ARCOlisboa 2017 program: galleries and forum

ARCOlisboa 2017 program: galleries and forum


Courtesy ARCOlisboa. © Rodrigo Gatinho.
April 5, 2017

May 18–21, 2017

Cordoaria Nacional
Avda. da India, s/n

Following the success of ARCOlisboa’s first edition, the International Contemporary Art Fair returns with high expectations to its venue in the Cordoaria Nacional. This second edition, organised by IFEMA, will take place from May 18 to 21.

In addition to the contents of ARCOlisboa, the major artistic and cultural programme organised in the city will provide the biggest draw for international collectors, renowned professionals and the general public.

On this edition, the General Programme will include 50 galleries selected by the Organising Committee. The most important galleries in Portugal will be represented at the Fair. From Lisbon, Cristina Guerra, Pedro Cera or Vera Cortês, and from Oporto, Murias Centeno, Quadrado Azul (both with branches in the capital), Fernando Santos or Pedro Oliveira, in addition to other interesting projects from Braga—Mario Sequeira—and the Azores—Fonseca Macedo. Foreign participation will also be remarkable, with galleries such as Christopher Grimes; Elba Benítez, Giorgio Persano, Jaqueline Martins, Juana de Aizpuru,  Monitor, Nueveochenta, Vermelho and Zak Branicka, among others.

Lisbon is consolidating its reputation as a preferential destination for interesting projects from all over the world deciding to open their main or second branches in the city. This new and growing reality will be reflected in the new Opening section. A programme that will enjoy the participation of eight international and national galleries under seven years-old, selected by the Portuguese writer and curator, João Laia. Hence, the section will show a representation of the young Portuguese gallery scene with Madragoa and Pedro Alfacinha, in dialogue with other international projects such as Dürst, Britt & Mayhew or José García.

Thus, the scope of the Fair will range from the emerging artists represented in Opening such as Renato Leotta or Karlos Gil to creators of international repute such as Erwin Wurm, José Pedro Croft, João Louro, Sergio Vega, Nathaniel Mellors and Carlos Garaicoa, alongside more classic pieces by the contemporary masters—Picasso, Vieira da Silva, etc, in galleries such as Leandro Navarro, João Esteves de Oliveira and José de la Mano.

Directed by Luiza Teixiera de Freitas and Ana Baliza, ARCOlisboa will present again As Tables Are Shelves, a selection of independent publishers from Portugal in dialogue with colleagues from different contexts.

On this occasion, ARCOlisboa FORUM proposes a programme of debate and reflection, open to the public, that will revolve around contemporary creation in three master talks given by Manuel Borja-Villel, James Lingwood and Hans Ulrich Obrist in the auditorium of Casa da América Latina, a space located just a few metres from the Cordoaria Nacional.

On the occasion of Lisbon’s nomination as the Ibero-American Capital of Culture, the Meeting of European and Latin American Museums will be held in Portugal for the first time. Directed by Juan Gaitán and Pedro Gadanho, it will draw over 20 directors and curators of prestigious institutions from both sides of the Atlantic.

Moreover, ARCOlisboa will also host other presentations at the Fair coordinated by Miguel Amado and Ana Cristina Cachola under the title of What am I working on?, in which over 20 international professionals will share their current and future projects.

For five days, Lisbon will become the capital of contemporary art thanks to the Fair and visits to the city’s best museums, institutions and collections, set to present exhibitions as outstanding as Carlos Garaicoa, Ana Pérez-Quiroga and João Onofre, in MAAT—Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia; also in MAAT, can be visited the exhibition Utopia / Dystopia, curated by João Laia; Pedro Neves Marques in Museu Coleção Berardo; José Pedro Croft, in CHIADO 8—Espaço Fidelidade arte contemporánea; Paloma Bosque, in Pavilhão Branco—EGEAC, Almada Negreiros and Manuela Marques, in Museu Calouste Gulbenkian; Julião Sarmento, Helena Almeida, Vítor Pomar, Ângelo de Sousa, Fernando Calhau, José Barrias, Ernesto de Sousa, Jorge Molder and Alberto Carneiro, in Culturgest; Francisco Tropa, in Fundação Carmona e Costa; Pedro Cabrita Reis, in Pavilhão 31—Julio de Matos Psychiatric Hospital…., forming part of a complete programme of visits put together by ARCOlisboa.

In addition, ARCOilsboa guests will be able to visit collections such as the Fundação Leal Rios, the Coleção António Cachola and other private collections, as well as the exhibition, Synopsis missing, including works from the Serralves collection, to be held in the Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional.

The city’s independent scene will also present very high quality proposals with exhibitions by Emily Roysdon, in Kunsthalle Lissabon; Noé Sendas and Jacobo Castellano, in Appleton Square, and Vitor Palla and Bento d’Almeida, in Garagem Sul—Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), or Diogo Evangelista in Zé Dos Bois, to mention but a few.

As part of the programme, each morning from May 17 to 21, a special opening and the ARCOlisboa galleries’ brunch will be held in one of the city’s gallery districts.

ARCOlisboa 2017 will open its doors to the public from May 18 to 21, from noon to 8pm (and until 6pm on the last day).

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