From February 26, 2020 to March 1, 2020
ARCOmadrid, which will hold its 39th edition from February 26 to March 1, will feature the participation of a total of 210 galleries from 30 countries, who will converge on the Spanish capital along with numerous collectors, museum directors, curators and art professionals from all over the world.
It’s Just a Matter of Time is the special proposal in this edition; a section curated by Alejandro Cesarco and Mason Leaver-Yap, with Manuel Segade in the discursive programme, made up of 13 artists from 11 galleries. Diálogos, composed of 10 galleries selected by Agustín Pérez Rubio and Lucía Sanromán, will offer an analysis of contemporary creation focused on dialogue between two creators, paying special attention to the practices of women’s art in Latin America, and bringing together the work of artists of different generations. The Opening programme will once again be a space for discovering new ARCOmadrid proposals. The 21 galleries selected by Tiago de Abreu Pinto and Övül Ö. Durmusoglu will display pieces from the young international art gallery scene.
Having received a significant boost in the number of participation requests this year, ARCOmadrid 2020 will feature a combination of international galleries that have placed their trust in ARCOmadrid, such as Massimo Minini and Francesca Minini; Perrotin; Sies + Höke; Buchholz; Barbara Weiss; Nordenhake and Jan Mot, who, along with returning galleries like Ellen de Bruijne Projects; Hollybush Gardens, and Martin Janda, will join other important galleries continuing their commitment to the fair, such as Hauser & Wirth; Thaddeaus Ropac; Chantal Crousel; Esther Schipper; Meyer Riegger; Continua; Fortes d’Aloia & Gabriel; Dvir and Luisa Strina.
ARCO’s thirst for innovation and research is evident in the incorporation of new galleries such as Anglim Gilbert, Cortesi, Fran Reus, Gypsum, Higher Pictures, Krakow Witkin Gallery, Movart, Superficie, Suprainfinit and The Pill. At the national level, spaces such as ATM, Art Nueve, Ángeles Baños, Fran Reus and Nordés will present interesting proposals that go beyond the projects from the main cities.
There will be a big Latin American presence at the fair: 22% of the international galleries come from the Americas, with a special presence from Brazil and Argentina, once again positioning ARCOmadrid as a meeting and exchange point between Europe and Latin America.
This edition is set to consolidate the fair’s reputation as leader in research, gaining new understanding and discovering artists. In this regard, 35% of the galleries will present projects by solo artists or dialoguing artists at their booth. From the Solo/Duo of the General Programme, with Laura Lima and Marcius Galan (Luisa Strina); Nicolás Guagnini and Jef Geys (Max Mayer); Enzo Cucchi and Adrián Balseca (Madragoa), to the curated programmes featuring Jac Leirner (Franco Noero); Hudinilson Jr. (Jaqueline Martins); Kia LaBeija (Higher Pictures); Nohemí Pérez and Óscar Murillo (Instituto de Visión); Lynn Hershman Leeson and Bruce Conner (Anglim Gilbert); Yonamine (Jahmek); Lucas Simões and Estefanía Landesmann (Pasto).
Along the same lines, this edition will feature more numerous and risky artist projects, including works from Alfredo Jaar; Mario Merz and Tony Oursler, and from younger creators like Álvaro Urbano and Sara Ramo.
The commitment to give a greater voice to artists will also be reflected in the talks at the Artist Forum and in the presentations by Arts Libris, in which creators will go in depth on their work in sessions open to the public and organised by the curators of the sections and other guests, giving visitors an understanding of their creative processes and their research frameworks.