ARCO is Europe's largest contemporary art fair (drawing around 200,000 visitors) and turns Madrid into the centre of the international art world during its five-day run each year. About 200 contemporary art galleries are represented in the exhibition, along with a programme of lectures, social events and related activities. Of course, Madrid is a fantastic destination for art lovers every day of the year, but the city really shows off during ARCO, and the galleries are at their best. The fair showcases the work of famous artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, but the emphasis is on emerging talent and new trends in contemporary art of all kinds, featuring the work of designers, photographers and graphic artists. As many of the artists are not yet well-known, some of the work on display is surprisingly reasonably priced making ARCO a good stop for those wanting to start or add to contemporary art collections of their own. About 3,000 artists are usually featured at the fair. Of course, all that is weird and wonderful is well represented and the art is clearly 'modern' and not aimed at a conservative audience.
Venue: The Crystal Pavilion of the Casa de Campo
Date: 19 - 23 February 2014