During the holding of ARCOmadrid, Fundación ARCO makes acquisitions with funds raised from private donations and the collection of the dinner held on the occasion of the “A” Awards for Collecting organised by Fundación ARCO, in addition to the funds provided by IFEMA. The procurement policy focuses on the works of national and international artists, seeking to make the acquired works representative of the production of the selected artists.
The curators are responsible for making a selection of works during the days of the fair's set-up and inauguration in each edition. This selection is presented to the Chairman of Fundación ARCO and the other members of the Advisory Council in order to subsequently prepare a final list of acquisitions that is published in the press together with the rest of the institutions that have acquired works during the first few days of the fair.
For ARCOmadrid 2020, the acquisition of works by Fundación ARCO and IFEMA will draw on the advice of curators Vincent Honoré and María Inés Rodríguez.
Vincent Honoré is an exhibition curator based in London who works mainly with modern and contemporary international artists. His exhibitions tend to propose alternative modes of art exhibition and experience to increase public engagement, through interdisciplinarity, high-performance and transgenerational projects. Honoré was part of the conservation team that opened the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2001-2004). As a member of the conservation department of the Tate Modern in London (2004-2007), he developed large-scale individual exhibitions of modern and contemporary artists such as Pierre Huyghe, Catherine Sullivan and Hans Haacke.
In 2007, he became founding director and chief curator of the DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation), a non-profit organisation in London. He relocated the foundation in 2012 to new and larger facilities and expanded it in 2015 with an additional gallery dedicated to live art. Since 2007, he launched acclaimed multidisciplinary performances and live events along with a dynamic educational programme. Laure Prouvost, Liv Wynter, Cally Spooner, Ryan Gander, Eddie Peake, Prem Sahib, Celia Hempton, Anthea Hamilton, Michael Dean and Magali Reus are among the artists who had one of their first institutional exhibitions at DRAF, while confirmed artists such as John Stezaker, Charles Avery, Boyle Family, Phyllida Barlow and Martin Boyce were included in individual or collective presentations, often with new commissions. The DRAF live art programme allowed artists to produce and present new and ambitious works: Edward Thomasson, Zoe Williams, Haroon Mirza, Sarah Lucas, Jamila Johnson-Small, etc.
Honoré co-founded the Drawing Room Confessions publishing house in 2011, where he acts as editor-in-chief. He published books by Luis Camnitzer, Bruce McLean, David Lamelas, Rosalind Nashashibi, Charles Avery, Sarah Lucas and Stuart Brisley. He is also a contributor to magazines such as: Mousse Magazine, Spike Magazine and Cura Magazine. He was commissioned texts for catalogues and books by Bethan Huws, Daniel Buren, Nina Beier and others, and periodically participates in symposia, round tables and talks.
In 2017, Vincent Honoré was appointed curator of the 13th Baltic Triennial, which first took place in the three Baltic countries (Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia) in 2018. In December 2017, Honoré joined the Hayward Gallery in London.
María Inés Rodríguez
María Inés Rodríguez has a curatorial and institutional practice related to consolidating the museum as a knowledge platform through the exhibition, cultural and educational programmes. She was director of the CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain de Bordeaux (2014-18), Head Curator of the MUAC, Mexico City (2011-2013) and Head Curator of the MUSAC -Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilla y León, Spain (2009-2011).
Her curatorial practice includes important retrospectives or individual exhibitions with artists such as Beatriz González, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Leonor Antunes, Rosa Barba, Nicolás Paris, Danh Vo, Yona Friedman, Claire Fontaine, Teresa Margolles, Vasco Araujo, among others.
Parallel to her curatorial work, Ms Rodríguez has organised public conferences and exhibitions on printing and architectural issues. In 2005 she formed the editions of Tropical Paper, which today acts as an active website dedicated to contemporary creation in the tropical region.
She has earned scholarships such as the one granted by the Patiño - Ville de Genève Foundation, the American Center Foundation, Apex Art Center in New York and the Davidoff Arts Initiative. Since 2017 she has been President of the Art Citoyen France Committee, Fondation Carasso in France. Maria Inés Rodriguez is a member of ICOM and CIMAM.