ARCO 2008 Madrid

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13 t/m 18 februari 2008


Madrid
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As they do every year, art gallerists, collectors and professionals from around the world will throng to ARCO8, the Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair, for an edition presenting a renovated layout and restructured programming. New proposals for a revamped architectural design will be some of the attractions on view at this 27th edition de ARCO (13 - 18 February, 2008), along with Brazil’s starring role as special guest country and a high-end selection bringing together 295 galleries from 34 countries, with more than 50 major new exhibitors. Of this total, 224 galleries were selected by the Organising Committee for the General Programme, which will feature a new section for the very latest contemporary art (ARCO40). Moreover, a prestigious international team of curators will present a fascinating selection for the Solo Projects and Expanded-Box sections, as well as for the new section Performing ARCO, which will showcase live performance art for the first time at ARCO.

With last year’s commercial success as the backdrop, and an increasingly higher profile on the international art scene, ARCO has once again sparked market interest, with a strong demand for participation—more than 500 applications—resulting in a selection with an especially noteworthy presence of the world’s three major art centres: New York, London, and Germany. Moreover, the spotlight is on Brazil as one of the key emerging markets internationally, with one of the most exciting art scenes going today.

The international circuit is showing strong interest in the Spanish art market and Spanish collectors, and with good reason: according to the Family Financial Poll published in December 2007 by the Bank of Spain, Spaniards continue to consider artworks their third-place choice for investing, after real estate and financial instruments; moreover, the growth of investment in artworks and antiques grew one point, with 19.3% of investors having such holdings. This is also reflected in the latest report by the analysts Artprice, which affirms that Spain is now in the world’s top ten countries on the contemporary auctions market, with a volume of sales topping 2 million euros, and accounting for 3.5% of the pieces auctioned internationally.

ARCO8 spatial project
ARCO8 will mark a fresh starting point, with a new layout and design for the art fair, now located in the two recently inaugurated pavilions of Feria de Madrid, resulting from its recent expansion: halls 12, 14, and 14.1. This move has been a determining factor in the new spatial project, designed by the prestigious architect Juan Herreros. His design will contribute to improving the distribution of the exhibition, restructuring its programmatic contents and activities, and configuring a clearer, more accessible layout for visitors.

The two new halls are both larger than before, and one has two storeys. The uniting of Hall 12 and the ground floor of hall 14 into one big space has resulted in the venue for the GENERAL PROGRAMME, the nucleus of the event, whereas the upper storey, 14.1, will house the curated programmes, along with ARCO40—a new segmentation of the GENERAL PROGRAMME – and thus be the showcase for the latest emerging young artists, as well as the programme presenting Brazil, this year’s special guest country. Another major new aspect of the spatial distribution will be the relocation of the traditional International Contemporary Art Experts Forum, which this year, for the first time, will have its very own space within the same halls as the rest of ARCO.

Brazil, special guest country; Latin America, a region in the spotlight

Latin America has always been one of the key targets for the International Contemporary Art Fair and at its next edition, ARCO8 will have the opportunity to put the entire South American continent in the spotlight thanks to the presence of Brazil as its special guest country. A total of 32 galleries will be showing in Madrid the very best of Brazilian art, which has been garnering an enormous amount of attention on the international market in recent years. Brazil at ARCO8 will comprise a major showcase for promoting contemporary Brazilian work, thanks to the selection by curators Moacir dos Anjos and Paulo Sérgio Duarte, two experts known for their constant activism on behalf of Brazilian cultural life.

The artists and galleries selected reflect an art scene in a constant state of rearticulation and hybridisation, with a much more wide-ranging mixture of than the international public’s standard vision of Brazilian art. The most prominent artists whose work will be on show at the fair include leading photographer Vik Muniz, the electronic artist Eduardo Kac, and pioneering video artists Rosângela Rennó and Leonora de Barros. Up-and-coming young artists featured at the art fair will also be showing fascinating work, including pieces by the photographer Cao Guimarães, the video artist Mariana Manhães, the graphic artist Fabiano Gonder, and the painter Rodrigo Andrade.

The Brazilian selection at the art fair will therefore be a surprising breakthrough, featuring the presence of the major galleries of this Latin American giant, to be complemented with an expansive exhibitions programme, film series and concerts at Madrid’s top museums and art centres. Amongst these, a highlight is the installation to be shown at the Reina Sofía National Art Centre, by Jose Damasceno, a key figure in the art of the 1990s.

Moreover, Sala Alcalá 31 will feature the show, Contraditório (Contradictory): Panorama da Arte Brasileira, curated by Moacir dos Anjos, and showing some of the most important work being createdin Brazil today. This marks the 30th edition of the exhibition Panorama da Arte Brasileira, organised every two years by the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art – MAM SP, and will feature 25 artists, exploring the very expression “Brazilian art” in a scenario of increasing internationalization of the arts on a worldwide scale.

For their part, the Canal Isabel II Foundation will be the venue for an interesting selection of photography- and video-based work by Rosangela Rennó and Eder Santos, and Casa Encendida will feature an intervention by Lucia Koch and Marcelo Cidade, as well as a show of videos by Cao Guimarães. Moreover, the National Film Library will be programming an interesting cycle of Brazilian cinema from the past 15 years, as well as a series of short subjects, to be rounded off with conferences and panel debates featuring Brazilian and Spanish filmmakers and actors. Together, they will bring the Brazilian creative creative scene all over the Spanish capital.

GENERAL PROGRAMME + ARCO40
The GENERAL PROGRAMME will continue to be the central hub articulating the art fair, with the participation of 224 galleries: 67 from Spain, 157 from 29 other countries. This year, and given the high level of demand, a special effort has been made to expand this section—with 21 galleries more than the last edition—and make room for a larger number of participants, based on the main criterion of the quality of their roster.

However, the most original aspect this section, which is the backbone of the art fair, is the incorporation of a new subsection, ARCO40, which brings together a set of galleries providing a new vision of contemporary practice, with works created within the past three years by a maximum of three artists, all presented in stands of 40 square metres each.

New participants

Another highlight of this edition is the large number of new participants in the art fair: 118, of which 76 galleries (seven Spanish and 69 from abroad) are participating for the first time in the International Contemporary Art Fair. This trend is very positive for the art fair, confirming growing interest in ARCO and the Spanish market on the international scene, as well as the innovative spirit of an event that, this year, will feature such new attractions as top-flight exhibitors and the return of heavyweight galleries which have played a key role in the art fair’s history, which will undoubtedly be especially interesting to major international collectors.

Deelnemers van deze site (er kunnen meer exposanten zijn)

Galerie Akinci  Amsterdam  
Bekijk expositieBalkenhol, Davids, Hoch, Krystufek, Morenzi, Mulder, Roiter en Stidworthy
13/2 - 18/2/2008
Galerie Annie Gentils  Antwerpen  
Bekijk expositieHeck, Vervaet, Meuris, Vleeschouwer, Bijl, v Bossche, Voss, Schleiffert, e.
13/2 - 18/2/2008
DEWEER Gallery  Otegem  standnr 12 E 06
RONMANDOS gallery Amsterdam   Amsterdam  
Bekijk expositieArthur Kleinjan, Katinka Lampe en Renie Spoelstra
13/2 - 18/2/2008
Galerie Micheline Szwajcer (GMS)  Antwerpen  

Geëxposeerde kunstenaars (er kunnen veel meer zijn)

Stephan Balkenhol
Galerie Akinci
Guillaume Bijl
Galerie Annie Gentils
Guy Van Bossche
Galerie Annie Gentils
Yael Davids
Galerie Akinci
Kati Heck
Galerie Annie Gentils
Matthias Hoch
Galerie Akinci
Ruben Kindermans
Galerie Annie Gentils
Arthur Kleinjan
RONMANDOS gallery Amsterdam
Elke Krystufek
Galerie Akinci
Katinka Lampe
RONMANDOS gallery Amsterdam
Els Vanden Meersch
Galerie Annie Gentils
Wesley Meuris
Galerie Annie Gentils
Petra Morenzi
Galerie Akinci
Gerben Mulder
Galerie Akinci
Klaus Pobitzer
Galerie Annie Gentils
Andrei Roiter
Galerie Akinci
Charlotte Schleiffert
Galerie Annie Gentils
Renie Spoelstra
RONMANDOS gallery Amsterdam
Imogen Stidworthy
Galerie Akinci
Filip Vervaet
Galerie Annie Gentils
Kris Vleeschouwer
Galerie Annie Gentils
Bianca Voss
Galerie Annie Gentils