#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#120: The new type of art institute cannot merely be an art museum as it has been until now, but no museum at all. The new type will be more like a power station, a producer of new energy.|#40: Follow the artist|#4: Pay what you can.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#47: Artists need to be supported more than ever in the development of their practice due to the gaps that have been created in the field of fine art|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#120: The new type of art institute cannot merely be an art museum as it has been until now, but no museum at all. The new type will be more like a power station, a producer of new energy.|#40: Follow the artist|#4: Pay what you can.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|
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05—07.11.2021 17:00

Bookfair and artist talks

Pay what you can

9000 Boeken presenteert:
9000 BOEKEN - MER. Massive Relaunch & Raffle 2.0

Kunsthal Gent opens its doors for a two-day book exhibition and sale. MER. organizes a dazzling relaunch of its impressive collection of art books and will exhibit over 400 copies in the exhibition hall. This event is a seamless follow-up to the ‘MER. Massive Relaunch & Raffle’ of 2018 where all books ever published by MER. were exhibited and sold. In 2021, we will again showcase the complete MER. archive.

At the book fair you can place an order at Kunsthal Gent. A couple of days later you'll have your book at home.

Programme and artist talks
  • Friday 5/11 17.00-20.00 Opening
  • Saturday 6/11 15.00 Harold Fallon in conversations with Raamwerk and Aslı Çiçek about In Practice reeks
  • Sunday 7/11 11.30 Hilde Van Canneyt in conversations with Marie Cloquet
MER.

MER. was founded in 2005 under the name MER. Paper Kunsthalle by publisher and graphic designer Luc Derycke. Since its inception, MER. serves as a platform to explore and expand the possibilities of the book as an exhibition space. In contrast to classical art catalogues, which are often seen as rather dogmatical and academical objects that aim to classify or remember, MER. tries – as a ‘paper kunsthalle’ – to approach books as independent and sincere spaces to exhibit art. In doing so, MER. continues a tradition that thrives among artists since Dada. Over the years, MER. has produced and curated over 400 books in collaboration with both well-known and less established names in the world of arts and architecture. Additionally, the experimental record label AudioMER was founded in 2008 and several exhibitions have been curated under the name MER. Station, in which the position of the book as a work of art in the public space or exhibition hall was investigated. At the end of 2018, MER. was incorporated in the publishing house Borgerhoff & Lamberigts, where it continues its activities as an art imprint.

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