ARCOlisboa 2019: Africa is the center

Neither labeled, nor 'Afrocentric' nor in need of paternalism. The contemporary art of Africa stars in the fourth edition of the fair in its Portuguese version, which begins today.

Angela De la Cruz - ARCO Lisboa - Day Star Fine Art

The International Fair of Contemporary Art has not chosen a bad place to celebrate its Portuguese edition. Lisbon lends its building to the meeting of the National Cordoaria (national cordonería), designed by the Marquis of Pombal in 1771. Recognized as a National Monument, it is composed of three workshops spread along the Tagus, on the site of the old Fort of San Juan, where they produced ropes, cables and sails for ships. The event, organized by Ifema and the Municipal Chamber of Lisbon, will host its fourth edition from May 16 to 19 and will host 52 galleries, nine individual projects, six African galleries, talks and meetings.

International artistic proposals and for the first time the Arts Libris fair, which has editions in Madrid and Barcelona.


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