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Extra City Kunsthals new venue

Great art calls for the right location. Check out this former laundromat transformed into a space for contemporary art.

 

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Antwerp has a new cultural hotspot. Extra City, a contemporary platform for the production, presentation and debate of artistic practices, has landed in Berchem. It would not be an understatement to say the organisation has a history with Antwerp’s industrial architecture heritage. Founded in 2004 by curator and critic Wim Peeters, Extra City was initially located in the Antwerp harbor area, in a distinctive hangar that has in the meantime been demolished. In 2006, under Anselm Franke, the institution moved to new premises in Antwerp North in a former industrial space. In 2011, Mihnea Mircan was appointed Artistic Director. Third time lucky as they now set foot in Berchem. The building, previously known as ‘Wasserij Goossens’, was one of Antwerp’s largest industrial laundries and now serves as an exciting new space for contemporary art.

 

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It's a remarkble space. Smaller than the last location, but definitely more modular and therefore it will accommodate a wider range of functions, such as artist studios, a cinema space and a café. The latter was designed by FVWW, Frederic Van Doninck and Wouter Willems, creating an inviting café with a minimal budget, offering beautiful views into the gallery. They did an amazing job and the café is definitely an asset to the art space and the neighbourhood.

 

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After six months of renovations, Extra City Kunsthal now opens its new venue with three parallel exhibitions. The centre piece is the exhibition 'Orban Space' by architect-artist Luc Deleu and his T.O.P. office, an exhibition exploring four decades of proposals and recommendations for public space on a planetary scale. Wouter Davidts and Stefaan Vervoort curated this exhibition in collaboration with Luc Deleu - T.O.P. office. Artist duo Mona Vatamanu and Floring Tudor present with 'All That Is Solid Melts Into Air' two new films and an installation. And Allan Sekula's 'The Forgotten Space', on the see the global supply chain and the will inaugurates the new auditorium.

 

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We're convinced Extra City Kunsthal will take full advantage of the potential of the amazing location.

 

Text: Magali Elali
Photography: Bart Kiggen

www.extracity.org

Eikelstraat 25, 2600 Antwerp Berchem

 

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