In the impressive setting of the Goya Engravings room of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, open to the public in a permanent exhibition, the fourth edition of the Art Fair Cabinet was presented yesterday in Madrid.
Gabinete is the first fair of the drawing, of the picture and of the fine arts of the south of Europe, and it is celebrated within the framework of Madrid Paper Week; a week dedicated to paper as a means of cultural transmission in the Spanish capital. It is a fair with a lot of variety, with pieces from the 16th century to the present day; and has the participation of several young and very promising creators.
To explain the details and importance of Gabinete, Víctor del Campo, from the Madrid Paper Week team, presented the details of this fair to the press. He affirmed that its relevance lies in the fact that "paper, even the digital era, was everything in creation ... and it is still essential to understand culture and art". He was accompanied by the gallery owner Artur Ramón, the delegate of intaglio of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando Juan Bordes, and the deputy of Culture of Palencia Carmen Fernández. All of them agreed on the relevance of an art fair focused on the enhancement of cultural heritage on paper.
The importance of the commercial aspect and collector of the Art Fair Cabinet was also discussed. Víctor del Campo thinks, in this respect, that we must stop demonizing the most commercial aspect of art fairs, because after all it is necessary for the conservation of works. Artur Ramón concurred with this argument, stating that this fair format is already widespread in other countries and that both he and other gallerists present in the Cabinet are interested in working to enhance the art trade and collecting. Highlighting the relevance of collecting for cultural heritage, Juan Bordes quoted the Italian collector of c. XVI Ricardo Possi, who affirmed about a work of art gone missing that "can be as much lost in time as in the ignorance of those who own it".