The 6 Most Cutting-Edge Art Galleries in Bogotá, Colombia

Bogota at dawn
Bogota at dawn | © Fernando Garcia / Flickr

Bogotá is rapidly making its way onto the world’s art scene, with politically influenced street art, up-and-coming artists and established art galleries. An influx of investment in Bogotá’s art and culture has made it an appealing place for collectors and artists from all over the world to visit and display exhibits. Here’s a list of the most cutting-edge art galleries in Colombia’s capital.

1. KB – Space for Culture

Art Gallery

KB – Space for Culture, a contemporary art centre, has paved the way for a more innovative style of presenting artworks. The KB is not only a gallery, but a cafe and bar too, with a terrace and space for holding parties and other events. KB attracts visitors from all over Colombia and from around the world, and focuses on ensuring the artist and audience are central to its displays and projects.

2. Espacio Odéon

Art Gallery

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The Espacio Odéon opened in 2011 with the mission to promote and disseminate visual and performance art, and contribute to the recovery plan of downtown Bogotá. It is a contemporary cultural centre with an international reach and holds a yearly art fair in October attracting artists and visitors from all around the world.

3. Rat Trap

Art Gallery

Rat Trap is a unique and individual art venue. Located in Bogotá’s Teusaquillo neighbourhood, this gallery turned bar, recording studio and exhibit space is taking the city by storm. Here, people can join print making and art workshops and in a large club and bar area, the gallery hosts weekly DJ and live-music events. People visit the gallery from all over the world.

4. Nueveochenta

Art Gallery, Library

A project at the Nueveochenta gallery
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Nueveochenta is a two-story gallery with a wide array of contemporary Latin American art. The gallery also offers a unique opportunity for artists to display their work even if they’re not represented by a dealer, allowing for up and coming artists to show their art. The gallery is home to a number of different spaces, including a garden, patio and projects room. The gallery is a unique space for working artists; it has a shop and documentation centre (library) where individuals can discover texts concerning the history and theory of art.

5. Galería Cero

Art Gallery

Galería Cero is a space for exhibitions and projects from the visual, multimedia and architectural arts; it’s a place for designing and displaying projects. The gallery works closely with international and national artists as well as private and public organisations.

6. Instituto de Visión

Art Gallery, Building

Instituto de Visión is a colourful building established in 2014 with the aim to provide ‘a space for research, experimentation and exchanges between local and international artists, markets and cultural agents’. The gallery provides a new and fresh approach to culture, while resurfacing the work of historical and legendary Colombian artists. It also works with and helps young artists launch their careers with the hope that these young, local artists will gain international recognition.

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