“Eclipse of a Dream”, by Nicolás Robbio, in the ARTBO space. Photo: Disclosure
“Eclipse of a Dream”, by Nicolás Robbio, in the ARTBO space. Photo: Disclosure

Celebrating 15 years of existence and consolidated as one of the main art fairs in Latin America, ARTBO (International Art Fair of Bogotá) takes place this year between the 19th and 22nd of September in the Colombian capital. The event captains a month in which the city hosts dozens of fairs, exhibitions and art events, attracting collectors, curators, gallery owners and artists from around the world.

Created in 2005 as part of a project by the Chamber of Commerce to place Bogotá on the Latin American arts map and strengthen the national scene, ARTBO has established itself as the most important contemporary art event in Colombia.

In its 15th edition, ARTBO welcomes 67 galleries from 17 countries, which will have their stands spread over a space of 13.000 m2. Among the exhibitors are the Brazilians Central, Eduardo Fernandes, Luisa Strina, Portas Vilaseca, VERMELHO and Zipper. There are also a large number of Latin American galleries, as well as houses from Spain, Germany, the USA, France and Turkey.

In addition to the main sector, ARTBO features several other sections, including one aimed at young artists; another to debates and seminars; a space for artist books; an area for a historical exhibition; and an interactive section for children and youth.

In the SITIO sector, for example, dedicated to installations in non-traditional formats, the work of Nicolás Robbio, an Argentine based in Brazil (represented by VERMELHO), is one of the highlights. “Eclipse de um Sonho”, built in brick, concrete and white paint, allows for different interpretations, which vary according to the point from which the work is viewed. Bringing visual arts and architecture into dialogue, the installation will be located at the entrance to the fair.

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