Art Madrid'24 – WHAT WILL BE NEW IN THE PARALLEL PROGRAM?

In its 19th edition, Art Madrid will present a general Program of Galleries composed of thirty-six national and international exhibitors and a renewed Parallel Program. About the last one, we will tell you all the details we have prepared for our next encounter with contemporary art.

The main goal of the Parallel Program of Art Madrid'24 is to support emerging artists. We consider it fundamental to give our support and recognition to new generations of artists, offering our event as a space from which to insert and show their projects within the circuit of the contemporary art market. We have chosen a line of work that focuses on new artistic productions and creators at the beginning of their professional careers.

Sofía Cristina Jiménez. Naturaleza Plástica IIi: El Tigre Y El Mono. Acrílico sobre lino, 100 x 100 x 4 cm, 2021.

Have you ever wondered how the artistic diversity of a city can be captured in an event as ephemeral and dynamic as an art fair? As a reference event in the cultural sector, we see it as our responsibility to explore the different ways of giving a voice to artists, gallerists, curators, collectors and professionals in the cultural sector, proposing a multiplicity of ideas brought together under the premise of being the most important meeting of contemporary art in Madrid. Reception and sensoriality as cognitive experiences inseparable from the artistic object; criticism as an exegesis of its time and context; the ephemeral work of art and performance are some of the themes we will be exploring in our 19th edition.



The Art Madrid'24 Parallel Program celebrates the meeting of diversity of tendencies, creativity, provocative art and the exposure of new voices within the art scene; and recognizes the importance of creating inclusive platforms that promote the visibility and recognition of artists who represent the promise of the future. With this initiative, Art Madrid confirms its commitment to the accessibility and closeness of contemporary art to all audiences, promotes institutional collaboration as a necessary practice in the art scene, and renews its presence as an important event, this time with a curated, reflective and up-to-date edition.

Ryaskartstyle. Meatblue. Acrílico sobre lienzo, 150 x 200 cm, 2022.

The Parallel Program of Art Madrid'24 includes an agenda of activities that will take place in the pre-fair's prelude and during the days the fair is celebrated at the Galería de Cristal del Palacio de Cibeles, including: Art and Word: Conversations with Carlos del Amor ; OPEN BOOTH with guest artist: Marina Tellme; Intercessions X Tara For Women ; Lectures. Curated itineraries ; La Quedada. Studio Visits Art Madrid'24 and the Collectors Program: One Shot Collectors.

Jorge Luis Rodríguez Marrero. Fig. 169. Apolo 1. Óleo sobre lienzo, 30 x 30 cm, 2021.

ART AND WORD.
Conversations with Carlos del Amor

With his sensitive approach to the infinite worlds of creativity, Carlos del Amor reveals the artistic universe of ten creators participating in the 19th edition of Art Madrid. With this initiative, Art Madrid extends and reinforces its interest in bringing contemporary art closer to the public, this time through the voice of the artists who will accompany us during the most important week of Spanish contemporary art.



Invited artists:

Richard Garcia. Galería BAT; Francesca Poza. Alba Cabrera Gallery; Nacho Zubelzu. Metro Gallery; Alejandro Monge. 3 Punts Gallery; Suncityboy. Dr. Robot Gallery; Juan Miguel Quiñones García. Pigment Gallery; Manu Iranzo. CLC Art; Evans Mbugua. OOA Gallery; Daniel Schweitzer. Shiras Gallery and Carla Effa. Kleur Gallery.

Paco Dalmau. Evolution 90 III. Acrílico y resina sobre tela en tabla de madera,90 x 90 cm, 2023.

OPEN BOOTH

Art Madrid'24 exclusively presents Open Booth , a curated project with the Spanish artist Marina Tellme and her installation Reunion of Very Important People . The Open Booth is an open space in which an emerging artist can intervene; it is also an expanded place that presents a creator in the context of the fair and accompanies her in her "debut" in the Madrid art market circuit. With the intervention of the white cube, we offer the possibility of being part of the 19th edition of Art Madrid to an artist who does not have a gallery representation, and yet, we build a transparent section that embraces the values of our event, this time with the aim of creating a platform for the presentation and promotion of artists who have not yet been "discovered" in all their magnitude.

Iván Quesada. Rafael, la muda, retrato de mujer. Pastel al óleo, 40 x 30 cm, 2017.

Intercessions.
Performance program X Tara For Women

*Intercession: Action and effect of interceding for the good of others.

Intercessions is a performance program organized with the support of the Tara For Women foundation that presents the work of four artists: Estel Boada, Teresa Búa, Sara Domínguez and Mónica Egido , whose practices reflect on our times. At the same time it proposes a clear view of the symbolic relationship between people and their context, using the body as a repository of affections. The works presented by the artists will transform the exhibition space into an activating instrument for a provocative and necessary dialogue in the context of Art Madrid'24.



Invited artists:

Estel Boada, Sara Domínguez, Mónica Egido and Teresa Búa.

Rut Massó. Guatiza. Óleo, tinta y acrílico sobre lienzo, 200 x 120 cm, 2022

Lectures.
Curated itineraries

Lectures. Curated itineraries is a cultural mediation project designed to bring the public closer to the works on display in the galleries that make up the General Program of Art Madrid'24. For this occasion, we have invited cultural promoter Eugenia Tenenbaum and curator Óscar Manrique. Through the tours curated by both of them, the public will experience the fair through a selection of works that respond to diverse perspectives and encourage an approach to the exhibition proposals of the edition.

Natalia Romanciuc. Belly. Óleo sobre lienzo, 180 x 150 cm, 2023.

La Quedada.
Circuit of studies Art Madrid'24

In order to anticipate what Art Madrid'24 will be like, we have organized a series of visits to the studios of some of the artists who will participate in the edition. Have you ever wondered what an artist's workspace is like? Have you ever thought about where an artist produces his or her work, for example, when preparing to participate in an art fair? Maybe you've ever wondered what the daily life of a visual artist is like. To try to answer these questions, we have organized #LaQuedada, an initiative of Art Madrid to bring you closer to the surprising and sometimes romanticized world in which visual artists live.

In the first edition of #LaQuedada we will have the opportunity to visit the studios of:

  • Carlos Tárdez (Represented in Art Madrid by Bea Villamarín)
  • Lara Padilla (Represented in Art Madrid by 3 Punts Galería)
  • Richard García (Represented in Art Madrid by Galería BAT)
  • Elena Gual (Represented in Art Madrid by Galería Arma)
  • Marina Tellme (Represented at the Open Booth as part of the Art Madrid Parallel Program)

Xurxo Gómez-Chao. Arquivo NºIV, Fotografía, Glecleé, Papel Algodón Hahnemuhle 300gr, 130 x 100 cm, 2023.

One Shot Collectors Program

The Collectors Program is integrated into the fair with the commitment to continue building bridges to bring contemporary art closer to the public and to promote collecting on a national and international level. This initiative is aimed at both contemporary art professionals and art lovers who are considering starting a collection. Under the guidance of Ana Suárez Gisbert, art advisor and appraisal expert, Art Madrid offers a free advisory service to the interested public on the acquisition of works of art.

LIN Shih-Yung. Under Shuiyuan-2. Acrílico sobre lienzo, 194 x 130 cm, 2023.

The value of each of the proposals conceived to celebrate the 19th edition of Art Madrid resides in the collaboration and involvement of the people and institutions that make possible the continuity of our event. The Parallel Program of Art Madrid'24 celebrates contemporary art, the presence of new and loyal galleries, and positions itself as an event that is close, accessible and open to the synergies that make possible its commitment to the future of contemporary artistic practices.



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. 😉