda includes six panel discussions spanning over three days, guided tours to some of Barcelona’s top art spaces and visits to the city’s art galleries.

The registration for the meeting is now open. We have special rates for all associated galleries, for more information please contact

MONDAY 19.09
The new role of the gallerist in the art market

Casey Kaplan Casey Kaplan Gallery (New York)
Claes Nordenhake Galerie Nordenhake (Berlin, Stockholm)
Emilio Álvarez Galeria Àngels Barcelona (Barcelona)

Moderated by
Ann Demeester Creative Director De Appel arts centre (Amsterdam)

Dealing with the economic crisis
Georgina Adam Journalist, Financial Times (London)
Robert Tornabell Professor of Economics at ESADE Business School (Barcelona)
Soledad Lorenzo Galería Soledad Lorenzo (Madrid)
Pierre Huber Galerie Art & Public (Geneva)

Moderated by
Carlos Urroz Director ARCOmadrid (Madrid)

Guided tour MACBA and welcome drink



The future of art fairs
Victor Gisler Mai 36 Galerie (Zurich)
Noah Horowitz Director VIP Art Fair (New York)
Grita Insam Galerie Grita Insam (Vienna)

Moderated by
Carles Guerra Chief curator MACBA (Barcelona)

The gallerist as a private collector
Helga de Alvear Fundación Helga de Alvear (Cáceres)
Boris Vervoordt Galerie Axel Vervoordt (Antwerp)
Paul Maenz Galerie Paul Maenz (Berlin)
Luise Faurschou Faurschou Foundation (Copenhagen, Beijing)

Moderated by
Estrella de Diego Professor of Contemporary Art at Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Internationalizing the gallery
Janelle Reiring Metro Pictures Gallery (New York)
Gregor Podnar Galerie Gregor Podnar (Berlin/Ljubljana)
Silvia Dauder Galería ProjecteSD (Barcelona)

Moderated by
Guillermo Romero Parra Galería Parra & Romero (Madrid)

Guided tour Fundació Joan Miró and evening reception


Emerging Markets: Focus on Brazil
Eduardo Brandão Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo)
Ricardo Resende Director Centro Cultural São Paulo

Moderated by
Carlos Durán Galería Senda (Barcelona)

Gallery visits

Guided tours to selected art spaces in Barcelona

* The program may be subject to changes

MIA Art Fair
Cardi Black Box
Magazine Mousse
Anton Kern Gallery
Peres Projects