Fourteen Catalan galleries at ARCO Madrid 2020
Fourteen Catalan galleries at ARCO Madrid 2020

• Entities such as ArtsLibris, Beep and Arts Situacions will be at the event

The 39th edition of ARCO Madrid, organised by IFEMA, is set to take place from 26 February to 1 March in the Spanish capital, with 14 Catalan galleries attending. Also present will be Catalan contemporary art professionals, who will be taking part in the Forum and Professional Meetings along with institutions and private companies that are joining the initiatives to promote acquisitions and recognise artistic creation through the awarding of prizes. ARCO Madrid is one of the most important markets for Catalan galleries, where they can find business opportunities linked to its appeal for internationally renowned collectors and galleries.

Amongst the Catalan galleries taking part are 13 in the General programme: ADN Galeria; Ana Mas Projects; Àngels Barcelona; etHALL; Joan Prats; Marc Domènech; Mayoral; Miguel Marcos; Nogueras Blanchard; Polígrafa Obra Gràfica; ProjecteSD; RocioSantaCruz, and Senda. In addition, Bombon Projects will be taking part in Opening, the programme that targets galleries operating for less than seven years, with the aim of providing new information and aesthetic experiences. Also attending are Espai Tactel, with galleries in Valencia and Barcelona, and Marlborough, with galleries in Madrid and Barcelona. Nogueras Blanchard also has a gallery in Madrid.

RocioSantaCruz and Senda are behind two of the 35 artists' projects on display throughout the show. Other galleries are showing works by Catalan artists such as Lluís Hortalà (F2); Aurèlia Muñoz (José de la Mano) and Momu & No Es (Espai Tactel and Joey Ramone).

For the fifth year running, ARCO once again presents ArtsLibris, the International Artist's Book and Contemporary Publishing Fair. ArtLibris is a meeting space and platform that works to ensure that exhibitors are present on the international circuit, to expand the publishing market and share areas of interest with related sectors.

Catalan collectors will also be at ARCO through the Banc Sabadell Foundation, as will the long-standing Beep Electronic Art Award and the Art Situacions international emerging art award, now in its third edition.

As part of the support the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) offers Catalan galleries, companies of the art world taking part in ARCO and the other smaller shows may answer the call for applications for subsidies for art gallery internationalisation projects, which is published yearly. In 2019 subsidies totalled 250,000 euros and were granted to 29 Catalan galleries for amounts ranging from 2,176 to 12,174 euros.

After 39 editions, ARCO Madrid remains the Spanish visual arts market par excellence; a market that represents only 1% of the world market. Since the economic downturn of 2009, which greatly reduced sales at the show, ARCO has opted for galleries of greater quality though they are fewer in number. The move has proved successful and in the last few years ARCO has recovered its prestige, expanding to Lisbon and attracting a large number of galleries and Spanish and international institutional and private collectors.


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