November 24-28, Lisbon will be the stage for the only national contemporary art fair.
Exceptionally in 2010, ARTE LISBOA will take place in Pavilhão do Rio of the Lisbon Congress Center, a project of the Architect Keil do Amaral, a location whose characteristics provide an excellent environment for the presentation of the best galleries and works of art. The 10th edition of ARTE LISBOA will bring together a selection of 41 national and international contemporary and modern art galleries, as well as journals and specialized publications.
Quickly strengthening the international calendar of art events, ARTE LISBOA has been declared a great event attracting more than 20.000 visitors annually. ARTE LISBOA is recognized as a Fair of high quality with the presence of the best national and international galleries and is taking place in a country experiencing great artistic results mixing established artists such as Julião Sarmento, Pedro Cabrita Reis and Helena Almeida with a powerful generation of multidisciplinary and world artists.
ARTE LISBOA bodes exceptionally well for the future. The Fair clearly shows the growing interest of the local private contemporary art sector in a country where the private collector is directed more and more toward new creations, following the road marked by important initiatives such as the Banco Espírito Santo which invests in contemporary photography or the Museu Colecção Berardo in the Centro Cultural de Belém.
The presence of the Portuguese galleries at ARTE LISBOA have allowed for the maturity and strengthening of the Fair. The event is the only one of its type in Portugal and attracts exhibitors from Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil, Mozambique, Korea and especially Spain, confirming the existence of an Iberian contemporary art market.
In past editions, ARTE LISBOA successfully explored its role turning the Fair into a meeting point for the organization of cycles of debates bringing together art critics, museum directors, exhibition curators, international artists and gallery owners, or Commissioned Programs with curators of renowned international fame such as Isabel Carlos, Paco Barragán and Óscar Alonso Molina.
ARTE LISBOA faces many challenges. In its tenth edition and taking place in Pavilhão do Rio, a project of the architect Francisco Keil do Amaral (1910-1975), its main challenge will be to make its mark amongst the dense calendar of events and Fairs devoted to contemporary art. The idiosyncratic beauty of the city of Lisbon and its cultural and gastronomical richness can also complement your visit to ARTE LISBOA throughout the warm days of November, while the rest of Europe is overcome by the cold weather.