AWARDS & Acquisitions


Fundació Vila Casas
Best catalan artist award

The Vila Casas Foundation, an institution founded in 1986 by the pharmaceutical entrepreneur Antoni Vila Casas, is a non-profit private entity whose main objective is the promotion of Catalan contemporary art. The essence of the Vila Casas Foundation lies in tradition, culture, and language, the axes of identity of our country. The Foundation thus becomes a platform for promoting contemporary artistic practice. In the socio-sanitary field, the Foundation carries out research work that establishes a bridge of dialogue between health professionals, the media, and society.

Winner: Sinead Spelman, etHALL


Best emerging artist award

Mango renews its commitment to contemporary art for another year and awards the best emerging artist of Swab Barcelona 2023, acquiring a work that will become part of its collection.

Winner: Alba Abellán, Vangar

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Carmen & Lluís Bassat Collection
Best emerging artist award

The Bassat Collection is one of the most representative collections of what has been the Catalan art of the second half of the twentieth century. The intention of the Collection is to contribute, through the exhibition of its funds, to the explanation of the events and movements that have led to the art of our time. It has more than 3,000 original works, of which some 2,500 are paintings and drawings and 500 are sculptures, and is complemented by a large collection of graphic works.

Ivana Salfity,  Remota Galería
Isidora Villarino, Collectio
Guillermo García Cruz , Galería Zielinsky
Letizia Le Fur, Julie Caredda Gallery
Tatiana Lastarria, Mahara + Co
Fernando Abellanas, Set Espai d´art


Marval Collection

Marval Collection is not a disguised superhero brand, but a private collection of Contemporary Art based between Berlin and Milan. It comprises works by international artists mainly dating from 1970 to the present – with a few historical exceptions. Our aim is to spread our love for art by supporting contemporary artists and creating a closer dialogue with a wider audience to generate and share knowledge about the art of our time.

Acquisition: Anna Raimondo, Shazar Gallery

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José Luis Lorenzo Collection

The José Luis Lorenzo Collection is one of the most complete collections of contemporary art in Argentina, with the singularity of being in permanent dialogue with antiques, design objects, and handcrafted productions that are also part of the collection. With the intention of promoting local and national artistic productions, the collection began to grow in the 1990s. All techniques and disciplines are represented, although a certain predilection for photographic productions can be recognized.

Ivana Salfity,  Remota Galería
Venuca Evanán, Espacio Enhorabuena


Kells Art Collection

Kells art collection was established in 1996, as a result of the approach of Juan Manuel Elizalde and Choli Fuentes to the world of Art.
At present, the Collection is made up of several hundred works, with an eclectic character, reflecting their interests and the themes for which they feel a special affection and sensitivity: language and communication in its different fields occupy an important part of the Collection.

Acquisition: Sofia Pashaei, Rafael Perez Hernando


Colección Diezy7

Created in 2008, this award consists of the acquisition of a work to become part of the Diezy7 collection. This award is aimed at emerging artists with works on paper.

Acquisition: David Martinez Suárez, ATM Galeria – Espacio Valverde


La Escalera

The La Escalera project led by Steffie Phippen and Francisco Sánchez-Rivas on a farm in Vall d’Albaida (Valencia) integrates their two great passions: contemporary art, agriculture and the exchange of ideas.

Acquisition: Guillermo García Cruz, Zielinsky


Sorigué Foundation Collection

The Sorigué Foundation is strongly committed to culture, creating in 2000 a collection of contemporary art, considered today one of the most important in Spain. In 2015 the collection was awarded the Art and Patronage prize, promoted by the “La Caixa” foundation; and the GAC prize for collecting in 2017.

Acquisition: Lluc Margrau, Vangar


Swab Committee Members
Award for the best booth proposal

Awarded by the Swab Barcelona selection committee; Omar López-Chahoud, Jérôme Pantalacci, Isa Natalia Castilla, Domenico de Chirico, Pedro Jaile, Jose Luis Lorenzo, Marie Helena Angulo and Jesper Stieler to the best booth proposal for Swab 2023.

Winner: Léna Gayaud, Sissi Club