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](https://cukrarna.art/en/). 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](https://google.com) 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](https://scapelab.com/en/home)’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_](https://cukrarna.art/en/program/exhibitions/1/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](https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cisternerne).
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
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
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](https://frederiksbergmuseerne.dk/en/presse/a-fourth-chamber-for-cisternerne/?utm_medium=website&utm_source=archdaily.com).
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](https://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/cisternerne-exhibition-space-extension-hiroshi-sambuichi-copenhagen-denmark),
“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
_Event Horizon on view until December 2021. New space currently in construction._
## ARTECHOUSE — New York City, United States
[transformative space opened its New York location in 2019 just as digital art was gaining popularity](https://www.artechouse.com/news/artechouse-to-debut-in-new-york-at-chelsea-market-digital-art-space-will-open-new-location-august-2019/).
With its first location in Washington, D.C., [ARTECHOUSE](https://www.artechouse.com/) 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](https://www.artechouse.com/location/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._