Dispatches from Spain: MASQUELIBROS

Contributor post by Serena Olivieri

Escuela de Cebras
Last sunday I went to take a look at this new art book fair MASQUELIBROS, meaning "more than books" - the first of its kind to be held in Madrid. Organized by the cultural association Triplica Equipo, it presented an impressive range of paper-themed artwork with the art book, in all its possible forms being the focus of this fair.

There was a great variety of stalls among which I found creative studios, artists, shops, academies and art galleries. I really enjoyed walking around all these tables full of color and inspiration. Here are some pictures I was able to take when I wasn't talking to the various people I met there.

La Dominoteria
Heroin Paper Goods
Escuela de Diseño Superior de Madrid - (Students Work Exhibition)
La Integral
Silvia Paredes / Paula Frailes
Taller d'art Llum de Lluna
Elisa Torreira
Galería Nuble: Antonio Diaz Grande
Benveniste Contemporary: The Print Subscribers Club
El Caballero De La Blanca Luna
Escuela ARTEDIEZ - (Students Work Exhibition)

I have to admit, I didn't know anything about the building in which this fair was held, and when I first saw it I was really surprised (and angry!) that nobody had told me about it before. Belonging to the UNED University, it is an impressive modern construction built around a 220-year-old restored church. Amazing.

On the left: Yarn Bombing by Adriana Turmero Hidalgo, Unn Brundin and Natalia M. González

There were so many people visiting the fair and sliding from one stall to another that I had some serious trouble keeping my camera steady!   
In the end, it looked like it was a big success and I am really glad that initiatives like these, around art books and paper artists, are being well accepted by the public. Here's hoping you get the chance to see another soon!

All images by Serena Olivieri

Jan Halvarson


Unknown said...

Oh, how great to be in Madrid and at an art fair dedicated to paper and books! You showed some amazing artists. Books and paper are my favorites! I really love the trend of paper art! The yarn bombing is so cool too. Looks like you had a lot of fun.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I did have fun and hope to visit another fair like this very soon! :)

gothic victorian dresses said...

These are so great!Thanks for sharing!Sounds like a wonderful time!

Luna said...

It's a small world after all!
I walked into the fair briefly due to a friend's book being on display - it was lovely! So much to draw inspiration from.

desha peacock said...

This looks amazing, love the long shot of the building and lights- looks like an event I'd love to attend.

Anonymous said...

Looks like heaven. Wish I could have gone.