Talking about art and collectibles will be one of the main discursive exercises at this edition of ARCOlisboa in a series of presentations, with free and open access, which will bring together leading practitioners. The participation of galleries and artists in the Fair attracts the directors of museums and institutions, curators, collectors and other international prescribers of the art world from more than 20 countries to the capital of Portugal. In this way, ARCOlisboa returns to establish itself as a space for the exchange of ideas and projects with the development of an interesting programme of conferences and talks.
The Torreão Nascente de la Cordoaria will host the Collectors’ Forum, which, with the help of the critic Isabel Carlos and with the support of Fundação Millenium bcp will set out to give visitors a deeper understanding of the motives and ways in which major collectors approach their labour of love. A few sessions will include the participation of collectors, such as, Jean-Conrad & Isabelle Lemaître, Harald Orneberg, Inge de Bruin, Paulo Pimenta, Luiz Augusto Teixeira de Freitas and Armando Cabral.
In addition, the Museum Forum will discuss the similarities and differences between Portuguese and international museum programmes. Present at the talks will be Rita Lougares -Museu Coleção Berardo-, Adina Kamien- Kazhdan -The Israel Museum-, Jorge Catarino -Museu Coleção Berardo-, Victor Pires Vieira –artista-, João Ribas -Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves-, Kate Fowle -Garage Museum of Contemporary Art & Independent Curators International-, Luis Silva e João Moura –Kunsthalle Lissabon-, Fernanda Brenner -Pivô Arte e Pequisa-, Alex Klein -ICA University of Pennsylvania-, and Samuel Leuenberger –SALTS-.
In addition, and coordinated by Filipa Oliveira, the sessions ´Em que estou a trabalhar? ´, which will be held in the Patio Nascente de la Cordoaria, will bring together Portuguese professionals to share their current and future projects, such as Carlos Antunes -Bienal de Coimbra-, John Romão -BoCa - Bienal of Contemporary Arts-, José Bártolo -Bienal de Design do Porto-, Aires de Gameiro, Hugo Gomes, Nuno Ferreira and Pedro Cabrita and Paiva. Las Palmas-, Alice Dusapin y Martin Laborde -Ampersand-, Natxo Checa -Galeria Zé dos Bois-, Filippo De Tomasi, Kasia Sobczak-Wróblewska and Orsola Vannocci Bonsi -Da Luz Collective-, Alexandra do Cadaval, Philippe Boutte, Esther Mahlangu -Évora África-, and Benedita Pestana -O Armário-.
The close collaboration between ARCOlisboa and Fundação EDP is shown again in the II Encuentro de Museos de Europa y Latinoamérica, diricted by Pedro Gadanho, director of MAAT, and Ferran Barenblit, director of MACBA, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona. A session closed to the public, which will bring together more than 20 directors and curators from prestigious institutions from both sides of the Atlantic, such as, Enrique Aguerre -Museo Nacional, Montevideo-, Caroline Dumalin –WIELS, Bruxelas-, Andrés Duprat -Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires-, Isabella Lenzi –Camões, São Paulo-, João Ribas -Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Oporto-, Virginia Roy -MUAC Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Ciudad de México-, Nicolaus Schafhausen -Kunsthalle Wien, Viena-, Claudia Segura -NC-arte, Bogotá-, Roberta Tenconi -Hangar Bicocca, Milán-y Benjamín Weil -Centro Botín, Santander-.
ARCOlisboa has the confirmation of the presence of patron collectors and members of museums such as the Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain Genève; MALBA -Buenos Aires-; Museo Guggenheim –Bilbao-; Palais de Tokyo –París-; Parasol Unit –London-; Pérez Art Museum –Miami-; San Diego Museum of Art; Jeu de Paumme –París-.