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ARCOmadrid 2020 will boost its image as a fair for discovering national and international creative talent

The 39th edition, organised by IFEMA, will take place from 26 February to 1 March

04 Nov 2019

  • The fair continues to attract first-level international galleries and is stepping up its support for innovation and research by adding new galleries
  • There will be 209 galleries from 30 countries, of which 171 make up the General Programme, in addition to the curated sections: Its Just a Matter of Time featuring a selection of 16 artists from 13 galleries; Dialogues, with 10 galleries, and Opening, with 21
  • As well as giving creators a more prominent role through talks, guided tours and more artist projects, 35% of the galleries will be participating in programmes showcasing one or two artists, making ARCOmadrid an even better place to discover artists’ work
  • For the first time, visitors will have the option to take professional guided tours. Registration is required and the cost is 20 euros

ARCOmadrid 2020, organised by IFEMA will hold its 39th edition from 26 February to 1 March. The event is stepping up its support for innovation and research and will be focused on the concept Its Just a Matter of Time  as its main theme, which will analyse artistic practices through the work of Félix González-Torres. The good health of ARCO and the confidence of the sector in the Fair and in the Spanish market are reflected in the interest shown by galleries to take part in the next event. In this regard, the number of applications to participate has increased and bolder projects have been submitted for exhibition. Always focused on maintaining quality standards of content, ARCOmadrid is encouraging artist participation by giving them a bigger role during the fair, through talks, guided tours and more artist projects.

ARCOmadrid 2020 will bring together 209 galleries from 30 countries. The event will again revolve around the General Programme, consisting of 171 galleries selected by the OrganisersCommittee, in addition to the curated sections.

Its Just a Matter of Time is the special proposal in the upcoming edition of ARCOmadrid. The section will be curated by Alejandro Cesarco and Mason Leaver-Yap, with Manuel Segade in a discussion programme, consisting of 16 artists from 13 galleries. In the meantime, Dialogues, an exhibition featuring 10 galleries selected by Agustín Pérez Rubio and Lucía Sanromán, will analyse contemporary creation by focusing on the dialogue between two creators, paying special attention to artistic practices of women’s art in Latin American and common threads in artists from different generations. Once again, the Opening programme will be a place for discovering new initiatives at ARCOmadrid. The 21 galleries selected by Tiago de Abreu Pinto and Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, will represent works from the young international scene.

The upcoming edition will feature galleries that have placed their trust in ARCOmadrid such as Massimo Minini and Francesa Minini; Perrotin; Sies+Höke; Buchholz; Barbara Weiss; Nordenhake and Jan Mot. Among the returning galleries are Ellen de Bruijne Projects; Hollybush Gardens; Martin Janda. In addition to other important ones that keep their commitment to the Fair such as Hauser & Wirth; Thaddeaus Ropac; Chantal Crousel; Esther Schipper; Meyer Riegger; Continua; Fortes dAloia & Gabriel; Dvir and Luisa Strina.

ARCOmadrid is also interested in presenting new galleries which, either because of their reduced trajectory or because they are recent arrivals on the Spanish scene, present interesting proposals and allow other creators to be discovered. Along this line, and through both the General Programme and the curated sections, the Fair will be a place to explore galleries such as Anglim Gilbert; Cortesi; Fran Reus; Gypsum; Krakow Witkin Gallery; Movart; Superficie; Suprainfinit and The Pill.

Participation by Spanish galleries has increased slightly to a total of 70 – accounting for 33% of the total - not all of them from major cities, which offers an opportunity to widen the perspective and discover the interesting work being done in other parts of the country. Thus, ATM (Gijón), Art Nueve (Murcia), Ángeles Baños (Badajoz) and Nordes (Santiago de Compostela), joined other projects such as PM8, (Vigo) and L21 (Palma de Mallorca), among others.

One of the most important parts of the world represented at the fair will again be Latin America. This time, of the 67% of international participants, 22% will come from Latin America, with a special presence of Brazil and Argentina, positioning ARCOmadrid once agains as a meeting and exchange point between Europe and Latin America.

. A greater voice for artists

This edition will consolidate its role as a leading area for research, discovery and knowledge of artists. 35% of galleries will present projects by individual artists or in dialogue on their stands. From the Solo/Duo in the General Programme, with Laura Lima and Marcius Galan (Luisa Strina); Nicolás Guagnini and Jef Geys (Max Mayer); Enzo Cucchi and Adrián Balseca (Madragoa), to curated programmes with Jac Leirner (Franco Noero); Hudinilson Jr. (Jaqueline Martins); Nohemí Pérez and Óscar Murillo (Instituto De Visión); Lynn Hershman Leeson and Bruce Conner (Anglim Gilbert); Yonamine (Jahmek); Lucas Simões and Estefanía Landesmann (Pasto).

Similarly, this call will showcase more numerous and bolder artist projects, among which will be those by Alfredo Jaar; Mario Merz and Tony Oursler, as well as younger creators like Álvaro Urbano and Sara Ramo.

The decision to give more voice to artists is also reflected in Artists Forum talks and in the Arts Libris presentations which will call upon creators to explain their work in a series of public sessions organised by section creators and other guests, which will allow a better understanding of their creative processes and research frameworks.

Likewise, collectors invited to ARCOmadrid – around 300 from 40 countries - will have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours led by artists.

For the first time the public, who will be admitted to the fair during the weekend - from 28 February to 1 March – will also be able to register for professionally guided tours which will be available for a fee of 20 euros.  Visitors can buy tickets at a reduced price from 1st December to 1st February. All at

ARCOmadrid, one of whose goals is to encourage new collecting, is one again relaunching the iniciative #mecomprounaobra through the platform. From 26th November to 26th December the public will be able to buy works of art for up to €2,020 euros proposed by the European galleries participating in the next edition of the Fair. This project will be open to all participating galleries during ARCO.

ARCOmadrid will hold its 39th edition from 26th February to 1st March 2020 in Halls 7 and 9 at IFEMA, from 12 a.m to 8 pm.