Madrid – being one of the largest cities in Europe – is naturally an integral part of our guide, where some of the important museums that the Spanish capital hosts are also mentioned. This city, which has become trendier over the last decade, is a well-known destination for art lovers as it is full of galleries and exhibition spaces.
On this occasion, and with holidays coming up, here are some of the most interesting exhibits that are currently taking place in the capital.
Until June 4, Fundación Mapfre (Paseo de Recoletos 23) is displaying “Return to Beauty”, which focuses on masterpieces of Italian Art between the wars. Among some of the most notable pieces, the exhibition features works by Giorgio de Chirico and Antonio Donghi. In its area devoted to photography (Calle Bárbara de Braganza, 13) visitors will be able to see the first retrospective devoted to famous American photographer Lewis Baltz, also open until June 4.
Close to Fundación Mapfre is the National Library (Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22), which is currently showcasing exhibit “La Historia de España contada por Alfonso El Sabio”. Alfonso X, called the Wise, is a notable figure in the history of Spain, who in addition to being the King of Castile, Galicia and León was a well-respected intellectual. He supported different fields of knowledge and had several works originally written in Arabic or Hebrew translated into Latin and Castilian Spanish. Among his medieval literary legacy we can find the Book of Games, which contains the earliest known description of games such as backgammon, dice or chess. The exhibition at the National Library is centered on his historical writings about Spain and will be open to the public until April 16.
One of the biggest art rendezvous this season in Madrid is Escher at Palacio Gaviria (Calle del Arenal, 9). With 200 works of this superrealist Dutch painter on display, if you’re in Madrid you cannot miss this exhibition, so do make sure you book your ticket in advance. Until June 26.
This fantastic venue designed by Herzog & de Meuron (Paseo del Prado, 36) should definitely be on your list. In it, the work of photographer Philippe Halsman – known for taking famous pictures of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn will be open to the public until March 26. If you don’t make it on time for the exhibit, just visiting the magnificent building itself will be an experience to savour.
At Reina Sofia Museum (Calle de Santa Isabel, 52) you can visit the Bruce Conner exhibition, one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. With a series of peculiar sculptures, his well-known video installations, photography and collage work, this is at least a two hour long visit that we recommend you save some time for. And since you’re there, just five minutes away from the Museum you can find Calle Miguel Servet, the street where some of the most notable galleries of the Spanish capital are found.
Make the most of your trip to Madrid discovering its artistic treasures and contemporary art, all of which make it not only a pretty amazing place but also a cultural hub that's second-to-none.