The 26th edition of arteBA came to a close with a record-breaking level of acquisitions for local and international museums, a notable increase in galleries’ sales and new audiences interested in buying contemporary art, with over 300 curators, collectors and arts professionals from Argentina and abroad and sustained attendance by the public, avidly accompanying the Fair throughout four days of participation in its diverse agenda of activities that included performances, installations, prizes, free talks and conversations with artists and independent publishers.
This year at arteBA 2017, HSBC debuted as the Main Sponsor of the event, held from Wednesday, May 24 to Saturday, May 27, and featuring the presence of 90 galleries from 20 countries with over 370 artists involved. Thanks to the curatorial selection process and the exposition’s new layout, a balanced offering of modern masters, local and international art was presented to the public. More than 50% of the galleries came from Germany, Austria, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, France, Japan, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. A total of 17 curators and selection committee members were in charge of choosing galleries invited to participate in the different sections of the Fair: the Main Section, with the Special Project Patio Bullrich modality of participation and the outstanding projects included in Cabinet AA2000; the U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz; Solo Show Zurich; Barrio Joven Chandon; Performance Box coproduced with BP.17 and Arte x Arte; Isla de Ediciones, sponsored by Fundación Proa with a new space designed by Estudio Federico Churba using recyclable steel from Ternium Siderar; the important Open Forum series of free talks, with support from the city of Buenos Aires, available online and Dixit, which programmed activities both inside and outside the fair under the title rro, set to continue during months following this edition (See the rro blog).
Argentina’s notable visibility at the past edition of the ARCOmadrid Fair through its galleries and the grand performance of our collectors abroad not only strengthened the usual annual commitment to the local Fair, but also without a doubt generated high expectations which have been amply met, surpassing the last edition’s level of sales by up to 50%.
Local and international museums arrived at the Fair to take part in the Acquisitions Program. Thanks to support from Banco Ciudad, Madero Harbour, La Rural, Hotel Panamericano, the Agencia Argentina de Inversiones y Comercio Internacional (Argentina’s Investment and Trade Promotion Agency) and private patrons, a record number of museums and businesses acquired over 60 works of art to be incorporated into their collections. Information on these acquisitions can be found here.
Over 300 international guests, including curators, museum directors, art critics and collectors enjoyed the Vip Program HSBC, with 25% more participation than in previous years and perfect attendance. The program for participants entailed touring galleries, collections and exhibitions in addition to events in the VIP lounge DELL EMC at the fair, making Buenos Aires an obligatory stop this week for contemporary art professionals.
On Wednesday, May 24, the Premio EN OBRA was awarded in celebration of its 10th Anniversary, coordinated by Abel Guaglianone and Joaquín Rodríguez, which, thanks to the efforts of many collectors and arts enthusiasts managed to raise a sum total of pesos $220.000. The prize was distributed between Peruvian gallery Bufeo. Amazonia + Arte and artist Andrés Matías Pinilla from Espacio El Dorado (Bogotá, Colombia). The members of the jury for this 10th edition were Antonia Gaeta, Gabriel Vázquez, Juan Tessi and the organizers.
Argentina’s Ministry of Culture also contributed with an ample agenda of activities at its stand for children and adults involving interventions, workshops, games and even DJ sets. Across the aisle, radio Blue had live transmission during all four days of the Fair and newspaper La Nación shared its special stand at arteBA with transmissions in LN+ and interviews with Eduardo Stupía, Luciana Lamothe, Orly Benzacar, Gachi Prieto, Nora Fisch, Florencia Giordana Braun, Alec Oxenford and Marta Minujín, all part of the Conversations Series, which can be seen online.
Thanks to support from our Media Partners: La Nación, The Art Newspaper, artnet and from ND Nueva Dirección de la Cultura, we are able to communicate—on the streets, in this country and abroad—the wide range of activities developed during what has been a grand week for arteBA and for all the galleries who were part of this successful edition of the Fair, surpassing the highest of expectations in terms of sales, international visitors and quality, encouraging us toward continued growth in the future.