Top art fair Arco opens in Madrid

15th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia Thursday inaugurated the 27th Contemporary Art (Arco) fair.

15 February 2008

MADRID - Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia Thursday inaugurated the 27th Contemporary Art (Arco) fair, which focuses on photography and political and social themes rather than more traditional types of modern art.

The event, which ranges among the world's top art fairs, brings together 257 art galleries from 34 countries, displaying works by 3,500 artists, with Brazil as the guest country.

The general tone was rather serious, the daily El Pais said, observing that it was becoming more and more difficult to create a shock effect in contemporary art.

The most popular works included a gigantic facial portrait of Osama bin Laden made up of 1,000 teddy bears, by Brazilian artist Marta Neves, and a silicone sculpture of Cuban leader Fidel Castro as a zombie, by Spaniard Eugenio Merino.

The Arco runs through Sunday.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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