The opening of the ninth edition of the Gallery Weekend took place in Madrid from September 13 to the 16th, and it invited us to take a closer look into the world of contemporary art. These exhibitions will be open until mid November. With them, Madrid turns every year, after the summer, into a referent of the art of our time. This cultural date’s goal is “not only to promote contemporary art, but to bridge the gap between the general public and the contemporary art that sometimes seems so difficult to understand. So people can walk into a gallery without being afraid to ask questions,” said Sabrina Amrani, president of Arte_Madrid association.
The Celebration of Contemporary Art
Paintings, photographies, sculptures, and installations are spread among the different cultural spaces in the 50 galleries that are part of the Arte_Madrid association. Museums such as the Queen Sofia National Art Center Museum, the Thyssen Museum, the Lázaro Galdiano Foundation, and the Dos de Mayo Art Center propose guided visits. Private collections, like the one from SOLO Space, open their doors to an international celebration of contemporary art in which we are all guests. This is an opportunity to learn what’s currently happening in the world of art, and to make contemporary art accessible to all of us.
Art as a Witness to its Time
In the vineyards, preceding each row, it’s customary to plant a rosebush. Although both the vines and the rosebush are sensitive to fungi, the latter shows symptoms of infection first. Being more vulnerable than the vine to fungi, the rosebush works as an indicator of the best moment to apply treatment to the vineyard. In an analogous way, we could say that artists are rosebushes and societies are vineyards. History has shown that art is an indicator of the events and trends of its time. An Augur of our state, it presciently reveals what’s happening to us as a society an instant before we are conscious of it. That’s why it’s so important to approach contemporary art, because it shows us today what is yet to come, through a direct and universal language. And the Gallery Weekend is the perfect opportunity to do so.