Saturday, February 18, 2012
The ARCOmadrid 2012 International Contemporary Art Fair can be visited until tomorow at the Halls 8 & 10 of the Feria de Madrid.
Organized by IFEMA, this 31st edition will show the works from near 3000 artists represented by over 200 participating galleries. Besides the general programme, ARCOmadrid 2012 includes “Featured Artist”, an initiative reflecting the quality of ARCOmadrid as a space for discovering new artists, and "Solo Objects", presenting twelve large-scale projects, sculptures and installations, shown in three of the fair's spaces.
Netherlands is this year's guest country, with 14 galleries selected by the curator Xander Karskens, head of the international contemporary art collection of the Hallen Museum, Haarlem, and supported by the Mondriaan Fund and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Spain.
In partnership with curators Cauê Alves (Brazil), Sonia Becce (Argentina), Patrick Charpenel (Mexico), Alexia Dumani (Costa Rica), Manuela Moscoso (Colombia/Ecuador) and José Ignacio Roca (Colombia), ARCOmadrid will bring to visitors, the creations of 23 young Latin American artists from 11 countries, included in its Solo Projects: Focus Latin America.
This project has the collaboration of AECID, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.
Once again, awards will be attributed as a recognition for the effort of contributing to the development of artistic activities, be it as an artist, collector or patron.
Other points worth mentioning are the meetings between European and Latin American museums, several parallel artistic activities in the city of Madrid and a special international buyers programme to encourage the acquisition of art.
ARCOmadrid 2012 includes a wide range of prices, from a couple of hundreds of Euro to several million, like a painting from 1982 by Francis Bacon, priced at US$15 million (more than €11 million).
The fair can be visited until this Sunday 19th (12 noon - 8 pm).