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“Through the ARCO Foundation Collection, it is possible to trace the history of art since the 1960s with truly important works”

Estrella de Diego, joint curator of the ‘Colección IX’ [Collection IX] exhibition in the CA2M

05 Nov 2014

It is now a few months since the CA2M (Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles) became the new venue of one of the most important contemporary art collections in Spain: the Arco Foundation Collection, 300 works by 224 artists who are key figures in domestic and international creation in the last 50 years.

Until 1 February 2015, the CA2M art centre is presenting the ‘Colección IX’ exhibition, the first undertaken with works from this great collection. Estrella de Diego (Madrid, 1958), lecturer in Contemporary Art at the Complutense University (Madrid), is curating this exhibit together with Ferran Barenblit, director of the CA2M.

For De Diego, the Arco Foundation Collection “has a quality few have attained and the fact is that the works were bought almost in real time or actually in real time,” shortly after they were produced, which “means we can use them to map out a mini art history, from the 1960s through to today, with truly important works of art."

Watch video La Colección Fundación ARCO por Estrella de Diego.

In 1987, when institutional art collection was at a crossroads in Spain, the Arco Foundation began collecting works of art acquired in the different editions of ARCOmadrid. Its aim: To contribute to developing and fostering contemporary art and to act as an example for other institutions in driving art collection. Over the years, this collection has grown gradually, based on 3 criteria: works should be exemplary, complementary, and present an opportunity.

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