ART MADRID\'16: THE YEAR OF NEW COLLECTORS
Mar 10, 2016
After the Madrid Art Week, the most important appointment on the agenda of professionals and art lovers of our country, Art Madrid'16 celebrates having a prominent position these days.
The 11th edition of the Contemporary Art Fair Art Madrid, developed between 24 and 28 February, has received about 20,000 visitors at the Crystal Gallery of CentroCentro Cibeles, figure to which we add the large participation of the public in the various Parallel Activities of our program #ARTEYGÉNERO with talks, workshops and roundtables that have received about 1,500 people.
Art Madrid, consolidated as the second great fair of contemporary art in our country, has managed to bring art to a wider spectrum of fans of all ages and first collectors who have enjoyed a very close form of art experience. But, it has also seen increasing presence of professionals, gallery owners, institutions and museums to visit, among others, Isidro Hernández Gutiérrez, curator of the TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes); Catalina Rodríguez, coordinator of Centro Cultural Las Cigarreras (Alicante); Aurora Zubillaga, senior director at Sotheby's Spain; the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Fenosa Gas Natural (MAC) of A Coruna, Carmen Fernandez; Carmen Espinosa, Lazaro Galdiano Curator Mo; MUSAC representatives and Denver Art Museum US.
The 11th edition of the fair has been highlighted by the increase in about 40% of the presence of new collectors. Together, with foreign collectors from ARCO, we have received responsible for collections Belondrade (Valladolid), Fundació Lluís Corominas (Lluis Coromina Isern entrepreneur) or Ebro Foods SA Foundation; Iratxe Galindez, Coordinator of the Würth Collection Museo de La Rioja; the Art21 Foundation (Belgium) as well as private collectors as Ernesto Ventos (Collection OLOR VISUAL), Andreu Rodriguez (business group Ticnova), Mª Jose Sobrini (Head of Digital Business Cisco Systems), Emilio Gilolmo (Vicepte. Fundación Telefónica) and responsible for the areas of arts and Culture in Foundation Botin Foundation ICO Foundation and Iberdrola.
THE YEAR OF NEW COLLECTORS
Joan Miró's sculptures, the work of master Mendive or the art works of Kiko Miyares and Hugo Alonso, were some of the most valued pieces by collectors in this edition. But, the great revelation of Art Madrid'16 has been the canary gallery ARTIZAR, who participated for the first time and risking with a single artist, master Mendive. "Our proposal has aroused much interest and until the last moment of the show we sold almost all the pieces. They were mostly known collectors of Miami and the Canary Islands, but we had pleasant surprises with new collectors", transmitted to us Pedro Pinto, director of the gallery.
Patrick Caputo from Unique Gallery Turin (Italy) remarks that his experience has been satisfactory because of "the level of artists and taste in the selection of galleries". "In terms of sales," he adds, "we sold art works by 4 among the 6 artists I proposed, pieces of various formats, so we are very happy."
Meanwhile, Eduardo Sanchez, director of NUCA ESPACIO (Salamanca), gallery awarded the Acquisition Prize NOCAPAPER, said "the setting is magnificent and we already had very good references [...] the influx of visitors has been good and varied and sales, being our first presence, I think they went very well and got great impact and new customers. "
Pep Llabrés, director of the Mallorcan gallery of the same name, which premiered in the General Program, notes that "the size and location of the fair are the ideal and although the buying public was critical and had more doubts than in the year above, the end has been a great fair in which virtually all customers were new collectors ".