The other fairs and events of Madrid Art Week


ARCOmadrid reopens its doors. And she doesn’t do it alone. The capital becomes the epicenter of art for a few days, with a catalog of satellite fairs and proposals throughout the city. These are the most significant events.

The most important international contemporary art fair in Spain, ARCOmadrid, arrives, as every year, -with the permission of the pandemic- accompanied by alternative activities and other art fairs. This year, at the Matadero Madrid, a show is scheduled for February 25, with a format that combines visual arts and music. And parallel exhibitions, such as ‘Lights (Body)’ by Wolfgang Tillmans, one of the most important artists of his generation, at the Dos de Mayo Arts Center (CA2M) in Móstoles. Or the Contemporary Art Fair Artist 360º, at Moda Shopping Mall, from February 23 to 27, with the presence of artists to share an exhibition experience.

Another unmissable event, ‘A window on art’, from El Corte Inglés in Madrid. Until February 27, the windows of the Preciados and Serrano centers exhibit works by artists Santiago Picatoste, SpY and Arturo Garrido created especially for the occasion. The project, organized by María Porto and Leticia Hervás, which is developed within the activities of ARCOmadrid 2022, as a prelude. SpY’s installation is presented at El Corte Inglés de Preciados under the title ‘Reflection’, which appropriates different elements of street furniture, in this case 20 convex circulation mirrors to offer a hypnotic kinetic sculpture. Three other showcases in the Preciados establishment exhibit the work of Picatoste, “Chirality, the concept of chirality, a visual concept transformed into an original artistic proposal with an expressionist interpretation. Arturo Garrido’s work is exhibited in the windows of El Corte Inglés on Calle Serrano, a kind of physical hologram made from experimental material developed by him that recreates the myth of Apollo and Dafne.

The work of Santiago Picatoste is exhibited in ‘Una Ventana al Arte’, El Corte Inglés, in the window of the Preciados establishment.

And with ARCO, a handful of art fairs with their own personality: Art Madrid, Hybrid Art Fair, JustMad, Drawing Room and UVNT. To know in detail the programming of Madrid Art Week, on the Hybrid Art Fair website it is possible to download a guide with all the events.

Luis Fernando, “Collage”. The Ermandâ Indûttriâh, at Hybrid Art Fair. Xurxo Gómez-Chao, ‘Still Life’ (2022), Mort Art (A Coruña), at Art Madrid.

It is the most avant-garde emerging contemporary art fair, ARCO’s little sister. Directed by Semíramis González, specialist in the gender perspective, it focuses this year on the work of women artists. It celebrates its 13th edition with the presence of 35 galleries, a great prominence of ceramics and textiles, and commitment to sustainability. From February 24 to 27 at the Palacio de Neptuno. Price: 15 euro.

It is the most alternative, the most experimental event, with a different and disruptive format, and an atypical exhibition program. It is the place to discover new talents in the most avant-garde disciplines –performances, textiles, audiovisual, sound installations, hybrid techniques–. It celebrates its sixth edition at the Petit Palace Santa Bárbara hotel, from February 25 to 27. Price: 10.50 euros (8.50 in presale).

Two UVNT installations: by Samuel Salcedo, at the Gran Vía corner of Alcalá, and by Solimán López, at Cines Callao (Plaza del Callao).

The veteran, after ARCO, celebrates its 17th edition as an exceptional showcase focused on the latest artistic trends, the most recent artistic production and new galleries, with the presence of established talents – such as Carmen Calvo, Manolo Valdés or Diego Canogar – as well as emerging ones. In the Crystal Gallery of the Palacio de Cibeles from February 23 to 27. Price: 15 euros.

Urvanity Art Fair is the space to explore new aesthetic languages ​​and codes. After five editions, it is dedicated as a space for getting in touch with current artistic trends and following the line of innovations, as part of its DNA. It is held at the headquarters of COAM (Official Association of Architects of Madrid), from February 24 to 27. His installations, as part of his public art program, span the city. Price: 16.85 euros.

‘Claude’, Emilio González Sainz, at the Drawing Room, in Madrid.

This is the fair dedicated to drawing. In its seventh edition, the artistic direction changes –now in charge of Alejandro Martínez– and the space: it is celebrated at the Palacio de las Alhajas. This year brings together 18 galleries whose discourse promotes the design of the Avant-gardes, with works by Miró, Tàpies, Chillida, Plensa or Saura (in the David Cervelló gallery) or Francis Bacon (in the Cortina gallery). From February 23 to 27. Price: 15 euros.


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