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Argentina, guest country at ARCOmadrid 2017


The staging of ARCOmadrid in late February had Argentina as the guest country, offering a comprehensive schedule to showcase its best contemporary art.

As well as the presence of twelve galleries from Buenos Aires, Argentine participation was completed with a series of cultural and artistic proposals—exhibitions, music, film, theatre and literature, among others—which were on view in different spaces around the city.

One of the central themes was the group exhibition “In the exercise of things”, with more than 50 artists from different generations in eight venues: Lope de Vega House Museum, Casa de Vacas, Conde Duque, Tabacalera, Cerralbo Museum, America House, National Library and Alimentación30.

Other exhibitions offered by the “Argentina ARCO Platform” programme were: “An overview of the Costantini Collection”, at the Royal San Fernando Academy; “Exercises in resistance”, by Nicolás Robbio, at La Casa Encendida; “Ephemeral Certitudes” by Leandro Erlich, in the Telefónica Foundation Space; “Perspective”, by Jorge Macchi, at the CA2M Dos de Mayo Art Centre, the collective “Ultramar. Fontana, Kuitca, Seebert, Tessi” at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, plus further shows at the CaixaForum and the Reina Sofía Art Centre National Museum.  

To complete its proposal in Madrid, as well as a series of video art screenings on the display in Plaza de Callao, the activities forming part of Educathyssen and the residences of El Ranchito in Casa Velázquez, Medialab-Prado, the programme included a theatre cycle in the Luchana Theatres, a film cycle dedicated to the figure of Hugo Santiago, which took place in the Fine Arts Circle, one on literature that took place in Centro de Cibeles Cultura y Ciudadanía for Culture and Citizenship, plus a music programme staged in a big top (Domo) installed in Plaza de Colón.


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