ARTEBA . 2013 . EDITION 22
arteBA, a leading international contemporary art fair focused on Latin-American Art and the most relevant annual cultural event in Buenos Aires. The fair takes place every May in the premises of La Rural, in the neighbourhood of Palermo. Now celebrating its twenty-second anniversary, the 2013 edition will feature an international roster of exciting, world-leading galleries from Latin America, the USA and Europe distributed in distinctive sectors (General Program, U-TURN Project Rooms, Solo Show, and Barrio Joven). A number of exciting projects and exclusive events will also take place, such as the arteBA-Petrobras Visual Arts Prize (currently on its 10th edition, it is already an important and firm appointment on the arteBA agenda); the engaging Open Forum program (with intriguing talks with and about the international art scene discussed by mayor art-world figures) and a highly exclusive VIP Program.
arteBA 2013 EDITION 22 will take place from Friday, May 24 through Monday May 27, 2013 with invitation-only preview days on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23, 2013. More than 120,000 visitors from all over the world attended the last edition of arteBA in 2012 making it once again one of the busiest art fairs in the world.
The list of participating galleries, chosen by different Selection Committees and curators, makes arteBA one of the most important art fairs in Latin-America, featuring both established and emerging galleries. By redefining and optimizing its sectors, arteBA has constantly responded to the evolving needs of its galleries, collectors and the general public. The fair has likewise helped to catalyze the evolution of the Latin American art scene, serving as an annual meeting point for its existing players and its new collectors, making the fair a true nexus between the different art scenes.
The fair is organized by arteBA Fundación, a non-profit organization that has been active since 1991 with the goal of supporting artistic creation in the visual arts in Argentina and Latin America. The Foundation contributes to the development of the contemporary art market through its annual activities, it promotes debates on matters of art and culture in Latin America, and helps bringing the work of the Latin American artists to the attention of a wider audience.
arteBA Fundación is comprised of an Administrative Board presided over by Facundo Gómez Minujín, a Board of Consultants, an International Committee, a Young Committee and a professional staff.
This year the arteBA Fair is intensifying its international accent, as is evident from such signs as the rise in offerings from foreign galleries, the participation of a greater number of foreign curators at the head of various projects (Cuauhtémoc Medina in the arteBA-Petrobras Prize, Abaseh Mirvali in the U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz, Pablo León de la Barra in Solo Show Arcos Dorados, Chus Martínez in the Open Forum, among others), and the presence of key figures on the international art scene who will be taking part in the Open Forum of the fair, with a program of lectures and debates that will take place in the auditorium designed especially for this year’s fair by the recently deceased Clorindo Testa.
Testa worked till the end of his days, and the auditorium was one of his last projects. Given its structure, made to be dismantled, once the fair is over the auditorium will be moved from La Rural to the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMba), where it will remain in use for new debates and lectures until the next edition of the fair, at which point it will return to its place of origin. Undoubtedly, Testa’s posthumous work will become the best possible homage we could give the master.
On the other hand, an important group of foreign collectors will be traveling to Buenos Aires for the event, reinforcing the idea of building bridges with the international community, an element which will also be bolstered through the visit of José Roca of the Tate Gallery of London, who, for the first time, will be acquiring works for that institution thanks to the contribution of particular donors.
Besides our concern to attract more international collectors, we are carrying on with the annual activities for orientating and building up local art collecting, and are launching the Young Committee with the idea of bringing in a new and different public for contemporary art and thus forming a new generation committed to current art production.
Our work over the entire year bears its fruit during the four intense days of the actual fair, a platform for interchange and the activating of many connections between the Argentine scene and those of other countries around the world.
We shall keep on working so that more institutions, companies, and individuals commit themselves along the same path: to support, purchase, and spread contemporary art production.
In this sense, the fair as a meeting place for the various actors in this environment contributes to the growth of the local art scene, definitely positioning it in both a Latin American and an international context.
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