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Arco International Contemporary Art Fair takes over Madrid

For the 33rd consecutive year, Arco, one of the most important contemporary art fairs in the world, brought together more than 100,000 collectors, art lovers, museum directors, curators, gallerists and artists from Spain and all over the world. From 19 to 23 February, 164 galleries from 23 countries, besides the 55 galleries that formed part of the curated programs, showed the best of contemporary painting, sculpture, installation, photography, drawing, video and new media. Arco Madrid is one of those fairs that manage to maintain their relevance in the art market without renouncing their public character, while being one of the most popular events on the art world calendar, with a special appeal to the ever-expanding Latin American scene. At the same time, it generates an incredible artistic flow that practically invades the capital, creating alternative points of interest and parallel fairs like Just Madrid or La New Fair. This year Arco closed with a big presence of international collectors and private institutions, all agreeing that its importance was greatly reinforced in the international circuit.

Arco once more offered a great General Program, along with interesting parallel proposals like Opening, a laboratory for 29 young gallery owners that stole the spotlight with its experimental approach and groundbreaking spirit. Focus Finland, curated by Leevi Haapala, featured a rigorous selection of 13 Finnish galleries, adding a distinctive European touch to the fair and bringing the public into contact with the country’s most important collectors, curators and critics. Solo Projects, on the other hand, served as a space for cultural exchange between Latin America and Europe, with a team of four curators of international renown (Marcio Harum, Magali Arriola, Sharon Lerner and Tobias Ostrander) selecting 21 projects of relevant Latin American artists.

The International Collectors program, offering exclusive visits to institutions and private collections as well as preferential access to the fair, and the First Collector initiative by Fundación Santander, the art purchase advisory for new collectors, were also carried out with great success. Various cultural and institutional stands, as well as a selected group of artist book publishers from different countries, outlined the varied cultural offer of the fair. In the same vein, the virtual platform Artsy.net offered on its website the opportunity to explore Arco and its works, along with a free Artsy app available for iPhone. Arco 2014 closed with a feeling of rampant optimism and renovated energy, confirming the recovery of the Spanish art market and providing an unforgettable experience to the art lovers that attended it. In case you missed it, we leave you with a selection of some of the proposals that caught our attention, being only a mere example of the wide offer one can find at this amazing fair.