Wednesday, February 8, 2012


The world reknowned art fair is for both professionals, buyers and visitors.
This forum is the meeting place par excellence for the international art community, where renowned players can exchange ideas and projects while, at once, interacting with exhibiting galleries. It is a unique platform for analysis and debate on art production, creation, appreciation and presentation.

Professional Preview: Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16, from 12 noon to 9 pm
General Public: Fri. 17, Sat. 18 & Sun. 19, from 12 noon to 8 pm

The Netherlands is the guest country in ARCOmadrid 2012. With the active collaboration of the Mondriaan Foundation and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Spain, ARCOmadrid 2012 presents a selection of Dutch galleries curated by Xander Karskens (Breda, 1973), while also attracting all the country’s major collectors, curators and critics.


Xander Karskens (Breda/Netherlands, 1973) is an art historian. Currently in charge of the collection and the programme of international contemporary art at Museum De Hallen Haarlem, Karskens boasts wide experience as a curator at the Fons Welters gallery and the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, as well as in freelance curating projects. As well as being the author of numerous art critiques and texts for broadsheet newspapers, art magazines and catalogues, Karskens has recently held a tutoring position at the Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam).

Galleries selected for "FOCUS THE NETHERLANDS"

ANNET GELINK GALLERY Amsterdam General Programme
DIANA STIGTER Amsterdam General Programme
ELLEN DE BRUIJNE PROJECTS Amsterdam General Programme
FONS WELTERS Amsterdam General Programme
GRIMM GALLERY Amsterdam General Programme
JEANINE HOFLAND Amsterdam Opening
JULIETTE JONGMA Amsterdam General Programme
MARTIN VAN ZOMEREN Amsterdam General Programme
MOTIVE GALLERY Amsterdam General Programme
PAUL ANDRIESSE Amsterdam General Programme
WEST The Hague General Programme
WILFRIED LENTZ Rotterdam General Programme
ZINGERPRESENTS Amsterdam General Programme

There are two notable new features in this edition. The “Highlighted Artist”, an initiative that reflects the quality of ARCOmadrid as a place for discovering new artists and as an authentic presentation space for gallery programmes.Each gallery has been invited to prepare a special presentation of an artist, all of which will be collected in a new publication serving the functions of guidebook and essential informational tool. The other new feature, the Solo Objects programme, will include twelve large format projects which will be exhibited in three spaces at the fair.

In addition to all of this there are the exhibitions Madrid has prepared for the occasion, such as shows by the German artist Hans Haacke and the Spanish artist Muntadas at the Museo Reina Sofía; paintings from the Rubell Family Collection at the Fundación Banco Santander, the collections of contemporary art from MACBA-Fundación La Caixa at Caixa Forum and many more. The presence of the Netherlands will also be felt in the leading museums, with works by artists such as Aernout Mik, Falke Pisano, Gabriel Lester, Nathaniel Mellors, Navid Nuur and René Däniels, among others.

For the first time there will also be an AfterARCO programme that will take the art fair and its activities into the city. Various spaces in Madrid will hold screenings of works by artists such as Eugenio Ampudia, Guido van der Werve, Jeroen Kooijmans, Lernet & Sander, Pablo Valbuena and Ruth Gómez, interventions in the urban space, for example, by Nico Munuera in Plaza de Cibeles, and concerts, including by the Martin Creed Band and Planetas DJ.

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