Madrid celebrated the art event Apertura from 19 to 22 September. This event is held annually to coincide with the start of the art season. 50 contemporary art galleries simultaneously inaugurated their exhibitions and expanded their schedules for the public to enjoy contemporary art.

Organized by the Association Arte_Madrid, Apertura is an event in which artists, curators, and art market professionals gather in the capital of Spain.

There were different guided “art walks” available to visit the galleries and on Saturday morning many galleries were serving brunch, allowing the general public and professionals to share the same space for mutual understanding and to enjoy the art exhibited.


WASAKU did not miss this opportunity and participated in various Apertura activities, joining gallery walks and discovering interesting exhibitions. For example, the artist Alicia Framis in the gallery Juana de Aizpuru surprised us with her “Screaming Room” (2012 – 2013 ), a room where you walk in, scream and your recorded scream is printed by a 3D printer taking the shape of a tea cup. As each person has a unique scream, therefore each cup is unique and could be taken home by the visitor. This work , according to Framis herself, “was created for an office of an important bank in Holland. The workers of this bank could go in to this room to let off some steam.”

In the gallery Astarté, thanks to its director Marisa Fernández-Cid, we had the opportunity to see the work of Maria Oriza, ceramics linking architecture, sculpture and painting. The complexity and simplicity of Oriza’s works reminded us of the essence of Japanese art .

Our visit to the Roman Ondak exhibition in the Crystal Palace and Cildo Meireles at the Palacio de Velázquez was guided in a fantastic way by Joao Fernandes, deputy director of the Reina Sofia Museum. His comments were full of details, anecdotes and explanations of the artistic perspective of the exhibitions and we spent an unforgettable time, especially with the discovery of the conceptual universe of Meireles Cildo, whose critical attitude made us reflect before each of his works.


Finally we attended the interesting happening “Every word is a form of time” organized by Kreëmart + Absolut Vodka and held in the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano with Cuban artist Glenda Léon and chef Paco Roncero, a perfect marriage between art, food and fun where we could literally eat part of the artwork and take works home.

WASAKU experienced firsthand all the artistic offers and was able to network with artists and gallery owners, and we highly recommend Apertura as an essential event in Madrid at the beginning of the art season.