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ARCO Madrid

During our trip to Madrid several of the students from the International Workshop took the opportunity to visit ARCO, officially the largest contemporary art fair in Europe. IMG_5231

ARCO stands for Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo (International Contemporary Art Fair), it was founded in 1982 by Juana de Aizpuru, an art gallery owner who wanted to introduce Spain to the international art circuit.

It is widely recognised as one of the three most important art fairs in the world with well over IMG_5226200 galleries exhibiting and selling a wide variety of art works to visitors and collectors alike.IMG_5227

This year was ARCO’s 35th anniversary and so there were a lot of interesting programs and talks running alongside the main event, including a young artists program co-curated by Juan Canela, one of Metafora’s former tutors.

A wide range of mediums wimageere represented this year, from painting, sculpture, photography, art, textiles through to live performance, installations and video; including a video piece by Catalan artist Marc Larré who is one of the tutors here at Metafora.