ARCOmadrid 2020 in 39th edition, organised by IFEMA, magnifies its image as a fair for discovering national and international creative talent, from 26 February to 1 March.
To booster the loyalty of returning first-level international galleries, the fair this year is stepping up its support for innovation and research by adding a series of up and coming galleries.
209 galleries from 30 different countries are taking part, of which 171 make up the General Programme, in addition to the curated sections: It’s Just a Matter of Time will analyse artistic practices through the work of Félix González-Torres, this section is curated by Alejandro Cesarco and Mason Leaver-Yap, with Manuel Segade in a discussion programme, including 16 artists from 13 galleries. Dialogues is an exhibition featuring 10 galleries selected by Agustín Pérez Rubio and Lucía Sanromán, and focuses on the dialogue between two creators, with attention to the practices of women’s art in Latin America. The Opening programme is where to explore new initiatives at ARCOmadrid. The 21 galleries selected by Tiago de Abreu Pinto and Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, represent works from the young international scene.
The upcoming edition will feature galleries that have long since placed their trust in ARCOmadrid such as Massimo Minini and Francesa Minini; Perrotin; Sies+Höke; Buchholz; Barbara Weiss; Nordenhake and Jan Mot. Among the returning loyal galleries are Ellen de Bruijne Projects; Hollybush Gardens; Martin Janda. As well as, of course, Hauser & Wirth; Thaddeaus Ropac; Chantal Crousel; Esther Schipper; Meyer Riegger; Continua; Fortes d’Aloia & Gabriel; Dvir and Luisa Strina.
Newer galleries taking part in ARCOmadrid this year include Anglim Gilbert; Cortesi; Fran Reus; Gypsum; Krakow Witkin Gallery; Movart; Superficie; Suprainfinit and The Pill.
Participation by Spanish galleries has risen this year to 70 – accounting for 33% of the total – not all of which are from major cities; ATM (Gijón), Art Nueve (Murcia), Ángeles Baños (Badajoz) and Nordes (Santiago de Compostela), joined other projects such as PM8, (Vigo) and L21 (Palma de Mallorca), among others.
Latin America is significantly represented at the fair with a percentage of 22% of 67% international participants, significantly Brazil and Argentina, positioning ARCOmadrid once again a point of creative exchange between Europe and Latin America.
35% of galleries will present projects by individual artists or in dialogue on their stands. From the Solo/Duo in the General Programme, with Laura Lima and Marcius Galan (Luisa Strina); Nicolás Guagnini and Jef Geys (Max Mayer); Enzo Cucchi and Adrián Balseca (Madragoa), to curated programmes with Jac Leirner (Franco Noero); Hudinilson Jr. (Jaqueline Martins); Nohemí Pérez and Óscar Murillo (Instituto De Visión); Lynn Hershman Leeson and Bruce Conner (Anglim Gilbert); Yonamine (Jahmek); Lucas Simões and Estefanía Landesmann (Pasto).
Bolder artist projects, include those by Alfredo Jaar; Mario Merz and Tony Oursler, as well as younger creators like Álvaro Urbano and Sara Ramo.
Artists Forum talks and the Arts Libris presentations will call upon creators to explain their work in a series of public sessions organised by section creators and other guests, which will allow a better understanding of their creative processes and research frameworks.