Following the success of this year’s edition of the Fair, characterised by the exchange that took place between the select number of participating galleries and the guests, ARCOmadrid 2018, to be held from 21 to 25 February, will continue to strive to guarantee the high standard of works presented. As the Spanish economy and its art market are clearly recovering, ARCOmadrid 2018 will also consolidate its role as a meeting point for collectors, gallery owners, curators and art professionals from around the world, with a particular focus on those works that best represent their time and position in the world, across all sections and programmes of the fair.
In 2018, ARCOmadrid will continue to innovate and, instead of the traditional Guest Country format, will incorporate a concept, as both its guest and as a line of research: The future.
The objective of the curators Chus Martínez, Elise Lammer and Rosa Lleó, under the heading “what’s going to happen is not “the future”, but rather what we’re going to do”, is not so much to merely speculate on the future of the art market, but to convert ARCOmadrid 2018 into a “space that allows us to imagine, produce and propose a vision of the complexity that awaits us”
According to Martínez – Director of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel: “To propose a notion such as “the future” as the centrepiece for the next edition of ARCOmadrid requires us to take the matter of continuity into serious consideration, not just our collective responsibility to the new, but also to the thousands of bridges that connect the different art languages, artist generations, public and private institutions, gender and political realities, the urban and the rural sphere, the different forms of nature and the human dimension”.
Using this premise as their starting point, the curators will select approximately 15 galleries and 15 artists whose work is exhibited in a special section of the fair designed by the prestigious architecture firm, Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation. At this edition, The Future will also be at the centre of the ARCOmadrid Forum, dedicating a full day to an interdisciplinary seminar of internationally renowned curators, critics, philosophers and scientists. In addition, ARCOmadrid will hold numerous events for professionals from the art world along with talks on Collecting, sponsored by Fundación Banco Santander and the Forum.
ARCOmadrid 2018 will once again take advantage of its unique position to build bridges between the European and Latin American art worlds, one of its trademarks. The fair will provide a platform for Latin American art and its market, by turning the spotlight on the work of the great artists from this continent, including those living in other parts of the world. Thus, the presence of Latin American galleries will become visible in both the General Programme and in the fair’s curated programmes, including Dialogues, directed by María de Corral, Lorena Martínez de Corral and Catalina Lozano, and Opening, directed by Steffanie Hessler and Ilaria Gianni.
Applications to participate in the General Programme of ARCOmadrid 2018 can be downloaded from the fair’s website: www.arco.ifema.es. The period for submission of applications ends on 3 July.
The 37th edition of ARCOmadrid, the fair organised by IFEMA, will take place from 21 to 25 February.