The week of arteBA 2019 marked a milestone in terms of programming related to art in Buenos Aires.
With a new a date on the calendar, the 28th edition of arteBA generated an unprecedented synergy in the network of activities that took place in the city. The new layout generated new forms of public circulation through the various sections of the fair, being able to enjoy the outdoor spaces of the La Rural property where there was also an offer of activities and content.

More than 400 artists, 84 galleries, more than 50 acquisitions that went to museums, companies and institutions in 4 intense days.
A large audience accompanied these 4 days and participated in an exhaustive program of activities that, for the first time, included free guided tours, workshops for children, live performances in various sections, and talk and presentation programs, where the predominating subjects were collecting, public and private support for art and feminism.

The 26th edition of arteBA closed its doors with record acquisitions from local and international museums, a notable growth in gallery sales with a new audience interested in acquiring contemporary art, the assistance of more than 300 curators, collectors and professionals from the country and from abroad and a public that constantly accompanied the 4 days of the fair and participated in an active agenda of activities with performances, installations, awards, free talks, conversations with artists and independent publishers.

In this anniversary edition, in which we celebrate 25 years of growth, the good news prevailed: a record of 23 museums and companies committed to the Acquisition Program acquired a total of 53 works to add to collections; the replacement of works was constant in the galleries of the different sections of the fair; 300 international professionals joined the edition of arteBA to participate in the Networking Program; and more than 80,000 visitors shared their enthusiasm of a fair that remembers 25 years of Argentine art but also takes the most contemporary expression of the visual arts to the limit.
400 artists represented by 85 galleries from 14 countries participated. Curators and international professionals participated in the different sections of the fair and the anniversary edition of Dixit that reviewed Argentine art from 1990 to today with more than 50 artists and 900 square meters of exhibition.

The 24th edition of arteBA received more than 85,000 visitors who were able to view the works of more than 450 artists, represented by 81 galleries from 18 different countries.
13 museums, including 5 museums abroad, increased their collections through purchases at the fair.
The international profile was reinforced by the visit of a large number of visitors, collectors and specialists from abroad, among whom were the gallery owners, artists, journalists, the speakers of the Open Forum Program (free admission auditorium) and the curators or museum directors who participated in the Proargentina Networking Program.

From governmental initiative to private association, from gallery fair to contemporary art fair, from the Recoleta Cultural Center to La Rural: the transformation of arteBA has been constant since its creation. Thanks to its history it is today a fundamental meeting in the artistic environment.
In its growth, it accompanied and formed part of a profound process of change and institutionalization of the visual arts field that gradually filled the city with galleries, foundations and alternative spaces, giving unusual visibility to contemporary art.
At first glance, the history of arteBA could be divided into three distinct stages: its creation and its first years, when the important thing was to lay the foundations for the development of an unprecedented project, followed by an institutionalization process that culminates when arteBA ceases to to be a gallery fair to become a contemporary art fair and, finally, the current period, in which the objectives aim to consolidate the fair as a regional leader.
Two guidelines –which have remained intact since the Foundation was created, back in the distant spring of 1991– cover these three stages. The first is the explicit vocation to get involved, through the fair, in the creation and maintenance of a system that fosters a local and international circuit for the visual arts. The second, the insistence that the fair should not only be a commercial event, but also a platform for discussion and visibility for art, a fundamental meeting that marks the cultural calendar of the city.