ARCO Madrid 2013
A total of 202 galleries from 30 countries will take part in the Fair, 146 in the General Programme, and 56 in the Curated Programmes, as well as 150 art professionals –curators, speakers, directors of museums and cultural institutions, etc.
The Turkish Embassy in Spain is collaborating on the organisation of the Focus Turkey section, with the selection of 10 galleries and the production of several parallel exhibitions in Madrid
New features like the online art shop, bloggers' meeting, and the QR codes publicising the Highlighted Artists, are a few examples of ARCOmadrid's commitment to innovation and digital media
Noticia Prensa IFEMA
The 32nd edition of ARCOmadrid, to be held from 13 to 17 February 2013 and organised by IFEMA, will bring together a total of 202 galleries from 30 countries, of which 146 are participating in the General Programme, and 56 galleries in the different Curated programmes. This edition will include important attendees and will provide an opportunity to discover work by new and established artists from the five continents. Through the wide range of work on offer and the varied programme of activities, discussion forums, presentations and meetings, ARCOmadrid will once again make the Spanish capital the epicentre of the international art scene in February.
One of the main attractions of the fair will be FOCUS TURKEY, a section which has benefited from the collaboration of the Turkish Embassy in Spain, and with the participation of the curator Vasif Kortun, director of research and programmes at the institution SALT Istanbul, and the assistant curator Lara Fresko, writer and art professional, who have selected the 10 Turkish galleries who will participate in the programme. This project, which will gather a wide selection of Turkish artists, will provide an opportunity to bring the contemporary artistic production of this emerging market to collectors and the general public.
The presence of Turkey will also be reflected in the city of Madrid, with themed exhibitions in many of its most representative galleries and museums, such as the Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, which will hold an exhibition of the multidisciplinary artist Halil Altindere, curated by Ferrán Barenblit; La Casa Encendida will screen video works by the artist Ali Kazma, and the art centre MATADERO MADRID will show the public a group project organised in collaboration with the Turkish multidisciplinary cultural centre SALT.
To extend the cultural offerings, Turkey will also take part in the AfterARCO project, which after the Fair closes each day, organises activities in different spaces in the city: Nave 16, Cineteca and Nave de la Música at MATADERO MADRID.
Other artistic events at the Fair will be presented by well-known curators. A total of 56 emerging galleries will provide content for the Curated Programmes of ARCOmadrid. On one hand, OPENING: YOUNG GALLERIES, a section focusing on galleries which have been operating for less than seven years, gathers a selection of 26 galleries from Asia, the Americas and Europe, providing an overview of the youngest and most innovative international scene. They were selected by Manuel Segade, curator and art critic, and Veronica Roberts, curator resident in New York and researcher for the Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing Catalogue Raisonné.
Meanwhile, the section SOLO PROJECTS: Focus Latin America, devoted to the work of Latin American artists, will present 20 emerging art projects selected by the curators Inti Guerrero, associate artistic of TEOR/éTica (Costa Rica); Catalina Lozano, independent curator and co-founder of de_sitio (Mexico); Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, director of the Cisneros Foundation / Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, (New York and Caracas); Alexia Tala, independent curator (Chile), and Cristiana Tejo, independent curator (Brazil).
ARCOmadrid will also again include the Solo Objects programme, opening its doors to selected large-scale works. The different art galleries participating in the Fair have been invited to propose works of art of museum-appropriate size, which exceed the space of their booths. Among all the proposals, the Fair's curatorial team will select the pieces to be displayed in Hall 10, and in the central spaces of the Opening and Solo Projects sections.
ARCOmadrid is committed to innovation and new technology After more than three decades in existence, the Fair still has its spirit of renewal and commitment to the latest technology which has always been its defining characteristic. On this occasion, one of the most important new features of ARCOmadrid will be the launch of Collect online, an online platform, with the collaboration of Paddle 8, which from 7 to 24 February will offer for sale a selection of works from the galleries participating in the Fair, priced at up to 5,000 euros.
Another novelty will be the use of QR codes to indicate the Highlighted Artists selected by each gallery, helping to provide more information on the careers and work of artists of different generations, discover emerging talents and rediscover those already established on the art scene. As in the previous edition, the highlighted artists will also be featured in a publication.
The Fair has also launched ARCO Bloggers (www.arcobloggers.com), an online participatory publishing experiment conceived and coordinated by Roberta Bosco and Stefano Caldana, which offers a non-static way of looking at the contemporary art scene and its protagonists through the phenomenon and format of contemporary art blogs. The intention is to discover and analyse the new characteristics and dynamics of art information and criticism at a time of transition from analogue to digital media.