Madrid, 16 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
ARCOmadrid 2012 is running until 19 February. The art fair, which is now in its 31st year, is considered the most important in Spain, thanks to both the number of exhibitors (160 galleries from 28 different countries) and the number of visitors it attracts (150,000 in 2011).
All is not well in Spain, more so than ever. According to the magazine “Le Quotidien de l’art”, Spain’s museums are entering a period of serious crisis, with budget cuts and cancelled exhibition. The Arts Santa Mònica Museum in Barcelona, for example, has seen a 30% budget reduction. Yet despite this general depression, the ARCO fair and its visitors have responded by taking the offensive.
The fair is exhibiting more galleries than in previous years (215) many of excellent quality: Espivisor-Visor (Valencia), Meesen de Clerq (Brussels), Mor.Charpentier (Paris), Esther Schipper (Berlin) etc. A conference programme underpins the unfolding of the fair. It has only just begun, yet one notes a crucial support on the part of collectors and museums in their buying a whole host of works of art.
The fair is taking place at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid (Parque Feria Juan Carlos I, Madrid), from 15 to 19 February 2012.