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Apertura is the great event that begins the Madrid exhibition season. With an exceptional program and opening hours, it brings together artists, professionals from the sector, collectors, public and private institutions, companies and the public, national and international, to our city.

Promoted by the association of galleries Arte Madrid, in 2020 Apertura celebrates its 11th edition. From Thursday September 10 to Sunday 13, the art galleries, with more than 70 artists, come together to offer a unique program of exhibitions, open to all and free, that take place throughout the city.

This year Apertura extends over the month of September to offer a complete program of activities accessible to the public for free: joint opening in all galleries, a program of events and guided tours of the galleries, visits to some of the most unique art centers and museums in the city, as well as tours to discover and appreciate contemporary artworks located in public spaces like streets, squares and buildings of Madrid.

Apertura also organizes a private program that aims to develop the contemporary art sector and encourage collaboration between cultural agents and professionals. In addition to the invitations made by the galleries themselves and by the association, an international group of directors of art centers or institutions, curators and advisers attend, invited by the Spanish Government through Acción Cultural Española.

Arte Madrid and Apertura are financed through the contribution of the associated galleries and through the help, collaboration and sponsorship of both private companies (Fundación Sabadell, Fundación Arco, Mahou group, Iberia group, Lan wineries, IT gallery), as well as public administrations (Community of Madrid, Ministry of Culture).

In this edition, the support and collaboration of the Madrid City Council has been exceptional and key to the start-up and development of the project.


Apertura 2020 program

From September 10 to 13: gallery weekend
From September 14 to 26: Additional activities


Preview online with Artsy

Date: Release on Wednesday,
September 9

Access: Arte Madrid website

This year Apertura launches an exclusive online preview of all the exhibition’s artworks on Artsy.

Both the national and international public will be able to view and purchase the works from home.


Date: thursday, September 10
Time: from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Arte Madrid galleries
Free access

The 48 Madrid art galleries open their exhibitions at the same time to allow the public to take a walk through Madrid and the most current art.

With extended opening hours, from 12 noon to 10 at night, the public will be able to enjoy the Apertura exhibitions in a comfortable and safe way following itineraries specially designed for the occasion.


Date: from Thursday,
September 10 at 12 p.m.

Access: Arte Madrid website

For the first time, Apertura will offer virtual tours of all its exhibitions.

The national and international public will be able to stroll through the galleries and discover their exhibitions and artworks on site comfortably from home.


Date and time: Friday 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 12 from 12 to 14 p.m.
Location: Arte Madrid galleries
Free access
In collaboration with: Teatros del Canal and OFF Canal-Centro Coreográfico Canal

Dance and Plastic are disciplines that from contemporaneity permanently challenge their limits, and they meet on that common front. Arte Madrid and the Centro Coreográfico de los Teatros del Canal join forces to reverse the relationships established between art, spectator and audience. They thus propose a reflection of what this space can become.

Programa actos

Date: from September 14 to 26
Place: Arte Madrid galleries and other spaces
More info and registration: Arte Madrid Activities Platform

Arte Madrid celebrates for the second year in a row the Programa Actos, a program of activities in and outside the galleries: guided tours, conversations, presentations and children’s activities, among others.

The program aims to interact even more with visitors and enhance the gallery space as centers for cultural promotion and as a meeting point between art and society.

Arco Gallery Walk

Date: from September 16 to 19 and from September 23 to 26
Time: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Location: Arte Madrid galleries
Capacity: 10 pax/tour
Priority to the Friends of ARCO

In collaboration with the ARCO Foundation, Apertura offers free and public visits, guided by experts, to the Arte Madrid galleries.

Following the success of previous editions, the Arco Gallery Walk is extended for the second year in a row to two weekends, thus doubling the number of guided visits to the galleries.


Date: Friday 18 and Friday 25
Time: 6 p.m.
Capacity: 10 pax/tour
More info and registration: Arte Madrid Activities Platform
Guide: Alfonso de la Torre, art historian and exhibitions curator
Sponsored by Fundación Pablo Palazuelo

This year, as a novelty, we will highlight the sculptural artworks located on the façade and in the gardens of the Fundación Juan March.

We would like to dedicate each edition of Apertura to a specific place. We start with one of the most unique and extraordinary.