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26 February 2023

The maturity of the art contents at ARCOmadrid2023 seduces collectors and professionals

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An ARCO reminiscent of the ARCOs of old estimates over 95,000 visitors in total.

GRAPHICS from ARCOmadrid 2023

ARCOmadrid 2023, the fair organised by IFEMA MADRID, will close the doors of its 42nd edition this afternoon with a very positive balance sheet and a strong commercial pace. The relevance of the galleries and art programmes making up this edition’s contents were the best possible attraction to draw quality national and international collectors. The climate of optimism exuded at this edition made the recovery of market confidence very clear, translating into an excellent sales dynamic, with acquisitions by collectors and buyers, and various public institutions who have incorporated new pieces into their museums and collections.

ARCOmadrid, which enjoyed the commitment of the Royal Family again this year with their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain presiding the inauguration on February 23rd, estimates over 95,000 visitors in total, thus confirming recovery and surpassing the pre-pandemic figures. Similarly, it highlighted the standard of the professional fair which mobilised around 38,000 professionals from all over the world.

This year the International Contemporary Art Fair enjoyed the participation of 211 galleries from 36 countries, over 450 international collectors and 200 professional guests from 40 countries.

Acquisitions at ARCOmadrid 2023

After the initial days dedicated exclusively to professionals, ARCOmadrid recorded considerable institutional and corporate acquisitions, including those of Fundación ARCO; Museo Reina Sofía; Comunidad de Madrid; Ayuntamiento de Madrid; Fundación Aldo Rubino for the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires MACBA; TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary; Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson; Fundación Helga de Alvear; Fundación María José Jove  and DKV Seguros, among many more (access to these acquisitions).

Awards at ARCOmadrid

National and international institutions and companies share their support and acknowledgement of art creation at ARCOmadrid, by awarding different distinctions.

The Portuguese gallery, Monitor, with works by Lucia Cantò and Elisa Montessori, was the winner of the Lexus Award for the Best Stand and Art Contents at ARCOmadrid 2023.

Similarly, the HOA gallery, from São Paulo, won the IX Opening by Allianz Award in recognition of the artists Laís Amaral and Ayrson Heráclito. Meanwhile, the Romanian gallery Zina and the Valencia-based THE LIMINAL received special mention from the jury.

Cervezas Alhambra celebrated the seventh edition of the Cervezas Alhambra Award for Emerging Art distinguishing the artist Alberto Odériz for his work Si se pareciera a algo, ya no sería el todo, selected by an international jury of experts from the finalists proposed.

Yet again this year, illycaffè supported young emerging artists present at ARCOmadrid with the XVI illySustainArt Award, granted on this occasion to the artist from Jérez, Cristina Mejías, represented by the galleries Alarcón Criado and Rodríguez Gallery.

On its XVI edition, the ARCO-BEEP Award for Electronic Art  went to Evru/ZushGalería Senda-, and Peter Weibel -Beckers + Kornfeld-, who will be incorporated into the .NewArt {collection;}, formerly known as the Beep Collection.

The Brazilian artist, Zé Carlos García, from the Pasto gallery in Buenos Aires, was the winner of the I Six Senses Ibiza Sustainable Art Award, joining ARCOmadrid for the first time this year.

Colección SOLO granted its Acquisition Award to the work 'La liberación del mito', by Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, from the Galería Senda.

On this edition, the Catalina d´Anglade Award went to the work of Ester Partegàs -Nogueras Blanchard-, to be incorporated into the collection.