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Geneva, Toronto/Montreal, and Warsaw: More Must-See Gallery Weekends in September

Last week we started with Gallery Weekends in Brussels, Barcelona, and Budapest. However, there’s still plenty to cover for the rest of the September weekends and beyond.

Geneva Art Week will run from September 12 to 17, 2023, and is organized by Geneve. Art, the contemporary art platform that documents all exhibitions in Geneva. Previously known as Geneve Art Week-end, the event retains its wonderful galleries, museums, and institutions, but now operates under a more focused name. This year, more than 60 members— including museums, foundations, art centers, galleries, independent spaces, and partner venues—are joining forces to put Geneva on the art world map for one full week.

In Switzerland, Geneva boasts a variety of interesting galleries, from established names like Gagosian and Skopia, to emerging spaces such as Lang+Pult, Mezzanin, and Galerie Mighela Shama, to name just a few.

Galerie Mighela Shama, founded in 2019, is situated in a modernist building in the heart of Geneva. It serves as an intriguing prototype for a new kind of gallery. Shama’s program primarily focuses on emerging painters from the U.S. and U.K. The gallery is uniquely housed in a domestic space, which offers a ‘white cube’ aesthetic while maintaining a homely feel, complete with natural lighting and furniture. In addition to its exhibitions, the space also serves as a hub for a year-round residency program. This year, American artist Chloe West is the current Artist in Residence through September.

above: Patel Brown (Toronto) and below: Google Street View of Client Roenisch Gallery (Toronto)

Gallery Weekend Canada is hosting two events in September this year: one in Toronto from September 21–24, 2023, and another in Montreal from September 28–October 1, 2023. Organized by AGAC—L’Association des galeries d’art contemporain—the weekends aim to showcase the best of contemporary art across Canada, although they primarily focus on Toronto and Montreal. What’s especially interesting about the Toronto gallery scene, at least from a European perspective, is that many of the contemporary galleries are situated in garages or warehouses, dotted along tree-lined streets featuring small brick bungalows including Clint Roenisch, next door Daniel Faria Gallery, Susan Hobbs, Patel Brown and others. Other participating galleries include Franz Kaka, MKG127, Photo Dealer Stephen Bulger to Feheley Fine Arts– which focuses exclusively on Inuit artists from each of the emerging to established career levels. 

AGAC will also introduce a new fair, Plural, in April 2024, which will replace its former art fair known as ‘papier’ which was focused only on Paper works and drawings.’

Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw

Wrapping up the busy month of September is Warsaw Gallery Weekend, taking place from September 28 to October 1, 2023. Featuring an expanding list of 34 galleries, Warsaw—Poland’s capital—has a long history in both modern and contemporary art. From the legendary Foksal Gallery Foundation in the city center to galleries like Dawid Radziszewski– which is located on the ground floor of a new housing complex outside the city center populated with yoga studios and coffee shops for Poland’s new upper-middle class. Recent exhibitions include Nancy Lupo, Tatjana Danneberg, Agnieszka Polska, Şerban Savu and Yu Nishimura. 

Dawid Radziszewski Galeria (Warsawa)

This year, Italian arts manager Susanna Corchia (and co-director) will again collaborate with WGW to host international collectors and curators touring Warsaw galleries. 

Stay tuned, as we still have more fall weekends yet to explore—Lisbon Art Weekend in October, Gallery Weekend Santiago in September, Havana Art Weekend in November… and much more as we turn our gaze toward South America and discuss the new weekend in Mexico City, and check-in on our partners in Buenos Aires, and São Paulo.