Art and design under one roof in Marbella

Guests at the joint opening of the art and design fairs in Marbella last week.
Guests at the joint opening of the art and design fairs in Marbella last week. / JOSELE
  • Financial circumstances caused by the pandemic have led to the joint celebration this year in the Palacio de Ferias

Two fairs in one. The organisers of Marbella Design and Art Marbella, both annual events in the town, decided to merge both into one space this year. The double display opened in the town’s Adolfo Suárez congress centre on Thursday last week. Marbella Design will remain open until Monday (5 October), while Art Marbella comes to an end this Saturday.

Marbella Design, considered Andalucía’s most important display of luxury design and interiors, has been put together under the creative direction of Alfonso Castellón. Designs aimed at the hotel industry are a central theme with interior projects and materials destined to face the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Participants in the architecture and design section of the event include Erico Navazo, Marisa Gallo, Sara Folch, Nicolás Escánez, Nezha Kanouni, Nayra Iglesias, Soledad Ordóñez Giorgiano, Mª Paz Torino, Jesús Peña, Welcome Design, RD Arquitectos, Soul Arquitectura and Amparo Macías.

Among the locals displaying their designs is Fernando Moreno, one of Marbella’s most important construction and design firms; as well as Calligaris and Maderas Santaella.

The Marbella Design programme this year has included two round table events: one last Saturday entitled Interior Design: Everyday Utopia; and another this Friday (2 October) will discuss health and safety in the hotel and catering industry.

Local galleries

Sharing space in the congress centre, Art Marbella brings together exhibits from numerous local galleries such as Reiners Contemporary Art, which is displaying the audiovisual installation Wolkenbilder, by Sali Muller. Meanwhile the Santaella stand is showing works by artists Marisa Vadillo, Javier Map and Mónica Vázquez.

The fair also brings together two special projects: two sculptures by Matías di Carlo that have never been shown before; and the Baroque photographic project by Pío Cabanillas.