About Swab

September 28 - October 1, 2017

Swab Barcelona is an international art fair that brings together galleries from around the world, curated projects, and collector programs to showcase young, emerging talent in contemporary art.

It is a place to discover the most innovative artistic proposals and meet the local and international artists from all disciplines who are pushing the boundaries of expression and tracing the course of the art scene for coming years.

In 2017, Swab Barcelona celebrates its 10th anniversary edition, from September 28th to October 1st, welcoming around 80 galleries from 5 continents, close to 20,000 visitors, and a large number of curated programs, prizes, and activities that venture beyond fair walls to bring art to the Barcelona locals.


Our History

Founded in 2006 by private collector Joaquín Díez-Cascón, the fair remains true to its initial goals of breaking with the elitist and hermetic idea that often surrounds the contemporary art scene and making it accessible to the general public, while supporting young artists, galleries, and curators looking to break into the art market.

“Swab Barcelona was born out of a need to join two of my passions: my home city of Barcelona and contemporary art. I wanted to create a space where I could share the artistic expressions and ideas that fascinated me at the time with Barcelona and its citizens.” Joaquín Díez-Cascón.


Our Selection Committee

Swab Barcelona’s 2017 selection committee is comprised of collectors: Harold Berg, economist and member of the photography committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art; Susanne Birbragher, Art Nexus commercial vice-director; Giuseppe Casarotto, engineer and president of the ClubGAMeC of Bergamo; and Alfredo Hertzog, president of Hertzog Art Business; along with: Domenico de Chirico, independent curator, Albertine de Galbert, independent curator, arte-sur.org founder and cultural cooperation projects manager; David Armengol, independent curator; and Marisol Rodriguez, cultural journalist and independent curator.


Our Goals

- To break with the elitism of art world and make contemporary art accessible to the general public.

- To lead our audiences to discover young, innovative local and international talent.

- To support and create opportunities for emerging galleries, artists, and curators.

- To initiate new art collectors.


PAVELLÓN ITALIANO (Z.6). FERIA BARCELONA (in front of Font Màgica de Montjuïc)


Thursday, September 28th

5 pm. Collectors Preview (invitation only)

6 pm. Official Openning of Swab Barcelona 2016 (invitation only)

Friday, September 29th

4 pm to 9 pm. Open to General Public

Saturday, September 30th

12 pm to 9 pm. Open to General Public

Sunday, October 1rst 

12 pm to 8 pm Open to General Public


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