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The Reina Sofía Museum and the Ministry of Culture acquire around thirty works at ARCO 2024, most created by women, worth more than 553,000 euros | Culture

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At ARCO 2024, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Ministry of Culture acquire around thirty works by 22 artists, 17 of them women, worth more than 553,000 euros after its first two days dedicated exclusively to professionals. The selection includes works by Nuria Güell, Ana Laura Aláez, Lola Bosshard, Esther Boix, Mitsuo Miura, Alicia Herrero, Josep Ponsatí, Miguel Ángel Rojas and Regina José Galindo, among others. From now on, they become part of the museum’s collections. “With the aim of increasing the presence of women in its future presentations, the museum has purchased works that represent the new creative generations that give continuity to the feminist poetics of the seventies, in works in very diverse media and from very different generations. “, the center explained in a statement. This support places special emphasis on Spanish women artists. Works have also been incorporated “with discursive themes that bring us closer to social injustices, gender discrimination, and different political realities” in an attempt to enrich the space that the museum dedicates in its collection to Latin American art.

By the Ministry of Culture, which invests a total of 401,372 euros in 20 works by 15 artists. Among them, the pioneer of abstraction in Spain, Lola Bosshard, has been acquired, who joins Esther Boix and Mari Puri Herrero. In other works acquired, Julia Montilla analyzes the phenomenon of apparitionisms and Ana Laura Aláez the moral consequences of the AIDS crisis. The attempt to renew the Reina Sofía is clear, since the vast majority of these 22 artists have not previously been present in the museum’s collections. The acquisitions have been announced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Jordi Martí, and the director of the Reina Sofía Museum, Manuel Segade, after the Permanent Commission of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Reina Sofía Museum, after the meeting held on Friday morning at ARCO 2024.

In these first two days focused on the professional sector, the ARCO Foundation has expanded the funds of its collection with the acquisition of seven works funded by the proceeds from the ARCO Foundation Dinner, held on Thursday, March 7. The works acquired, with the advice of Tania Pardo, director of CA2M, and Claudia Segura, curator of exhibitions and collection at MACBA, correspond to Ana Jotta, Eva Kotakova, Violeta Quishpe, Laercio Redondo, Sinead Spelmann. Added to these are the works of Theo Mercier, from the donation of Frèdèric Malle, in addition to a piece from the Uriel Nativity Scene acquired with the support of the International Council of the ARCO Foundation, the fair noted this Friday.

Work by Ana Laura Aláez acquired by the Ministry of Culture in Arco 2024 for the collection of the Reina Sofía Museum.ARCO

Two other public institutions, the City Council and the Community of Madrid, have also participated in this initial round of acquisitions. The regional government has done so through its ARCO 2024 award, awarded to Miguel Marina, from The Goma, and the Fuentesal Arenillas collective. The award-winning works will become part of the collection of the Dos de Mayo Art Center Museum, in Móstoles. And the City Council of the city where ARCO is held has acquired four new works of art to incorporate them into the permanent collection of the municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC). These are works by two Madrid artists: a sculpture by Teresa Solar and three works (one painting and two drawings) by Carlos Forns Bada, valued at around 40,000 euros.

On this occasion, the Helga de Alvear Foundation has purchased pieces by Marcel Duchamp, Waldo Balart, Rafael Grassi, Piero Dorazio, Tomás Saraceno, Heinz Mack, Markus Linnenbrink, Ugo Rondinone and Alfredo Jaar. While the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation has purchased works by Luis Gordillo y Oteiza, Roberto Diago, David Nash, Manolo Paz and Eugenio Ampudia, Joi Murugavell, Juan Asensio, Marria Prats. And the María José Jove Foundation has acquired a piece by Kiko Pérez. ARCO 2024 has already opened its doors to the general public, until this Sunday, March 10, with the participation of 205 galleries from 36 countries, and the Caribbean as the protagonist.

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