ARCOMADRID 2015 – OLÉ!
The feeling that we have to include on this article cannot be anything but bliss! We had the privilege to be, for first time, at the ARCOmadrid 2015 as “professional visitors” and the experience couldn’t be more satisfying. The 34th edition of the contemporary art fair, which lasted until the 1st of March, compiles artworks from 30 different countries, a total of 212 Spanish and international galleries. This year’s edition, in which the guest country – Colombia – was represented by a dozen of galleries, had 28 galleries that belong to the category #opening dedicated to spaces with less than 7 years of existence as well as aggregated galleries #soloprojects, a section that presented itself as a space for research about the work of Latin-American artists.
In addition to the main stands activities, simultaneously occurred catalogs presentations and activities promoted by cultural spaces, talks about the contemporary art market, roundtables between active agents of the art world and sessions dedicated to professionals.
ARCOmadrid is recognized as one of the major contemporary art fairs in the international circuit. Since its first edition, in 1982, that it brings together artistic proposals ranging from the historical avant-garde to emerging art, adressing modern and contemporary art. This fair, held annually within the ‘Feria de Madrid’, is driving a huge contribution to the art market in Spain.
Just out of curiosity, and according to a study about the Spanish art market in 2014, conducted by Clare McAndrew, ARCOmadrid generated an impact of over 100 million on the spanish economy.