Madrid 15 - 19 February 2012
The Catalan galleries at ARCOmadrid will be involved in the central core of the Fair, the General Programme. The selected galleries are ADN, ÀNGELS BARCELONA, CARLOS TACHÉ, ESTRANY- DE LA MOTA, JOAN PRATS, MAS ART GALERÍA, MIGUEL MARCOS, NOGUERAS BLANCHARD, ORIOL GALERÍA D’ART, PALMA DOTZE, POLIGRAFÍA OBRA GRÁFICA, PROJECTESD, RAÍÑA LUPA, SENDA and the TONI TÀPIES gallery, which will also have a booth in the Solo Projects programme.
The list of artists represented by the galleries from Catalonia features internationally renowned names from contemporary Catalan art, such as Antoni Tapiès, Joan Fontcuberta, Ignasi Aballí and Antoni Muntadas, without forgetting the great artists of the historical avant-garde like Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso, or young up-and-coming creators like Bestué-Vives, Erick Beltrán, Jordi Mitjà and Fran Meana.
As part of the new ARCOmadrid initiative, “Highlighted Artist”, which kicks off at the coming fair, various Spanish and international galleries have proposed artists born in Catalonia or who have pursued their professional career here. Therefore the works of Pep Agut, Ester Partegás, Montserrat Soto, Jordi Bernardó and the aforementioned Antoni Muntadas and Jordi Mitjá will occupy a privileged space in the booths of the galleries that have chosen them. Quite a display of the quality and variety of artistic creation in Catalonia.
The Catalan scene will also feature in the debating arena that ARCOmadrid stages so the topical issues of creation and the art market can be discussed. Prestigious professional figures from Catalonia will take part in the Forum and Professional Meetings.
Notable among these will be Rosa Martínez, the former director of the Venice Biennial among other exhibitions. In the Forum on Collecting she will coordinate the roundtables on “How to build a Good Collection I” and “How to build a Good Collection II”. Also taking part in the latter will be Hans Nefkens, a Dutch collector who has settled in Barcelona. And completing the Catalan presence in the Forum on Collecting will be Roser Figueras, a collector taking part in “More than Collecting in Spain”. For her part, Menene Gras, the Director of Culture and Exhibitions at Casa Asia, will be in charge of “Asian Maps” in the Open Forum.
In the Professional Meeting programme, MACBA director Bartomeu Marí will moderate “Production, Exchange, Reception”, a talk involving leading international professionals, while the Barcelona art critic, Ángela Molina Climent, will be one of the participants in a meeting entitled “The Market as a Filter”.
The Netherlands' participation in ARCOmadrid as the guest country means Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna) the curatorial office based in Barcelona are responsible for the Netherlands Assembly. This is a specific area of the Fair where Dutch cultural and artistic institutions will give performances, talks and screenings, among other things, to encourage interaction with visitors.
The Catalan presence at ARCOmadrid will be completed by two bookshops. First, a fair regular, Laie, with a booth where visitors will be able to choose from many of its books on art, architecture, design and photography. Second, the new Múltiplos, taking part in ARCOmadrid for the first time in the Solo Objects programme, in collaboration with the British gallery ARCADE.The piece presented by the gallery, created by the young Turkish artist Can Altay, consists of a module structure that will house the Múltiplos idea.
The 31st edition of ARCOmadrid, therefore, will have a good representation from the Catalan contemporary art scene - its galleries, curators and museums, as well as its ideas on artistic creation today.