These Contemporary Art Spaces Are Turning Heads This Fall

January 12, 2021

Creatives are thinking outside of the box to bring unique forms of art into communities all over the globe. As the

world of digital assets continues to expand, it integrates with the art sphere in more ways than ever before. Between

NFTs, VR, AR and various other immersive technology, artworks are becoming increasingly multi-dimensional.

New spaces and exhibitions are popping up, enabling admirers to slow down and appreciate art in new ways. One thing is

clear; art spaces are evolving, and ORIGYN is thrilled to be a part of that unfolding.

In this spirit, we’re sharing four new novel exhibitions and gallery spaces that shouldn’t be missed this year, as

ORIGYN Art gears up to power a new type of decentralized marketplace for the global art collective next year.

## Le Cube — Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Le Cube is an art space creating equitable access to the power of, in their words, the “creativity, solidarity and

responsibility” that digital education and interdisciplinary crossroads provide. The English version of their website

integrates descriptive, easy-to-understand language into their program descriptions that pose powerful questions and


This future-ready organization provides a robust wellspring of resources like education program development, art

exhibitions and classroom workshops. Resources that give students a better chance of keeping up with the unstoppable

acceleration of digital solutions that creators worldwide are developing exponentially.

Le Cube is leveraging digital literacy and the power of art to solve problems in many areas of human life, as well as to

bring future innovators a tech-focused education that’s progressive, equalizing and empowering.

## Cukrarna Gallery — Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana welcomes a new space for contemporary art, the [Cuckarna Gallery]( The stunning

space, which originally functioned as a sugar refinery and whose rich history is attributed to the antiquity of the

structure, has been through extensive renovations since 2018 to create an open area that welcomes new textures, colors

and mediums. The gallery’s artistic director,

[Alenka Gregorič, speaks on the careful and intentional consideration process]( they intend to

implement to curate special projects, as they hope to create long-lasting and meaningful relationships with artists and

provide a safe space for them to create and share.

“Much like the building itself. We’re slowly moving in, bringing in content and making long-term alliances with artists.

We invite them to cooperate, to help us build the Cukrarna Gallery program with their projects, ideas and aspirations

and to contribute to the vision of this new contemporary art centre,” Gregorič shares. The gallery is committed to

bringing together the most interesting and talented team, even having a dedicated position for curating performances.

This space stands out not only because of [Scapelab](’s stunning architecture, featuring

elevated ceilings, perforated walls and what feels like endless windows, but for the unique artwork that is featured.

Having just opened at the end of September, the gallery is kicking off its opening with a powerful installation inspired

by a letter poet Dragotin Kette sent to fellow writer Ivan Cankar exploring the concept of memory. The exhibition,

[_The Wonderfulness of Memory_](, invited

artists to bring a meaningful recollection of theirs to life. The mediums include anything from 35-mm films to sound

sculptures and are must-sees.

_On view until February 2022._

## Cisternerne — Frederiksberg, Denmark

While the Frederiksberg Museum’s underground art space opened its doors not too long ago, the energy of the open room

tells more ancient stories. The distinguished space, Cisternerne, was once

[a covert reservoir in the 19th-century and has since been refitted into a contemporary art cavern](

Each year, the museum commissions an exhibit, and the artist is encouraged to incorporate the surroundings into a

large-scale work. Stepping into Cisternerne is like stepping into another world. With no cell reception, constant

looming darkness and a chilling climate that plays into circling pieces, this space pushes viewers into becoming part of

the infrastructure, submerged in the art so to speak. Many gallery spaces lean on interesting structures and shapes to

illuminate creative works and contribute to their purpose, but few utilize climate.

With a dedicated year of presentation, chosen artists put great effort and heart into their projects, which can only be

hosted in the specific brisk environment of Cisternerne. The current exhibit, which is one of the first few to grace the

unique space, is extraordinary. Artist Tomás Saraceno presents

[_Event Horizon_](

amongst the dripstones in Cisternerne, which invites viewers to traverse through every one of their senses. Wading

through damp darkness, viewers are met with incredible structures and shadow work that they experience via boat.

Saraceno’s work left Cisternerne at the end of November, but architect Hiroshi Sambuichi has something special in mind

next up.

In contrast to the sodden gloom of the existing Cisternerne that Sambuichi is familiar with from their 2017 exhibit,

they plan to create an airy and bright space in an

[adjacent chamber of Cisternerne](

Sambuichi will use light to overwhelm the space through a glass roof that will also serve as a small pool in the heated

months and a skating rink during icy temperatures. Water will fill the majority of the space, with wooden footpaths

acting like a maze to explore the area as water flows around guests.

[Sambuichi shares their passion for this space](,

“For me, this is more than just a beautiful piece of architecture. I want this to serve as inspiration for future

sustainable architecture and investigate the effects that a roof made of water will have on the light and the climate of

the space.”

_Event Horizon on view until December 2021. New space currently in construction._

## ARTECHOUSE — New York City, United States

This one-of-a-kind

[transformative space opened its New York location in 2019 just as digital art was gaining popularity](

With its first location in Washington, D.C., [ARTECHOUSE]( is the first of its kind. The

contemporary art sanctuary focuses on the junction of art, science and technology. With exhibits that embody visitors,

each ARTECHOUSE installation breaks the ceiling with technology-driven art. New York’s location is an unexpected

cloistered boiler room that is equipped with state-of-the-art projectors and technologies to bring artists’ visions to


ARTECHOUSE welcomed Refik Anadol as the first artist upon opening, and he attracted more than 100,000 visitors with

his exhibit [Machine Hallucination: NYC]( The exhibition is a voyage into

New York City throughout the years and into the future. As ARTECHOUSE says, the project is “of New York, by New York,

and for New York” and serves as an accolade to the great city. A nod to technology’s vast development in just the past

two years, ARTECHOUSE is opening a second showing of the same immersive experience this month. This is great news for

those that missed the initial showing, but it is just as exciting for Anadol fans who viewed the work a few years back

as there is one addition to this year’s project. This year’s exhibition will offer a chance to amass enveloping

experiential NFTs. Anadol’s show will present an assemblage of 1,000 exclusive NFTs available only to those viewing

the exhibit in NYC.

_On view November 2021 through January 2022._