30 Jul 2015 03 Aug 2015
Art/Marbella is the first major international art fair in the Costa del Sol.
A hot spot of the European Summer with beaches, parties and shopping opportunities is about to become a meeting point for the contemporary art world, and a crossroads - aesthetically and conceptually - between Europe and the Middle East. Art/Marbella’s curatorial team and host committee are focused on making the fair a premiere stop in the international cultural calendar.
ArtRabbit caught up with founder and director of the fair, Alejandro Zaia.
Alejandro Zaia Indeed it is the first major international art fair in the Costa del Sol. Our visitors can expect a boutique fair of outstanding quality, with a careful selection of art works and an intense collectors programme that takes advantage of the unique features of the city of Marbella.
AZ It should not come as a surprise! Marbella, and the entire Costa del Sol (from Sotogrande to Malaga), concentrates a large number of art lovers and collectors who are attracted to a world class art event, as well as the culturally aware general public. A large number of prestigious international collectors have already committed to Art Marbella’s Collectors Programme. I think the art world can be very stereotypical; why should art be appreciated and acquired only during Fall and Winter?
AZ With professionalism, expertise, passion and fun, the only way to do this kind of event. We envision Art/Marbella in a few years becoming a mandatory stop in the European Summer for the culturally inclined. For this to happen, we need to have a very strong first and second editions. That is our focus, and we are very excited about the strength and quality of the galleries that are coming to the first edition.
AZ It is not just them, but also Neri Torcello, Bruno Leitao and Aura Seikkula. All of the curators bring world class content, insight and knowledge to the fair. It is a committee that generates great ideas, and I am very happy with the results.
AZ We will have a featured master: the French artist Nicholas Schoffer, the pioneer of the cybernetic art. Also, we are preparing a solo show from an extraordinary photographer, Dionisio Gonzalez. On the other hand, visitors will find works from artists ranging from Magritte or Oteiza or Richard Serra, to very young promises like Manuel Franquelo, or wonderful mid career artists like Juan Luis Moraza or Sofía Taboas. These are just some names. We will have more than 500 artist featured in Art Marbella, and I don’t want to be unfair to any, or forget names.