The 38th edition of Arco, which will be held between March 27 and March 3 in Halls 7 and 9 of the Madrid exhibition center, will be the last one directed by Carlos Urroz, after nine years at the head of the fair. It will replace you Maribel López, collaborator of Urroz, co-director in this edition and inventor of one of the most successful spaces of the event, Opening.
The data offered this Monday at Casa de América by Eduardo López-Puertas, director of Ifema, remember those of the most recent calls. 203 galleries from 31 countries will participate. 166 of them, in the general program. Peru in Arco will show 24 artists from 15 galleries. The sections curated, Dialogues and Opening, will have 13 and 21 galleries, respectively. In the presentation the budget has not been announced, but some 300 public and private collectors will travel guests to Madrid. The expectations of the institutional head are "high" because the fair is committed to show pieces of consolidated artists, much avant-garde of the twentieth century, to the detriment of more experimental works. In turn with which it is intended to ensure average sales above those of recent years.
In this new edition the artistic content will spread through Madrid like never before, hand in hand with a Peruvian art program that will land in museums and galleries in the city. Can there be surprises like the one in the last edition, when a piece by Santiago Sierra about Catalan politicians Prisoners was taken down? "Hopefully not," answered López-Puertas. "But we have not given any instruction in any way. We learned about the contents at the same time as the specialized public ".
According to Carlos Urroz, the last edition that he signs as a director will be remembered for its quality. Most of the galleries will show only one or two artists, a goal that Urroz has always pursued to get Madrid to have a different offer from other similar contests. "I leave a diverse, inclusive, sustainable and sexy fair," said the manager, who does not reveal what his next professional steps will be.
Among the 166 galleries selected by the organizing committee, around twenty participate in Arco for the first time. Among them are Meyer Riegger, Rodeo, Timothy Taylor. Others, like Edward Tyler Nahem, return after years of absence. In addition, they repeat prestigious international firms such as Alexander and Bonin; Carlier Gebauer; Chantal Crousel; Esther Schipper; Gregor Podnar; Hauser & Wirth; König Galerie; Raffaela Cortese and Thaddaeus Ropac.
Maribel López highlighted the importance of curators as a differentiating element, and highlighted the work of Sharon Lerner, curator of contemporary art at the Lima Museum of Art and responsible for Peruvian content in Arco. Peru will be present with internationally recognized creators such as Fernando Bryce, Teresa Burga, Sandra Gamarra, Miguel Aguirre, Antonio Páucar, Herbert Rodríguez, Elena Damiani, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, José Vera Matos, Carlos Runcie Tanaka and Rita Ponce de León. "In Peru there are many artists but few galleries. Those inside and those outside will be reunited in Arco and will make known the rich contemporary Peruvian art, "said Lopez.
Outside the fairgrounds and under the coordination of Fietta Jarque, the city will show the powerful Peruvian collection. Casa de América will exhibit the Jan Mulder collection; the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, the Eduardo and Mariana Hochschild collection; The Instante Foundation will exhibit a sample with Peruvian artists from the collections of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Alberto Rebaza Torres, Armando Andrade de Lucio and Juan Carlos Verme Giannoni. The Santander Art Room, the Teixeira de Freitas collection, and the Sala Alcalá 31, Latin America in the CA2M Collections and Arco Foundation.