Art Madrid'24 – Contemporary Art for the Nave 9 of Matadero Madrid

Maurizio Cattelan, “Bidibidobidiboo”, 1996.

 

 

In 2008, only one year after the opening of Matadero Madrid, the COAM launched a call for projects to rehabilitate the naves 8 and 9. These naves were initially devoted to “Leader Dryer” and “Market and avian abattoir”. The project should include a design to relocate the Intermediae headquarters and other centres of artistic creation, architecture and design of Matadero.

 

 

 

Exterior of nave 9 in Matadero Madrid. @Carlos Rosillo

 

 

Since long ago several proposals were studied to make out of the nave 9 a place devoted to contemporary art. Negotiations to assign to this space a specific goal and turn it into a permanent exhibition space started last year. By then, one of the strongest ideas was to transform it into the headquarter of the contemporary art collection of the Sandretto Madrid Foundation.

 

 

 

Sarah Lucas, “Love Me”, 1998.

 

 

Last September an agreement was finally settled to assign the space for fifty years. The nave will be turned into an exhibition venue to host 105 pieces of this huge collection, which gathers contemporary artworks from the 80’s onwards and includes essential names of the international artistic panorama like Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan, Anish Kapoor, Helen Marten, Cindy Sherman or Doug Aitken.

 

The opening is scheduled for 2019, but until then there is a lot of work to do, starting with the transformation and adaptation of this surface of 6.300m2, through an architectural project led by David Adjaye and Arturo Franco that will keep untouched the external façade of the nave.
 

 

 

 

Patrizia Sandretto (image taken from El Español).

 

 

The will of Patrizia Sandretto is to maintain part of the activity that characterises the Italian foundation and to turn this space into a place of reference into the Spanish contemporary panorama, which is the natural spot of connection with Latin America and the rest of Europe. One of the essential pillars of this project since the beginning was its support for education, to make contemporary art accessible to everybody and to foster emerging artists. As Patrizia says “I want a centre where everyday something happens”. Therefore, one does not need to wait until the opening to enjoy the programming organised around this collection. Let's keep up to date.

 

Estel Boada. Courtesy of the artist.

INTERCESSIONS. PERFORMANCE CYCLE X TARA FOR WOMEN



Art Madrid celebrates its 19th edition from March 6 to 10, 2024 at the Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles. During the Art Week, Art Madrid becomes an exhibition platform for national and international galleries and artists. With the intention of creating a space of expression for emerging artists, our fair has joined forces with the Tara For Women Foundation, which, in its mission to empower and strengthen talented women, becomes a collaborator of Art Madrid's renewed Parallel Program with the Performance Cycle: Intercessions X Tara For Women.

PERFORMANCE STAND, BY ME. ESTEL BOADA


Saturday - March 8 - 19:00h. Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles.



They say that in order to succeed, a stand has to be well located, innovative, tidy, have a good, clean and clear image, we can't let it go unnoticed, it has to stand out from the competition, generate curiosity and space for personal interaction. Well, after 19 years, the perfect stand has arrived, he doesn't know it yet, but it has been an exclusive creation to stand out at the fair.

Performance of Pfff Historia d'una Fitball. Documentation. 2023.

His name is Stanley, he is 19 years old and he is... human.

Stand, by Me is a performance that wants to address the responsibility and the position of an art fair stand in an ironic and burlesque way.

"Stanley", our main character, created to live and die at the fair, doesn't know what the outside is, but he knows all about the strengths and weaknesses of this mobile architecture.

Unlike his family made of plasterboard, wood, glass and PVC, Stanley is human matter and therefore feels different from the rest. He tries to be like the rest of the stands: smooth, straight, monotonous, silent... But it is impossible, he has to understand that his strength is his uniqueness.

Through a corporal and vocal exploration, she finds the way to express herself and communicate with others, generating curiosity, empathy and humor.

Stand, By Me. Documentation. 2024.



ABOUT THE ARTIST

ESTEL BOADA. Mataró, Barcelona, 1991

Estel Boada is a multifaceted artist who addresses past, present and future issues in an ironic and burlesque way. Trained in Fine Arts, her work includes design, drawing, performance, among others... After studying Fine Arts, she is interested in design, drawing, performance, space, collectivity and voice. Playing with humor, absurdity and trash, Estel always ends up talking in a burlesque way about her life as a frustrated diva. Her performances include "Kslkkda" (Virreina and Can Balaguer), "Vital el Musical" (Antic Teatre + NyamNyam), "Esperit de Clor" at MAC (Mataró), "El Hechizo" (Residencia #Ey!MAD), "De Kathedraal: historia de la construcción" (Nau Estruch) and "PERTÚ (la ofrenda)", awarded by BCN Producció-La Capella, among others. His performance "Stand, by Me" ironizes the responsibility and position of an art fair stand by personifying "Stanley", a human being in a context designed for material structures. The work highlights uniqueness versus uniformity in the art world.