VEGAP AT ART MADRID’19

Do you know the work and the different projects developed by VEGAP? This year, you will get to know first-hand the extensive work developed by Visual Entidad de Gestión de Artistas Plásticos (VEGAP): the organisation collaborates with the fourteenth edition of Art Madrid and will have a specific booth at the fair.

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As many of you will know, VEGAP is the organisation that has been managing intellectual property rights for visual creators in Spain for almost thirty years. Painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, designers, video artists, net artists and architects… all the visual creators. Currently, VEGAP represents more than 150,000 artists from 46 countries, provides cultural management services to a multitude of Spanish cultural institutions, as well as VEPGAP collaborates with the gallery sector, through the Galleries Associations, among others.

In addition to these tasks, VEGAP will present its Image Bank project: a huge catalogue of contemporary art images that offers all professionals related to the publishing, advertising, multimedia, television or audiovisual producers sectors, more than 60,000 exclusive images of the most representative artists of the contemporary creation. In a very fast and simple way, in the same and only management, the user obtains together the image, the license of use for the reproduction/distribution as well as the public communication of the work. This catalogue is exceptional because of the high technical quality of the images. Also, both the choice process and the treatment of the colour of the images has been supervised by the authors or, in any case, his inheritors.

The organisation is also in charge of the “Propuestas VEGAP” Competition, a contest conceived by artists to help artists. Born in 1997, on the initiative of the extinct Fundación Arte y Derecho, the main purpose of "Propuestas" is to stimulate visual creation by supporting the production and financing of artistic projects by visual creators. It is a unique contest of its kind, as it finances the creation and not the acquisition of works, of all branches of visual creation: plastic arts, photography, new forms of artistic expression, illustration and graphic design.

Throughout 22 editions, independent juries constituted by some of the most relevant artists of the Spanish scene, have distributed more than one million euros among around more than 300 artworks, making this contest one of the most artistic remarkable patronage projects of the cultural sector. The last year's award money was 50,000€ divided into 5 prizes, and the winners were the artists Nuria Güell, Ismael Iglesia, Diego del Pozo Barriuso, Clara Carvajal and José María Medina Manrique. The call for the 2019 edition will soon open.

Also, during the celebration of the fair you will be able to know the "Arte y Derecho" Collection, a publication edited by Trama. It was created in 2003 by Fundación Arte y Derecho and today is still managed by VEGAP. The publishing house, which has almost twenty titles, is specialized in two lines of research. On the one hand, you can find titles dedicated to legal issues, aimed at scholars and researchers of Copyright in their speciality authors of visual creation. With essays as enlightening as “Protección Jurídica de Videojuegos” (Francisco Javier Donaire y Antonio José Planells de la Maza, 2012), “Los creadores visuales ante la reforma de la Ley de Propiedad Intelectual” (Javier Moscoso del Prado, Alberto Bercovitz, Juan Antonio Xiol Ríos, Alberto Corazón y Javier Gutiérrez, 2007) or “Protección y límites del Derecho de Autor de los Creadores Visuales” (Antonio Delgado Porras, Alberto Bercovitz, Juan José Marín, Carola Streul, Javier Gutiérrez, Rafael Sánchez Aristi, Asunción Esteve Pardo, 2006),among others.

And on the other hand, there are other titles related to the essays on art that have been the subject of the different editions of the prizes of the "Escritos sobre Arte" Competition, also organized by the Fundación Arte y Derecho and which its name is given in Fundation’s memory. You can find thematic lines as suggestive as “Paracinema” (Esperanza Collado, 2012), “Iconoclasia, historia del arte y lucha de clases” (José María Durán Medraño, 2010), “Arte y Posfordismo” (Octavi Cameron, 2007) or “El montaje expositivo como traducción” (Isabel Tejeda, 2006).

Thus, the committed work of the VEGAP organisation, which has in the structure of its organizational chart great artists such as Antón Patiño, Montserrat Soto, Eva Lootz, Alfonso Albacete, Juan Genovés, Susana Solano, Chema Madoz or Esther Pizarro, among many others, will be promoted at the Art Madrid fair.

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.