Vanguardia gallery in Art Madrid?16


Obra de Alfonso Batalla.



Vanguardia Gallery, founded in 1984 and located in the heart of Bilbao, next to the Guggenheim Museum and the Calatrava footbridge, is one of the oldest galleries in the art scene of the city and a key visit for seeking its creative pulse.





Obra de José Ramón Anda.



Directed by Petra Perez March, Vanguardia gallery focuses on the distribution and marketing of contemporary art and new trends of emerging art. In its program, with about 7 exhibitions a year of national, local and international artists of all disciplines, they proposes paying special attention to new technologies and conducting parallel activities for all audiences and looking for higher visibility, perception and understanding of the art of our times.






Since 1990 Vanguardia participates in international fairs such as Cologne, Art Forum Berlin, Art Brussels, Arco and has also been in FIAC, Art Paris and Lisbon.


Some of the artists represented by the gallery are Txaro Arrazola, Elena Asins, Martin Assig, José Manuel Ballester, Jaime Davidovich, Juan de Sande, JRMorquillas, Ruth Olabarri, Carlos Pazos, Joshua Pena, Javier Perez, Txuspo Poyo, Mabi Revuelta, Begoña Usaola and Jose Zugasti. To Art Madrid'16 they come with a joint proposal with the artists Alfonso Batalla and Jose Ramon Anda.




The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.