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Arcomadrid 2014: International Contemporary Art Fair

J.M. Towers

The 33rd edition of ARCOmadrid, one of the largest International Contemporary Art Fairs in Europe, will be held from February 19 to 23 and will have Finland as the guest country. The 2014 edition promises to be a sound success.


ARCOmadrid is one of the most relevant international contemporary art fairs in Europe. The upcoming edition, to be held in Madrid from February 19 to 23, 2014, features Finland as the guest country.

Of the 219 galleries selected by the organizing committee, more than 60 will present one or two artists under the new section SOLO/DUO, which joins # SoloProjects and # FocusFinland, which will also feature a single artist in every stand. These proposals reinforce the fair’s dedication to promoting the work of artists of all generations and nationalities that have been carried out in recent years.

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Document Art Gallery // LUZ MARÍA BEDOYA. Extended Wall, 2002-2005.

ARCOmadrid 2014 should bring a greater audience from different markets because it has the support of more than 150 art experts and museum directors, and returning major international galleries, including the Nicolai Wallner, with a special participation of Dan Graham; Peter Kilchmann with Teresa Margolles; Bob Van Orsouw with Anton Henning; Del Infinito Arte, with Julio Le Parc; or Micheline Szwajcer, Andersen’s Contemporary and Kewenig, which participate in the General Program, consisting of 164 galleries. Other participating galleries include Marlborough, Esther Schipper, Chantal Crousel, Vera Munro, Mehdi Chouakri, Vermelho, Gregor Podnar and Mai 36.

Meanwhile, # FocusFinland will feature 13 galleries from the Scandinavian country, selected by curator Leevi Haapala. This section, dedicated to the guest country, will take a closer look at the work of established and emerging talents such as Elina Brotherus, Antti Laitinen and Heta Kuchka, whose video installations will be coordinated by Frame Visual Art Finland.

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Photographic Gallery Hippolyte // PERTTU SAKSA. Untitled, 2013.

The 21 galleries of the # SoloProjects program, selected by Marcio Harum, Magali Arriola, Sharon Lerner and Tobias Ostrander, will present projects by Latin American artists specifically made for ARCOmadrid.

# Opening will consist of 28 young galleries—less than seven years old — selected by Manuel Segade and Luiza Teixeira de Freitas. The display is the result of collaborations between the curators and the galleries themselves.

This commitment to discovering and researching the work of the featured artists has led to intensified research efforts by more than the 150 guests, curators and experts at ARCOmadrid. This is the case of the Professional Meetings, which will include a team of directors who have selected a group of experts to attend the different sessions.

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Laveronica Arte Contemporánea // ADELITA HUSNI-BEY. The Sleepers, 2011.

ARCOmadrid 2014 will also host the Third Meeting of European and Latin American Museums, led by João Fernandes, Jesus Carrillo and Rosario Peiro, of the National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, bringing together more than 30 experts from museums and art institutions worldwide. The forum schedule will complete the professional activity of ARCOmadrid 2014 with sessions dedicated to art collecting, organized in collaboration with the Banco Santander Foundation, and with the participation of Estrella de Diego, Taru Elfving and Marja Sakari, among others.

Also, in order to elucidate the processes of creation and presentation of works, María Inés Rodríguez, director of CAPC in Bordeaux, will lead the Artists’ Talks, a new space for reflection about the works presented at the fair through conversations with the artists.

Similarly, ARCOmadrid continues with its guest collectors program, which, this time, will have more than 250 active buyers from all over the world. In addition, all art lovers who want to delve into the world of collecting can receive advice on the selection and purchase of artworks by the First Collector Santander Foundation program, coordinated by Elisa Hernando from Global Art consultants. ARCOmadrid 2014 will also dedicate a space for the little ones through the ARCOkids workshops, designed by the Make a Wish Foundation and driven by DKV Insurance. This unique program helps children understand the world of contemporary art. In the same vein, ARCOmadrid is developing ARCOgames, a free application that will allow visitors to interact with the show’s contents in a more active and original way through games.

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Marlborough Gallery // JUAN GENOVÉS, Compartimentos, 2013.

Beyond the pavilions, the Spanish capital will offer numerous exhibitions in museums and art centers. Meanwhile, Finland will make a major effort to present its contemporary art outside its borders, with more than 10 exhibitions and workshops by Finnish artists in Madrid.

Also, some of the most interesting collections will be displayed in the Spanish capital during the fair. This is the case of the ARCO Foundation, the Grażyna Kulczyk Collection, Jozami Collection, Telefónica Collection and collection from the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center. Similarly, the most important museums in Madrid such as the Prado and the Thyssen, will also host interesting exhibitions.

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