Last March the decision was made that ARCOlisboa will change dates and places because of the pandemic. The initially planned calendar (from May 13 to 16) was canceled and the call was postponed huntil mid-September: from 16 to 19. In addition, it was decided to change its location: from its usual headquarters in the Cordoaria Nacional it went to the Muelle de los Pedrouços.
Although delayed (from February to July), ARCOmadrid Yes, it celebrated its 40th edition in person, but the same will not happen with ARCOlisboa. Through a statement sent this morning, Ifema announces that “the change in dates of the main international art fairs, as well as the possible impact that the health situation could continue to have on international mobility, has motivated the decision of the Organizing Committee of ARCOlisboa and the different agents involved in the organization of the International Contemporary Art Fair of Lisbon, of move the 2021 edition to a digital format, which allows galleries to exhibit their proposals and maintain contact with collectors and buyers from all over the world ”.
Ifema and the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa have already started working on the plateau ARCO E-XHIBITIONS, from which a complete program of visits will be developed exclusively for the galleries. The platform will be active from September 13 to 19 with VIP access from the 12th.
In parallel, the organization is also working on the next face-to-face edition of ARCOlisboa, which will be held from May 18 to 22, 2022 in the National Cordoaria, the usual dates of the fair, in which suitable conditions are foreseen to guarantee the attendance of collectors, as well as the internationality of the fair, and the commercial success of the galleries.