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ARCOmadrid 2013


The quality of the international collectors and guests has been one of the most highly valued aspects by the galleries participating in the 32nd edition of ARCOmadrid, which this year has brought together 250 galleries from 30 countries and more than 150 art professionals. Almost 118,000 visitors, in an event that has had Turkey as the guest country and in which artists, collectors and general public ere able to enjoy encounters, performances, conferences and exhibitions inside and outside the fair itself, with AfterARCO and the themed shows held in some of the city’s most representative exhibition spaces and museums.

The Curated Programmes have featured 'Opening: Young Galleries', a section focusing on gallery projects with a trajectory of less than seven years; 'Solo Projects: Focus on Latin America', dedicated to emerging art projects signed by Latin American artists; and 'Solo Objects', for the selected large-format pieces. First Collectors has again given support to those who are setting out on the acquisition of contemporary art; and, to enhance the presence at the Fair of the principal national and international collectors and critics, ARCOmadrid has this year presented the International Collectors Programme.

The rest and meeting spaces have again occupied an important place at the fair, with a special mention of the VIP Room designed by Q:NO Arquitectos and Pladur. In addition, and for the second consecutive edition, ARCOmadrid has hosted ARCOkids, a space dedicated to the youngest visitors. Novelties such as the virtual shop ARCO Collect online, the ARCO Blog and the BiDi codes are some of ARCO’s commitments to innovation and the digital media.

In addition, as it does each year, ARCOmadrid has awarded the prizes that recognise artistic creation, the work of young artists and collecting. On this occasion the “A” Prizes to Collecting have gone to the Mapfre Foundation Collection, in the category of Corporate Collecting; the Elgiz Collection of Turkey, in International Collecting; and Painting Collection, in the category of Private Collecting. As a novelty, a Prize for Collecting Initiative has been awarded to Bilge & Haro Cumbusyan / Collectorspace. The ARCO Madrid Community Prize has gone to Asier Mendizabal, of the Projectesd Gallery of Barcelona; and the Heineken-CA2M Prize to Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, represented by the Mendes Wood Gallery of São Paulo. In addition, the sixth edition of the illy SustainArt Prize has been awarded to the artist duo comprised of the Frenchwoman Julia Rometti and the Ecuadorian Victor Costales, of the Jousse Entreprisse Gallery; and Charles Sandison, of the Max Estrella Gallery, has won the ARCOmadrid/BEEP Prize to Electronic Art.


Feria de Madrid (Pabellones 8 y 10) Avda. del Partenón, 28042 Madrid (Spain)
T./ 902 22 15 15

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