Main Section

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)
Ignacio Liprandi (director of Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires)
Eduardo Brandão (director of Vermelho gallery, São Paulo)
Sabine Schmidt (director of PSM, Berlin)

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Special Projects Patio Bullrich

Participation category in the Main Section in which, this year, 15 galleries present a special project with up to three artists, with emphasis on the curatorial. The Main Section Committee itself is responsible for the selection.

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Cabinet AA2000

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)
José Luis Blondet (Curator of Special Projects at LACMA, Los Angeles)
Luiza Teixeira de Freitas (independent curator, Lisbon)

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For this year’s edition, Dixit intensifies its relation with the present. Its onomatopoetic title rro explores a raw, visceral experience of reality. The exhibition inside La Rural is condensed while a series of actions, interventions, and excursions throughout the city and over a longer time respond to the necessity to ‘touch’ the present with one’s body and entire being. rro is a celebration of the absurd and the imagination as forces of necessary transformation.

Curatorial Team
Sarah Demeuse (writer and independent curator, Brooklyn)
Javier Villa (Curator at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires)

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U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz

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

Chris Sharp (writer and independent curator, Mexico City)

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Solo Show Zurich

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

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (Curator of Contemporary Art for the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, New York and Caracas)

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Barrio Joven Chandon

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

Curatorial Team
Raúl Flores (artist and independent project producer, Buenos Aires)
Miguel A. López (Curator in Chief of TEOR/éTica, San José de Costa Rica, and cofounder of Bisagra, Lima)

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Performance Box

Section dedicated to performances with live artists and a video selection presented as part as the Performance Biennial that will be held in May.

Video curator
Rodrigo Alonso (professor and independent curator, Buenos Aires)

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Isla de Ediciones

A team of curators invites independent presses and publishing houses to make available for public sale books and collections on contemporary art. The section has also an exhibition room and its own auditorium, which hosts book and publishing projects presentations and activities related to the editorial scene.

Curatorial Team
Mariano Mayer (poet and independent curator, Madrid)
Gastón Pérsico (artist and graphic designer, Buenos Aires)
Cecilia Szalkowicz (artist and graphic designer, Buenos Aires)



Open Forum

The Open Forum section, which is open to the public free of charge and with an independent entrance, is a venue where leading international figures in the art world come together to enrich debates on contemporary art. In 2017, the Prime Time Open Forum joins the topic of Dixit, with three conversation panels about “the future”.

Prime Time Open Forum Coordinator
Agustín Pérez Rubio (Artistic Director at Malba, Buenos Aires)

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VIP Program HSBC

The VIP Program is organized as an agenda of exclusive activities that take place within the framework of the Fair. Exclusively for people related to the international art scene and local art collectors, the VIP Program includes different activities at the Fair as well as others off-site: breakfasts and brunches held at galleries, receptions in private collections and visits to foundations and a diverse range of cultural institutions. This year HSBC and arteBA will jointly host the First Choice, a closed-door event held at the Fair.


Networking Program

The Networking Program is an exchange and interaction platform destined to the most influential professionals of the Argentine and international art scene. Curators and directors of art institutions from all over the world are invited to get to know the local scene and participate in the programs of the fair.


Acquisition Program for Museums

arteBA Fundación aims to support the artistic scene encouraging the acquisitions of contemporary artworks by the most important local and international museums. The Acquisition Program contributes to enhance the museums’ patrimonies and to value the Argentinian artists’ works.


Matching Funds arteBA-Banco Ciudad

In order to contribute to the heritage of the country’s institutions, three Argentine museums are invited every year to participate in the program. Banco Ciudad grants a fund that each institution must match or surpass with counterpart funds to acquire art pieces at the Fair that will become part of their collection.

Participating Museums:
MAT – Museo de Arte Tigre, Buenos Aires.
Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sivori, Buenos Aires.
Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson, San Juan.


Madero Harbour Acquisitions Program

As part of its ongoing support of contemporary art and with the aim of promoting the incorporation of artworks in Real Estate development, Madero Harbour will once again commit to an important program of acquisitions. Curator and art critic Florencia Battiti will be in charge of the selection of works, exhibited at arteBA, which will form part of the collection and Madero Harbour’s new real estate projects. This is the company’s way of taking the helm with actions that demonstrate its commitment to the country’s cultural patrimony, promoting both commercial and cultural exchange.


La Rural Impulsarte

In a new edition of Impulsarte, a program aimed at fomenting contemporary art, La Rural will acquire works on exhibit at arteBA 2017. The works selected will become part of the company’s art collection. The members of the Selection Committee in charge of the program are Eva Grinstein (curator and art critic, Buenos Aires) and Victoria Verlichak (writer, journalist and art critic, Buenos Aires).


Federal Art Program

A project organized by Argentina’s Cultural Ministry and arteBA Fundación
Proyecto Relieves: The Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación –by way of the Secretaría de Integración Federal y Cooperación Internacional– and arteBA Fundación jointly present the Relieves. Experiencias artísticas en territorio (In Relief. In-Territory Artistic Experiences) program. This program proposes to develop a series of artistic actions at different points throughout the country in dialog with local communities. Its objective is to encourage artists to work with the community and to put contemporary art production strategies to work in developing joint projects that enable communities to reflect on their very nature from the standpoint of art by offering moments of pause in everyday experience.


Vip Lounge arteBA – DELL EMC

DELL EMC’s patronage has enabled arteBA to invite a design/architecture studio to develop the Vip Lounge for every edition of the Fair. This year, architect Isabelle Firmin, from Estudio Didot, will be responsible for this space where collectors, arts professionals and the public converge.

Studio: Didot, Buenos Aires