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Fundación ARCO returns to ARCOmadrid 2017 to promote, spread and disseminate contemporary art and collecting. In addition to the actions and activities it sets in motion throughout the year, it will present the initiatives and awards bestowed during the Fair, aimed entirely at injecting the market with dynamism and vitality.

16 Feb 2017

In line with these objectives and with a view to promoting both private and corporate collecting, Fundación ARCO bestows the ‘A’ Awards for Collecting, which on this 21st edition go to Eduardo Costantini, Mariana y Eduardo Hochschild, Fundação EDP, Galila Barzilai-Hollander, Helga de Alvear and Isabel and Agustín Coppel, for their commitment to the development of contemporary culture. These are awards that acknowledge the activity of institutions and people whose work has been essential for understanding the relevant cultural and heritage role played by collecting in this century. 

On the eve of ARCOmadrid 2017, to continue last year’s initiative, the Fundación ARCO dinner will take place on Tuesday 21st of February in the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. The proceeds will be used for the acquisition of works at the Fair for its Collection. A time of meeting between professionals and collectors that will also provide the scene for the ‘A’ Awards for Collecting ceremony, and a unique opportunity to visit the Colección Costantini exhibition, as well as the Academia’s permanent collection that includes masterpieces by Goya, among others. 

Along the same lines, as it does every year, IFEMA will acquire works for the Fundación at ARCOmadrid, on the advice of Miguel von Hafe and Manuel Segade, which will then be incorporated into the collection. The institution and corporate acquisitions made by Ifema on the last edition include works by Danh Vo; Adam Pendleton; Babi Badalov; Francisco Tropa and Massimo Bartolini.

ARCOmadrid 2017 will make a rest and meeting area promoted by Fundación ARCO available to the Amigos ARCO and the VIP guests. On this occasion, the space will be dedicated to the artist Francisco Tropa -represented at the Fair by Quadrado Azul and Jocelyn Wolff-, and the design will be by Machado-Muñoz. The focal point of the space will be a series of limited edition sofas designed by Lucas Muñoz Muñoz. Over the duration of the Fair, it will house various activities and presentations, including a talk on Latin American Collecting, the presentation of the report, Informe “100 Activos Coleccionistas de Arte Latinoamericano”, the book by Rui Toscano and the publication by Catherine Petitgas. 

In the same way, Fundación ARCO will organise various activities for collectors and Amigos ARCO at ARCOmadrid, such as guided walks through the curated sections: Walk with the curators, the art purchase advisory service, First Collectors by Fundación Banco Santander, or the ARCOmadrid Forum, a space for debate on contemporary creativity and the art market with an extensive programme of activities aimed at the international art community. 

The birth and objectives of the Fundación ARCO and its Collection

In 1987, IFEMA fostered the creation of the Fundación ARCO and its Collection. Its objective is the promotion, research and dissemination of contemporary art, as well as the publication, training and teaching of the art trends and techniques, particularly those relating to the modern expressions of contemporary art.

The Fundación ARCO Collection comprises works acquired annually at ARCOmadrid. Its collections currently constitute one of the most outstanding contemporary art collections in Spain which, since its origins, has embodied two very clear objectives: first and foremost, to serve as an example to other institutions and companies when acquiring works at ARCOmadrid and therefore, incentivise corporate, private and institutional collecting of contemporary art while also propelling the market generated by the Fair. 

The Fundación ARCO collection, currently comprising over 300 pieces, has enjoyed the advice of various worldwide professionals from the sector including Edy de Wilde; Gloria Moure; Jan Debbaut; Dan Cameron; Iwona Blazwick; María de Corral; Chus Martínez; Sabine Brietwiesser; José Guirao; Ferrán Barenblit. In 2016 and 2017, the advisors are Miguel von Hafe and Manuel Segade.  

At present, the Fundación ARCO Collection is on permanent loan to the CA2M Centro de Arte dos de Mayo de Móstoles de la Comunidad de Madrid. The works form part of CA2M’s exhibition project and, as such, are displayed in the different exhibitions held in this space. 

ACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE FUNDACIÓN ARCO 

New Amigo Joven ARCO Card

Fundación ARCO launches the new Amigo Joven ARCO card, aimed at people aged from 16 to 25. It gives them advantages when visiting ARCOmadrid.
The Amigo Joven ARCO Card entitles the holder to: admittance for one person to the Fair each day of its duration; a guided tour of ARCOmadrid 2017; an ARCOmadrid catalogue and bag, as well as free access to the Club Feria, VIP Lounge, Fundación ARCO Lounge and ARCO young zone (Hall 36).

Fundación ARCO Dinner at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

Yet again this year, the Fundación ARCO dinner will be held on Tuesday 21st February in the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, the proceeds of which will be used to acquire works for its Collection at the Fair. A time for meeting between professionals and collectors that will also provide the scene for the ‘A’ Awards for Collecting ceremony, and a unique opportunity to visit the Colección Costantini exhibition. 

Inauguration Breakfast
On the first day of the fair, around 1000 people will attend the inaugural breakfast, sponsored by Fundación Banco Sabadell; national and foreign collectors, curators, museum and institution directors, other contemporary art professionals and potential buyers, are guests of this exclusive breakfast at ARCOmadrid just hours before the official inauguration.

With the collaboration of Fundación Banco Sabadell 

Walk with the curators

During the days of the Fair, Walk with the curators will offer guided tours by the curators of the various programmes, for collectors and Amigos ARCO. 

Visit to the galleries of the Dialogues section with Catalina Lozano, joint curator with María and Lorena de Corral (Wednesday, 22 February). 

Visit to the galleries of the Argentina Plataforma / ARCO section with Inés Katzenstein, curator of the section (Thursday, 23 February).

Visit to the galleries of Opening with Juan Canela. Joint curator of the section with Stefanie Hessler (Friday, 24 February).

First Collectors by Fundación Banco Santander

Professional and independent art acquisition service during ARCOmadrid. The service offers a customised, individual plan for visiting the fair in keeping with the clients’ needs as they initiate their art collecting activities.

With the collaboration of Fundación Banco Santander

ARCOmadrid Forum

A space for debate that focuses on contemporary creativity and the art market. It constitutes a meeting point for the international art community. An extensive programme of activities that includes a Forum on Collecting and talks with artists.

With the collaboration of Fundación Banco Santander

Fundación ARCO Space

Rest and meeting area reserved for Amigos ARCO and Fundación ARCO. It will exhibit the work of Francisco Tropa, represented at the Fair by Quadrado Azul and Jocelyn Wolff. The Machado-Muñoz gallery is responsible for the lounge design, and it will include a limited edition of sofas designed by Lucas Muñoz Muñoz, as the space’s pivotal point. 

“A” Awards for Collecting

Fundación ARCO presents the “A” Awards for Collecting at ARCOmadrid 2017. The 21st edition of these awards that acknowledge the work of both national and international collectors, rewards Eduardo Costantini, Eduardo Hochschild, Fundação EDP, Galila Barzilai-Hollander, Helga de Alvear and Isabel and Agustín Coppel, for their commitment to the development of contemporary culture. 

In 1997, Fundación ARCO created the “A” Awards for Collecting, to distinguish the work of collectors and institutions, as well as the artistic value of their collections. They constitute the maximum expression of one of ARCO’s most long-standing aspirations, aimed at supporting and promoting collecting, one of the most effective ways of sustaining contemporary art creation.  

ARCO GalleryWalk

In its desire to bring the work of the city’s galleries closer to the public, ARCOmadrid offers a series of visits to contemporary art galleries in cities like Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Lisbon, both at the start of the season and throughout the year.  

Museum admittance

The Amigo ARCO card entitles holders free admittance to various contemporary art museums in Spain including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – Madrid; MACBA – Barcelona; LaLaboral – Gijón; CGAC – Santiago de Compostela.

CA2M Exhibitions

The works of the Fundación ARCO Collection form part of CA2M’s exhibition project and, as such, are exhibited in the different shows this space houses. In 2017, various exhibitions including works from the collection are planned:

´Colección XIV´. This will continue the study begun in ´Colección XIII´. In ´Colección XIV´, the artist Oriol Vilanova will work on the lesser known collections of graphic works. This exhibition will coincide with ARCOmadrid 2017.

Also, continuing the work begun with the Collection capsules, the works by Richard Serra will be presented, and parallel to the Cabello/Carceller exhibition, Marriage by Elmgreen & Dragset will be shown. 

Fundación ARCO Acquisitions in 2016

At ARCOmadrid 2016, IFEMA acquired works by Danh Vo –Chantal Crousel gallery–, Adam Pendleton –Pedro Cera gallery–, Babi Badalov – Jérôme Poggi gallery–, Francisco Tropa – Quadrado Azul gallery – and Massimo Bartolini – Frith Street Gallery–. These works now form part of the Fundación ARCO Collection.