Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear

from the 12th to the 16th of February 2009

So What?

  • Lugar:

    Arco’09 IFEMA, Pabellón 6, stand A|13, Madrid

Vista general | Panoramic View

Ad Reinhardt; Morris Louis; Ignasi Aballí.

Gerhard Richter; Rosemarie Trockel.

Vista general | Panoramic View

Ed Ruscha; Beatriz Milhazes.

Juan Uslé; Richard Artschwager.

Fischli & Weis; Rachel Whiteread.

Josef Albers; Robert Mangold; Ettore Spalletti.

Arnulf Rainer; Sigmar Polke.

Manuel Millares; Miguel Ángel Campano.

Günther Förg; Richard Deacon.

The Helga de Alvear Collection was displayed at the ARCO’09 Fair –in the section called ARCO Institutions which seeks to promote and support awareness about public or private organizations involved in art though their collecting– with the title of So What? A carefully considered selection of 70 works of art by 57 artists were shown in a 600 m2 space, bolstering the importance of this already acclaimed Collection. Based on the firm belief that above all a private collection should respond to the standards and passion of the person who builds it and should be a mirror in which the collector is reflected, Helga de Alvear has used the title of this exhibition –a conscious homage to Miles Davis– to make public her rebelliousness. The expression rises as a cry of individuality and as a personal reassertion of a way of understanding art as pleasure, passion and committed engagement with creativity.


Ignasi Aballí | Josef Albers | Francis Alÿs | Karl Apple | Nobuyoshi Araki | Richard Artschwager | Bernd & Hilla Becher | Joseph Beuys | Matti Braun | Miguel Ángel Campano | Richard Deacon | Willie Doherty | Stan Douglas | Equipo Crónica | Pepe Espaliú | Hans-Peter Feldmann | Fischli & Weiss | Günther Förg | Julio González | Alberto Greco | José Guerrero | Thomas Hirschhorn | Karl Horst Hödicke | Candida Höfer | Jörg Immendorff | Alfredo Jaar | Mike Kelley | Mark Leckey | Morris Louis | Robert Mangold | Robert Mapplethorpe | Beatriz Milhazes | Manuel Millares | Manuel Mompó | Vik Muniz | Bruce Nauman | Rivane Neuenschwander | Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba | Lygia Pape | Sigmar Polke | Ad Reinhardt | Arnulf Rainer | Gerhard Richter | Thomas Ruff | Edward Ruscha | Cindy Sherman | Ettore Spalletti | Thomas Struth | Hiroshi Sugimoto | Mark Tobey | Rosemarie Trockel | Richard Tuttle | Claudia Ulisses | Juan Uslé | Andy Warhol | Franz West | Rachel Whiteread