About Swab

27 - 30 September 2018

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 2018, Swab Barcelona celebrates its 11th edition, from 27th to 30th September, welcoming around 60 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 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 2018 selection committee is comprised of collectors: Harold Berg, economist and member of the photography committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art; Giuseppe Casarotto, engineer and president of the ClubGAMeC of Bergamo along with: Domenico de Chirico, independent curator, Irene Campolmi, independent curator and researcher and Danny Baéz, independent curator as well as  director of MECA International Air Fair in San Juan, Puerto Rico



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


Thursday, September 27th

4 pm. Collectors Preview (invitation only)

6 pm. Official Opening of Swab Barcelona 2018 (invitation only)

Friday, September 28th

4 pm to 9 pm. Open to General Public

Saturday, September 29th

12 pm to 9 pm. Open to General Public

Sunday, September 30th

12 pm to 8 pm Open to General Public


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