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On Monday, The Bubble gave you the breakdown of Macri’s first ever state visit to Spain, which takes place this week. Today’s schedule includes the inauguration of the capital’s contemporary art fair, ARCO Madrid.

You might be so exhausted after trying to get your head around Queen Letizia of Spain and Juliana Awada wearing the SAME COLOR DRESS yesterday, that you’re not ready for breaking news to keep on breaking. But the news doesn’t stop for anyone my friends, particularly where jam-packed state visits are concerned. Today, on the second day of his visit, Macri undertook the official opening 36th edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Art. Argentina is this year’s guest country at the festival.

Pablo Avelluto, the Argentine Minister for Culture, at Casa de América, Madrid, where the highlights of ARCOmadrid’s 36th edition were presented. Photo via IFEMA
Pablo Avelluto, the Argentine Minister for Culture, at Casa de América, Madrid, where the highlights of ARCOmadrid’s 36th edition were presented.
Photo via IFEMA

The festival will be open to the public until February 26. Besides the General Program, featuring 164 national and international galleries, there is a specially curated ‘Argentine Program’. This is made up of 12 Argentine galleries chosen by Inés Katzenstein, director and founder of the Art Department at BA’s University of Torcuato Di Tella. Argentina’s Ministry of Culture, as well as local NGO ArteBA have also collaborated on the project.  The galleries will display work by 23 argentine artists, which Macri will see today.

A Piece from Marcelo Pombo’s Series ’Dubujos de Puerto Madryn’, 1995 Photo via Barro
A Piece from Marcelo Pombo’s Series ’Dubujos de Puerto Madryn’, 1995
Photo via Barro

Among the Argentine artists featured are: Marcelo Pombo, a big name in the radical art scene of the 1990s whose work has appeared in the Museo de Bellas Artes; Diego Bianchi, MALBA and ARCO 2014 veteran whose installation, sculpture and performance pieces reflect a preoccupation with destruction and “entropic landscapes”; and Brazilian-born but BA-based Dudu Alcón Quintanilha, who has worked with both ArteBA and ARCO in the past, with his photography and performance pieces.

’Todo va a estar bien’ by Dudu Alcón Quintanilha, 2015 Poto via Artsy
’Todo va a estar bien’ by Dudu Alcón Quintanilha, 2015
Poto via Artsy

After getting his fill of art and culture, Macri will meet with Mariano Rajoy. The two will sign a plan of action focused on developing strategic relations between their two counties. Here’s hoping he is received more warmly by Rajoy than by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who branded Macri a “fake”, a “thief” and a “bandit” earlier this week.