September means a new year and not just for those going back to school. It’s also the beginning of the new art season, and the world of contemporary art will center in on Madrid. To celebrate, 50 galleries around the city will host a variety of exhibitions and activities all day until late into the evening from the 20-22 of September. Museums and cultural centres around the city are joining in to promote the visual arts not only in Spain, but also on an international basis.
As part of the extensive program, many galleries will be open until much later, with guided tours, film screenings and seminars all on offer (booking required) and not to mention the special brunch on Saturday morning, from 11am to 3pm in all of the participating galleries.
The program kicks off on Thursday with a joint opening of all contemporary galleries, from 5pm to 10pm, all with free admission. If you’re unsure where to start, then head down to Calle San Lorenzo 11 at 6 or 7pm for the ARCO GALLERYWalk, where two guided tours will take place in the neighborhood. The free ARCO GALLERYWalks run every day and will focus on a different barrío each time, with the Alonso Martinez region on Thursday and also on Friday. Saturday highlights the galleries in the Salamanca neighborhood, with tours from C/ Castelló 41 at 11am and 12pm, and the Atocha area in the afternoon around 5 and 6pm.
While the program boasts exciting visits and tours of private galleries and houses – as well as the glitzy APERTURA party on the opening night – many of these events are by invitation only. However, there are plenty of activities that are still open to the general public including all of the ARCO GALLERYWalks, the film screening of Oneguin Tatiana (an adaptation of Pushkin’s famous poem), and last but not least the gallery brunches. The great thing about the activities on offer is that they are not only gratis, but still offer a lot to any lover of contemporary art.
The event is the third of its kind and is organised by ArteMadrid. Madrid is one of the world’s art hubs, so it’s only natural that it follows in the footsteps of other great art capitals, such as New York and Berlin. The open-door art fair is expected to draw in experts, curators and private collectors to the Spanish capital.
Spectators – whether you’re just looking or buying – are invited to see the hottest new exhibitions around, with displayed works from huge artists like Eduardo Chillida at the Cayón Gallery, Manolo Millares at the Leando Navarro Gallery and many more. There will also be works by other European artists such as Günther Förg and Iris Schomaker, plus plenty of featured pieces by Latin-American artists. Not to mention photography from Alberto García Alix among others.
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer specialising mostly in art and travel. She's what you'd call a "euro-gypsy" coming from a mixed English/Hungarian background, and has lived in the UK, Hungary, Spain, Germany and Georgia (the country, not the state).