Until recently, directing films seemed off-limits to women in Spain, but a new generation of filmmakers —Carla Simón, Pilar Palomero, or Paula Ortiz, among others— have broken through that glass ceiling.
Current Spanish painting
Goya, Velázquez, Murillo, Sorolla, Dalí, Picasso... Historically, Spanish painting has been renowned around the world. What about now? Who inherited the talent of those great masters?
Irma Álvarez-Laviada has managed to transcend pictorial art and reinvent her work using materials in her studio. Her personal style, wrapped in minimalism and delicacy, was a hit at ARCO 2022, and she’s back again this year.
Marina Núñez traded her paintbrushes for a mouse, and oil painting for software. Perseverance has always been her greatest ally, and she demonstrates this even today, with more than two decades of experience under her belt, while she retouches some of the hundreds of stills per minute that make up her videos.
Encuentros Talento a Bordo
Writer Agustín Fernández Mallo, retired model and designer Laura Ponte, and artist David Rodríguez Caballero opened on 24 February the 'Encuentros Talento a bordo'. Where? At ARCO 2022, in the ARCOlunch by Iberia space, with the collaboration of journalist Nerea Pérez de las Heras.
The Marlborough Gallery landed in Madrid in 1992 and, since then, has become a landmark for contemporary art lovers. This relationship with Spain blossomed decades earlier, when one of its founders, Frank Lloyd, became aware of the work of Juan Genovés.
Christian G. Bello
He’s one of the most recognised Spanish artists within young contemporary plastic creation and one of the five finalists of the IV Premio Cervezas Alhambra de Arte Emergente [4th Emerging Art Alhambra Beer Awards]. These days, Galician Christian García Bello will spend his fifth consecutive year at ARCOmadrid with several proposals which are the result of his research as a sculptor.
In its 38 years of life, the International Contemporary Art Fair ARCOmadrid has become a must-visit event for collectors and art lovers from around the world. Its secret? An impeccable selection of art galleries and an inspiring program curated to bring the most transformative art closer to all audiences.
Ana Laura Aláez
Twenty years ago, Ana Laura Aláez turned the art circuit upside down with an installation that consisted of creating a night club inside a national museum. Now established as one of the key voices of her generation, the artist who made orthodox critics feel very uncomfortable in the 1990s once again delights us with an exhibition that traces her entire career and starts a dialogue with the spectator about the possibility of what could have been.
They emerged under ARCO, but in the last few years, these fairs have come into their own. During Art Week, Madrid hosts a steady stream of fairs for all audiences, tastes and pockets. Whether you like illustration, urban or contemporary art, you have a date in the capital of the kingdom.
Juana de Aizpuru
She conceived ARCO, as well as many of the great contemporary art exhibitions that have been shown in Spain over the years, from Sol Lewitt to David Hockney to Andy Warhol. We are talking about Juana de Aizpuru, a gallery owner and art collector —regarded today as an iconic figure in Spanish culture — who, in the midst of the political transition, endeavoured to introduce Spain into the international art scene.
Based in Valencia and Barcelona, the Espai Tactel art gallery has worked as a platform for avant-garde contemporary art since 2013. Among their proposals, which in recent years have been showcased in the world’s most important art fairs, are 3D installations, net narrative, and digital art.