Art Madrid 15 tenth anniversary of the Contemporary Art Fair

Art Madrid celebrates 10 years sharing the best of contemporary and emerging art with professionals and all the public. Art Madrid'15 will be held from February 25 to March 1, 2015, in the Gallery Glass of CentroCentro Cibeles to transform, once again, the heart of Madrid in a cultural and artistic hotbed during Madrid Arts Week.

Nowadays, bring up any kind of cultural project is a real challenge, so celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Contemporary Art Fair Art Madrid is more than a joy, is the confirmation that something is being done right. 
 
Art Madrid'15 starts its preparations with more enthusiasm than ever, with the energy from the success of the last edition of the show - in which we premiered team and headquarters, and in which we gathered about 20,000 people in the Galería de Cristal of CentroCentro Cibeles - and with an eye put on the future to get that our February edition has more and better galleries and more and better proposals to respond to a public increasingly critic and sensitive to the art world.

Art Madrid'15 Art will feature about 50 national and international galleries working with painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and video art of the twentieth century onwards and they will be involved in two different programs: the General Program, designed to national and international galleries national specialized in contemporary and emerging art, not to mention some references to the historical avant-garde; and ONE Project program, a curated selection for the promotion of unpublished, multidisciplinary and specific projects.

We want an Art Madrid as a realistic, dynamic, handy and cozy fair to galleries, to their clients, collectors and art lovers; and a fair that gives to the public all about contemporary art, from different perspectives. To do this, we will have an activities program that will include exhibitions, workshops, performances, panel discussions and workshops for children, among other proposed activities.
 
Art Madrid'15 bet again for teamwork and collaboration with various institutions and cultural agents of our city, as they were Casa de America, OxfamIntermon or Korea Cultural House last year... In this ocasion, we will create links and synergies to make the tenth anniversary of the fair something unforgettable. 
 
Come and celebrate with us: share art, share culture.
 

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Master Cheese Tuner, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.