Aracari has long been an enthusiastic supporter of contemporary art in Peru. Over the years, we’ve supported the work of countless talented Peruvian artists and watched them hone their craft. Now, we’re thrilled to witness many of them take on the world stage at the renowned contemporary art fair ARCOmadrid. This year, the annual fair will run from 27 February – 3 March, and Peru will be highlighted as ARCO’s honored guest country. This means that 23 Peruvian artists, seven Peruvian galleries, and many skilled Peruvian curators and art professionals will have their work exhibited at the fair.
Peru will be highlighted as ARCO’s honored guest country
The exhibit is made even more exciting by the fact that Aracari has been following and supporting the work of many of these artists for years. The art world is finally catching up to what Aracari has known all along: that Peru’s cutting-edge creative scene is only going to more expansive and adventurous as time goes on.
In 2011, long before Peru’s exhibition at ARCOmadrid was on the horizon, Aracari sponsored an exhibition of budding contemporary Peruvian artists at Tasneem Gallery in Barcelona, Spain. The exhibition, called “El placer es más importante que la victoria” (“Pleasure is more important than victory”), featured several of the artists whose work will now be exhibited at ARCOmadrid. This includes talents like Ishmael Randall Weeks, José Vera Matos, Gilda Mantilla, and Juan Javier Salazar.
At ARCOmadrid, art professionals from Peru will also organize and participate in the fair’s Forum of Experts. This event invites curators, art historians, and artists to conduct important discussions about the current state of contemporary art – both in Peru and beyond. The Forum will be organized by Miguel A. Lopez, who curated “El placer es más importante que la victoria” back in 2011.
If you’re new to contemporary Peruvian art, the ARCOmadrid exhibit can serve as a great introduction. The work exhibited will span a variety of perspectives, from Peruvian paintings to photographs to many other mediums. The pieces will all share a common theme of exploring the development of contemporary Peruvian artwork through the years.
Seeing the Peruvian art scene shine at ARCOmadrid is a perfect reminder of why we are so eager to support up-and-coming Peruvian artists. We believe that art and travel can have an amazing impact when they are intertwined. Travel can change visitors’ perceptions of the world and provide a powerful window into the experiences of others, and powerful mediums like visual art are an ideal way to bring those transformations to life. Nurturing Peruvian artists complements Aracari’s goal of introducing discerning travelers to Peruvian culture in the most authentic way possible. When you’ve got a front-row seat to Peru’s art scene, you’ve also got a front-row seat to the pulse of the country – and that’s sure to be life changing.
Aracari offers Art Experiences as part of any tailormade trip to Peru. If you’d like expert travel advice on art studios, galleries and museums, contact us today to start planning your next trip!