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ARCOmadrid celebrates its 35th anniversary with a review of art throughout these years through the galleries that have formed part of its history

35 galleries will illustrate the Fair’s three and a half decades of history in the section Imagining other futures, complementing the 169 galleries included in our General Programme. There will be a further 19 galleries in the Opening Section and 18 in Solo Projects. This outstanding representation of galleries and artists will revisit the best contents of the last 35 editions, while also including key artists of the future.

For the first time in over 20 years, ARCO will not have a Guest Country, placing its emphasis instead on the exceptional nature of this year’s project and underlining ARCOmadrid’s relevance on the international art scene.

Our online Course on Collecting, promoted by ARCO Foundation, will kick off today with a series of video pieces featuring contemporary art collectors and professionals who will provide the keys to building an art collection (

02 Nov 2015

ARCOmadrid will celebrate its 35th Anniversary from 24 to 28 February, with the exceptional participation of 35 galleries present at one time or another in the 35 years of the Fair’s history. These galleries have been invited to participate in our Imagining Other Futures section for their quality and contribution to the Fair and also for their key role in the international contemporary art market throughout these decades.

This tribute to the Fair itself will serve to complement the 169 galleries selected by the Organizing Committee of the General Programme, the 19 galleries invited to the Opening Section and the 18 Solo Projects galleries. A total of 224 galleries from 29 different countries that will represent the art scene of the last almost four decades linking the Fair’s past with emerging artists. A programme that will be marked by the quality and selection of the contents, as well as the involvement of different gallery owners who have contributed to ARCOmadrid’s evolution over these years.

The unique nature of this year’s project is not only due to the effort involved in our invitation of emblematic collectors but also our endeavour to incentivise acquisitions by the main collections and foundations.

For the first time in over 20 years, there will be no Guest Country in order to highlight the exceptional nature of the project and to raise the importance of ARCOmadrid’s relevance on the international art scene.
The outstanding presence of foreign galleries (72 por ciento of the total) and the growth of those coming from Latin America (which account for 30 por ciento of the international segment thanks to the participation of 48 galleries from 10 different countries) consolidates ARCOmadrid as a key rendez-vous for the art market in Spain and a hub of encounter and exchange between Europe and Latin America.

35th anniversary. Imagining other futures
For its 35th Anniversary, ARCOmadrid proposes a journey to the past hand in hand with galleries and artists who have participated in the Fair in the last years and who have become key to our current art system. Both those who are now part of ARCOmadrid’s collective imagination and those who participate in the Fair every year have provided the source of research for this section, in which we will also find the new contemporary art generations now represented by these very same spaces.

Thus, the Imagining Other Futures programme, will boast over 35 international galleries that have been present at one of the Fair’s editions or another, selected by the directors María and Lorena de Corral, and by the curators Catalina Lozano and Aaron Moulton. The curatorial team has studied the programmes of each selected gallery in order to choose two artists –often from different generations- to offer a unique and exceptional content in each stand. A dialogue is proposed between artists that represent what happened these last three and a half decades in ARCOmadrid with others that show how they envisage their future.

Imagining Other Futures will be made up of galleries from 13 different countries, including names such as Fortes Vilaça, OMR, Kurimanzutto, Lisson, Marian Goodman, Martin Janda, Jan Mot, Spruth Magers or Zeno X. Moreover, this section is the perfect occasion to pay tribute to Juana de Aizpuru, founder of ARCOmadrid in 1982, and to others like Lelong, Christopher Grimes; Krinzinger, Mai 36 or Thomas Schulte for their support and contribution to the Fair.

Alongside this commemorative section, ARCOmadrid will also have its main axis once again, the General Programme, made up of 169 galleries that have been selected by the Organizing Committee. Some of these are galleries that return to the Fair like Thaddaeus Ropac, Giorgio Persano, Marilia Razuk, Nathalie Obadia, or classics such as 1900-2000, Alfonso Artiaco or Denise René. Among those joining us for the first time, we should draw particular attention to the presence of galleries from the Middle East/ MENASA region, such as Isabelle Van Den Eynde or Selma Feriani, who complete our coverage of this geographic area’s art scene begun in the last edition with the Sabrina Amrani gallery.

Moreover, ARCOmadrid will continue to promote the presentation of solo or dialogue projects by artists such as Diango Hernández and Antonio Paucar, from Barbara Thumm; Jimmie Durham and Haegue Yang, from Barbara Wien; Maria Taniguchi, from Carlier / Gebauer; and Greta Bratescu and Iulia Toma, from Ivan Gallery, thus reinforcing its position as a creator-centred research Fair.

This year, our Solo Projects section will hinge on two elements: Art at the intersection with time, in the fields of theatre, music and dance and Subversion through humour. Artists such as Carlos Leppe, Camel Collective, Mercedes Azpilicueta or Erika Ordosgoitti will be part of this program directed for the second time by Irene Hofmann and Lucía Sanromán, and curated by Maria de Pontes and Ruth Estévez; bringing together proposals from 18 galleries with projects linked to the themes proposed.

Moreover, Opening will also exhibit emerging art. 19 galleries make up this program; all of them under 7 years old, they have been selected by Juan Canela and Chris Sharp. Some of the participants are Carlos/Ishikawa, Daniel Marzona and Michael Jon, who will be joined by new contributors such as Agustina Ferreyra, Sabot, Samy Abraham Joseph Tang or Proyectos Ultravioleta.

The other initiatives launched by ARCOmadrid in the months preceding the Fair is a series of video pieces that Arco Foundation, in cooperation with Banco Santander, will publish on their website ( from today, a series protagonised by contemporary art collectors and professionals giving their keys to building an art collection. The objective is to create a training platform that will contribute to raising awareness and knowledge about collecting through their accounts.

ARCOmadrid is organized by IFEMA and will be celebrated from 24 to 28 of February in Pavilions 7 and 9 of Feria de Madrid. Opening hours from 12 to 8.00 p.m

ARCOmadrid 2015 Curators:

Imagining other futures
María and Lorena de Corral, independent art critics and curators, founders of ExpoActual, Madrid
Catalina Lozano, independent curator and co-founder of de_sitio, Mexico
Aaron Moulton, curator. Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

Solo Projects
Irene Hofmann, director and chief curator of SITE Santa Fe
Lucía Sanromán, independent curator and writer, Mexico
María do Carmo M.P. de Pontes, independent curator and writer, London
Ruth Estévez, director and curator, RedCat, Los Ángeles

Juan Canela, independent curator and art critic, founder and curator of BAR Project, Barcelona
Chris Sharp, writer, independent curator and co-founder of Lulu, México