February 3, 2009 - ARCOmadrid - OPENING
February 3, 2009


11th – 16th February 2009

Madrid Exhibition Centre
Halls 6, 8 and 10


ARCOmadrid_ 2009, Contemporary Art takes over Madrid

Once again, the International Contemporary Art Fair will turn the Spanish capital into a major showcase for the cutting-edge visual arts. Held from February 11th to 16th 2009 at the Madrid Exhibition Centre, the 28th ARCOmadrid is one of the most exciting events in the international art scene, with a top-notch selection of galleries from around the world.

Organised by IFEMA and now fully consolidated on the annual art market calendar, ARCOmadrid is bringing together works of art from around 240 galleries and over 2,000 artists. These proposals include the curated sections SOLO PROJECTS, EXPANDED-BOX and CINEMA, presenting projects expressly created for the occasion together with works by emerging artists using new technologies, e-art, net art and video creation. Similarly, the PERFORMING ARCO section will host international live art with striking visual impact. For the second year running, the core section GENERAL PROGRAMME is including ARCO40, a subsection focusing on recent contemporary creation.

This overview of contemporary art is rounded off with a spotlight on India, this year’s Guest Country, within the PANORAMA: INDIA section, another step further in ARCOmadrid’s increasing focus on emerging markets. With a wide-ranging selection of galleries and artists chosen by the curator Bose Krishnamachari, ARCOmadrid offers European collectors and investors an impressive cross-section of the Indian art scene. This insight into the Indian subcontinent is reinforced by a number of fringe exhibitions, film seasons, concerts and activities revolving around Indian art, held in Madrid’s main museums and art centres and overseen by Shaheen Merali and other internationally acclaimed curators.

During the week spanning February 11th through 16th, Madrid is the world’s contemporary art capital. Collectors, gallerists, dealers and artists will get a first-hand look at the art projects on display at the fair as well as the activities and exhibitions organised throughout the city concurrently with ARCOmadrid.

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