ART MADRID CLOSES ITS RENEWED 14TH EDITION WITH A VERY POSITIVE REPORT

One more year, Art Madrid reinforces its position as one of the most outstanding contemporary art fairs in the Art Week, closing its fourteenth edition with a very positive results: more than 20,000 people visited the fair and the vast majority of the participating gallery directors claim that they are very satisfied with the sales balance made during the five days celebration.

This edition, the fair has once again surpassed the numbers of visitors being, in the general public’s opinion, one of the most welcoming, close and pleasant fairs in its route. Furthermore, this edition has achieved excellent impressions on behalf of the professional sector, outlining this year for having a greater role in national and international media. Secondly, the Activities Program also stood out for receiving great acceptance from the general audience and an excellent review from the professional sector. This year the program was dedicated to video art, it was curated by Mario Gutiérrez Cru, director of the Proyector Video Art Festival and held at CaixaForum Madrid and Sala Alcalá 31.

Photo: Diana Fernández.

In general, the media has highlighted the new and more qualitative selection criteria of both the Committee and gallerists, presenting strictly contemporary selections and leaving behind the so-called "secondary market". Furthermore, in this edition, all current artistic disciplines have been accommodated, from painting, sculpture, photography, video art to the more hybrid disciplines also including living arts such as performance. The most outstanding reviews have been associated, on the one hand, with the new One Project program, curated by Nerea Ubieto; and on the other hand, with the “Copying Claudia” performance by the artist Pachi Santiago (Zielinsky Gallery). Undoubtedly, critics have also especially celebrated the new media installation within the series “Repúblicas Mínimas” by the Guest Artist, Rubén Martín de Lucas.

Photo: Paola Aloise.

As the critic and curator Alfonso de la Torre, member of the Art Madrid Committee, explains, the fair "has come of age", highlighting "the quality of the galleries selection" that this year have been exhibited "with greater clarification of the space, which has allowed a better reading and appreciation of the works".

The fair has generated a high volume of sales and the vast majority of gallerists are very satisfied with the sales balance made. In general, the increase in the presence of private and institutional collectors is worth pointing out, from local and regional entities to international entities. Professionals from the Public sector visits also stand out; in charge of cultural institutions, museums or art centres such as the Ministry of Culture, MUSAC, IVAM, MARCO, ARTIUM, CA2M, CEART or the Picasso Museum; specialists and academics from national universities such as the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid or the Universidad de Nebrija; as well as representatives of private collections such as Iberdrola, Repsol, Iberia, Mercedes-Benz and Inelcom have toured the art show.

Photo: Melisa Medina.

National exhibitors such as Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo (Barcelona), Bea Villamarín (Gijón), Moret Art (A Coruña), Marita Segovia (Madrid), Miquel Alzueta (Barcelona), Aurora Vigil-Escalera (Gijón), Zielinsky (Barcelona), Hispánica Contemporánea (Madrid-Mexico City), 3 Punts (Barcelona), BAT Alberto Cornejo (Madrid), DDR Art Gallery (Madrid) or About Art (Lugo), togheter with foreign exhibitors such as Paulo Nunes-Arte Contemporânea (Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal), Schmalfuss (Berlin) or Yiri Arts (Taipei, Taiwan), made a positive balance.

Photo. Ione Adán.

On the one hand, one of the gallerists especially satisfied was Víctor Lope (Barcelona), whose selection integrated by the works of Patrik Grijalvo, Kepa Garraza, Jacinto Moros and Dirk Salz, together with the solo show of Alejandra Atarés in the One Project program, have been acquired both by private collectors and by collectors of large foundations. In addition, the gallery owner Víctor Lope is grateful to have been highlighted and awarded as one of the two best booths of this edition. On the other hand, the Taiwanese Yiri Arts gallery, directed by Orton Huang, has been participating in Art Madrid for years. The director comments that "our artists are already and much better known by the wider audience; this edition we decided to create a more intense dialogue between the Taiwanese and the Spanish artists, including multiple connections between them: two women (Chen Yun and Mònica Subidé) and two men (Guim Tió and Lai Wei-Yu)". Also, the gallerist commented, “Guim Tió’s works were the most sellers”, as well as the gallery team expressed their delight at the new edition of Art Madrid.

Photo: Ione Adán. Work in the image by Pepa Salas.

David Delgado Ruiz, director of the online gallery DDR Art Gallery, one of the first-time participating galleries within the One Project program, recognizes that, although there are some deals to be completed in the coming days, the balance is good and he noted that the work by Virginia Rivas was very well received: "the reception has been excellent, as much on the part of the specialized critic and the collectors, as on the part of the general public".

Photo. Ione Adán. Work in the image by François Bel.

Art Madrid, in addition to showing a unique showcase of contemporary creation and promoting the contemporary art collecting, is a space in which artists, gallerists, curators, critics and other cultural agents create new relationships, propose future collaborations or commission upcoming works. And, although the show has concluded, the work of Art Madrid team continues the rest of the year in its digital version, through communication and the online art shopping platform: Art Madrid Market.

Thank you very much for being part of one of the most successful editions of Art Madrid!

 

Buying the first work of art always instils respect. A difficult feeling to define that mixes vertigo with adrenaline. But over uncertainty and caution, a pleasurable sense of connection, understanding, and desire prevails. That work that, once seen, stays in the mind, reappears in the memory several times a day and seems to tell you that it is willing to be part of your home, is the perfect candidate to make the decision.

In the first steps, many collectors do point out that one does not start from an established plan, but rather that one acquires pieces based on taste and the connection one feels with them until, after time, they realise that the volume of works that accumulates can be labelled as a "collection". For example, this is how Alicia Aza explains it:

“I was not aware that I was collecting until many years later when a third party named me as a collector and talked about my collection. In 2005, I became aware of what collecting means and decided to articulate a collection with an identity of criteria and formats”.

Marcos Martín Blanco, co-founder, with his wife Elena Rueda, of the MER Collection, shares this same opinion:

“Collecting has been a passion, driven by a visceral state that encourages you to do so. The collection, in terms of acquisitions, has not been particularly complicated because, let's face it: it is easy to buy because they are all beautiful things and you have some clear idea of where you want to go, but at first those preferences were not so clear. It is with the time that a criterion is being formed”.

It is not always this way, of course, but for the buyer who starts out on this path, the personal connection that entails the first piece is essential. There it is the germ of a lasting relationship that is not limited to a simple aesthetic question but is an open window to knowledge, to exploration, to a world that is often unknown to us and awakens our fascination. The seed of that connection is purely sentimental, and it is precisely this impulse that determines the first acquisitions. The first piece is never forgotten.

Art Madrid'20, photo by Ana Maqueda

Exceeding the usual recommendations made by advisers and agents, rare is the occasion when the art lover decides to buy by pure investment. These paths usually open later, when the volume of pieces is large enough. In addition, there are those who are a bit against this classic concept of the traditional collector, approached from an eccentric, elitist and little accessible vision. On the contrary, art buyers are, above all, art lovers, sentient beings and permeable to creative stimulus who, at a given moment, decide to deepen the relationship they already have with art to take a piece home.

It is not that hard to overcome that small psychological barrier that turns the visitor into a buyer if one approaches the matter from a more personal and intimate perspective than from social consideration. Small-format works, graphic work or serial photography are of great help for this, whose price range, generally more affordable, allows a closer comparison to the daily basis expenses. In this way, the purchase of art falls within the range of feasible activities and becomes something close and possible.

Art Madrid'20, photo by Marc Cisneros

At that moment, a different relationship with art begins, based on pure experience and coexistence with the acquired piece. Perhaps it can be seen as an act of daring, but on many occasions, it is more a matter of necessity and transformation. Collectors also agree that the acquisition of an artwork is an exercise on personal analysis and opening up to a new field of knowledge that was previously alien to us. Alicia Aza explains that the reason she acquired her first piece of video art, by Sergio Prego, is because she did not understand it and because she saw it as a challenge and an opportunity to self-improve. This open window to knowledge creates new connections and bonds with creators, as one of the most fascinating parts of the process. Candela Álvarez Soldevilla explains that

"I think the most interesting thing in the art world is talking to artists. They are people with a special sensitivity to listen and understand.”

And Alicia Aza also says:

"I can share the satisfaction of being able to count on many artists in my circle of close friends today, and that is a long way to go."

Thus, with works that seem acceptable within the horizon of expenses that each one considers affordable, it is easy to find a piece that catches us. Since then, our home also evolves into a space in which art has a permanent place and presence, and there is no doubt that this transforms us inside.

Art Madrid'20, photo by Henar Herguera

Jaime Sordo, owner of Los Bragales collection and founder of the 9915 Contemporary Art Collectors Association, has always defined his relationship with art as a true passion and a vital necessity. For buyers who start on this path, he has the following recommendation:

“It is an essential condition that they feel the need to live with their passion to enjoy the works. Another very important aspect is that before making decisions for purchases, they are informed, so it is necessary to read specialised newspapers and books, visit exhibitions and museums and a lot of contact with galleries, which is an important and very specific source of information of the artists they represent. Finally, the presence in national and international art fairs. All this generates information and training.”

Indeed, fairs have become a good place for discovery because they condense a wide offer and allow diverse and global contact in a concentrated way. For this reason, many new generation buyers start in the context of an event such as Art Madrid, whose closeness and quality constitute a unique opportunity to meet, soak up and feed the passion for art.

(*) quotes taken from various interviews published in public media between 2013 and 2019.