The nomadic exhibition project Publiek Park returns with its second edition, bringing together culture, nature and heritage in three neighboring green spaces of Antwerp - Harmonie Park, Albert Park and the Garden of the Provinciehuis.
For this Antwerp edition, Publiek Park invites 18 international artists to present works that draw inspiration from and attention to the public green space. The exhibition will include the works of 019, David Bernstein, Christiane Blattmann, Alessio Ragno Capone, Jonas Dehnen, Nico Dockx, Lise Duclaux, Jakub Jansa, Monika Emmanuelle Kazi, Jiyoung Kim, Metahaven, Mathias Mu, Yemo Park, Paola Siri Renard, Leander Schönweger, Hussein Shikha, Pei-Hsuan Wang and Guy Woueté.
The project aims to activate and connect the cultural ecologies of Antwerp by establishing unique collaborations with artists and local organizations such as TICK TACK, De Singel, Red Herring Salon, Moonstreet, LLS Paleis, Pizza Gallery, Annie Gentils Gallery, and many more.
In addition to an exhibition route, which will bring you through the parks to the nearby art spaces and back, every weekend Publiek Park will offer a varied public programme, created in collaboration with cultural partners from across Belgium. The public programme will include experimental music concerts (16.09, KRAAK), film screenings (23.09, Art Cinema OFFoff), talks (30.09, HART) and debates (01.10, NICC), as well as art performances, workshops, guided tours, book launches, live radio, sunday matinées and more. Full schedule of public activities will be announced in the coming weeks.
On the opening day of Publiek Park, September 15, we will launch a new publication – Walking Guide / Wandelgids. Created with the support of Kunst in de Stad, the publication will include the historical, social and artistic research, contextualizing the locations and the programme of Publiek Park. In addition to the historical research by Gertjan Oskar, the stunning photos of the parks by Michiel De Cleene and contributions by the participating artists, the publication will include essays by Laura Herman, Sophia Holst, Kopano Maroga, Bart Tritsmans and Janno Martens.
Publiek Park is initiated and curated by Jef Declercq, Anna Laganovska, Koi Persyn & Adriënne van der Werf.
The project is supported by the Flemish Government, Antwerp District, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, HISK, MORPHO, the Province of Antwerp, the City of Antwerp and Duvel Moortgat.