The organization of the fair contemporary art Arch has made a "very positive" balance today, closing the one that they consider "the best edition of the last decade". The appointment recorded an increase of 8% of professional visits compared to the previous year and 3% of attendees, to exceed 100,000 throughout the five days of the Fair, according to data from the organization itself.
"The presence of Peru as a guest country has brought great collectors from Latin America, museum directors and interested people and that has been very satisfactory," said Carlos Urroz, who said goodbye as director of Arcor and gives way to Maribel López. The new manager, who has co-directed this edition and has been working with Urroz for years, believes that "the energy of people who wanted to buy has been noticed more than ever".
The professional visits rose to 35,887. The increase was favored by the large influx from Latin America. About 700 professionals from Peru have attended. It also highlights the presence of collectors, patrons and members of American museums, especially from New York.
Several gallerists confirmed yesterday the opinion of the director of Arco. For the French gallery Lelong, with the He looked more expensive or the work of Jaume Plensa, "has been an epic edition, the best in the last 12 years," as highlighted by León Tovar. But from the Madrid Espacio Mínimo they even say that it has been "the best in 25 years". "We have sold everything," they added. In Juana de Aizupuru, on the other hand, they had another conclusion: "This year has been good, but two years ago it was better".
Among the institutional and corporate purchases confirmed, include those of the Arco Foundation, worth 140,000 euros, paid with funds from the collection of the foundation dinner held at the Royal Mail House. The works correspond to four artists from four participating galleries in the 38th edition: Marion Verboom; Santiago de Paoli; Henrik Olesen and Rodrigo Hernández. The 2019 edition has also had controversy with the ninot of King Felipe VI, one of the most sought after pieces by the public, created by Santiago Sierra and Eugenio Merino, and whose purchase contract requires burning it within a year.
Lopez also announced yesterday that Arco 2020 will be dedicated to a topic, baptized as It's Just a Matter of Time ("It's just a matter of time").