ART MADRID\'16: THE YEAR OF NEW COLLECTORS

 

 

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 ".
 

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.