Art Madrid\'13 Highlights



  • New location, Attic of the Chamartín Train Station.
  • Biannual, with editions in February and November.
  • Great visibility for Artists and Galleries throughout the year.
  • Better access, Metro, Buses, Commuter Trains and 2 parking lots.
  • One Project Program, curated by Javier Rubio Nomblot, which welcomes young artists and galleries.
  • Graffiti Artist Belin will realize a 10 meter mural every day during the Fair.
  • Madrid Arte Oculto invites to participate in Art Madrid to all artists interested by showing their websites or blogs via QR codes.
  • Fashion Art Project will exhibit costumes designed by well-known Spanish artists.
  • You can buy works by over 200 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Damien Hirst, Joaquín Torres-García, André Masson, Alexander Calder, Le Corbusier, Karel Appel, Picasso, Dali, Thousands, Valdés, Barceló, Christo, Jaume Plensa, Juan José Manuel Ballester Uslé or, among others.
  • Marc Calzada Gallery from Barcelona presents a preparatory drawing from Joan Miró for the works in the Spanish Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1937, and almost forty years has remained anonymous.


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.