Madrid's Salamanca district will be hosting the second edition of the art fair known as Drawing Room Madrid, which coincides with the capital's contemporary art week and pays particular attention to contemporary drawing and its artists.
Following high visitor numbers and sales, as well as critical recognition of its first edition, Drawing Room is now preparing for its second show, hoping to build on the work achieved so far. Over the course of five days, collectors, professionals and amateurs from the world of art will be flocking to No. 12 Calle Velázquez to see previously unshown projects by various artists, presented by national and international contemporary art galleries.
The participating galleries will be presenting the works of one or two artists on their stands, the fundamental requirement being that they must not have been shown previously at this fair. Hence, every edition of Drawing Room always presents a new and changing view of the artistic discipline of drawing.
Furthermore, the artistic projects taking part in the second edition of Drawing Room will be chosen in accordance with the guidelines set out for the first edition: an international and trans-generational vision that includes practice among emerging artists; the importance of ideas and the creation process behind works of art; and drawing as a field for reflection for artists mid way through their career.
In 2017, the show focused on Italian artists, the heirs to a great classical tradition in drawing as a privileged instrument in the service of observation, aimed at defining the internal structures of things beyond their appearance.
This programme materialises one of the missions of Drawing Room: to review different practices in drawing through varied cultural traditions. Hence, the first edition included examples of contemporary authors trained in Chinese painting.
The show's endeavours to spread the art of drawing will also include a special event at Madrid's ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration. The bond created with collectors will also be furthered this year through the "Collection Prizes", which allow companies, private collectors and public institutions to set up a prize with their name, choosing works that will then become part of their collections.