Art Madrid'24 – ART MADRID’24: GENERAL GALLERY PROGRAMME

Art Madrid'24 returns to the art scene to celebrate its nineteenth edition. From March 6th to 10th, 2024, the Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles will become the epicentre where the most innovative and current artistic trends from both national and international scenes will converge.

To celebrate its 19th edition, Art Madrid presents its General Gallery Program as well as exciting news about the Parallel Programme. Both initiatives aim to enrich the presence of an event that has already surpassed its satellite season, establishing itself in each edition as a reference point on the agenda of both the general and specialized public.



Photo by Coke Riera

Thirty-six national and international galleries are represented in the General Gallery Programme of Art Madrid'24. The proposals, characterized by experimentation and the plurality of aesthetic discourses, will transform the space into an open window to the most cutting-edge artistic trends.

The participating galleries will offer the opportunity to see the production developed by their artists over the past year— a period dedicated to research and experimentation with new aesthetic codes. Throughout the fair, visitors will be able to see how their creative results are redefining the cultural landscape and positioning themselves within the ever-turning wheel of the contemporary art market.



Spanish galleries: a view of the national creation

Twenty-five Spanish galleries will participate in this new edition, two of them for the first time. Continuity and novelty intertwine to show the richness of the Spanish artistic landscape.

CLC ARTE (Valencia) and La Mercería (Valencia) are making their debut as participants in this new edition. Returning to Art Madrid'24 are: 3 Punts (Barcelona), Alba Cabrera (Valencia), Arancha Osoro (Oviedo), Arma Gallery (Madrid), Aurora Vigil-Escalera (Gijón), BAT Alberto Cornejo (Madrid), Bea Villamarín (Gijón), DDR (Madrid), Dr. Robot (Valencia), Espiral (Noja), Flecha (Madrid), Hispánica Contemporánea (Madrid/CDMX), Inéditad Gallery (Barcelona), Kur Art Gallery (San Sebastián), La Aurora (Murcia), Luisa Pita (Santiago de Compostela), Metro (Santiago de Compostela), MoretArt (A Coruña), OOA Gallery (Sitges/London), Pigment Gallery (Barcelona/Paris), Rodrigo Juarranz (Aranda de Duero), Shiras Galería (Valencia), and Uxval Gochez (Barcelona).



Photo by Ricardo Perucha

International Galleries: an expanding dialogue

The cultural dialogue will be present with the participation of eleven prominent international galleries. Five of them join the fair for the first time, enriching the experience with new proposals and perspectives. The galleries that continue to support Art Madrid'24 are: Collage Habana (La Habana, Cuba), Galleria Stefano Forni (Bologna, Italy), Nuno Sacramento Arte Contemporânea (Ílhavo, Portugal), Sâo Mamede (Lisbon, Portugal), Trema Arte Contemporânea (Lisbon, Portugal), and Yiri Arts (Taipei, Taiwan).

The new galleries: Banditrazos Gallery (Seoul, South Korea), Galerie One (Strasbourg, France), Gallery Tableau (Seoul, South Korea), Kleur Gallery (Santiago de Chile, Chile), and Loo & Lou Gallery (Paris, France), will bring a fresh and diverse perspective to Art Madrid as an international meeting point.



Photo by Paola Becerra, courtesy of TOO MANY FLASH

The Parallel Programme of Art Madrid'24 will feature a wide range of activities and initiatives that will take place in the lead-up to the event and during the days of the 19th editionof the fair in its usual location at the Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles. During its 19th edition, Art Madrid renews its commitment to the cultural ecosystem. Aware of its transcendence as a reference event within the sector, it offers an edition tailored to new artistic languages and committed to society, all practices in which the creative spirit of its organization is recognized.

Art Madrid'24 returns with the vitality of its first editions, accompanying growing art and structuring an open and transversal fair proposal that highlights the most relevant issues of our context.



Photo by Florencia, courtesy of TOO MANY FLASH



Suncityboy. Courtesy of the artist.

ARTE & PALABRA. CONVERSATIONS WITH CARLOS DEL AMOR

It is always difficult to create one's own universe, this complication increases when this universe is populated by characters known and recognized by all, who are part of the imagination of many, inventing on what already exists is doubly difficult. Suncityboy (Tver, Russia, 1984) has invented a world inhabited by fairy tale characters and cultural icons who share a common denominator: they are formed by small balls that assemble an impossible body with an emoji face and, despite the initial strangeness, immediately evoke empathy and familiarity.

Color overflows all its scenes and we meet Alice in Wonderland (or more precisely in Suncityboy's country), Dorothy in OZ, the seven dwarfs a bit changed or even a very particular interpretation of Vermeer's "Milkmaid". But they all stop being them to enter a new life where humor, irony, acidity and a huge dose of energy renew our view on things, theoretically very seen. From Marilyn to the birth of Venus, everything is susceptible to be "rounded" and to provoke a smile in us. If we have to choose between the angry emoji or the smiley emoji, his works will make us send the smiley emoji, and that is to be appreciated.

Aliceâs Adventures in Wonderland.Tinta y témpera sobre papel.2023.

How would you define your art in one word? Or better in an emoji.

It’s joy.

What is your favorite emoji?

This smiley (the artist points towards a painting behind himself).

What are the requirements for the characters of stories or famous works that you endow with a new life? What should they suggest to you or how do they reach you?

My characters are funny, many of them want to get into my pictures. From the world of Plato's ideas, heroes go to different outdoors, but almost all of them want to get to me. They take a turn and they are waiting for me to capture them. Not all of them, of course, because I'm a very busy person. I create new meanings for the characters: they stop living in everyday life. I think they are much more interested in the spherical world than in their non-spherical world. I can say, sure, I don't force anyone. If the hero doesn't like it, I don't keep him. I respect their rights.

Svinedrengen. Gouache on paper. 2023.

Why the spherical, the round?

The sphere is a symbol of the universe. We all encounter spheres and circles in everyday life. Circles and spheres are the main form of my paintings. These are the stars in the sky, the atoms from which everything is made, and even money, the coins with which we pay took their form in the process of evolution, because everything tends towards the sphere. My task is to speak the language of spherism, to promote this knowledge to the people.

It was not for nothing that Hokusai wrote in his lost letter to Hiroshige on the road from Rome to Edo to Kyoto, "Suncityboy, if the future embodiment of world spherism, the personification of modernism through imaginism.”

The letter was stolen from his workshop because it had value for world culture.

Do we take everything too seriously?

The seriousness of our world is evidenced by the constant dispute of objects and forms in composition. We must understand that everything is much more serious than we think. There is a constant confrontation between forms. Circles have always competed with triangles for the main rights in composition. We see this in the images of ancient Egypt. Then they were joined by squares. A square character often creeps into my paintings. He tries to dispute the spherical harmony. But, to his great regret, he makes the composition more successful. You just have to look for it.

Amazons. Gouache on paper. 2023.

Drama or comedy?

The subjects of the paintings of spherical imaginism show the relationship of particles, shapes, and ideas. Characters can be both the meaning and the category of cognition. This is similar to the metamorphosis of temporary spatial transformations, when a character becomes an object and nature becomes a thing. This is the drama of the works. But at the same time, it's also comical because of this metaphor.

Roof Girls. Gouache on paper. 2023.

What role does music play in your creative process, I understand it is important.

Music is a circle of vinyl. It penetrates into all beings like neutrinos. Without music, it's difficult to achieve a good result. If you don't have a music player, you need to add something of yourself with your inner feeling.

You can imagine yourself with a large cello or saxophone. Music is the building material of creativity. In my case, these are bright-colored construction balls. Sometimes they turn into caramels.

Where is your art going (You can answer with an emoji if you wish) 😉

My art is moving into the future. It looks like a large spherical airplane. On board are my favorite heroes. I will appear as captain sometime during the flight. I walk between the isles and serve them drinks and treats. I think you can see this for yourself.

Thank you very much, Carlos. 😉