Despite some scepticism about whether Lisbon was the right place to host a new edition of ARCO (after all Madrid isn’t exactly far away, and would there even be enough responsive public) the fair has proven a big success! With around 12.800 visitors, ARCO has already confirmed next year’s second edition. Taking place at Cordoaria, a former factory of the Portuguese Navy, the fair was abuzz with energy and praise, as put by a London-based collector who “Loved the fair.. Great layout, found a few interesting galleries I didn’t know before and also a very elegant crowd!”
In case you missed it, Collectionair has picked the top artists and booths from in and around the city and fair.
Above: TULIO PINTO, Cumplicidade #9 (Complicity #9), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.
Left: TULIO PINTO, Cumplicidade #9 (Complicity #9), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.
Right: TULIO PINTO, Cumplicidade #9 (Complicity #9) and Situação de canto #2 (Corner’s situation #2), 2016. Images courtesy of the artist.
This talented Brazilian artist had a solo booth at the fair, where sculptures and installations were presented around the notion and physicality of balance, achieved through the different weights, densities and materials, almost game-like installation.
In the end one of the works found its home in a residency in Lisbon, whose lucky owner took the advantage of the artist’s presence to get him to personally install the work the day the fair closed!
CARLA FILIPE , “The Day is Coming” Installation. Image by Bruno Lopes, courtesy of the gallery.
CARLA FILIPE , “The Day is Coming”, 2016
Carla Filipe is a rising Portuguese star. With a solo exhibition at Murias Centeno Gallery, the exhibition received a visit from everyone who is anyone, international collectors to superstar curators Pablo Leon de la Barra and Adriano Pedrosa.
The exhibition, titled The Day is Coming alluded to the sunrise. As the gallery, Murias Centeno, put it, Carla Filipe’s work “is the outcome of a two-year direct participation in the nightlife culture related to Porto’s electronic music scene. It expresses the need of playing an active role in the creation of culture in these cohabitated places that have volatile and transient rules and codes.” www.muriascenteno.com
RUI CHAFES, “Ascension”, 2016.
RUI CHAFES, “Ascension”, 2016.
Already a recognisable name on the Portuguese art scene and a recipient of the Prémio Pessoa 2015, Rui Chafes didn’t disappoint with his new installations at Igreja de São Cristovão. This project was called Ascension, and was housed in a XIII century church, the ideal religious space in which to explore the notion of the sacred and human meeting.
Rui Chafes’ works is the third of a 4 part intervention in Sao Cristovão’s church, curated by Paulo Pires do Vale. It was previously taken over by dancer and performance artist Madalena Vitorino and a video by Francis Alys, with the 4th and final project set to be an Agnes Martin video.
Jaqueline Martins Gallery
Jaqueline Martins is a Brazilian gallery responsible for developing a special research program into the artistic productions of the dictatorial period in Brazil – particularly the 1970s and 80s. It promotes a previously neglected historical review of processes developed from strong intellectual resistance, where courage and commitment to art transformed the practice in the country.
The gallery brought Mario Ishikawa to the fair with a series of works focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.