The 40th edition of the International Contemporary Art Fair is delayed but remains in july on an exceptional basis.

This year the pandemic has altered the dates for ARCO 2021, which since 1982 has always taken place in mid-February, so this year Madrid will be able to enjoy contemporary and avant-garde art from 7 to 11 July.

On this occasion ARCO will include a General Programme, with the attendance of top-level galleries, together with an Opening space dedicated to the discovery of new artistic proposals.

On the other hand, those attending ARCO 2021 will also be able to attend different forums and debates and cultural spaces, together with ArtsLibris, the contemporary publishing fair. In addition, ARCO will also feature the so-called “e-Exhibitions”, an alternative to physical spaces.

This edition is a long-awaited professional reunion that has the challenge of becoming a stage for the reactivation of the art business and also to boost the art market, promote new artists and encourage collecting. To this end, it will once again present a careful selection of national and international galleries both in its General Programme, the main axis of the fair made up of top-level galleries, and in the Opening, a space for discovering new proposals, and REMITENTE. Latin American Art, dedicated to galleries from this continent.

On this occasion, ARCOmadrid will register the participation of 130 galleries, and an internationality of more than 54%, whose artistic proposals will offer a fair of quality, with which collectors and art professionals will celebrate the cultural reunion.

The first edition of ARCOmadrid was held from 10 to 17 February 1982 at IFEMA’s Palacio de Exposiciones, which at the time was located on Madrid’s Paseo de la Castellana. A total of 364 European and American artists attended this important event, along with many of the most important art galleries of the time. Since then, ARCO has become one of the most important fairs in the world for collectors and also for galleries. Especially linked to Latin America, but opening spaces to the five continents, in recent years at least 70% of the exhibiting galleries are international.

The ARCOmadrid project was born in Seville at the end of 1979 at the now legendary dinner at the well-known restaurant El Burladero. An initiative promoted by the gallery owner Juana de Aizpuru, Francisco Sanuy, the first director of IFEMA MADRID and Adrián Piera, president of the Madrid Trade Fair Institution and Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the collaboration of Rosina Gómez-Baeza, who at that time was in charge of the development of new trade fair projects. The creation of ARCO and its international projection represented a turning point in the perception and reception of contemporary art.

Correos dedicates a stamp to this 40th edition of ARCOmadrid, in this very special year for everyone due to the events derived from the worldwide pandemic caused by COVID-19(image featured here on the top of the article). The issue features the image of the ARCO 2021 logo, together with the number 40, which represents the four decades of art being commemorated. It can be purchased at the main post offices, by contacting the Philatelic Service at or by calling 91 519 71 97.

To check all the activities happening during the fair, click here.

When to visit ARCO 2021
Where: Ifema. Avda. Partenón, 5.

Opening hours: Saturday 10 (12 noon to 8 p.m.). Sunday 11 (12 noon to 6 p.m.). Other days, professionals only.

Tickets: General admission (40 euros). Students (20 euros)

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