Industrial laundry becomes art centre: Extra City Antwerp has moved to new location
‘When we show our new space to artists, they can hardly wait to begin working here’, says artistic director Mihnea Mircan. I can imagine. Open the doors of Extra City Kunsthal (Antwerp) and you will not know what to look at first: the exhibition space or the works on display. Extra City is a platform for the production, presentation and debate of artistic practices, founded in 2004, and it has recently moved to a new location: a former industrial laundry in Berchem. They stripped the building and now its ready to welcome four exhibitions a year. Next up are French artist Jean Luc Moulène and Belgian artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer, but the opening exhibition (through November 17) is devoted to the work of Belgian architect, radical urbanist thinker Luc Deleu and his T.O.P. Office, founded in 1970. Also on view: two films and an installation by Romanian duo Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor and The Forgotten space, a film by Allan Sekula & Noël Burch. If in Antwerp: vaut le détour.