Peru was the invited country in ARCOmadrid 2019, the most important fair of contemporary art in Spain. The exposition “Perú in ARCO” displayed the work of 23 Peruvian artists, in 15 galleries, selected by the curator Sharon Lerner.
From February 27th until March, 3rd, the fair also hosted the Foro Peru, it was an opportunity to talk about the peculiarities of the Peruvian contemporary art and there were different expositions to extend the vision of the cultural work of the country.
Carlos Urroz, ARCOmadrid’s director, explained that “the Peruvian contemporary art has a huge potential thanks to a new generation of artists, which already occupy a deserved international position”. Urroz highlighted the diversity of the artists, using multiple languages to create their pieces in an interview with The Art Market.
This invitation gives international artistic credentials to Peru, and allows to put the Peruvian contemporary art in the walls of renowned museums and institutions, such as The National Museum of the Prado, The National Museum, Reina Sofía Art Center or The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.
Carlos Runcie Tanaka, Fernando Bryce, Teresa Burga, Sandra Gamarra, José Vera Matos, Miguel Aguirre, Antonio Páucar, Herbert Rodríguez, Elena Damiani, Rita Ponce de León and Ximena Garrido-Lecca were part of the lineup of artists.
ARCOmadrid happened at the same time as the road show in Spain organized by InPeru to promote the country around the globe, as a destination with trade and investment opportunities. Currently, around 600 Spanish companies operate in Peru and their investment is around 18% of the foreign investment in the country.