ARCOmadrid encourages corporate sponsorship

ARCOmadrid maintains its commitment to collecting, the promotion of artists and the desire to foster contacts that will boost purchases at the Fair. On the occasion of ARCO, national and international private companies are joining in the initiatives to promote acquisitions and the recognition of artistic creation through the awarding of different prizes. Some are aimed at the production of works that can later be seen at the Fair; others will reward some of the works exhibited by the galleries at ARCOmadrid. And all of them recognise and promote artistic creation, sometimes linked to aspects that are identified with the brands that promote them.

Laia Estruch Mata, winner of the VI Cervezas Alhambra Award for Emerging Art

Laia Estruch Mata is the winning artist of the VI edition of the Cervezas Alhambra Award for Emerging Art for her work, ‘Zócalo’, a piece created in collaboration with the artisan Eloi Bonadona. It is a cylindrical ceramic structure based on the local pottery tradition in the town of Quart, in Girona, reminiscent of a wind instrument that has its origins in the perforated and arched ceilings of the Palacio de Comares baths, in the Alhambra.  

The jury’s verdict was announced last February 24th, after evaluating the works of the finalists. As occurred in previous years, the panel of experts that selected this piece as the winner of the Cervezas Alhambra Award for Emerging Art was made up of both national and international art world professionals including Javier Hontoria, Director of the Museo Patio Herreriano; Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Director of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo; Jimena Blázquez Abascal, collector, curator and art critic; Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President of Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo; Imma Prieto, Director of Museo Es Baluard; Martina Millà, Head of Exhibitions of Fundación Joan Miró de Barcelona; Rocío Díaz, General Director of the Board of Trustees of the Alhambra and Generalife; and Álvaro Trujillo, Brand Manager Territory of Cervezas Alhambra.

The Ecuadorian artist Ana Navas wins the XV illySustainArt Award at ARCOmadrid2022

The Ecuadorian artist Ana Navas, from the German gallery Sperling, has won the XV illySustainArt Award at ARCOmadrid2022.

The jury, made up of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, collector and founder of Fundación Sandretto, Catalina Lozano, curator, Pily Estrada, curator and cultural attaché to the Embassy of Ecuador in Paris, and Carlo Bach, Art Director of illycaffè, distinguished this young artist, who researches the genealogy of objects by combining various art forms, such as sculptures, video, painting and performance.

In doing so, illy awards the artist 15,000 euros without acquiring the work, with a view to allowing her to continue her artistic development. For the fifteenth year running, this distinction acknowledges the work of Latin American artists from coffee-producing countries, born after 1981.

LEXUS distinguishes Rolf Art with the Best Stand and artistic content Award

Lexus, official partner of ARCOmadrid 2022, has granted the Award for the Best Stand and Artistic Content of the edition, endowed with 10,000 euros, to the Argentine gallery Rolf Art. An award that aims to highlight not only the great work done by all artists in their galleries, but also those that stand out for their presentation.

On this second edition, the Award for the Best Stand and Artistic Content was selected by a jury made up of Estrella de Diego, essayist and lecturer, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and José Luis Blondet, curator of Special Projects, LACMA Los Angeles.

The XVII edition of the ARCO/BEEP Electronic Art Award is announced

On this occasion, the Beep Award went to “Echo”, a work created by Lúa Coderch, Julia Múgica, Lluís Nacenta and Iván Paz, presented in the Galería àngels barcelona.

The jury praised the collective creation that reformulated the myth of the nymph Echo in a contemporary key, presenting it as a post-human object alongside a stool rendering interaction with the observer possible. “Echo” responds and converses on the limit of (in)consistency and, in a certain sense, offers an allegory for our need to find correspondence.

The artists explain that this work “acts as a body between bodies”, operating in society by articulating statements that reveal our difficulty understanding what is said and trying to speak with a minimum degree of sense. It is not merely the wall in the distance that echoes back what we’ve said with a time lag, but a linguistic “drift” that is not without a humorous tone. Just when we start to glimpse an end in sight from the pandemic distancing, this “verbal-objectual-echo” may symbolise a wish for closeness, the hope for our conversations to be the ones we should be having. To call on Echo is to rescue a being despised by Narcissus from oblivion, certainly worthy of verbalisation.

East Contemporary, winner of the VIII Opening Award by Allianz at ARCOmadrid 2022

The East Contemporary gallery, from Milan, is the winner of the VIII Opening Award by Allianz. This award distinguishes the best stand in the section by reimbursing the cost of its space at ARCOmadrid 2022.

A jury, made up of Yina Jimenez, Curator at large, Caribbean Art Initiative; Adeena Mey, Afterall Managing Editor; Claudia Segura, MACBA and Bernardo Mosqueira, ISLAA New Museum Curatorial Fellow, has thus acknowledged the work of the artists Nour Jaouda and Anna Bak, represented by the winning galleries.

East Contemporary has been awarded for its strong curatorial approach, considered highly relevant by the jury from both the aesthetic and the political perspective. Through a carefully orchestrated exhibition, the works of Ania Bak and Nour Jaoudia create a conversation between different traditions and mediums that complicate comprehension of the artist movements and the geographies through which the Eastern European scene meets with the Black Sea.

Last February 24th, the Pilar Forcada ART Situacions Award 2022 was granted within the framework of ARCOmadrid, endowed with 15,000€, it went to the Gijón-born artist now living in Madrid: Irma Álvarez-Laviada.

The Fundación ARCO Lounge hosted a very emotional act in special memory of its founder Pilar Forcada, conducted by Maribel López, Director of ARCOmadrid; Marcel Pascual, Director and Patron of ART Situacions; and the jury Lorena M. de Coral and Neus Miró. The winning work was incorporated into the ART Situacions collection.

Martin Miller’s Gin distinguishes the Walden gallery with the Award for the Best SOLO/DUO Stand​

On its first edition, the Martin Miller’s Gin Award has been granted to the project by the artist Marta Palau exhibited in the Walden gallery, from Buenos Aires.

The Award jury, comprising Rosa Ferrer (director of Matadero Madrid) and Andrea Bellini (director of Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève) announced the winner last Wednesday, February 23rd, at an event that included the participation of ARCOmadrid’s director, Maribel López, and the team of Martin Miller’s Gin, Carlos Granja and Carolina Sanz.

Marta Palau (Albesa, Lérida, 1934) a Spanish artist, who has become a naturalised Mexican, is world-renowned for her tapestries. Throughout her career, Palau has used textiles to develop a unique form of artistic expression: using the materials to rethink both the pictorial and the sculptural dimensions.