SWAB was founded in 2006 by Joaquin Diez-Cascón, Marina Diez-Cascón and Fernando Rial from Barcelona and with the support of renowned national and International galleries. This great cultural event also has the support of the City of Barcelona and the Generalitat de Catalunya.
SWAB was conceived out of the collections’ desire to affect positive cultural change through Contemporary Art. The four day Art Fair and it’s satellite events fulfil a number of social objectives with a programme that creates a cultural bridge between Catalunya and the rest of the world.
Swab brings together a carefully curated selection of participating international galleries, chosen because they focus on presenting works by younger, emerging, contemporary art stars – most of who were born after the 1970′s. Swab is a highly respected Art platform, built to give this new generation of artists the opportunity to have their work seen by members of the public, and the global art community, including: leading art collectors, dealers, press and curators. In return, Swab ensures that everyone is given the chance to enjoy these wonderful pieces, works that normally would not be accessible. It also presents the breadth of contemporary art available and hopes to inspire new collectors by offering top quality art at affordable prices.
Swab was first held in 2007, with the participation of 42 galleries from 13 different countries and had over 6,000 visitors, contributing in this way to Barcelona’s cultural scene, with a new Contemporary Art Fair.
In 2008, Swab consolidated its position in the international art fair scene, bringing together 38 emerging galleries from 11 different countries and this time getting over 8,000 visitors.
In 2010, after a necessary pause, Swab reaffirmed its place as the International Contemporary Art Fair of Barcelona with the participation of 32 galleries from 11 countries and was well received by the public in Barcelona, Spanish and International, receiving this time more 13,000 visitors. In 2011 Swab took a step forward and grew up to 48 galleries from 15 different countries and was hold in a bigger venue, with more art spaces and presenting for the first time the Swab Off activities’ program, with a great success in Barcelona.
Swab returns to Barcelona for it’s fifth year, once again growing in scale and reputation, with around 60 galleries from around the world signed up to participate, making Swab Barcelona 2012 bigger and better than ever before. Through collaboration with other International Art Fairs, such as Preview Berlin: The Emerging Art Fair, Swab Barcelona ensures every year the presence of some selected galleries from Germany or Italy, but also from the United Kingdom and the United States. For this fifth edition, Swab Barcelona will also present a selection of Art Project spaces, curated by renowned Independent Insitut of Criticism and Contemporary Art in the world of Catalan culture, A-Desk.
Swab Barcelona 2012 will also see the launch of many new initiatives; the fair will be hold in the same venue of last year, but moving its entrance to plaza Universo, a multidisciplinary space with several activities that Swab visitors will be able to enjoy during the days of the Fair.