Ivorypress at ARCOmadrid Art Fair 2013

Curatorial Projects

Between 13 and 17 February 2013, Ivorypress took part in the 32nd International Contemporary Art Fair ARCOmadrid. This is the second time that Ivorypress attended the fair as an art gallery, to give continuity to the promotion of the artists they work with and give them international exposure.

Within the General Programme of ARCOmadrid, Ivorypress’s stand presented Swiss artist Not Vital as their highlighted artist. The gallery will exhibit a selection of three pieces, among them the sculpture Dali stone (2012), made from plaster and Chinese marble. The work of Not Vital, whose first individual exhibition in Spain took place at Ivorypress Space this winter, draws inspiration from its Swiss roots to reflect a character that is at the same time profoundly nomadic and universal.

Additionally, the gallery’s space hosted the work of artists Pedro Cabrita Reis, Vicky Civera, Jerónimo Elespe, Íñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Dionisio González, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Daniel Lergon, Zaha Hadid, Juan Uslé and Ai Weiwei, as well as several recent pieces by Cuban duo Los Carpinteros, such as Tomates (2013) or Lámpara de mesa (2012).

Along with this selection of authors, the stand also exhibited some of the artists’ books published by Ivorypress. Such is the case of Detritus (2006), an old leather suitcase found in Francis Bacon’s studio which contains 76 objects which were also found in the studio of this Irish artist: photographs, magazine pages, sketches, tools, letters and notes written by Bacon himself.

As well as taking part in ARCOmadrid’s General Programme, on this occasion Ivorypress also participated in the Solo Objects programme, with the installation En algún lugar ninguna parte: Proyectos no ejecutados de Le Corbusier, Dionisio González. This section, curated by Manuel Blanco, Professor of the Department of Architectural Composition of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, is devoted to large-format work that exceeds the limits of conventional stands and that is exhibited at the fair’s common spaces and squares.

To this end, González designed an installation composed of seven frames which, at first, seem to show a peaceful architectural landscape but then burst. With this piece, the artist opened a line of work that explores new artistic techniques.

In parallel with ARCOmadrid, Ivorypress Space hosted the first individual exhibition in Spain of young German artist Daniel Lergon in its usual location. The show, entitled Siderian Tides, is a collection of his latest work, born from his studies of colour and of the surprising optical effects that light generates when interacting with different surfaces.