A collection encompasses the present continuous, past perfect and future perfect. The Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo houses the Contemporary Art Collection of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, now called the CA2M Collection, and the ARCO Foundation Collection.
The Contemporary Art Collection of the Autonomous Community of Madrid came into being in the mid-1980s, with the acquisitions made by the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage via the Advisory Council for the Visual Arts.
Our Collection is growing every year thanks to acquisitions from art galleries, artists and heirs, as well as through donations. The Department of Culture and Tourism of the Autonomous Community of Madrid has a Commission for the Assessment of Art Acquisitions that usually meets twice a year to decide on any acquisition and donation offers that have been presented.
It was deposited at the CA2M in 2014, through a loan agreement between the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the ARCO Foundation. The ARCO Foundation Collection, set up with the idea of promoting the interest of collecting in Spain, stood out for being one of the first international contemporary art collections that has been able – from a Spanish standpoint but with an international vision – to tell the history of art from the 1970s to the present day, bringing together a reference list of some of its fundamental names.
The ARCO Madrid Regional Prize for Young Artists was created in 2004 to recognise the best visual artwork (including painting, drawing, comics, engraving, sculpture, mixed media, photography, exhibitions or any other type of artistic expression, without thematic or technical restrictions) made by artists aged 40 or younger, with a sale price of €35,000 or less, and which has been displayed at the year’s ARCO Fair. The Region of Madrid purchases the winning work for the CA2M Contemporary Art Collection.
The Madrid Regional Estampa Prize, created in 2008, aims to recognise the unique character of one or more works by artists participating in the fair. The winning work is acquired by the regional government from the gallery with which the artist works and given to the Contemporary Art Collection of the Region of Madrid, based at the CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo.