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Madrid and its art fairs

Nov 16, 2021

Madrid and its art fairs

ARCOmadrid, JustMAD, Art Madrid, DrawingRoom.

From 26 to 3 March, Madrid will become the capital of contemporary art thanks to the large number of artistic events that have been progressively developed as a result of the ARCO fair. From exhibitions, art programmes and other fairs that have managed to position themselves on the international scene, the Spanish capital will become a focal point for art and a stop for collectors, professionals and art lovers.

Below, we explain the four essential fairs that you must visit:

 

ARCOmadrid

26 February to 3 March

More than two hundred galleries from 30 countries will gather at the 38th edition of ARCOmadrid, the International Contemporary Art Fair organised by IFEMA. This year Peru has been selected as the guest country.

In addition to the 165 galleries that make up the General Programme, there are also those in the curated sections: "Peru in ARCO", "Dialogues" and "Opening".

Collecting

ARCO is once again promoting collecting, with different initiatives, including the last #mecomprounaobra, the free advisory service during the fair First Collectors by Fundación Banco Santander and the Young Collectors programme, which brings thirty young international collectors to Madrid.

The classic International Buyers' and Special Guests' Programme is also back, with 300 collectors and 200 professionals from more than 40 countries.

Likewise, Artsy.net will once again offer the opportunity to explore the Fair and the works present at it through its website and App. 

The institutional prizes will also be awarded once again, including the VII Audemars Piguet Prize for the production of a work of art at ARCOmadrid, the XII edition of the Illy SustainArt Prize, which recognises the work of Latin American artists born after 1970 from coffee-producing countries; the III Cervezas Alhambra Prize for Emerging Art; the XIV BEEP Prize for Electronic Art or the II Han Nefkens ARCO Foundation Prize for the production of a work of video art.

 

JustMAD

26 February to 3 March

JustMad celebrates its tenth edition, consolidating its position as one of the avant-garde references within the emerging art scene in our country.

Directed by Semíramis González and Daniel Silvo, the fair is an exhibition platform that brings together more than 50 galleries from countries all over the world such as Brazil, Cuba, Spain, the United States, France, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom. It is worth highlighting the important presence of Portuguese galleries, in a specific section (SOLOPortugal), in an attempt to strengthen the presence of artistic proposals from the neighbouring country and strengthen the ties between the two countries.

 

Art Madrid

26 February to 3 March

Art Madrid celebrates its fourteenth edition in the Galería de Cristal of CentroCentro Cibeles, with more than 40 national and international galleries and nearly 200 artists, both emerging and established.  

This year, Art Madrid's wide and varied offer stands out for its increasingly international character and for the greater contemporaneity of the artistic selections. Likewise, the fair reinforces its permanent commitment to young creators and the most contemporary forms of creation, as demonstrated by the high number of artists under the age of 40 (63), the choice of Rubén Martín de Lucas as Guest Artist or the thematic line of the Parallel Programme.

In addition, a wide range of educational and cultural activities take place at the same time.

 

DrawingRoom

26 February to 3 March

The fourth edition of Drawing Room, the only contemporary drawing fair in Spain, has arrived, with a programme that brings together numerous national and international gallerists. 

The Palacio Santa Bárbara, designed by the architect Juan de Madrazo y Kuntz, will host the fourth edition of Drawing Room Madrid. Located at Calle de Hortaleza, 87, it is a palace-house located on the south side of the Plaza de Santa Bárbara in Madrid, in the epicentre of art, fashion and gastronomy in Madrid. A rationalist building from the second half of the 19th century with bright rooms that will be filled with art for the occasion.

This fourth call is presented with a smaller but more specialised programme of galleries, with a total of 20 national and international galleries - selected by a committee of experts - from Argentina, Belgium, Spain, Japan and Portugal. Among the participating galleries in 2019 will be Gallery KITAI (Tokyo, Japan), Galería Art Nueve (Murcia), Galería de Arte Artizar (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), La Casa Amarilla (Zaragoza), Ogami Press (Madrid), Galería Silvestre (Madrid), Galería Lucía Mendoza (Madrid), Yoko Uhoda Gallery (Belgium) and Galería Siboney (Santander), among others.