About SWAB



Swab is the contemporary art fair of Barcelona, an independent project that was born in 2006 as an experimental platform for emerging artistic proposals. 

Founded by architect and collector Joaquín Diez-Cascón, Swab is an event that brings together up to 80 galleries from the international scene and functions as a meeting point for the cultural sector on a global scale. 

With 13 editions under its belt, the fair faces 2021 while maintaining its mission of supporting the spaces and disciplines that are changing the course of the art scene. This edition will take place from October 7 to 10, 2021.



Swab defines itself as a boutique fair, giving priority to the quality of the artistic programme and the proximity of the project to the public. 

Humane treatment and accessibility to culture become priorities in an event that seeks, above all, to break with the hermeticism that often surrounds the contemporary art world and share with Barcelona the latest trends in the international art scene. 



Swab Barcelona aims to bring together a representative sample of the emerging talent that is defining the future of the art market. 

The selection committee, the collaborating curators and the team of the fair are committed to the freshest proposals on the international scene, reflecting the latest trends of the moment and giving visibility to young and innovative projects.



Swab chooses Barcelona for its free spirit and cosmopolitan character. Celebrating the fair in this city means to generate a unique platform of exchange and international dialogue, a meeting between cultures united by art and twinned under the blue sky of the Mediterranean. 

Swab is located in a representative place of the city, in front of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, at the foot of the Magic Fountain, and guarded by the Venetian Towers of Plaza España: the Italian Pavilion of the Fira de Barcelona.



In view of the climate emergency, Swab is committed to sustainable and environmentally responsible cultural production, reducing single-use products to a minimum and joining forces with companies that work with recycled and recyclable materials.

Taking care of the planet is everyone’s responsibility, and the art world is no exception.