Antwerp Art Weekend & Contour Biennale Visitor’s Programme

15-19 May 2019
Visitors programme
Bezoekersprogramma voor curatoren tijdens Antwerp Art Weekend & Contour Biennale

Het Bos - Antwerp Art Weekend 2018

The Antwerp Art Weekend & Contour Biennale Curators Programme is a tailor-made programme for a small group of international curators, focussing on artist studio visits and visits of galleries, art spaces and museums as well as professional social events.

The Antwerp Art Weekend is a four day, citywide manifestation, where art venues in and around Antwerp put their hands together to celebrate contemporary art. This is the best time to experience the city and its flourishing art scene, with an abundance of galleries, art spaces and museums to visit and artists to meet. This year the Antwerp Art Weekend coincides with the second weekend of Contour Biennale 9 in Mechelen, curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, which will also feature in the programme.

Organised by Flanders Arts Institute in close collaboration with AAIR, Antwerp Art, and NICC.


Wednesday 15 May 

17:00 Meeting and introduction
18:00 Official launch of AAIR followed by an introduction to the new artistic programme
Location: AAIR, Ploegstraat 27, 2018 Antwerp

20:00 Reception and dinner with guests

Thursday 16 May 

10:00 Individual programme of artists studio visits facilitated by AAIR and NICC
20:00 Private dinner with guests hosted by NICC
Location: Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, Blindestraat 35, 2000 Antwerp

Friday 17 May – Antwerp & Mechelen

10:00 Visit of exhibitions in Antwerp (open choice)

14:38 Train from Antwerp-Central to Mechelen

15:30 Contour Biennale 9: Meeting with and introduction by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (curator) and Fleur Van Muiswinkel (artistic coordinator)
Location: NONA, Begijnenstraat 19, 2800 Mechelen

16:00 Presentation of Dutch Cabinet by Sara Seijn Chang
Location: Mechelen Academy, Minderbroedersgang 5, 2800 Mechelen

17:00 Visit of the solo exhibition by Hadassah Emmerich
Location: De Garage, Minderbroedersgang 5, 2800 Mechelen

Option: The Wasp and the Weather poetrywalk by Robin Vanbesien

18:00 Guided tour of the Contour Biennial 9 exhibition with Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez

19:00 Première of The Empire of Law by Daniela Ortiz
Location: NONA, Begijnenstraat 19, 2800 Mechelen

20:30 Minding the Gap, directed by Bing Liu

21:15 Talk about Your Queen is A Reptile

21:30 Solo clarinet performance by Shabaka Hutchings

22:00 Train to Antwerp-Central

Saturday 18 May

10:00 Antwerp Art Weekend Brunch hosted by Antwerp Art
Location: Fosbury & Sons, Mechelsesteenweg 271, 2018 Antwerp

13:00 Visits of galleries, art spaces and museums facilitated by Antwerp Art team

12:30 Extra City Kunsthal

13:30 Tim Van Laere Gallery, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde

14:30 Antwerp Art Pavilion

15:30 Galerie Geukens & Devil, Marion De Cannière

16:30 Zeno-X Gallery, Ballroom-project, Base-Alpha Gallery

22:00 Antwerp Art Weekend Visual Arts Night & Party

You will find the full programme on

Sunday 19 May 

Departures from Antwerp to Brussels Airport or Brussels-Midi station

More information

Contact Lissa Kinnaer for further questions.