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10 March 2020

Actions and activities of Fundación ARCO

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Throughout the year Fundación ARCO will also be implementing various activities and actions aimed at promoting and strengthening both the collecting process and the domestic contemporary art market.

Fundación ARCO dinner at the Casino de Madrid

On Tuesday 25 February, Fundación ARCO dinner will be held at the Casino de Madrid, the proceeds of which will be used to purchase works at the Fair for its Collection. This is a meeting between professionals and collectors that will also serve as the setting for presenting the AAwards for Collecting.

AAwards for Collecting

Fundación ARCO awards at ARCOmadrid 2020 the "A" Prizes for Collecting. The twenty-fourth edition of these awards, which recognise the work of both national and international collectors, this time recognised the Mirella and Dani Levinas Collection; the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation; the Susana and Ricardo Steinbruch Collection; the Otazu Foundation Collection; the Engel Collection; and the Erling Kagge Collection for their involvement in the development of contemporary culture.

Acquisitions at ARCOmadrid 2020

With advisory services from Vincent Honoré and María Inés Rodríguez, Fundación ARCO will acquire works at ARCOmadrid 2020 which will become part of the Collection housed at the CA2M.These works will be financed with funds from Fundación ARCO Dinner Furthermore, as a novelty, in 2020 the International Council will purchase a work by a Spanish artist that will also be integrated into Fundación ARCO collection through a voluntary donation.

Collaboration agreement with the Meadows Museum in Dallas

This initiative aims to promote Spanish contemporary art in the United States, through the MAS programme (Meadows/ARCO Artist Spotlight) This alliance, which will last for six years, will give Spanish artists greater visibility at the US museum. Every two years, the Meadows Museum will exhibit the work of an artist selected by both institutions, so there will be a total of three exhibitions of four months each, which can be of one or more works, starting with the first one in January 2021, before continuing in 2023 and 2025. In addition, on the occasion of the signing of this agreement, the Meadows Museum will exhibit the work Untitled (2019) by Secundino Hernández until 26 April 2020.

ARCO GalleryWalk

At a local level, Fundación ARCO promotes new collecting with the celebration of the ARCO GalleryWalks, which take more than 1,300 potential buyers to the galleries of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and for the first time this season, to Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Lisbon, both at the start of the art season and during the rest of the year.


The #mecomprounaobra initiative held a new edition this year (from 26 November to 26 December) gathering contemporary art works with prices below €2,020 from the European galleries participating in ARCOmadrid. The initiative is to be extended to all participating galleries during the fair,with works that can be acquired through the platform

First Collector by Fundación Banco Santander

During the holding of ARCOmadrid, the professional advisory service First Collector by Fundación Banco Santander will provide guidance to all those who wish to start in the world of collecting.

Welcome to collectors
On the first day of the fair, two hours before the official opening of the fair, around 1,000 people will attend an inaugural breakfast, with the principal collaboration of Fundación Banco Sabadell; national and foreign collectors, curators, directors of museums and institutions, other contemporary art professionals and potential buyers are invited to this exclusive breakfast.

*With the collaboration of Fundación Banco Sabadell

Collecting Forum

This is the meeting point of the international art community where top collectors and professionals present their views, ideas and projects regarding the collection of contemporary art in sessions open to the public. On this occasion, it contemplates conversations between Gloria Moure with Desiré Fueerle and Francesa Thyssen-Bornemisza, and with Pamela Kramlich; between Fernando García-Dory and Michael Krichmann, Aimée Labarrere de Servitje, Bertrand Jacoberger and Chus Martínez; and between Christian Viveros-Fauné with Claudio Engel and María Píes Ortuzar.

Espacio Fundación ARCO

A rest and meeting area sponsored by Fundación ARCO and reserved for Amigos ARCO. On this occasion, the space is dedicated to the Mexican artist Tania Perez Cordova in an environment that will be designed by Casa Josephine Studio with the collaboration of Vbospagna, Aranluz and Compac. This is an interior design and lighting project that moves certain elements that we traditionally understand as domestic to an artistic and ephemeral exhibition space. Thus, a perimeter of blinds through which different lights are filtered according to the time of day suggests the existence of an exterior space; the carpets are presented as an essential element of comfort; and the bases with plants appear as the recognition of the decorative instinct that enhances and redefines objects both in domestic interior design and in the presentation of art. 

Access to museums

With Fundación ARCO card, those with Amigo ARCO status can gain access to different contemporary art museums in Spain such as the Reina Sofía National Art Centre Museum (Madrid); MACBA (Barcelona); Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona); LaLaboral (Gijón); CGAC (Santiago de Compostela); ARTIUM, Basque Contemporary Art Centre-Museum (Vitoria-Gasteiz); Es Baluard (Palma de Mallorca); IVAM (Valencia) and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Fundación ARCO awards ceremony at ARCOlisboa

For the first time, a dinner and awards ceremony will be organised to raise funds for Fundación ARCO to purchase works on the occasion of ARCOlisbon, at a gala similar to the one held in Madrid. This event will take place on Friday 15 May 2020.

With all these initiatives, Fundación ARCO serves similar purposes to those of IFEMA: that its trade show activity permeates society both in Madrid and its region, namely the execution of lasting and sustainable projects which at the same time promote business activities in the sectors and contribute to social enrichment, the creation of culture, collaboration with existing institutions and the positive perception of our work by the general public.