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Bogota and Colombia’s biggest annual Art Fair

ArtBo Weekend Edition!

Well… the weekend is coming up and if you are looking for something artsy and cultural to do you can sign up for the ArtBo Weekend edition and get free transport to and from this special ArtBo event.

As many will know ArtBo is an international arts event held each year around October and presented in Corferias. To maintain momentum in relation to arts in Bogota the organisers are having a special weekend of art from the 19-21 May 2017.

By signing up here you can get free entrance to the exhibitions “France-the whole terrain” (Francia(s) territorio líquido ) and “Public spaces” (Agora(s)) in the MAMBO (Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá), during the weekend period.
Also you may access for free the programming offered by the National Museum of Colombia in the following dates and times:
Friday 19th – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Saturday 20th – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Sunday 21st – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Also, many galleries are staying open extended hours this weekend to allow us all to catch up with their latest exhibitions.

More information (in Spanish) on the ArtBo Weekend can be found here.


ArtBo 2016


It’s art month in Bogotá, and for three days, from October 27 to 30, the capital hosts the 12th edition of the International Art Fair of Bogotá (ARTBO), one of the most important contemporary art fairs in Latin America.

The City Paper

This year 74 galleries from 28 different cities from across the world have been invited to present their works, with 500 artists in attendance, as well as buyers, curators, and publishers. After more than a decade of opening up the Colombian capital to art, this year’s fair brings back respected galleries as well as newcomers Peter Kilchmann (Switzerland), Galerie Jérome Poggi (France), Rafael Pérez Hernando (Spain), and Johannes Vogt Gallery (United States). In addition, Latin American galleries El Apartamento (Cuba), Walden Gallery (Argentina), and AFA Gallery (Chile) will showcase their artists for the first time at ARTBO.

The ‘Projects’ segment of the fair will be curated by writer and exhibition-maker Jens Hofmann, deputy director of New York’s Jewish Museum and artistic director of the Cleveland-based FRONT International.The focus of “Projects” for this 12th edition is to explore the role of the figurative in the works of two leading women of Colombian art – Débora Arango and Beatriz González.

Mexican Pablo León de la Barra, curator of Guggenheim Latin America, has been commissioned for the ‘Referentes’ section where artists exhibit on a specific theme. And the up-and-coming talent salon “Artecámara,” in the hands of Colombian curators Maria Belen Saénz and Fernando Escobar, will present the works of 24 promising young Colombian artists, including award winners José Alejandro Restrepo and Sandra Rengifo.

This year’s fair also includes a new space titled “Talks with collectors” led by Abaseh Mirvali, an Iranian-American curator of contemporary art.

“With this edition we reach 12 years of supporting our artists and gallery owners, offering support for improving their competitiveness and supporting the circulation of the arts,” said Monica de Greiff, president of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.

Last year’s fair attracted more than 35,000 visitors and consolidated ARTBO as the most important showcase for the art market in the country. The fair covers 13,000 square meters of the Corferias exhibition grounds and with each edition welcomes more visitors, proving that Bogotá is a vital arts capital in the Americas. The fair launched back in 2005 with 29 galleries from seven countries.

Among the high-profile Bogotá galleries at ARTBO 2016 are El Museo, La Cometa, Nueveochenta, Doce Cero Cero, and Beatriz Esguerra Arte. Two Manhattan galleries that specialize in Latin American art, Leon Tovar Gallery and Y Gallery, return this year, as well as the Los Angeles-based Steve Turner and Mama.

With a recently launched new website and hashtag #ARTBO2016 to follow the art happenings on your mobile, the fair expects to receive 45,000 visitors, marking a new record in attendance for a fair that continues to position itself as an essential meeting place for artists, collectors and curators, but also a window on the Colombian capital.

Corferias  – Ave La Esperanza with Cra 39

Doors open noon until 8:00 pm.

Tickets: $32,000 (adults), $15,000 (students). Children under age 10 free admission.

Written by Richard Emblin, The City Paper

ArtBo 2015

Although Artbo does not seek to be a large trade show, its growth is undeniable: 65 galleries that were in the 2014 edition, this year the International Art Fair in Bogotá went to 84, from 33 cities worldwide.

The reason for this increase is due to the change of date, which allowed the fair not to conflict with others. “The Colombian market has a lot to show and every time we come we try to learn more about it to exploit its advantages,” said Gregor Podnar, a German gallery owner, who presented the Galerija Gregor Podnar (Berlin).

Last year around 450 artists exhibited works, this time there were about 500, with more than 3,000 works. Moreover, some 35,000 people, including the general public, collectors and curators from Colombia and other countries visited the fair, which ended last Sunday. This represented an increase of 5,000 visitors compared to last year. And 10,000 more, when compared with participants who had in 2013 also attended the fair.

Maria Paz Gaviria, director of Artbo stressed the resonance that this event has acquired now having held its 11th edition on the world stage. “Increasingly, the model of the show gains more world recognition. Its position as a quality in Latin America is stronger” she said in a press release announced at the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota.

Moreover, the commitment to including contemporary artistic expressions such as ‘performance’ or the ‘happening’, inside and outside the fair, was well received on social networks.

On this occasion, the first Oma Art Award was given to José Alejandro Restrepo, winner of the Luis Caballero Prize VII in 2013. The artist Sandra Rengifo, who presented her work in the Artecámara section, was the winner of Prodigy Flora Scholarship Award, now in its 3rd year and delivered by Prodigy Network and supported by El Tiempo and ‘La W’.

“It is a very important event for the region and as Mexicans we wanted to have presence in Colombia. Artbo has become a fair for all of Latin America, “said the Mexican gallerist Andres Arredondo.

Translated and edited from Cultura y entretenimiento |  5 de octubre de 2015
Art by Jaime Duran

ArtBo 2013

Florero 2012Artbo 2013, Bogota’s international art fair, is an important event that brings together national and international galleries in order to provide a unique platform for the country to showcase the work of established and emerging artists and is expected to attract lots of visitors.

The ninth version of ArtBo, International Art Fair of Bogota, will be held from 25 to 28 October 2013 at over 13,000 sqm in Corferias. Thanks to the continued participation of national and international galleries and the promotion of young talent through Artecámara, the event’s significance for the visual arts in Colombia, has become a meeting point for excellence and unmissable for the art market.

This year, ArtBo continue to disseminate balanced choices between the best proposals of national and international art, keeping the median size of the Fair that guarantees its high quality and makes an entertaining tour of the galleries. ArtBo will again be curated with the following sections: individual projects, outstanding contemporary artists selected by José Roca, and in the Artecámara Pavilion one can see a selection of the most promising young colombian artists .

Other venues include the Academic Forum for conferences and presentations, Cultural Hall Meeting for institutions and publications, and the Children’s Pavilion, to bring and sensitize children and youth with art.

Also during October, ArtBo will hold several institutional partnerships with the vibrant creative scene in Bogota.

Artwork by Jaime Duran

ArtBo 2012


Art by Mauricio Zequeda

Over 400 artists enriched Corferias with art in ArtBo 2012 where gallery owners, artists, collectors and spectators had the opportunity to enjoy four days of the International Art Fair of Bogota now in its eighth edition, organized by the Chamber of Commerce Bogota.

The Chamber of Commerce was interested in creating a space for expansion and movement artistic goods and services; converge and the cultural industry and the world business for economic growth. Thus, since its first release in 2005, it has been a great success, to the point of becoming one of the shows most important in Latin America.

This year, ArtBo ordered more than 10,000 square meters of exhibition space where 56 galleries, 44 of them foreign, were organized. The attendees managed to enjoy works of at least 400 artists from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain and of course Colombia.

Academic forums, talks and critical exchanges about collecting were simultaneously held with the
presence of prominent international figures such as Hans-Michael Herzog (Switzerland), Jesus Fuenmayor (Venezuela), Juan Carlos E. Palacios (Mexico), Lisa K. Erf (United States), Monica Novaes Esmanhotto (Brazil) and Maria Did (Spain).

As the motto of the fair is “Art is for everyone,” a space for artistic creation was available to children to explore their attitudes and skills, in order to bring them closer to the world of art.

In each of the previous seven versions that have been made of this important Fair organizers have endeavored to bring together leading exponents of the art. For those who visit this fair, it is a delight to witness all the creativity and ingenuity that comes there, and it is important we all become part of events like this, and harmonize with art.

Written by Katerine Latorre

Translated & edited from original Spanish version: