|About||observatorium is a new art space in Antwerp. It is part of the soon to be launched MeatPack project in the North side of town. In collaboration with private and public collections, with galleries and artists observatorium shows cutting edge art.|
Observatorium art space is the platform for contemporary art of the new Meatpack site in Antwerp Dam. In a white industrial box of some 500m², exhibitions with changing thematic approaches will be presented. The topics are determined by a large group exhibition at the center of the hall. This show will gather some 25 Belgian and international artists. The show is curated in collaboration with private and public collections, with galleries and with artists. Different zones are created around the central exhibition where artists present solo exhibitions. There is a display for art editions, top works for small prices. A miniature cinema offers a changing program of video works, it's called Cinema North.
The thematic group shows provide an important basis for the whole Observatorium program. The first show here is called 'Club Conscious' and celebrates the centenary of the naive look within the artistic practice. Not that we can determine an exact year or the exact day for this birthday, but it was at the beginning of the last century, by Dadaism and later through Cobra and Pop Art a change of mentality was established. Previously art was mainly a serious, archaist and adult problem. In the 20th century a childish or adolescent gaze started to dominate, and even club culture became an influence. Until May 'Club Conscious' looks at how this determines the image or theme for many artists today.
In the periphery of this exhibition, young professional artists show solo exhibitions of recent work. Almost weekly there will be a vernissage in the corridors and halls of Observatorium.