January 21-22, 2019, Barcelona



The Barcelona Symposium is a two-day conference, a unique place for the prominent art world figures to debate and reflect on various aspects of art gallery management. It attracts diverse audience, made up of gallerists, collectors, art journalists, curators, artists, and fair directors, who are engaged in the discussion and contribute to the exchange of expertise and relevant knowledge across all sectors of the art business.

To reflect on the current agenda, the 2019 programme will focus on strategies for going online, women artists on the art market, Africa's growing art market, new players on the traditional publishing field and creative use of Social Media, among other topics.
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona

from €180
This is my third consecutive year here at Talking Galleries. I'm also a member of their advisory board. It's been one of the most incredible experiences of my professional career. It's sort of the Davos of the art world when people can get together globally and talk about issues facing the entire industry.
Adam Sheffer, Vice President of Pace Gallery
The leading experts of the art world in conversation with prominent journalists
Emmanuel Perrotin
Clare McAndrew
Vanessa Carlos
Lisa Schiff
Anny Shaw
Simon de Pury
Art auctioneer and collector
Kenny Schachter
Tim Schneider
Lerato Bereng
Peter Gerdman
Bomi Odufunade
Eugenio Re Rebaudengo
Joe Kennedy
Elizabeth Dee
Maribel López
Melanie Gerlis
Alison McDonald
JJ Charlesworth
Jane Morris
Anna Brady
Süreyya Wille
Georgina Adam
This is my first time here and I'm already, after two sessions, deeply impressed because this is what is needed. It's an absolute necessity to do similar symposiums or events like you have here where you go deeper into it, more critically.
Ursula Krinzinger, of the Gallery Krinzinger
January 21
09:00 - Registration
09:45 - Opening&Welcome
10:00 - Emmanuel Perrotin. The Globe-Trotting Gallerist.
In conversation with Georgina Adam
11:30 - Coffee break
12:00 - Panel discussion: Women Artists on the Market
Vanessa Carlos (Carlos/Ishikawa), Clare McAndrew (Arts Economics), Lisa Schiff (Schiff Fine Art)
13:30 - Lunch break
15:00 - Conversation: State of The Art Market Today – A Conversation between Simon de Pury (de Pury de Pury) and
Kenny Schachter (art journalist/collector/curator), Moderated by Tim Schneider (artnet News)
16:15 - JiaJia Fei (The Jewish Museum): Social Media: The Next 4 Billion
17:00 - Tim Schneider (artnet News): Beyond Blockchain: Other Technologies Worth Every Gallery's Attention
18:00 - Guided tour of the MACBA Collection
20:30 - Official dinner
January 22
09:30 - Eugenio Re Rebaudengo (Artuner) Art Market Hybrids: Embracing New Business Models
10:00 - Joe Kennedy (Unit London): In the Consumer-centred World, How Do Galleries Remain Relevant?
10:30 - Panel discussion: Is the Art Fair System Unfair?
Elizabeth Dee (Independent Art Fairs), Maribel López (ARCOmadrid). Moderated by Melanie Gerlis Financial Times, London
11:30 - Coffee break
12:00 - Panel discussion: New Players on Traditional Publishing Market. JJ Charlesworth (ArtReview), Alison McDonald (Gagosian), Jane Morris (The Art Newspaper/ Cultureshock). Moderated by Anna Brady (The Art Newspaper)
13:30 - Lunch break
15:00 - Süreyya Wille (Artsy): Strategies for Going Online
15:30 - Panel discussion: Africa's Growing Market. Lerato Bereng (Stevenson Gallery), Touria El Glaoui (1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair), Peter Gerdman (ArtTactic)
Moderated by Bomi Odufunade (Dash & Rallo)
17:00 - Closing session Elizabeth Dee (Independent), Ani Molnár (Ani Molnár Gallery), Tim Schneider (artnet News). Led by Georgina Adam The Art Newspaper
18:30 - Farewell drink
You can watch the videos from the Barcelona Symposium 2018 on our official website, or read the transcripts of the 2018 talks.
Instituional Partners
Media Partners
Main Cultural Partner


Venue Partner

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Media Partners

The Art Newspaper


Art Market Agency (AMA)


Hotel Partner

Alma Barcelona

Partner Companies

Estrella Damm


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