The King and Queen of Spain spoke today with a group of Peruvian artists and gallery owners about the preparations for the next edition of the international contemporary art fair of Madrid ARCO, in February next year, which will feature Peru as the guest country.
On the second day of his state visit to Peru, Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attended the Cultural Center of Spain in Lima, where they were received by the Peruvian Minister of Culture, Patricia Balbuena, the director of the Reina Sofía National Museum in Madrid, Manuel Borja-Villel, and the director of ARCO, Carlos Urroz.
After contemplating a model with the project of reform of the cultural center itself, the Kings toured the exhibition "States Migratory", a small exhibition with works of the ARCO Foundation and the Art Center Dos de Mayo (CA2M) which are part works of five Peruvian creators.
Before holding his meeting with artists and gallerists, Don Felipe and Doña Letizia attended a conversation between Borja-Villel and the commissioner of the institutional pavilion of Peru at ARCO, Jorge Villacorta, on the objectives of the presence Peruvian at the Madrilenian fair.
The president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, confirmed yesterday his intention to participate in the inauguration of the new edition of ARCO and stressed that the "great Peruvian cultural presence" planned in Madrid will mark the beginning of the commemoration of the bicentennial of independence and will contribute to the "reaffirmation of historical-cultural ties" between the two countries.
Peru will be present at the fair with 15 galleries that will show works by 23 artists, including 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, all of them already recognized abroad.
The selection of the program "Peru in ARCO", which aims to disseminate the work of Peruvian plastic artists from the last century until today, brings together the most international generation of artists in the country, many of whom are under the age of fifty. They have developed a good part of their career in other nations.
Seven galleries in Peru, four Spanish, one German and three American will participate in this program, which will be joined by a representation of creators from the Andean country in other sections of the fair, such as Daniel Jacoby, Daniela Ortiz and Lúa Coderch, which will allow us to approximate to collectors, professionals and the general public a complete panorama of Peruvian contemporary artistic production.
As for the institutional pavilion of the Peruvian State, it will be destined to new technologies, with environmental-experimental video and sound, and will take as a conceptual reference the Amazonian maloca, the ancestral indigenous community housing that acts as a meeting point and knowledge in the towns of the Amazon River.
The artistic scene of the Andean country will also be reflected in Foro Perú, a platform for reflection and exchange among professionals organized within the framework of the fair with the participation of creators, historians and curators, who will propose conversations about the particularities of Peruvian contemporary art and its cultural and social challenges.
In parallel to the participation of galleries in ARCO, the Ministry of Culture of Peru has also organized an ambitious program of exhibitions and events in different areas of the Spanish capital and its region, with the aim of presenting a broad representation in Madrid of Peruvian contemporary art.