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ARCO Madrid 2022, courtesy of the fair
ARCO Madrid 2022, courtesy of the fair
ARCO Madrid 2022, courtesy of the fair
ARCO Madrid 2022, courtesy of the fair
El Prado Museum.
Sabrina Amrani gallery, presenting an amazing show of the Turkish duo MentalKlinic.
Elvira Gonzalez presenting a show of Olafur Eliasson.
Saddle restaurant in Madrid.
Courtesy of Charrua.
The Mandarin Oriental spa in Madrid.
El Prado Museum.
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ARCO Madrid: Art Week in 48 Hours

By Sara Zaldivar

February 24, 2022

This week, ARCO Madrid is open to the public from February 23-27. Bringing together presentations from 185 galleries from 30 countries, the international fair kicks off contemporary art week in the city, with exhibitions, events, and programming taking place all around town. For those in Madrid for the occasion, we’ve prepared our suggestions for a two-day stay.

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ARCO Madrid 2022, courtesy of the fair

DAY ONE

In the morning visit ARCO Madrid, which is celebrating its 40+1 Anniversary. It’s a medium-sized fair with an incredible selection of international and national galleries. Don’t miss RPHART showing work by Edgar Plans, one of the hottest national artists; and Ponce+Robles, who is representing two other Spanish artists that are a must follow: Maíllo and José Castiella.

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ARCO Madrid 2022, courtesy of the fair

Have lunch at Patio de Leones, a fun spot to have signature Spanish dishes while overlooking the Puerta de Alcalá, one of the most iconic landmarks of the city.

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Sabrina Amrani gallery, presenting an amazing show of the Turkish duo MentalKlinic.

Take a gallery walk in the afternoon. In the Carabanchel area, visit Sabrina Amrani gallery, presenting an amazing show of the Turkish duo MentalKlinic. And check out Veta gallery, with a show by Juan de Morenilla.

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Elvira Gonzalez presenting a show of Olafur Eliasson.

In the Salesas area, isit Travesía Cuatro with a show of painter Sara Ramo. And stop by Elvira Gonzalez with a show of Olafur Eliasson.

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Saddle restaurant in Madrid.

Go for dinner to Saddle, one of the best restaurants in Madrid with elegant decor and a delicious menu. If you want to try a typical Spanish dish, go for the “callos”—either you love them or you hate them.

And enjoy a nightcap with good music at El Amante, an underground bar with the coolest clientele.

DAY TWO

Sit down for breakfast at the garden of Hotel Santo Mauro, one of the most beautiful hotels in town.

Then visit the satellite fair Urvanity. Check the stands of Villazán, Yusto/Giner, Badr El Jundi, and Huntress of Art (yours truly!). You’ll find work by a selection of cutting-edge artists, including Angeles Agrela, Leonardo, Jordy Kerwick, Kike Garcinuño, and Zuleta.

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ARCO Madrid 2022, courtesy of the fair

Have lunch at Charrua, a cozy restaurant with the best grilled food. Make sure to order the Tomahawk.

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Courtesy of Charrua.

In the afternoon, a visit to El Prado Museum is a must. You can’t go to Madrid without a visit here to see iconic works by Velazquez, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Bosch. Save a bit of time for a walk through Retiro Park, used in the past as the hunting reserve of Spanish royalty.

After a busy 48 hours, treat yourself to a massage at the Mandarin Oriental Spa, with some of the best treatments in the city.

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The Mandarin Oriental spa in Madrid.
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