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Focus on dialogues from artists: ARCOmadrid 2019, 27 February – 3 March, Madrid

ARCOmadrid 2019 will gather a total of 203 galleries from 30 countries. Share

This time, ARCOmadrid focuses on dialogues from artists. About 40% of the galleries will participate with programs focused on the presentation of one or two artists from different environments, reinforcing ARCOmadrid as a space for discovering the work of artists from different generations. The fair consolidates its Latin American perspective with the presence of Peru as guest of honour.

Organised by IFEMA, the 38th edition of ARCOmadrid, will take place in Madrid from 27 February to 3 March. The most significant aspect of this new event will be the special participation of Peru as a guest country and its presence throughout the Spanish capital with different initiatives in the city’s main museums and art centers.

The official announcement that Peru was to be invited to ARCOmadrid was held at the Government Palace as part of the official visit by the King and Queen of Spain. The Peruvian President, Martín Vizcarra, indicated the “importance of the fair as a platform for the dissemination of contemporary Peruvian art”, and stressed that “the great Peruvian cultural presence that is planned for Madrid will mark the starting point for the commemoration of the Bicentennial of Independence, and will contribute to reaffirming the historical and cultural links between Peru and Spain”.

A subsequent press conference was given by the Peruvian Minister of Culture, Patricia Balbuena, the general director of IFEMA, Eduardo López-Puertas; the director of ARCOmadrid, Carlos Urroz, and the curator of Peru at the fair, Sharon Lerner. During the event, the main themes for the next edition of ARCO were presented, along with the main content and participants from Peru. According to López-Puertas “The choice of the city of Lima to announce ARCOmadrid 2019 has a very special meaning for IFEMA, which emphasizes our commitment to making Latin America the identifying feature of the fair.”

Focus on dialogues from artists: ARCOmadrid 2019, 27 February – 3 March, Madrid
Photo: Courtesy of ARCOMadrid

ARCOmadrid 2019 will gather a total of 203 galleries from 30 countries, of which 165 are part of the General Programme, with the rest belonging to the curated sections: ‘Peru at ARCO’, with a selection of 23 artists from 15 galleries; ‘Dialogues’, with 13 and ‘Opening’, with 21.

The programme will focus on the quality and uniqueness of the artists, promoting the exploration of new talents and content for collectors and professionals. Thus, of all the galleries selected by the Organising Committee and the curators of the different programmes, close to 40% will participate with programs focusing on presenting one or two artists from different background, reinforcing ARCOmadrid as a space to discover the work of artists from 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 regions represented at the fair. Of the 70% international participation, 29% is dedicated to artists from Latin America, with 40 galleries from 12 countries from across the region. Latin American artists will also be apresented in galleries from other nations, once again positioning ARCOmadrid as a meeting and exchange point between Europe and Latin America.

As well, February in Madrid will be an exceptional time to celebrate collecting art from Latin America with the different projects on view in the main art centres and museums across the capital. The Instante Fundación will host a show 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 San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts will host the Eduardo and Mariana Hochschild collection, and Casa de América, the Jan Mulder collection.

Focus on dialogues from artists: ARCOmadrid 2019, 27 February – 3 March, Madrid
Photo: Courtesy of ARCOMadrid

These exhibitions will be joined by others from the programme that Peru at ARCO is preparing in the city, coordinated by Fietta Jarque, as well as other actions that will be undertaken within the framework of the Peru Forum, organised by Miguel A. López and with the participation of artists, historians and curators who will analyse the characteristics of contemporary Peruvian art.

The quality of the 43 new galleries participating in ARCO 2019 will be one of the key elements of the fair.

As well, the fair’s main axis, the General Programme, will include 165 galleries selected by the Organising Committee, of which 19 are new. Of these, those of Meyer Riegger; Rodeo; Timothy Taylor and Edward Tyler Nahem stand out. Other galleries will be back to reaffirm their confidence in ARCOmadrid, such 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 committed to presenting projects by individual artists or those in dialogue in a way that once again accommodates the SOLO/DUO proposal. From the galleries in the General Programme, 25 will dedicate their stands to one or two artists, including Miriam Cahn, Marcius Galan, Lia Perjovschi and Cinthia Marcelle.

Focus on dialogues from artists: ARCOmadrid 2019, 27 February – 3 March, Madrid
Photo: Courtesy of ARCOMadrid

The curated sections will also include individual presentations or those in dialogue. Peru at ARCO, with the participation of 23 artists from 15 galleries selected by Sharon Lerner, contemporary art curator with the Lima Art Museum, will present internationally recognised 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.

Likewise, the Opening programme will once again focus on galleries that have been open for less than 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 an investigation beyond the usual art centers, including galleries such as Baril in Cluj-Napoca; Bombon Projects in Barcelona; Climate in Milan; Embassy in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Francisco Fino in Lisbon; Rodríguez in Poznan; Sé in São Paulo, and Sindicato in Santo Domingo.

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