The art world is constantly moving forward, taking new forms, and bringing about new ways of expressions. This also goes for the exhibition spaces, in which the artworks unfold. Check out 10 spaces that break with the white-walled objectivity of the gallery norm to let the art speak within a new framework. 

1. NSAG, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Nestled in the heart of Hillsboro Village, NSAG is the smallest functioning art gallery in Nashville, and dare we say, the world! The gallery measures a miniscule 27 inches wide by 37 inches tall, but has been attracting the work of top artists from around the world, and local Nashville artists alike.

2. Slursula, Oslo, Norway

Slursula is an artist run gallery situated on a boat, harbored at Kongen Marina in Oslo. Ahoy sailor, are you ready to welcome some hardcore art lovers on board?

3. The ARK / Nuclear Bunker, Bosnia

Once used to protect the Yugoslavian president from nuclear attacks during the cold war, Nuclear Bunker is now home to pieces by 44 artists from all over the world.

4. The Underbelly, Paris, France

The Underbelly, organized in Paris four stories below the street, turned dark and dank abandoned tunnels into a secret art gallery. The only people who were aware of the convergence were the ten participating artists, three organizers, two photographers and one writer.

5. Art on Track, Chicago, USA

Art on Track is the largest mobile art exhibition in the world, transforming a six-car CTA train into an alternative space for galleries and artists all over Chicago.

6. The Space, Bangkok, Thailand

It is hard to imagine anything exciting going on above a 7-Eleven, but that will change once you’ve seen The Space, a spacious white loft overlooking the Chao Phraya Rive. The man behind the 250-square-meter space is celebrated photographer James Nachtwey who has opened it up to host all manner of cultural events, whether it’s an exhibition, a dinner, or a seminar.

7. William Gallery, New York, USA

In January 2012, New York artists Sam Pulitzer and Mathieu Malouf opened an art gallery in the desirable location of the Lower East Side in a less desirable location of a garbage can. The space is called William Gallery and located on the 5th floor of 179 Canal Street.

8. Graffik, London, England

Ever since Banksy first captivated the public imagination, street art has steadily gained its credibility in the art world, and Graffik London has exhibited work by some of the most reputable names on the scene. The gallery on Portobello Road specializes in displaying the finest street and urban art year round. Though street art is arguably less quirky than it once was, now that its exhibition has become more commonplace, the devotion of an entire gallery to the art form is certainly something that can be enjoyed by all, from tourists to enthusiasts.

9. Winzavod, Moscow, Russia

Formerly a wine-bottling factory, Winzavod was converted into exhibit and studio space for Moscow artists in 2007. The post-industrial complex is now home to Moscow’s most prestigious art galleries, including Aidan, Regina and XL. The complex also contains several photo galleries, a design studio and furniture showroom, and a concept clothing store, as well as a few funky gift shops and boutiques.

10. Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin, Germany

Kinderhook & Caracas is a project space run by Sol Calero and Christopher Kline. It is named after their hometowns of Caracas, Venezuela and Kinderhook, New York respectively. The program focuses on the presentation of solo exhibitions, collaborations, and co-curated projects with an emphasis on creating a cohesive, in-depth, new body of work without concern for its functionality in the commercial gallery landscape or within a traditional institutional framework.

Slursula Exhibition Space, Oslo, Norway
Slursula Exhibition Space, Oslo, Norway.

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