For the second year running ARCOmadrid presents OPENING – YOUNG EUROPEAN GALLERIES, a highly successful programme designed to show and support young gallery projects from the Old Continent. On this occasion, Manuel Segade, curator and art critic, has been responsible for choosing the 25 galleries, from 10 different countries, that will give an overview of Europe's younger creators.
Many of the emerging galleries that took part last year have asked if they can come back to the fair. The loyalty of these gallerists to ARCOmadrid confirms the success of this curated section, a real international showcase for European galleries less than seven years old.
The selection highlights both the geographical diversity of the galleries and the different focuses of their projects. The biggest presence comes from Berlin, one of the liveliest centres of art on the European scene today. The German contingent is made up of 7galleries: AANANT & ZOO, ARRATIA BEER, PERES PROJECTS and TANYA LEIGHTON, repeating their experience of last year, FIGGE VON ROSEN, ISABELLA BORTOLOZZI and KLEMM´S, who are all taking part in ARCOmadrid for the first time.
Also making its debut at the fair is the Romanian gallery IVAN GALERIA, based in Bucharest, while the Portuguese gallery NUNO CENTENO, from Oporto, is taking part in OPENING for the second time, with a selection of emerging international contemporary art.
The second OPENING – YOUNG EUROPEAN GALLERIES is also showing the works of three galleries from Paris, one of Europe's art scenes with the longest history. Galleries like CRÈVECŒUR and MOR.CHARPENTIER -which opened in 2010-, which also took part last year, with a longer track record and artists with a higher profile on the international scene mingle with younger ones taking part in the Fair, such as DOHYANG LEE, founded in 2009. Founded in December of 2007, SUPER WINDOW PROJECT rounds off the French representation in ARCOmadrid from the city of Bordeaux.
The diversity of Dutch galleries is also reflected in this section at ARCOmadrid and has been selected with Xander Karskens collaborarion. From Amsterdam comes TEGENBOSCHVANVREDEN, a gallery that opened in 2009 with a list of young artists from the Netherlands and abroad, and JEANINE HOFLAND, which has opted for international artists, many of them trained as artists-in-residence in the Netherlands.
The programme will also show the diversity in the dimensions of contemporary creation in Europe. Distinct focuses and trends reflected by TATJIANA PIETERS in Belgium, ARCADE in London and LOKAL 30 in Poland, three galleries that showed their commitment to emerging creation at the last edition. On the other hand, CAROLINE PAGÈS and POST BOX, from Lisbon and London respectively, will show their offer for the first time in ARCOmadrid.
The visibility this section gives young galleries has led some of them to present joint projects. On this occasion, four galleries from different parts of the continent, taking part in ARCOmadrid for the first time, are sharing two stands. PLAN B, based in Berlin and Cluj, the main city in the Romanian province of Transylvania, is sharing with MONITOR, from Rome, while IMO PROJECTS, based in Copenhagen, is sharing with NORMA MANGIONE GALLERY, from Turin. Completing the selection will be LAUTOM CONTEMPORARY, from Oslo, also taking part in the fair for the first time.
OPENING will present a map of the European scene, where new gallery projects open, experiment and enter into dialogue freely. A tour of emerging creation in Europe today that visitors to ARCOmadrid will be able to enjoy and explore in detail at the coming show.
Curator of the OPENING section
Manuel Segade (A Coruña, 1977) graduated in History of Art at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He currently works as a freelance researcher and curator. Some of his curating took place at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo in Santiago de Compostela, where from 2007 to 2009, he organised various individual exhibitions on Susan Philipsz, Lara Almarcegui, Carme Nogueira and Clemens von Wedemeyer, and the joint exhibitions Situation, Small History of Photography and Familiar Feelings, on the Boston Group. Later he drew up the programme for the En Casa cycle at the Casa Encendida in Madrid, and The Question of the Paradigm, on the geneaology of the emerging art scene in the recent history of Catalonia, for the Centre d'Art La Panera.
GALLERIES SELECTED FOR OPENING
AANANT & ZOO Berlin
ARRATIA, BEER Berlin
CAROLINE PAGÈS Lisbon
DOHYANG LEE Paris
FIGGE VON ROSEN Berlin
IMO PROJECTS Copenhaguen
ISABELLA BORTOLOZZI Berlin
IVAN GALERIA Bucarest
JEANINE HOFLAND Amsterdam
LAUTOM CONTEMPORARY Oslo
NORMA MANGIONE GALLERY Torino
NUNO CENTENO Porto
PERES PROJECTS Berlin
PLAN B Cluj/Berlin
POST BOX London
SUPER WINDOW PROJECT Bordaux
TANYA LEIGHTON GALLERY Berlin
TATJANA PIETERS Gant