ARCOMadrid 2022 brings together more than 1,300 artists and 200 galleries

Traditional contemporary art fair in the Spanish capital takes place in person and celebrates its 40th (+1) anniversary

More than 1,300 artists and 500 collectors, 209 galleries and 30 countries: this is the ARCOMadrid translated into some numbers. The first major face-to-face fair to take place in Europe this year starts tomorrow, 23.2, in the Spanish capital and runs until Sunday, 27.2, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the event — or 41st, since the celebration was postponed from 2021 to 2022.  

Foto de divulgação da feira ARCOMadrid; divulgação
Advertising photo of the ARCOMadrid fair

In addition to the general program, ARCOMadrid will have a special anniversary section, with galleries that have been part of the fair's history over the last 40 years, curated by María Inés Rodríguez, Francesco Stocchi and Sergio Rubira; another dedicated to young galleries, with less than 7 years of experience, curated by Övül Ö. Durmusoglu and Julia Morandeira; and “Nunca lo mismo”, a selection of Latin American artists, curated by Mariano Mayer and Manuela Moscoso, with the aim of strengthening the Latin American positioning of the fair. 

The only Brazilian gallery at the event will be part of this last section: Continua, with spaces in São Paulo, San Gimignano (Italy), Beijing (China), Paris (France), Havana (Cuba) and Rome (Italy).

Taking advantage of the hook, we selected three exhibitions to check out in Madrid

Homem das Ilhas Marquesas tatuado, Polinésia Francesa, Oceania, século 19. Pintura à oleo, Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris. Doação de Ary Leblond
Tattooed man from the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, Oceania, 19th century. Oil painting, Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris. Donation by Ary Leblond

Tattoo: Arte Bajo La Piel 

CaixaForum Madrid

From an anthropological, geographical and artistic approach, the exhibition Tattoo: Arte Bajo La Piel explores the different uses and functions of tattooing since its inception. It brings together more than 240 historical and contemporary works from countries such as Japan, the United States, France, Switzerland and Polynesia. 

Until April 17, 2022

Belkis Ayón; foto: divulgação
Belkis Ayon; photo: disclosure

Belkis Ayon: Collographs

Reina Sofía Museum

The exhibition, the first to present the work of Cuban artist Belkis Ayón in Europe, will bring together around 50 cologravures that position her work within the artistic and sociocultural scene of Cuba in the 1990s. and developed by Ayón to create a language rich in nuances and textures, qualities difficult to obtain with any other procedure. 

Until April 18, 2022 

Frame de vídeo 'Chiara Fumai reads Valerie Solanas', cortesia A Igreja de Chiara Fumai
video frame Chiara Fumai reads Valerie Solanas, courtesy The Church of Chiara Fumai

Poems I will never show 

La Casa Encendida 

This is the first retrospective dedicated to the Italian artist Chiara Fumai, who died prematurely at the age of 39. Through his performances, he revived marginalized historical characters in an attempt to rescue them. The exhibition includes collages, videos, drawings and furniture. 

Until May 1, 2022

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