ARCO Madrid


Within the framework of ARCOmadrid 2020, El Corte Inglés announces the MAD-FD Competition that will reward the creation of contemporary art for the production of several works that will be exhibited in MAD-FD Madrid Fashion District, a project of the company based on the creation of a new concept of innovation and vanguard shopping centre, where art will play main role.

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Illy Sustainart Award

ARCOmadrid 2020 will host the 13th illy SustainArt Award, which recognises the work of Latin American artists born after 1970 who are from coffee-producing countries. During the fair, a jury formed by celebrities from the world of contemporary art will award a prize of 15,000 euros to the winner.

Cerveza Alhambra Award for emerging art

For the fourth year, ARCOmadrid will host the Cervezas Alhambra Award for Emerging Art, which brings together the best emerging artists on the domestic scene to create extraordinary pieces based on the spirit of the brand.

Lorenzo Sandoval, Diego Delas, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Christian García Bello and Irma Álvarez-Laviada García are the finalists selected by the committee of experts to create their pieces as part of a mentoring programme with the collaboration of highly accomplished artisans. The project will culminate with the exhibition of the five pieces in the Cervezas Alhambra space and the announcement of the winner during ARCOmadrid 2020.

The Cervezas Alhambra Award for Emerging Art proves the brand's special connection with arts and crafts through its support for creators who incorporate artisanship into their work with a contemporary touch, using the Alhambra and Granada as their inspiration.

Beep Award for Electronic Art

The BEEP Electronic Art Collection has awarded the 2020 prize at the ARCOmadrid fair to the artist Joan Fontcuberta, for the artwork entiltled “Prosopagnosia”, exhibited at the gallery Angels Barcelona.

The BEEP Electronic Art Award celebrated its fifteenth edition at ARCOmadrid 2020. This award's aim is to promote research, production and art exhibition linked to new technologies or electronic art. The decision was made during the ARCOmadrid fair by a jury comprising professionals from the art world and the prize is 15,000 euros. The purpose is to enhance artistic creation linked to technology and to promote communication between those who manufacture and create technology and artistic creators.

Art Situacions Award

The fourth ARCOmadrid ART Situations Award, which is endowed with a €15,000 prize, will be awarded to an artist from the galleries participating in the Fair. The award is a private initiative to stimulate international artistic creation, uniting art and culture, together with the development of science and technology.

"A" Awards for Collecting

Fundación ARCO, promoted by IFEMA, has presented the “A” Awards for Collecting, this year recognising six collections: The Daniel and Mirella Levinas Collection, María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation, Susana and Ricardo Steinbruch Collection, Otazu Foundation Collection, Engel Collection and the Erling Kagge Collection.

For the twenty-fourth edition, these six awards recognise the artistic value of collections brought together by individuals as well as institutions and their work in supporting the dissemination of contemporary art.

Opening Award

The Romanian gallery, SUPRAINFINIT has won the 6th Opening Awards. This prize rewards the best stand of the section through a reimbursement of the cost of its space at ARCOmadrid 2020.

The jury, made up of Taiyana Pimentel, director of the Monterrey Museum of Contemporary Art, Direlia Lazo, exhibitions director at Faena Art in Miami, and Javier Hontoria, director of Museo Patio Herreriano in Valladolid, has thus recognised the work of artist Vlad Nancă, represented by the winning gallery.

Iberia Awards

Gallery Proyectos Ultravioleta from Guatemala has won the 1st Iberia Diálogos Award.

The prize rewards the best stand in the section by reimbursing the cost of the space at ARCOmadrid 2020. The jury, which consists of Ferrán Barenblit, director of MACBA, Barcelona and Andrea Pacheco, independent curator, Chile-Spain, recognised the work of artists Hellen Ascoli and Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, represented by the winning gallery.The awards ceremony was chaired by Juan Cierco, corporate manager of Iberia, accompanied by the curators of the Diálogos section, Agustín Pérez Rubio and Lucía Sanromán, and the director of ARCOmadrid, Maribel López.