#ArcoColombia at ARCOmadrid 2015
The 34th edition of ARCOmadrid welcomes Colombia as the guest country of
honour. In collaboration with the Government of Colombia, the #ArcoColombia
programme involves the participation of ten galleries from this country selected by
curator Juan A. Gaitán, Director of the Tamayo Museum (Mexico). Each one of these
galleries is presenting the work of two artists, also selected by the curator.
“Generally speaking, visitors to ARCOmadrid tend to have good knowledge of the
art scene in Latin America and know the most famous artists from that region fairly
well. For that reason, I have chosen to focus this section on 20 very young artists who
have not had so much of an opportunity to show their work and processes outside of
Juan A. Gaitán
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Helena Valera
International Press
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Liliana Sánchez / Ícaro Zorbar
María Alejandra Garzón (Suntuosa) /
Edgar Jiménez
Manuel Calderón / Jorge Magyaroff
Carolina Caycedo / Carlos Motta
Ricardo León / Mónica Restrepo
Adriana Marmorek / David Peña
Pablo Gómez / Iván Hurtado
Marcela Cárdenas / Jaime Tarazona
Catalina Jaramillo / Angélica María Zorrilla
Liliana Angulo / Edwin Sánchez
Besides the galleries, the programme includes the #ArcoColombia Hall - an
institutional booth organised by the Government of Colombia and designed by
Liliana Andrade and Toquica Estudio de Diseño, which will be the backdrop for
presenting independent spaces, international events, publications dedicated to art
and Colombia's art institutions. All of them have had a decisive impact on shaping
the art world in Colombia.
Cultural Dialogue and Exchange
The Colombian art scene is also reflected at ARCOmadrid in the Forum and the
Professional Meetings, which offer a platform for reflection and exchange between
guests and galleries. Prominent art world professionals will feature heavily in the
schedule of professional meetings that, on this occasion, will involve prestigious
curators and critics from Colombia. These include Juan A. Gaitán, who will lead the
Professional Meeting What is the public?; Jaime Cerón, curator at the Misol
Foundation; Maria Iovino, independent curator and researcher; Maríangela Méndez,
curator and lecturer at Universidad de los Andes; Natalia Bonilla, director of
Fundación BIACI; José Roca, Estrellita B. Brodsky adjunct curator for Latin American
art at the Tate Gallery and director of FLORA ars+natura; Víctor Manuel Rodríguez,
art historian, LGBT activist and vice-rector of Universidad Pedagógica; María Belén
Sáez de Ibarra, Museum of Contemporary Art, Universidad Nacional; Emiliano
Valdés, curator, MAMM, Medellin, and assistant curator of the 10th Gwangju
Biennale; and José Darío Gutiérrez, director of the Bachué Project.
The last two will also be participating in the Forum, in which other Colombian
professionals from the contemporary art world will also be speaking, such as María
Mercedes González, director of MAMM; Solita Mishaan, director of Fundación
Misol; Ángela Pérez, Banco de la República; Carolina Ponce de León, visual art
advisor, Colombian Culture Ministry; and Santiago Rueda, independent curator and
researcher. The Forum programme also includes the Artists’ Talks led by María Inés
Rodríguez from Colombia, which will involve artists from her country such as
François Bucher, Beatriz González, Mateo López and Luis Fernando Ramírez Celis.
Finally, Colombia’s presence at ARCOmadrid will also feature the presentation of
awards to important Colombian figures in the contemporary art world, two of the
recipients of the 'A' Awards for Collecting given out by the Fundación ARCO. The
International Collecting Award has gone to Colombia's Banco de la República and the
'A' Special Award is being presented to Celia Sredni de Birbragher, founder of the
magazine ArtNexus.
Further information:
Iciar Martínez de Lecea
Press Officer
Tel.: (+34) 917 225 177
[email protected]
Helena Valera
International Press
Tel.: (+34) 917 225 174
[email protected]
Leyre Peletier
Tel.: (+34) 917 225 820
[email protected]
Follow us on:
These professionals will be joined by active collectors and other special guests from
Colombia who will attend ARCOmadrid to exchange ideas and forge links with
participating galleries. This year, one of Fundación ARCO's advisors will be the
Colombian Ángela María Pérez Mejía, Deputy Culture Manager of Colombia's Banco
de la República.
Furthermore, #ArcoColombia will spill out beyond the halls of the art fair and
across city with almost 50 different events at venues around the capital, such as the
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo;
Matadero; Conde Duque; Tabacalera; CentroCentro; La Casa Encendida; Casa
América; and the Cervantes Institute. The programmes Focus Colombia and
Colombia in Madrid will involve numerous activities on Colombian art, exhibition
projects, collective shows, individual exhibitions, video art and performances, with
pieces by over 60 artists. With Jaime Cerón and María Wills as curators, this
initiative of the Colombian Government is going to be an unprecedented display of
Colombian contemporary art in Spain.