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ARCOmadrid the appointment to meet artists of different generations
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ARCOmadrid the appointment to meet artists of different generations

In total 203 galleries from 30 countries participate, of which 165 are part of the General Program, adding to them the curated sections: 'Perú en ARCO', with a selection of 23 artists from 15 galleries; 'Dialogos', with 13 and 'Opening', with 21

The 38th edition of ARCOmadrid, International Contemporary Art Fair, which was organized by IFEMA will be held from February 27 to March 3 in Madrid, has already been presented in Lima. A new call that will have as main novelty the special participation of Peru as a Guest Country and its projection in the Spanish capital through different initiatives in the main museums and art centers of the city.

ARCOmadrid 2019 will bring together a total of 203 galleries from 30 countries, of which 165 are part of the General Program, adding to them the curated sections: 'Perú en ARCO', with a selection of 23 artists from 15 galleries; 'Dialogos', with 13 and 'Opening', with 21.

A program that will focus on the quality and singularity of the artist, promoting the exploration of new talents and contents for collectors and professionals. Thus, of the total of galleries selected by the Organizing Committee and by the curators of the different programs, close to 40% participate with programs focused on the presentation of one or two artists from different environments, reinforcing ARCOmadrid as a space for knowledge of the work of artists of different generations.

The participation of Peru as a Guest Country has consolidated the projection of ARCOmadrid as a Latin American reference in Europe. In fact, Latin America will be one of the main international representations of the Fair. With this, of the 70% that international participation reaches in this edition, 29% is captured by the artistic presence of the American continent, with the participation of 40 galleries from 12 countries of the region, to which Latin American contents are added in galleries of other nations, once again positioning ARCOmadrid as a meeting point and exchange between Europe and Latin America.

In this context, Madrid in February will be an exceptional moment to celebrate collecting in Latin America with the coincidence of different projects that can be seen in the main art centers and museums of the capital. El Instante Fundación will host a display promoted by CIFO Europe with Peruvian artists from the collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Alberto Rebaza Torres, Armando Andrade de Lucio and Juan Carlos Verme Giannoni. The Santander Art Room will exhibit the Teixeira de Freitas collection; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, the collection Eduardo and Mariana Hochschild, and Casa de América, the Jan Mulder collection. 

To these exhibitions will be added others promoted by several Peruvian institutions together with public entities of that country such as the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Promperú. All of them, under the coordination of Fietta Jarque, will form the ARCO Peru 2019 program, as well as other actions that will be developed within the framework of the Peru Forum, organized by Miguel A. López, and with the participation of artists, historians and curators who will analyze the particularities of Peruvian contemporary art.

Galleries and artists

The quality of the new galleries participating in ARCO 2019 will be one of the features of the next edition, which incorporates a total of 43 new galleries.

The main axis of the Fair, the General Program, will be formed by 165 galleries selected by the Organizing Committee, of which 19 are new among which Meyer Riegger; Rodeo; Timothy Taylor and Edward Tyler Nahem stand out. To these are added others that confirm their confidence in ARCOmadrid as Alexander and Bonin; Carlier Gebauer; Chantal Crousel; Esther Schipper; Gregor Podnar; Hauser & Wirth; König Galerie; Raffaela Cortese and Thaddaeus Ropac. 

In addition, ARCOmadrid is still betting on the presentation of projects by individual artists or in dialogue in a way that once again accommodates the SOLO / DUO proposal. Of the galleries of the General Program, 25 will dedicate their stand to one or two artists, including Miriam Cahn; Marcius Galan; Lia Perjovschi or Cinthia Marcelle.

Also the curated sections will include individual presentations or in dialogue. Peru at ARCO, with the participation of 23 artists from 15 galleries selected by Sharon Lerner - contemporary art curator of the Lima Art Museum -, will present internationally recognized artists such as Fernando Bryce, Teresa Burga, Sandra Gamarra, Miguel Aguirre, Antonio Páucar, Herbert Rodríguez, Elena Damiani, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, José Vera Matos, Carlos Runcie Tanaka and Rita Ponce de León.
The Dialogues program will have 13 galleries selected by Agustín Pérez Rubio - curator of the Berlin Biennial - and Catalina Lozano - associate curator of the Jumex Museum and independent researcher - whose stands will generate new contents and the in-depth presentation of artists' work of galleries such as Luisa Strina -Anna Maria Maiolino and Magdalena Jitrik-; DVIR -Jonathan Monk and Naama Tsabar-; Patricia Ready - Cecilia Vicuña and Voluspa Jarpa-; PPOW - Carlos Motta and David Wojnarowicz-, and Ultraviolet Projects -Vivian Suter + Elisabeth Wild-.

Likewise, the Opening program will once again focus on galleries with a history of a maximum of seven years with the aim of providing new information and aesthetic experiences. The program will consist of 21 galleries selected by independent curators Tiago de Abreu Pinto and Ilaria Gianni. A program that includes research beyond the usual art centers, including galleries such as Baril -Cluj-; Bombon Projects -Barcelona-; Climate -Milan-; Embassy -San Juan, Puerto Rico-; Francisco Fino -Lisboa-; Rodríguez -Poznan-; I know -São Paulo-, and Sindicato-Santo Domingo-.

In the same line, around 20 large-format pieces will be distributed by ARCOmadrid under the category of Special Projects, which also confirms the galleries' commitment to presenting works and ambitious projects by artists such as Waqas Kahn -Sabrina Amrani-; Sandra Gamarra -Juana de Azipuru-; Jaume Plensa -Lelong-; Sol Calero -Barbara Gross-; Jorge Piqueras -Henrique Faria-; Engel Leonardo -Formatocomodo-; Pepe Espaliú -García Galeria-; Heini Aho -Anhava-, and Fernando Bryce -Espaivisor-, among others.

Promote a new collecting

ARCOmadrid, in its objective to renew and promote a new collection, returns to launch different initiatives. On the one hand, the action #mecomprounaobra goes a step further and evolves into the digital domain. From next November 26, and until December 26, the public will be able to acquire on the Internet works of less than 2,019 euros proposed by the participating galleries in the next edition of the Fair through the platform. In addition, it will re-activate the free service of advice in the purchase of works during the Fair, in First Collectors by Banco Santander Foundation, and will promote the Young Collectors program to invite around thirty young international collectors. In the same way, the virtual platform will offer another year the opportunity to explore the Fair and the works present in it through its website and the Artsy App.

A series of actions promoted to guide people who start buying art and thus contribute to the promotion of collecting and contemporary art, precisely the foundational aims of the ARCO Foundation.

All this is added to the classic International Buyers Program and special guests, which will bring to Madrid 300 collectors and 200 professionals from more than 40 countries, as well as the presence of patron collectors and members of museums such as Triennale di Milano; MAMCO; Chelsea Art Group; Jeu de Paume; CAAC Mali; Meadows Foundation; New Museum of Art; Parasol Unit; PIA; The Power Plant; The Museum of the Neighborhood; High Museum of Art Atlanta.

In addition, on the occasion of ARCO, private companies of national and international scope are added to the initiatives for the impulse of the acquisitions and the recognition of the artistic creation, through the delivery of different prizes like the Audemars Piguet Prize to the Production of a work of art; Illy Sustainart Award; Beep Electronic Art Award; Alhambra Cervezas Arte Emergente Award; Catalina D 'Anglade Award; Han Nefkens Foundation ARCO Award; ARCO / Comunidad de Madrid Award for Young Artists and Opening Award.


ARCOmadrid will once again incorporate the voices of contemporary art professionals, consolidating itself as a meeting, exchange and essential knowledge point for critics, curators, institutional directors and other professionals. The assistance of collectors and other agents linked to art allows the development of an intense program of debates that constitute a platform for reflection.

On this occasion, the Forum starts with the participation of Mario Vargas Llosa, to give way to the already consolidated Forum of Collecting that, with the collaboration of the Fundación Banco Santander, includes sessions directed by Jean-Jacques Aillagon; George Stolz and Dani Levinas, and others, with the support of Cultural Scope of El Corte Inglés, by Judith Benhamou-Huet. It will also reflect on new collecting, within the Forum Coleccionismo Joven in a talk directed by Bea Espejo. To these is added the session of the Artists Forum, directed by Agustín Pérez Rubio.

On the other hand, the Peru Forum, organized by Miguel A. López, will propose conversations about the particularities of Peruvian contemporary art, with the participation of, among others, Fernando Bryce, visual artist; Roberto Huarcaya, photographer and general director of the Image Center; Christian Bendayán, artist and former director of the National Cultural Institute of Iquitos; Natalia Majluf, art historian and former director of the Lima Museum of Art; Florencia Portocarrero, curator of public programs of Proyecto AMIL; José Carlos Mariátegui, curator and director of Alta Tecnología Andina or Max Hernández Calvo, independent curator.

The Professional Meetings will once again be sessions closed to the public. The Encuentro Diálogos will be directed by the curator Catalina Lozano, where information about the Fair section will be exchanged, and the Visitors Museum Meeting will be two meetings organized by AECID. On the other hand, Ana Longoni -Director of Public Activities, MNCARS-, Tamara Díaz Bringas - Coordinator Cartas, publication of MNCARS-, and Mabel Tapia -coordinator of L'Internationale-, with the collaboration of AECID, will lead the VIII Meeting of Museums of Europe and Latin America, which will bring to Madrid about 60 directors and representatives of museums from around the world.

Architecture and design at ARCOmadrid

The architecture and the design, return to take center stage in this edition. On this occasion, the Burgos & Garrido studio will be responsible for the design of ARCOmadrid, in addition to the Peruvian architects Mariana Leguía _ Maya Ballén who will design the gallery space of `Peru in ARCO`.

The VIP Room will be a space created by Lázaro Rosa Violán Studio, in collaboration with the magazine AD. In its interior, the Audemars Piguet space will host the winning piece of the Prize for the Production of a Work that will be announced soon.

In the same way, the ARCO Foundation Room, which will host the work of the artist Armando Andrade Tudela, will have the special intervention of The Nave, and Room 38 will be designed by Casa Josephine.

Support for private initiative

One more year, ARCOmadrid has the support of the private initiative and of important corporations and institutions through actions of sponsorship of different areas or initiatives present in the Fair. In this way, this edition has the institutional collaboration of AC/E Acción Cultural Española; AECID; as well as the Banco Santander Foundation; Audemars Piguet; Banco Sabadell Foundation; Ruinart; illy caffè; Caixabank; Alhambra beers; Ron Zacapa; KUNA; NH Collection; BEEP and Loewe, among others

ARCOmadrid 2019, organized by IFEMA, will be held from February 27 to March 3 in Halls 7 and 9 of Feria de Madrid, from 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.