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Argentina Plataforma / ARCO

Argentina touches down in ARCOmadrid 2017 to present one of the most active art contexts on the content. An intense and profound curatorial endeavour by Inés Katzenstein will make it possible to discover this presence, meticulously prepared for the occasion. Argentina Plataforma / ARCO, a section that enjoys the collaboration of the Argentine Ministry for Culture and arteBA, will be one of the highlights of this edition of the Fair. In support of the Argentine galleries, the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and his wife Juliana Awada, will attend the ARCOmadrid inauguration ceremony next 23 February.

16 Feb 2017

A total of 12 Argentine galleries have been selected by Inés Katzenstein, director and founder of the Art Department of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, to take part in the Argentina Plataforma / ARCO programme.

Of the 12 galleries participating in this section, all from Buenos Aires, two will be attending the Fair for the first time: COSMOCOSA and ISLA FLOTANTE. In addition to these, there are also others that already participated last year, including BARRO; DEL INFINITO; HENRIQUE FARIA BUENOS AIRES; IGNACIO LIPRANDI; JORGE MARA LA RUCHE; NORA FISCH; RUTH BENZACAR and SLYZMUD; as well as another two returning galleries: MITE and VASARI.  

Continuing ARCOmadrid’s focus on presenting artists solo or in dialogue, the galleries of Argentina Plataforma / ARCO will also present the work of one or two artists, selected by Inés Katzenstein. The curator’s selection will present 23 internationally renowned artists, including Alberto Greco; Eduardo Stupia and Mirtha Dermisache, along with others yet to be discovered by the general public, such as Diego Bianchi, Pablo Accinelli and Sol Pipkin, thus consolidating ARCOmadrid as a space for discovering and extending knowledge of creators. 

Moreover, the new Dialogues programme will have a special bond with Latin America thanks to the participation of some Argentine artists handpicked by Inés Katzenstein, in coordination with the curatorial team, such as Irene Kopelman; Eduardo Navarro; Tomás Saraceno and David Lamelas, in addition to Victor Grippo; Analia Saban and Julio Le Parc.   

The extensive Argentine presence is evident throughout the Fair. From the country’s artists represented by international galleries including Leandro Erlich; Eduardo Basualdo; Claire de Santa Coloma; Guillermo Kuitca; Jorge Macchi; Fabian Marcaccio; Sebastián Díaz Morales; Adriana Minoliti; Marie Orensanz; Edgardo Antonio Vigo; Aimée Zito Lema and Mercedes Azpilicueta, to the participation of Argentine galleries in other programmes such as Aldo De Sousa; Document Art; Maria Calcaterra and Rolf Art, to take part in the General Programme. Similarly, Ruth Benzacar; Ignacio Liprandi; Jorge Mara – La Ruche and Barro will also have a space in this section, while Slyzmud will also participate in Opening, aimed at galleries with a maximum track record of seven years. 

The spatial architecture of the Argentina Plataforma / ARCO galleries, located in pavilion 7 of the Fair, is based on a museal design by the Argentine architectural firm, Estudio Clusellas –Mariano Clusellas and Tomás Rowinski-, which proposes an exhibition space that both respects the autonomy of the guest galleries and the Fair’s identity while also ensuring sufficient integration for it to be visited as a whole. 

In addition to the twelve galleries present in the Argentina Plataforma / ARCO, the Guest Country will have an institutional pavilion organised by the Argentine Ministry for Culture. This area will offer a programme, coordinated by Mercedes Pérez Bergliaffa, that includes round tables relating to collecting and the art market in Argentina and Latin America, with the participation of Patricia Pearson, Hugo Sigman, Ella Fontanals de Cisneros, among others, as well as public interviews of fundamental artists in the history of this country, including Julio Le Parc, and intergenerational and education workshops in contemporary art, designed with the collaboration of MediaLab Prado.

Cultural dialogue and exchange

The country’s art scene is also reflected at ARCOmadrid in the Forum, which constitutes a platform for reflection and exchange between the guests and the galleries. Eminent curators, critics and collectors from Argentina will head up the calendar of the upcoming edition, including Juan Vergéz; Joaquín Rodríguez & Abel Guaglianone and Alec Oxenford.

In addition, on Friday, 24 February, the ARCOmadrid Forum will dedicate two talks to the Argentine artists in a round table directed by Agustín Pérez Rubio, art director of MALBA, Buenos Aires, on Writing, graphism and visual arts, with the participation of Leticia Obeid and Eduardo Stupia, and a second directed by Manuel Segade, director of CA2M, Madrid, responsible for Bodies, sexuality and performance with Dudu Alcon Quintanilha; Marcelo Pombo and Mariela Scafati, both sessions organised by Argentina Plataforma / ARCO. On the other hand, David Lamelas will be present at the Pacific standard time: LA/LA talk, to be held on Thursday the 23rd.

The Argentine presence at ARCOmadrid will be completed with the presentation of a prestigious distinction, the ‘A’ Awards for Collecting bestowed by the Fundación ARCO, on Eduardo Costantini for his work in spreading Latin American art in the world, and particularly for the creation of the Museo MALBA de Buenos Aires 

Madrid turns the spotlight on Argentina

Argentina will also enjoy a major deployment throughout Madrid in the shape of various exhibitions which, under the curatorship of Sonia Becce -independent curator -, will spread the country’s contemporary art to various spaces in the city. This will all make it possible to analyse Argentina’s excellent artists while also gaining an overview of the country’s gallery context, collecting, curating and critics.

One of the highlights will be the group exhibition En el ejercicio de las cosas, curated by Sonia Becce-Mariano Mayer, with over 50 artists from different generations in 8 venues in the city: Casa Museo Lope De Vega; Casa de Vacas; Conde Duque; Tabacalera; Museo Cerralbo; Casa de América; Biblioteca Nacional, and Alimentación30.  

Additionally, there will also be other exhibitions such as the Colección Costantini, at the Real Academia de San Fernando; Diego Bianchi and Luis Garay at Matadero Madrid; Nicolás Robbio, at La Casa Encendida; Jorge Macchi, at CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, co-organised by MALBA and curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio; Leandro Erlich, in the Espacio Fundación Telefónica, along with other shows in Caixa Forum, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, among others. 

To complete its programme in Madrid, apart from screenings in Plaza de Callao and artist-in-residence programmes in El Ranchito, Casa Velázquez and Media Lab Prado, there will also be ´Escenas Argentinas`, a cycle of theatre, film and music, organised with the collaboration of Marcelo Panozzo, set to include the DOMO ARGENTINA PLATAFORMA ARCO initiative, in Plaza de Colón, with musical performances by artists such as Juan Gatti Fangoria; Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas; Adrian Iaies Drumless Trio Eduardo Stupía, and Entre Rios – Cuadro Fulldome 5.1 Live Show.

LIST OF GALLERIES #ArgentinaPlataformaARCO 

GALLERY                     CITY             ARTISTS

BARRO*                                  Buenos Aires                 Diego Bianchi / Marcelo Pombo

COSMOCOSA                        Buenos Aires                 Luis Frangella / Marcia Schvartz

DEL INFINITO                       Buenos Aires                 Alberto Greco


BUENOS AIRES*                   Buenos Aires                 Ricardo Carreira / Mirtha Dermisache

IGNACIO LIPRANDI*         Buenos Aires                 Pablo Accinelli /Cecilia Szalkowicz

ISLA FLOTANTE                   Buenos Aires                 Leticia Obeid / Mariela Scafati

JORGE MARA LA RUCHE* Buenos Aires                 Kasuya Sakai / Eduardo Stupia

MITE                                        Buenos Aires                 Laura Codega / Dudu Alcon Quintanhilla

NORA FISCH                         Buenos Aires                 Elba Bairon / Juan Tessi

RUTH BENZACAR*              Buenos Aires                 Fabio Kacero / Valentina Liernur

SLYZMUD**                           Buenos Aires                 Faivovich & Goldberg / Sol Pipkin

VASARI                                   Buenos Aires                 Juan José Cambre / Alejandro Kuropatwa 

*Galleries also participating in the General Programme

**Also participating in Opening