Art Madrid Maestros Modern Art Fair

Why a Modern Art exhibition?

In relation to the international market, the recently held TEFAF'14 in Maastricht has given pieces of great value to collectors and public. A Calder “mobile” of Odermatt-Vedovi gallery was bought by an European collector for 2.6 million euros. The gallery Ulrich Fiedler sold a Bugatti chair to a German museum for 350,000 euros and Gerhard Richter´s masterpiece "Abstraktes Bild" of the Van der Weghe Fine Art American Gallery, returned to a private collection for a price about 3 million euros, as Tendencias el Arte magazine says.

                                        

 

Fairs as Frieze (London), Armory Show (New York) and FIAC (Paris) offer a Contemporary section and also a "Masters" section in order to put in value works of authors who have been authentic standards of aesthetic trends and ideas that are a reference for actual artists.

In Spain there are homologous fairs that partly cover the spectrum of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth. The dean art fair in Spain, Feriarte, celebrates this year its 38th anniversary with a wide variety of pieces, from archeology, religious sculpture, furniture, fur and modern art that have kept the fair as an important event in the secondary market. Meanwhile, Almoneda that starts this week in IFEMA (Madrid), has the same identity but digging deeper in collectibles and antiquities, with a notable presence of Catalan Modernism and historical avant-garde authors.

With the celebration of Art Madrid MAESTROS from 15 to 19 October, 2014, the organization will strengthen the market in these decisive dates of the year, happening at the same time of the prestigious fairs Frieze Masters London or FIAC Paris. Madrid MAESTROS will compete not only in content, also with the venue, and will be held in the CentroCentro Cibeles Galería de Cristal.

 

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Our exhibition´s thematic segment (late nineteenth and twentieth century until 1980) will highlight the major national and international artists, offering collectors and public a unique opportunity to discover original and inedited works rarely seen in art shows. Art Madrid Maestros Modern Art Fair highlights key works what have built the emerging market of twentieth century.

Art Madrid Maestros will be surrounded by the influences that the site offers: Thyssen Art Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, Mapfre Foundation, Museo del Prado without forgetting CentroCentro exhibitions,a new benchmark for art lovers.

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.