The Reina Sofía Museum has acquired in the 40th edition of ARCO, which is being held this week at Ifema Madrid, fifteen projects, of seven male artists, seven women and one collective, worth 300,000 euros.

They are very useful works for the museum, we have tried to achieve a balance between historical and young creation elements. They are works that really interest the collection and that contribute a lot to the discourse of the collection, “said the director of the Museo Reina Sofía, Manuel Borja-Villel.

This was stated this Friday, July 9, by Borja-Villel at a press conference within the framework of the 40th edition of ARCO, after the meeting of the Permanent Commission of the Board of Trustees of the Reina Sofía Museum.

The director of the Reina Sofía Museum has assured that the works “will have an importance in the collection” as they are structuring it at the moment: “They are very useful for the museum. We have tried to achieve a balance between historical and cultural elements. young creation “.

During her speech, the general director of Fine Arts, Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, described it as “heroic” that ARCO could be held this year due to the situation caused by Covid-19, for which she congratulated the organization of the fair because this year 2021 “the call was not lost”.

In his opinion, the acquisition program of the Reina Sofía Museum in ARCO “signifies the commitment” of the Ministry of Culture and Sports to contemporary art. “We had a total budget of 300,000 euros, a sufficient amount, we believe that the museum has made a selection that makes the most of that amount,” he added.

“It is a very balanced program. The most important thing was to show the commitment to current art and we have joined forces with the Reina Sofía Museum to make it an acquisitions program that could meet the museum’s objectives”, stressed Jiménez- White.

The set of works acquired by the institution covers a “wide range” of styles, techniques and periods. There is work on paper, installations, video installations, films, painting, sculpture or photographic prints. The works come from galleries in different parts of the Spanish geography such as Valencia, Badajoz, Seville or Barcelona.


Among the works acquired by the Reina Sofía Museum are a set of four woodcuts on cardboard by Agustín Ibarrola; three illustrations for the book ‘La Perla que Naixque en lo Fang’, by Manuela Ballester; the acrylic on cardboard ‘Circle and triangle’, by Manuel Quejido; the acrylic on paper glued to tablex ‘Cuentaquilometres’, by Ana Peters; ‘Ignaou Road Batiks Series’, six pieces of different sizes by Alonso Gil; ‘Perrear el dolor’, by the Ayullu Collective; or ‘Llorona I’, by Clara Montoya.

Furthermore, Reina Sofía has acquired ‘Casa Bruja’, by Evru / Zush; ‘Abstract Machine Project, Color Map’, by Andrés Pachón; ‘The Tempest Society’, by Bouchra Khalili; ‘For Mozambique’, by Ángela Ferreira; ‘Cocoon’, by Dias & Riedweg; a painting on canvas by Babi Badalov; ‘El Dorado-Equuación’ by Liliana Maresca; and ‘Women at Work- Washing Up’, by Maja Bajevic.


By Editor

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