#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#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.|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#26: More artists, less borders.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#61: No all male install teams.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#28: Make Contracts.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#34: We pay artists.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#40: Follow the artist|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#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.|#119: Be a space of production.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#36: We support production separately.|#111: Do it together.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#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|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#4: Pay what you can.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#79: The layered painting in the Old House has the potential to become the emblem to explain what Kunsthal Gent is doing.|#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.|#112: Spaces today don’t need to be curated, but occupied.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#60: Look after all tools. The moment it looks like things are missing it means that things are missing.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#94: No objections? Just do it.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#62: Don’t be a dick. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#87: Always keep in mind there is something really special about being in a room that is 19 meters tall.|#54: What about disabled artists?|#32: Be pan-gender polyphonic.|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#132: Things will always look weird when you’re the first doing it.|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#14: Can you also remain a toddler institution?|#26: More artists, less borders.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#141: Start a Publication Studio at Kunsthal Gent in the nearby future.|#124: Do less, do it better.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#44: No name tags at dinner.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#23: That’s a very interesting piece, but how would it behave in a pizza joint?|#19: Have fun at the exhibition.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#127: Remain practical: what happens to the work in an endless exhibition?|#61: No all male install teams.|#6: Demand that visitors are active.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#92: We’re a learning organisation.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#28: Make Contracts.|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#16: Kunsthal Gent will always be a construction site.|#34: We pay artists.|#59: Always protect the floor when painting (or pouring concrete)|#57: Volunteers must be: cared for / hands on / ready to learn / willing to share / in it to win it / show new or old tricks.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#40: Follow the artist|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#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.|#119: Be a space of production.|#58: Kunsthal Gent is a monument. If you plan to drill a hole, contact Tomas first.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#74: Last one out turns of the lights.|#36: We support production separately.|#111: Do it together.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#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|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#75: A building is a capricious thing: it is inhabited and changed, and its existence is a tale of constant and curious transformation.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#4: Pay what you can.|#131: A visitor who comes back after a week might discover new additions to the exhibition.|#53: Immaterial support for artists is important.|#70: Have the office space inside the exhibition space, it reminds of you what you are doing.|#117: Consider design, organisational structures and architecture as programme.|
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Kunsthal Gent is een experimenteel kruispunt voor de presentatie en ontwikkeling van hedendaagse kunst, sinds 2018 gevestigd in een monumentaal veertiende-eeuws karmelietenklooster in het centrum van Gent.

In het weekend is Kunsthal Gent een tentoonstellingsruimte die gratis te bezoeken is. Op werkdagen is het een werkplek voor kunstenaars en artistieke organisaties, maar vinden er ook publieke activiteiten plaats: van lezingen en workshops tot screenings en performances.

In Kunsthal Gent ontmoeten verschillende artistieke spelers en disciplines in de kunsten elkaar. Opkomende, gevestigde, lokale en internationale namen zijn er te gast: zij presenteren er hun werk in tentoonstellingen of ontwikkelen er hun artistieke praktijk.

Kunsthal Gent is een kleine organisatie in een groot gebouw en biedt daarom veel ruimte voor programma’s van partners, zoals Art Cinema OFFoff, de opleiding Curatorial Studies van de Gentse Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (KASK), de kunsteducatieve organisatie das Kunst en vele anderen.

Driemaal per jaar vindt er een opening plaats met een nieuwe serie tentoonstellingen. In het doorlopende tentoonstellingsprogramma Endless Exhibition* voegen curatoren en kunstenaars tentoonstellingen toe zonder einddatum. Daarnaast huisvest Kunsthal Gent het ontwikkelingsprogramma Permanently Practising, dat jaarlijks aan zes kunstenaars, collectieven, organisaties of samenwerkingsprojecten een beurs voor een werkperiode beschikbaar stelt.

Ontmoeting en samenwerking vormen de motor voor een hybride programma met verschillende lagen en snelheden, waarin diverse artistieke spelers op elkaar en op de ruimtelijke context reageren. Beeldende kunst is daarbij de hoofdstroom, die voortdurend wordt gevoed en uitgedaagd door architectuur, vormgeving, audiovisuele kunst, podiumkunsten en kunst in de openbare ruimte. Met deze brede benadering overstijgt Kunsthal Gent niet alleen de klassieke definities van kunstenaar, curator, criticus en ontwerper, maar worden ook de scheidslijnen tussen individu, collectief en organisatie doorbroken.

Kunsthal Gent biedt deze spelers een professioneel kader om te experimenteren met nieuwe manieren van ontwikkelen en presenteren; ze functioneert niet alleen als tentoonstellingsruimte, maar ook als ontmoetingsplaats en uitvalsbasis; ze bouwt en versterkt netwerken en zet de deur open naar de stad. Met deze werkwijze wil Kunsthal Gent een schakel zijn tussen artist-run spaces, galeries, kunstscholen en musea en draagt ze bij aan de ontwikkeling van een gezonde ecologie voor hedendaagse kunst in Gent.

Kunsthal Gent is zeker geen white cube. Vergelijk haar met een stad, met een openbare ruimte waarin verschillende identiteiten samenkomen en op elkaar inspelen of juist naast elkaar bestaan. Kunsthal Gent ontvouwt zich als een stad in wording: steeds in beweging, met snelle en trage veranderingen tegelijkertijd. De werken in de Endless Exhibition blijven op hun plaats of worden aangepast, terwijl er ruimtelijke ingrepen, tentoonstellingen en andere publieke activiteiten omheen bewegen. Sommige werken zullen de weerstand van nieuwe aanvullingen niet doorstaan en verhuizen, veranderen of verdwijnen. Net zoals er in een stad ook voortdurend wordt bijgebouwd, weggehaald, hersteld of aangepast.

“Het nieuwe type kunstinstituut kan geen kunstmuseum meer zijn zoals het tot nog toe steeds is geweest, maar zal helemaal geen museum meer zijn. Het nieuwe type zal meer op een energiecentrale lijken, een producent van nieuwe energie.”

Alexander Dorner, The Way Beyond ‘Art’: The Work of Herbert Bayer, ReInk Books, 2017 (1947), p.116.

* De grondslag voor het artistieke programma in Kunsthal Gent is geïnspireerd op Endless Exhibition, een werk van Prem Krishnamurthy (VS).