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 Manuel Segade.
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.
Manuel Segade (A Coruña, 1977) has a degree in Art History from the University of Santiago de Compostela. His pre-doctoral research focused on the revision of theatricality and allegorical linguistic structures in sculpture of the eighties through the work of Juan Muñoz. Since 1998 he has been working on fragments of a cultural history of late 19th century aesthetic practices, around the production of a somatic and sexualised subjectivity, on which he published the essay Narciso fin de siglo (Melusina, 2008).
During 2005 and 2006, he was content coordinator of Metrònom Fundació Rafael Tous d'Art Contemporani in Barcelona. Between 2007 and 2009 he was curator at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea in Santiago de Compostela. From 2009 onwards he returned to his work as an independent curator, working on projects for the Fundació Joan Miró, La Casa Encendida, ARCO, MUSAC, Centre d'Art La Panera, Pavillon Vendôme (France), Kadist Foundation (France), Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador), ArteBA (Buenos Aires) TENT, (Rotterdam) or the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Madrid). He has taught curatorial practices in different postgraduate and master's programmes such as Honnours in Curatorship at Michaelis University in Cape Town (South Africa) or the Independent Studies Programme at MACBA and is currently a tutor at the École du Magasin in Grenoble (France). He has curated the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2017, with a project by the artist Jordi Colomer.
In his latest projects he tries to offer forms of gestural approach to curating as well as other ways of discursive distribution, in formats of pedagogy and education and in curatorial actions close to performance.