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ARCO Foundation

Fundación ARCO, established in 1987, aims to promote the collecting, research and dissemination of contemporary art. Promoted by IFEMA and constituted by its consortia partners - Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Fundación Montemadrid and Cámara de Comercio de Madrid -, it is a structure that complements the informative nature of the International Fair of Contemporary Art, ARCOmadrid and by extension ARCOlisboa.

Since its inception, Fundación ARCO has actively participated in the development of collecting in Spain, which it has modernized, opening it up to new possibilities beyond the traditional national market. It has also been a participant in its developing professionalism, highlighting the importance of having the knowledge of curators and experts on hand at the time of collecting. Under these premises, the Fundación ARCO Collection itself brings together works acquired in each edition of ARCO, and has always counted on the advice of professionals from the art world. It was the Dutch art critic Edy de Wilde who laid the foundations of a collection that is characterized by its avant-garde, international and contemporaneous aspects. He was followed by other industry professionals from around the world, such as Gloria Moure, Jan Debbaut, Dan Cameron, Iwona Blazwick, María de Corral, Chus Martínez, Sabine Brietwiesser, José Guirao, María Inés Rodríguez, Adriano Pedrosa, Ferrán Barenblit, and Miguel von Hafe among others. In 2019, there will be another two important experts to choose the works for the Collection: Vincent Honoré, director of programmes and exhibitions, Le MOCA (Montpellier), together with Manuel Segade, director of the CA2M-Centro de Arte dos de Mayo in Móstoles (Community of Madrid), where the Collection has been on loan since 2012.

Today, its stock of works represents one of the most outstanding collections of contemporary art in this country which, from its origins, has embodied two very clear objectives: first, to serve as an example to other institutions at the time of purchasing works at ARCOmadrid and ARCOlisboa, and second, to encourage the collecting of contemporary art and boost the market in the context of the Fair.

ARCOmadrid Collectors Breakfast and ARCOlisboa Preview
At ARCOmadrid on the first day of the Fair, around 1,000 people attend the inaugural breakfast; national and foreign collectors, curators, directors of museums and institutions, other contemporary art professionals and potential buyers, are invited to this exclusive breakfast at ARCOmadrid hours before the official opening.
At ARCOlisboa, the afternoon before the Fair's opening, the press, national and foreign collectors, and contemporary art professionals have a few hours to enjoy the Fair by themselves.

"A" Awards for Collecting
Fundación ARCO awards at ARCOmadrid 2019 the "A" Awards for Collecting. The twenty-third edition of these awards, which recognize the work of both national and international collectors, has handed out awards to the Cleusa Garfinkel, CAAC MALI, Museo de Arte de Lima, The Meadows Foundation, Colección Banco de España, Colección H.E.F., Juan Entrecanales Azcárate, and Colección Kells, Juan Manuel Elizalde and Choli Fuentes, for their involvement in the development of contemporary culture.

First Collectors by Fundación Banco Santander
Professional and independent advice service on the purchase of art during ARCOmadrid, which includes a personalised visit plan in accordance with the needs of those who are new to collecting.

ARCOmadrid and ARCOlisboa Forum
Spaces for debate on what is new in creative circles and the art market which is the meeting point of the international artistic community. An extensive programme of activities that includes a Forum on Collecting and talks with artists.

Fundación ARCO Space
Relaxation and meeting area promoted by Fundación ARCO and reserved for Amigos ARCO at ARCOmadrid, which each year dedicates its space to one of the artists from its collection.

ARCO GalleryWalk
With the aim of bringing the work of the galleries of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Lisbon closer to the public, Fundación ARCO offers a series of visits to the contemporary art galleries of different cities, both at the start of the art season and during the year.

The #mecomprounaobra project seeks to make works of art available to any interested person with prices below €2,019. This year, Fundación ARCO has taken a step forward and brought this initiative to the digital arena. In this way, for a month the public was able to acquire works offered by galleries participating at the next edition of the Fair using the koyac.net platform.
Private visits
Throughout the year Fundación ARCO organises for Amigo ARCO a series of private visits to exhibitions and centres in Madrid. These visits allow us to appreciate in private the most important exhibitions and contemporary art activities of our city. The tour is organised according to the exhibition calendar of Madrid.

Access to museums and institutions
With the card from the Fundación, the Amigos ARCO can access different contemporary art museums in Spain such as the Reina Sofía National Museum - Madrid; MACBA - Barcelona; LaLaboral - Gijón; CGAC - Santiago de Compostela; Fundació Joan Miró - Barcelona; ARTIUM - Vitoria; Es Baluard - Palma de Mallorca; IVAM - Valencia, Mapfre Foundation - Madrid and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao - Bilbao.

Fundación ARCO acquisitions in 2019
At ARCOmadrid 2019, IFEMA acquired for Fundación ARCO works by Marion Verboom - Galerie Jerome Poggi, Tania Pérez Córdova - Galerie Martin Janda, Santiago de Paoli - Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Henrik Olesen- Galerie Chantal Crousel, Rodrigo Hernández - Chertlüdde Galerie, Daniela Ortiz - Galeria Àngels Barcelona and Lia Perjovschi - Galeria Ivan with the advice of Vincent Honoré, together with Manuel Segade.

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