THE ART MADRID ESSENTIALS

Art Madrid'20 has in this edition 41 galleries and more than 200 artists coming from all over the world will exhibit their work during five days in the Crystal Gallery of the Cibeles Palace.

With a wide and varied exhibition proposal, this edition has a thousand works among painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video art.

Art Madrid hosts works by emerging and mid-career artists as well as consolidated professionals with an outstanding international career, which allows us to observe a varied and broad proposal of contemporary art as a whole.

We have made a selection of the essential ones of Art Madrid so that you do not miss the must of this edition in your visit:

The metaphysical and ethereal photographs of Aqua Aura in the Luisa Catucci Gallery. The artist's personal training continues with trips inside museums, in research laboratories and through enormous spaces in the natural environment. His studies range from the field of astrophysics to particle physics, biogenetics, philosophy and psychology of perception. Thanks to the participation for the first time of the Berlin gallery Luisa Catucci we will be able to enjoy the work of this artist.

Aqua Aura

Museum Highlight The Basement, 2018

Impresión

153 x 96cm

Aqua Aura

Museum Highlights The Great White Hall, 2019

Impresión

153 x 96cm

Marta Fábregas and her series of "Colonized" women in the booth of Pigment Gallery. Her main talent is knowing how to capture in a quick and natural way the beauty that is in the things that surround us, that is why her works are so powerful. Putting the spotlight and the spark to everything that passes through her lens. Without a doubt, his empathy, involvement and creativity make each project he works on have a strength and character that makes it special and unique. We bet because his series of "Colonized" women will not leave the public indifferent with such a mixture of elegance, beauty and character.

Marta Fàbregas

Colonitzada nº52, 2019

Fotografía antigua, mix media sobre papel de acuarela sobre tela

130 x 100cm

Marta Fàbregas

Colonitzada nº61, 2019

Fotografía antigua, mix media sobre papel de acuarela sobre tela

130 x 100cm

Hendrik Czakainski's post-architectural panels with the Urban Spree gallery. The artist becomes a forensic architect, collecting evidence of disasters, past, present and future, incorporating them into large scale surrealistic compositions, creating three-dimensional landscapes that have become both empty of human presence and beautiful at the same time. His creations bring us to a state of contemplation by asking us if humanity is still part of the global equation or if the tipping point has already been reached; if a reversal is even possible.

Hendrik Czakainski

26390, 2019

Cartón y pintura sobre MDF

250 x 150cm

Hendrik Czakainski

Circle Crash, 2019

Cartón y pintura sobre MDF

156 x 88cm

The colorful works of Misterpiro in Galería Kreisler. After his beginnings in graffiti in his adopted city, he evolved in his studio towards watercolors, acrylics and water-based techniques. His technique is based on improvisation, where the aggressiveness of spray paint and the delicacy of watercolor are mixed in all types of support, creating a world that makes us travel from complete abstraction to the figurative.

Misterpiro

Meanwhile, 2019

Esmalte acrílico y spray sobre panel de madera

120 x 120cm

Misterpiro

Meanwhile, 2019

Esmalte acrílico y spray sobre panel de madera

120 x 120cm

Patricia Escutia's wire technique with the gallery Bea Villamarín. The artist participates with her work for the first time in Art Madrid. With a very personal technique where the wires resemble the lost words, "Transcriptions", she collects the lost messages of what has passed through our lives without leaving a trace; texts, notes, paintings, words... highlighting the lack of communication between individuals, when these belong to different realities. To highlight this fact, the artist creates a form of non-language that abstracts the system of signs used by human beings to communicate, which is materialized in an abstract, three-dimensional writing that turns these messages into a succession of empty lines of content.

Patricia Escutia

Page 53-54, 2018

Alambre e hilo de caucho sobre lienzo

81 x 124cm

Patricia Escutia

Page 50, 2018

Alambre e hilo de caucho sobre lienzo

73 x 60cm

Jorg Karg's photo collages at BAT Alberto Cornejo Gallery. The German artist has lived throughout his life an obsession with images. He takes, reorganizes and abstracts the photographic material, using an editing software, resulting in images full of surrealism and delicacy. His images, which are based on photographs of himself and others, are fragmented, superimposed and mutilated so that our eyes do the remaining work and compose a new picture full of beauty and sensuality.

Jorg Karg

Slow Rain, 2018

Impresión por pigmento bajo vidrio acrílico sobre dibond de aluminio, MÁS TAMAÑOS DISPONIBLES

80 x 58cm

Jorg Karg

One mile light, 2019

Printing by pigment under acrylic glass on aluminum dibond

80 x 76cm

Mari Quiñonero and her pastels on paper with the Taiwanese gallery Yiri Arts. The artist has created her own creative universe through different techniques that go from watercolor and acrylic to drawing and collage, to achieve her own quiet style where calm and order direct the look.

Mari Quiñonero

No.130, 2018

Pastel sobre papel

60 x 42cm

Mari Quiñonero

No.151, 2018

Pastel sobre papel

60 x 42cm

Luciano Ventrone and his extreme realism at the Italian Stefano Forni Gallery. Despite the fact that Luciano Ventrone is internationally recognized as one of the master realistic painters of his generation, he considers that his works are really about optics: "Painting is not about the mere representation of an object, but about its color and light". For each of his works, Ventrone carefully stages a theme under studio lights. Luciano's paintings "invite the viewer to an atmosphere of pure contemplation"; they are works of great skill and supreme aesthetic beauty. Ventrone shows things more clearly and distinctly than they appear to us in reality; everything is focused, everything is examined.

Luciano Ventrone

Profondo rosso, 2013

Oil on canvas

60 x 70cm

The sculpture by Nicolas Laiz with his series "Nopalia". The artist unifies the natural and the artificial, what is desired and what is imposed. He works on the reflection, through different techniques, of concepts such as landscape, exoticism and the construction of nature as a cultural, social and economic concept.

Nicolás Laiz

Nopalia III, 2019

polvo de mármol, resina, hierro y laca

95 x 43cm

Nicolás Laiz

Política Natural I, 2018

Resina, fibra de vidrio, aridos y pintura doble componente

80 x 30cm

Samuel Salcedo's amazing heads, 3 Punts Galeria. His sculptures and characters always question the viewer with their subtle irony and vulnerability. Salcedo's sculptural work is characterized by technical excellence. One can see his mastery in the diversity of the materials he uses (resin, wood, aluminum, bronze) and which he integrates into the painting.

Samuel Salcedo

Pinball Wizard 1, 2019

Aluminum

95 x 95cm

Samuel Salcedo

Toy Land - Mirror Mirror, 2019

Resina poliuretano policromada

27 x 10cm

 

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.