ARCOmadrid celebrates its 35th anniversary

Words by Elena Scarpa
February 19, 2016

FEMA celebrates the 35th Anniversary of ARCOmadrid from 24 to 28 of February, with a unique edition that will exceptionally bring together a selection of the major names on the international gallery scene which had not coincided at the Fair to date. Galleries that have been present at ARCOmadrid at some stage in the Fair’s history, which have been invited to participate in the Imagining Other Futures section on the occasion of its 35th edition for their quality, their essential role in the international contemporary art market and for their contribution to ARCOmadrid.

This tribute to the Fair itself will complement the programmes presenting the 167 galleries selected by the Organising Committee in the General Programme, the 18 in the Opening section and the 18 in Solo Projects. In all, they make a total of 221 galleries from 27 different countries and will represent the art scene of the last 35 years, linking the Fair’s past with the emerging artists of the future. In fact, this edition will once again be ratified as a benchmark for the research, discovery and knowledge of new creative talents. In this sense, 98 galleries will present projects by either individual artists or artists in dialogue at their stand.

It will be an extraordinary gathering drawing collectors, curators, museum directors, gallery owners, artists and professionals from the world over to Madrid, rendering the Fair an unmissable and one-of-a-kind event on the international calendar. An edition that will be defined by the quality and selection of the contents, as well as their pronounced international profile, which on this occasion will reach 71% of foreign galleries, with a remarkable Latin American presence – 47 galleries from 10 countries, representing 26% of the international segment-, thus consolidating ARCOmadrid as a meeting-point and space for exchange between Europe and Latin America.

The Fair also pays tribute to Madrid through its Año 35. Madrid project, that proposes contemporary art interventions in different spaces and institutions throughout the city.

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