arteba 2023: A PROLIFIC EDITION IN VISITORS AND SALES
For the second time at the Costa Salguero Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the arteba Foundation held a new edition of its contemporary art fair, where artists, gallery owners, collectors, curators, cultural referents and a massive public attracted by a renewed proposal converged.
arteba 2023 presented more than 400 artists represented by 58 galleries and artistic projects that exhibited their works in the two sections of the fair: Main Section and Utopia. In the exhibition pavilions there was a wide range of proposals that went from great names of Argentine art to more experimental and risky pieces. The fair closed a great edition with more than 40,000 visitors from September 1 to 3.
The galleries were especially pleased with the results in terms of art sales, and many of them made headlines in the country's main media. The first purchases at the fair were made as part of the Museum Acquisition Program, through which the arteba Foundation seeks to support the art scene by encouraging the acquisition of contemporary artworks by major national and international museums and institutions.
The Artistic Program presented a wide diversity of existing formats for contemporary production that are not always represented in the market. Among the proposals: the Andreani Space curated by Florencia Battiti, the IRSA Video Program curated by Santiago Villanueva, the Zurich Art and Sustainability Program curated by Lara Marmor, the Williams Foundation Performance Program curated by Eugenio Viola, the YPF Art and Social Impact Program curated by Andrei Fernández and the classic Isla de Ediciones Fundación Proa coordinated by Carlos Ávila.
In addition, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires offered its Guided Art Visits curated by Renata Zas and had a stand with works from the Museo Moderno in connection with the Moderno Federal Program. The sunday visit included an interpretation service in ASL, clear language, sensory materials and adapted aids to accompany the experience for people with disabilities. This year the program was in charge of the Museum of Modern Art's accessibility team.
Banco Ciudad had an institutional stand where the work of artist Carola Zech was exhibited. Fundación Santander presented a stand with an installation curated by Lolo&Lauti that showed, through videos, the art scene of the 1990s as seen through the eyes of collector Gustavo Bruzzone. For the first time, Fundación Corporación América presented the Fundación Corporación América Acquisition Award, which consisted of the purchase of one of the works exhibited at its institutional stand. AMIA presented a program entitled Art and Solidarity, the purpose of which was to enable people to purchase original silkscreen prints by very important artists, thus becoming donors to the institution's projects.