For over twelve years now, ARTBO has been a major player on the international art market scene and the biggest representative of Colombia and its capital Bogotá. Counting as many as 35,000 visitors in the 2015 edition, the fair comes back for yet another showcase of commercial and non-commercial artworks and program, presented by leading and emerging galleries and institutions. Transforming the city’s cultural sector and bringing together talents from around the planet, ARTBO is a part of the Art Month in Bogotá, which in 2016 coincides with the 44th Salón Nacional de Artistas, taking place in the city of Pereira. Collectors visiting the biggest Colombian artistic event can once again enjoy and purchase carefully selected artwork and participate in the rich program provided by esteemed curatorial teams.
This time round, ARTBO will welcome 74 galleries from 28 cities, hand-picked to balance leading, emerging and cutting-edge spaces. In the Main Section, we have leading galleries from Colombia and abroad, accompanied by Proyectos which will present curated works specially commissioned for the fair. Referentes pays tribute to renowned masters in history who still hold an important place in contemporary practice, while SITIO, spread across the entire site, will show works that transcend booths, including the work of José Alejandro Restrepo. A non-commercial section called Artecámara will promote the works of promising young Colombian artists, followed by Articularte, an educational space for experimentation and creation. In FORO, you can attend discussions hosted in an experimental format with invited artists, curators and critics.
From September 16th through November 14th, ARTBO 2016 will coincide with Salón Nacional de Artistas - AÚN, returning as the longest running and best-known state-funded program which supports contemporary art in Colombia. The 44th edition will present more than 100 artists under the artistic director of Rosa Angel and curators Victor Albarracin, Inti Guerrero and Guillermo Vanegas. The curatorial team will approach the temporality and the historic references of the more than 77 years of the Salón, reviewing the environment and the territories that create, recreate and question the stories that have built the idea of nation, constituting itself as a territory in development. The Salón will have three different components: exhibition, formation and editorial; and the curators have kept in mind the options in which an arts exhibition can transcend its aesthetic component to become an agent of local transformation.
ARTBO will be held from October 27th through 30th, 2016 at Corferias in Bogotá, Colombia. The pre-opening and vernissage will take place on October 26th. Ticket prices range from $12 for the general admission to $5 for students. Children under the age of 10 can enter free of charge. For more information, please visit the official website.
Featured images: Impressions from previous editions; Sede Alianza Colombo Francesa; Sede Edificio Antiguo Club Rialto; Sede Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira; H.Darboven - Brief Papier, 1975, pennarello su carta prestampata:felt tip pen on printed paper, 4 fogli:sheets, cm.29,7x21 ciascuno:each (cm.29,7x84 totali:overall) Courtesy Gallery P420; R.Baruzzi - Carote e caco con natura morta rovesciata, 2016, tempera e grafite su cotone:tempera and graphite on cotton, cm. 40x50 (ph. Carlo Favero) Courtesy Gallery P420. All images courtesy ARTBO.