This section consists of established galleries chosen by an independent selection committee pursuant to review their applications.

Selection Committee

Ana María Battistozzi (art critic and independent curator, Buenos Aires).
Orly Benzacar (director of Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte and Meridiano President, Buenos Aires).
Eduardo Brandão (director of Vermelho gallery, São Paulo).
Sabine Schmidt (director of PSM, Berlin).

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This new category will group together a maximum of 10 young galleries in stands of up to 40 m2. Galleries having opened less than 5 years ago, representing young artists and participating in arteBA for the first time may apply, as may those that come from the Barrio Joven section. These proposals will be evaluated by the same selection committee as the Main Section.

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Cabinet is a specific area within the galleries’ booths in the Main Section of the fair. In Cabinet, one or more works by a single artist are exhibited. The aim of the section is to show emblematic works by modern and contemporary artists. A consulting committee determines the selection.

Consulting Committee

Ana María Battistozzi (art critic and independent curator, Buenos Aires).
Patrick Charpenel (Curator and Executive Director of the Museo del Barrio, Mexico City/New York).
João Fernandes (Deputy Director of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid).

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A curator invites galleries to present a specific project featuring up to three artists.


Magalí Arriola (independent curator, Mexico City).

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A curator invites Latin American artists and the galleries representing them to take part through individual exhibitions.


José Luis Blondet (Curator of Special Projects at LACMA, Los Angeles).

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The participants are new, innovative or alternative spaces representing young emerging artists. They are chosen by an independent curatorial team.

Curatorial Team

Miguel A. López (Curator in Chief of TEOR/éTica, San José de Costa Rica, and cofounder of Bisagra, Lima).
Santiago Villanueva (artist and curator, Buenos Aires).

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Section dedicated to performances with live artists and a video selection presented with the support of Arte x Arte in collaboration with the Performance Biennial.


With the coordination of a curatorial team, the publications section of the fair includes: 6 international guest editorial projects; a book shop space specializing in contemporary art and a group table with independent productions. In addition, Isla de Ediciones has its own auditorium with a full program of talks, master classes, book presentations and actions that link art practice to editorial practice.

Curatorial Team

Santiago García Navarro (writer and curator, Buenos Aires).
Nancy Rojas (curator and essay writer, Rosario).


Open Forum is a venue where leading international figures in the art world come together to enrich debates on contemporary art.

ana-maria-battistozziAna María Battistozzi

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section
Member of the Consulting Committee of Cabinet

Art critic and independent curator. She is has a degree in Arts from the University of Buenos Aires where she did her post-graduate studies in art theory and criticism.
Professor of the Seminary Art Criticism in the career of Art at the University of Palermo and for Curatorial Practices in the Practice Guidance directed at the same university.
Between 2000 and 2006 she was curator at Espacio Casa de la Cultura and directed the festival of contemporary art Estudio Abierto that took place in different areas of the City of Buenos Aires. As art critic for the newspaper Clarín in Buenos Aires, Ñ magazine and contributor to various media of Spain and Latin America, she has dealt with major international art platforms since 1994.

Eduardo BrandãoEduardo Brandão

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

He studied photography at Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, USA. From 1991 throught 2004, he worked as photo editor at the magazine department at the biggest circulating daily newspaper in Brazil, Folha de S.Paulo. From 1985 and onwards, Brandão has worked as professor of photography at the Fine Arts Department of the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in São Paulo.
As an independent curator, Brandão was responsible for the curatorship of the Iconógrafos (1991), at MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo); Horizonte Reflexivo (1998), Centro Cultural Light, São Paulo; Sob Medida (1999), Espaço Porto Seguro de Fotografia; Imagética (2003), MUMA (Museu Metropolitano de Arte de Curitiba); Histórias de mapas, piratas e tesouros (2010), Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; Marcados Para… – Claudia Andujar, Centro da Cultura Judaica, São Paulo (2011), among others.
Brandão has been the co-owner of Galeria Vermelho, in São Paulo since 2002 and currently holds a chair on the Board of Directors of MAM São Paulo.

Patrick CharpenelPatrick Charpenel

Member of the Consulting Committee of Cabinet

Patrick Charpenel (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1967) lives and works in Mexico City. Trained in philosophy, Charpenel has been intensely active as a curator and collector, emphasizing the paradoxes and ambiguities of the contemporary world. He has presented an important number of exhibitions in various forums in and beyond Mexico, such as: Gabriel Orozco (Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City); Paseos/Walks by the artist Francis Alÿs (Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City); Franz West (Museo Tamayo, Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City); Inter play (Moore Space, Miami). He has also published critical texts in specialized journals. His collection comprises a group of heterogeneous works, yet it follows certain lines of investigation: the phenomenon of telematics, the structure of the global economy, and the extension of artistic experience to the social environment.
For three years and up until 2015 he was the director of the Colección/Fundación JUMEX. Today is co-curator of Estancia FEMSA Casa Barragán program and co-founder and director of Ediciones MP. He is also director of Museo del Barrio, New York, United States.

Magali-ArriolaMagalí Arriola

U-TURN Project Rooms Curator

Magalí Arriola is an art critic and independent curator. Between 2011 and 2014, she was curator at Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, where she did exhibitions with artists such as James Lee Byars (co-curated with Peter Eleey and co-produced with MoMA-PS1), Guy de Cointet and Danh Vo, and group exhibitions with art Works from the Jumex collection. Between 2009 and 2011, she was chief curator at Museo Tamayo where she curated exhibitions and projects of Roman Ondák, Joachim Koester, Claire Fontaine, Adriá Julia and Julio Morales. Among her independent projects we can mention El dulce olor a quemado de la historia – 8th Biennial of Panamá (2008); Prophets of Deceit (Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, 2006); What once passed for a future, or The landscapes of the living dead (Art2102, Los Angeles, 2005); Cómo aprender a amar la bomba y dejar de preocuparse por ella (CANAIA, Mexico City / Central de Arte at WTC, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2003-2004); Coartadas (Mexican Cultural Institute, Paris /Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2002). From 1998 to 2001 she was chief curator at Museo Carrillo Gil at Mexico City, and guest curator at Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco in 2006. Arriola writes for books and art catalogs and has collaborated for magazines such as Frieze, Artforum, Mousse, Manifesta Journal, Afterall and The Exhibitionist, among others.

miguel-lopezMiguel A. López

Member of the Curatorial Team of Barrio Joven

Miguel A. López is a writer, researcher and curator in chief of TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica. His essays have been published in magazines such as Afterall, e-flux journal, Art Journal, ramona, Journal of Visual Culture, and others. He published Robar la historia. Contrarrelatos y prácticas artísticas de oposición (Metales Pesados, 2017) and co-published Agítese antes de usar. Desplazamientos educativos, sociales y artísticos en América Latina (with Renata Cervetto, MALBA and TEOR/éTica, 2016).Outstanding among his recent exhibitions are Frágiles [Fragile Things:]. Patricia Belli. Obras [Works] 1986-2015 at TEOR/éTica, in San José (2016); Teresa Burga. Estructuras de Aires [Structures of Airs] at MALBA, Buenos Aires (co-curated with Agustín Pérez Rubio, 2015); the section Dios es marica [God Is a Fag], for the 31st Bienal de São Paulo (2014); and Perder la forma humana. Una imagen sísmica de los años 80 en América Latina [Losing Human Form: A Seismic Image of the Latin American ‘80s], in collaboration with the Red Conceptualismos del Sur [Southern Conceptualisms Network], Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2012). He is the co-founder of Bisagra, an independent visual arts space opened in Lima functioning since 2014.

Santiago-Garcia-NavarroSantiago García Navarro

Member of the Curatorial Team of Isla de Ediciones

Santiago García Navarro is a writer and curator. We worked in experimental writing projects with Carla Zaccagnini (with whom he did the exhibition I’m also stepping on wet sand, 68 Art Institute, Copenhagen, 2017), Dora García, Mandla Reuter, Matías Duville and Adrián Villar Rojas, among others. He has a Literature PhD in PUC, Rio de Janeiro. Lately he curated: Nacho Iasparra. Transparencia imposible de una dicha flotante, FOLA, Buenos Aires, 2017; Dudu Quintanilha. Fantasía casi soneto después de una lectura de (dance), UTDT, Performance Biennial, Buenos Aires, 2017; Sol Pipkin. El paso incierto, SlyZmud, Buenos Aires, 2016; Trust in Fiction, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, 2016 (together with Elfi Turpin); Mónica Giron. Ejercicios con el modelo terrestre, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, 2015 (with Valeria Balut); and Matías Duville. Mutações, MAM, Rio de Janeiro, 2015. He is professor of the Art Program at UTDT.

Orly BenzacarOrly Benzacar

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

Orly Benzacar was born in Buenos Aires in 1956. She graduate in Biological Sciences, and area in which she worked as a researcher until 1990. Thereafter, she became a co-director of the gallery founded by her mother, Ruth Benzacar, in 1965. In the year 2000, on the sudden death of her mother, she took over as the gallery’s director. Since then, she has strengthened its already strong commitment to argentine contemporary art by participating in international fairs such as Art Basel Miami, Art Basel Basilea, MACO México, ArtBo Bogotá, ARCO Madrid as well as, locally, in arteBA. For ten years (2002-2012), she has held the “Curriculum cero” contest, an important spot for many artists of a new generation, now internationally established. In 2009, Mora Bacal, her daughter, join the gallery renewing and continuing this rich history of female gallerists.
Today, as president of Meridiano –Argentine Chamber of Galleries– she is strongly committed to continue exceeding the limits.

Sabine SchmidtSabine Schmidt

Member of the Selection Committee at Main Section

Sabine Schmidt comes from a family that founded and owned a German metal construction company, named after her grandfather Paul Schmidt: PSM (Paul Schmidt Machineries). After studying Art History and Anthropology in 1993-2000 in Marburg, close to Frankfurt, she worked from 2000 till 2007 in several galleries in Berlin, such as Christian Nagel, Gerhardsen Gerner or Büro Friedrich, as well as the Museum ‘House of World Cultures’. Sabine Schmidt also ran the very successful project space KORRIDOR in her apartment in Berlin, founding her own gallery, PSM, in 2008. The program of the gallery focuses on conceptually and art historically oriented positions, and has both emerging and early career artists. PSM’s artists have been visible at the Venice Biennial, Performa in NY, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and several national and international institutions and galleries.

Cabinet Joao 200João Fernandes

Member of the Consulting Committee of Cabinet

João Fernandes (Bragança, Portugal, 1964) has a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Oporto. Since October 2012 he has been the artistic deputy director of the Museo Nacional Reina Sofía Centro de Arte (Madrid). Between 2003 and 2012 he was director of the Contemporary Art Museum of Serralves (Oporto) where he had been deputy director between 1996 and 2003. In his professional beginnings, in addition to his teaching work in Linguistics at the Instituto Politécnico do Porto (1987-1995), he worked as an independent curator, organizing the Jornadas de Arte Contemporânea de Oporto (1992-1996). He organized and curated the Portuguese representations in the 1st Johannesburg Biennial (1995), the 24th São Paulo Art Biennial (2003) and the 50th Venice Biennial (2003).
He has been a member of the jury at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris (2005) and the International Selection Jury for the Commissioner of the São Paulo Biennial (2006). He was a member of the Technical Committee of the FRAC Brittany (Fonds National d’Art Contemporain) between 2004 and 2014 and is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Roveretto.
He has published his texts in numerous catalogs and has also participated in numerous juries, seminars, conferences and round tables organized by various artistic and academic institutions.

Blondet-2018José Luis Blondet

Solo Show Curator

José Luis Blondet is curator of special projects at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) where he has organized exhibitions such as: Maria Nordman: FILM-ROOM Smoke, 1967- Present (2011); Compass for Surveyors (2013), Various Small Fires (Working Documents) (2015); Liz Glynn: The Myth of Singularity (2016), and co-curator of Una Historia Universal de la Infamia (2017), part of PST: LA/LA. Blondet curates and programs performance projects for LACMA with artists such as Emily Mast, Rachel Mason, Asher Hartman, Oscar Santillan, Juan José Gurrola, among others.
As independent curator he did several exhibitions: Nosografia [sic] Contemporánea (2016) for CAPC-Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France, and Chalk Circles (2017) for REDCAT in Los Angeles, with Ruth Estévez.
Nowadays, Blondet is one of the three curators of Site Santa Fe (Siteline 2018) in New Mexico.

santiago-villanuevaSantiago Villanueva

Member of the Curatorial Team of Barrio Joven

Santiago Villanueva was born in 1990 in Azul, Argentina. He is in charge of the expanded influence area at Nuevo Museo Energía de Arte Contemporáneo and he was curator of Bellos Jueves program in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires. He is pedagogic curator at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, editor of Tradición magazine and he is part of the editorial team of Mancilla magazine. He is professor of Curatorial Studies at Universidad Nacional de las Artes (Argentina).

Nancy-RojasNancy Rojas

Member of the Curatorial Team of Isla de Ediciones

Curator and essayist born in Rosario, Argentina. She published essays in editorial houses in Argentina and Spain.
Her recent curatorial projects include: La hipótesis del masturbador imbécil, Laprida 627, Rosario (2017), La noche no es más que un accidente, by Teresa Giarcovich, Piedras, Buenos Aires (2017), Leopardos sueltos, Fundación Klemm, Buenos Aires (2016), Ten cuidado, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2015) y Linda Bler y otras obras insoladas, by Mauro Guzmán, La Fresh Gallery, Madrid (2014).
She is professor or Art History and Contemporary Languages at Escuela Manuel Musto. She worked in the Acquisition Program of Contemporary Art at Museo Castagnino+macro (2004-2011) where she also was Curator at large (2012-2013). She won the José León Pagano Award from the Asociación Argentina de Críticos de Arte for the exhibit Amores posibles, Zavaleta Lab gallery, Buenos Aires (2006).

The Open Forum section –sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the City Government- is a venue where leading international figures in the art world come together to enrich debates on contemporary art.


Collecting Forum: Throughout three sessions, different experiences and trajectories promoted by leading local and international collectors will be explored.


Creating Spaces for Latin American Art
Moderator: András Szantó (Author, researcher and consultant in cultural strategy, Nueva York).
Participants: Catherine Petitgas (Writer and Curator. Collector, Patron and Benefactor of Institutions in the UK and France), Victoria Noorthoorn (Director at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires), Aníbal Jozami (Director of Bienalsur, Buenos Aires).

FRIDAY MAY 25, 6.30 PM

Collecting: passion or reason?
Moderator: Dani Levinas (Collector, journalist and Chairman of the board of trustees at the Phillips Collection, Washington DC).
Participants: Mercedes Vilardell (President of the Acquisition Program for African Art at Tate Modern in London, and Member of the International Committee of Patronage at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid), Boris Hirmas (Collector, Santiago de Chile / Mexico City).


Collecting Singularities
Moderator: Luis Pérez-Oramas (Art Historian and Curator).
Participants: Patrick Charpenel (Curator and Executive Director at the Museo del Barrio, Ciudad de México/New York), João Fernandes (Deputy Director at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid), Raúl Naón (Collector and Vice President at Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires).



Inverted passions
A conversation between Marcelo Pombo (Artist) and Laura Isola (Art and Literature Critic, UBA/UNTREF) on the arrabales of Argentine art.

FRIDAY MAY 25, 4.30 PM

Perspectives on the 90s: Feliciano Centurión and Omar Schiliro
Coordinated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro (Curator of the 33 Edition of the Bienal de São Paulo) and with the participation of Gustavo Bruzzone (Collector and Judge), Cristina Schiavi and Paola Vega, (Artists and Co-Curators of Omar Schiliro: Ahora voy a brillar at Colección Fortabat), Mariana Cerviño (Ph.D in Social Sciences and Researcher).


A presentation on Eduardo Costa by Mario García Torres and a presentation on Mario García Torres by Eduardo Costa
Programmed by Magalí Arriola, Curator of U-TURN Project Rooms arteBA 2018.


The Art Basel Cities Talks Program in Buenos Aires will facilitate exchanges and conversations about art between members of the Argentine and international art communities, together with the wider public. To launch the program, two panel discussions will be held in collaboration with arteBA.


The impact of private investment on the development of the art scene
Moderator: András Szántó (Curator of the Art Basel Cities Talks Program, New York).
Participants: Enrique Avogadro (Minister of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires), Patrick Foret (Director of Business Initiatives at Art Basel. Director of the Advisory Committee for Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires, Hong Kong), Alec Oxenford (President of arteBA Fundación, Buenos Aires)

FRIDAY MAY 25, 2.30 PM

How does our experience of art change when it is exhibited in unconventional spaces?
Participants: Alejandra Aguado (Co-director of MOVIL and Curator, Buenos Aires), Cecilia Alemani (Artistic Director of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires. Milán/Nueva York)

Press releases of ARTEBA 2018

Final Report arteBA 2018 | 28.05.2018 | Download PDF
• Acquisitions at arteBA 2018 | 27.05.2018 | Download PDF
Press Release 2018 | 07.05.2018 | Download PDF
• Curators 2018 | 14.03.2018 | Download PDF
• Sections and curators 2018 | 16.03.2018 | Download PDF

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