Brazil is definitely under the spotlight in the 37th edition of ARCOMadrid, which goes on until Sunday, February 25th. On Wednesday, during the opening of the fair, Rio de Janeiro-based Galeria Cavalo, run by Ana Elisa Cohen and Felipe Pena, was announced as the winner of the Premio #OpeningARCO. The award is given to the best booth of the Opening section, which features young-blooded galleries from all around the world. Yesterday, February 22nd, more good news came this way: Marcelo Cidade won the XI Prémio illy SustainARt, receiving a €15,000 donation in recognition of his work “Expansão por Subtração.”
Truth to be said, Brazil already started this year’s ARCOMadrid with the right foot. In a fair that proclaims itself to be the main European event to see and buy Latin American art, the country featured 15 galleries, representing more than 40% of all the Latin American presence in the event. Fifteen São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro-based art spaces hold booths scattered around all of the four sectors of this year’s ARCOmadrid, namely the Programa General, the Diálogos and Opening programmes, and the special exhibition “El futuro no es lo que va a pasar, sino lo que vamos a hacer“. The future is, incidentally, this edition’s theme, serving as a discussion topic for both the exhibition programme and the several institutional shows that happen in other spaces in Madrid concomitantly to the fair.
Amidst the Brazilian artists with works featured in the show, the highlights are Marina Weffort, whose series “Tecidos” is displayed in the prize-winning booth of Galeria Cavalo (her work dialogued with a video-installation by Pablo Pijnappel named “Sensuous Exercises”), as well as, of course, Marcelo Cidade’s “Expansão por Subtração”. On view at Galeria Bruno Múrias’ (former director of Múrias Centeno) space, the piece references precarious security systems which employ glass fragments in their construction. According to an award jury composed of Adriano Pedrosa, María Inés Rodríguez e Carlo Bach (the latter, illycafè’s artistic director), “Expansão” represents “a criticism to the destructive and dictatorial policies of the place in which the artist lives.”
Other names to look for are Opavivará, featured in the “El futuro” exhibition; Tamar Guimarães, who appears together with Armando Andrade Tudela in Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel‘s booth at the Diálogos section; and Dora Longo Bahia and Túlio Pinto, who hold respectively a duo (with Iván Argote, at Galeria Vermelho‘s booth) and a solo show (at Baró Galeria‘s booth) at the Programa General.
It’s worth stressing that Brazilian art is also present outside the official address of the fair, in exhibitions such as “Visiones de la Tierra/El Mundo Planeado”, which displays works from Luís Paulo Montenegro’s collection of Brazilian modern and contemporary art to the public for the first time, and “Horizonte de Sucesos” , group show with a special opening for ARCO visitors this Saturday, February 24th.
See some of the artworks on view at ARCOMadrid 2018:
On view from February 23rd through the 25th, 2018
Preview (guests-only): Monday, February 21st, and Thursday, February 22nd