As part of this initiative, every two years the Meadows Museum will exhibit the work of an artist selected by both institutions. The process will begin twelve months before each exhibition with Fundación ARCO assembling a Nominating Committee, formed by the Spanish professionals Lucía Casani, director of La Casa Encendida, Manuel Segade, director of CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, and the collectors Pilar Lladó and Jimena Blázquez. They will be responsible for pre-selecting the artists to present to the Meadows Museum Selection Committee, which will choose the artist. Thus, there will be a total of three exhibitions lasting four months each, with one or more pieces, starting in January 2021 and to continue in 2023 and 2025.
The collaboration between both institutions allows Fundación ARCO's knowledge of the artistic panorama in Spain to be combined with the Meadows Museum's leadership as a centre for Spanish art in the United States. This will enable to promote Spanish artists who have had a limited exposure in the United States and provide them with the opportunity to enhance their visibility, build support networks and make themselves known to the American public. To do this, and as part of the programme, each selected artist will also travel to Dallas to participate in public programming, designed to further engage the public with the artist's practice.
To celebrate the signing of this agreement, from 19th November 2019 to 26th April 2020, the Meadows Museum will exhibit the work Untitled (2019) by Secundino Hernández, whose professional career has made him into one of the most internationally recognised artists of his generation.
For Mark A. Roglan, director of the Meadows Museum, "the range of contemporary artists working in Spain is enormous, but many of them have not been able to gain meaningful visibility in the United States". He adds that "this new initiative is an opportunity to expand the projection of Spanish contemporary art at the Meadows Museum, while developing relationships with a new roster of artists and strengthening those connections through their participation in the programme”.
"Fundación ARCO's objectives include fostering and promoting collecting and contemporary art and, therefore, this collaboration with the Meadows Museum is an initiative that will give Spanish artists greater visibility thanks to this magnificent platform that will grab the attention of new American audiences” says Clemente González Soler, president of Fundación ARCO.
Fundación ARCO, which was founded in 1987, aims to promote collecting and research and bring contemporary art to a wider audience. Driven by IFEMA and made up of its consortium entities -Madrid City Hall, Community of Madrid, Fundación Montemadrid and Madrid Chamber of Commerce-, it is a structure that complements the informative nature of the ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair and, by extension, ARCOlisboa. Since its inception, Fundación ARCO has actively participated in developing collecting in Spain; it has modernised and opened it to new possibilities beyond the traditional domestic market. Under these premises, the Fundación ARCO Collection brings together pieces acquired at each ARCO, and its holdings today represent one of the most significant contemporary art collections in Spain.
The Meadows Museum is the leading US institution focused on the study and presentation of Spanish art. In 1962, Dallas businessman and philanthropist Algur H. Meadows donated his private collection of Spanish paintings and other pieces to the Southern Methodist University to create a museum, which was opened to the public in 1965. This marked the first step in fulfilling Meadows' vision of creating "a small Prado in Texas". Today, The Meadows houses one of the largest and most complete collections of Spanish art outside Spain. The collection embraces the 10th to the 21st centuries and includes medieval objects, Renaissance and Baroque sculptures, paintings from the Golden Age and by modern masters, as well as a significant collection of contemporary art. The artists featured in the collection include Dalí, El Greco, Fortuny, Goya, Miró, Murillo, Picasso, Ribera, Sorolla and Velázquez, among many others.
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