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Showing posts with label art galleries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art galleries. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2021

Visiting artits studios in Carabanchel with stop in Usera for chinese food


These are difficult times, who can deny it. However, this weekend I felt like a tourist in my own city and I enjoyed it.  There is an incredible artistic offer in Carabanchel. I also took the opportunity to eat at the famous Chinese restaurant Lao Tau in Usera and admired the building painted in this neighbourhood by 3TTMan.

Alejandro Guijarro Studio
Usera Painting by 3TTMen


Alejandro Guijarro Studio


The morning started with a visit to the studio of the photographer Alejandro Guijarro who showed us the whole artistic process behind his works, where photography may be the least important thing as everything turns around memory, his well-known blackboards and X-rays of paintings from the Prado Museum among others. 

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón studio

We were lucky that Alvaro Catalán de Ocón, an industrial designer well known for his famous lamps called petlamps produced by artisans from Ghana, Ethiopia, Thailand, Colombia and Australia among others, also showed us his workshop and his new productions, a real marvel.

Alvaro's famous Petlamps

On our Carabanchel tour, we also took the opportunity to visit Sabrina Amrani's gallery in Calle Salaberri 52, where the artist Joël Andrianomearisoa, a Magadascar artist who has been present at the Venice Biennale, is currently exhibiting his work.

Sabrina's Amrani Gallery

And finally, we went to Usera where I was amazed by the mural of the urban artists 3TTMen and ate in a totally Chinese atmosphere in the Lao Tau restaurant.,The tiles on the walls represent bullfighters and flamencas but it is the only Spanish thing you'll find in this delicious Cantonese restaurant where hake head and noodles are their speciality. (35, Nicolás Sánchez st)


Estos son tiempos difíciles, quien lo puede negar. Sin embargo este fin de semana me he sentido turista en mi propia ciudad y he disfrutado mucho visitando la increíble oferta artística de Carabanchel. Además aproveché para comer en el famoso restaurante chino Lao Tau en Usera y admirar el mural realizado en este barrio por 3TTMan.

La mañana comenzó con visita al estudio del fotógrafo Alejandro Guijarro que nos mostró todo el proceso artístico que hay detrás de sus obras donde puede que la fotografía sea lo de menos ya que todo gira en torno a la memoria, sus conocidas pizarras y radiografías de cuadros del Museo del Prado entre otras. 

Tuvimos la suerte que Alvaro Catalán de Ocón, diseñador industrial muy conocido por sus famosas lámparas llamadas petlamps producidas por artesanos de Ghana, Etiopía, Tailandia, Colombia y Australia entre otros nos enseñó también su taller y sus nuevas producciones, una auténtica maravilla.

En el tour por Carabanchel, aprovechamos también para visitar la galería de Sabrina Amrani en la calle Salaberri 52, donde el artista Joël Andrianomearisoa , artista de Magadascar que ha estado presente en la Biennale de Venecia expone actualmente.

Y por último, hicimos un salto a Usera donde aluciné con el mural de los artistas urbanos 3TTMen y comí de cine en un ambiente totalmente chino del restaurante Lao Tau, aunque los azulejos de las paredes sean de toreros y flamencas es lo único español que encontrarás en este delicioso restaurante cantonés donde la cabeza de merluza es su especialidad. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

My little Madrid Plans during coronavirus

We have been confined since March 14th and I have personally been stressed out by the amount of balcony and indoor activities, recipes, whatsapps, fakenews and video calls that have surrounded us.
After 3 weeks and with a certain acquired calm, I felt it was the right moment to write this post, hoping that all our readers are enjoying good health and their families too.
I also want to share with you some recommendations that have helped me throughout this period of time, without wanting to overload your agenda.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer : Parallel Visions in Prado Museum

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp' 1632 by Rembrandt

Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer : Parallel Visions  in Prado Museum 

On Monday the exhibition of Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer was inaugurated at the Prado Museum. It is incredible the amount of activities that the museum is carrying out on the occasion of its bicentennial.
Exhibition view 

I was lucky enough to attend the inauguration and enjoy the fantastic exhibition that takes you back more than five centuries of history. In the first room, the painting 'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp' painted in 1632 by Rembrandt stands out, you have the glances of 24 men dressed with stiff necks and serious semblants. After the visit you will be immersed in wonderful still lifes and customary scenes combining it with large paintings from the Museum and loans that have been obtained for the Exhibition. Velázquez's Mars painting is one of my favorites as well as the drunks and seeing them is always a wonder.

The exhibition will be open until September and while visitors can also visit Fra Angelico and the exhibition of Giacometti, a luxury museum.

Long live the Prado Museum!

El greco

Please check this great video from the exhibition: https://www.museodelprado.es/actualidad/exposicion/velazquez-rembrandt-vermeer-miradas-afines/7ca4f41d-c9d1-2615-8a81-e2d017ab9757

En Español:

EL lunes se inauguró la exposición de Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Miradas afines en el Museo del Prado. Es increíble la cantidad de actividades que está realizando el museo con motivo de su bicentenario.

Tuve la suerte de poder asistir a la inauguración y disfrutar de la fantástica exposición que te transporta a más de cinco siglos de historia, en la primera sala destaca especialmente el cuadro de 'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp pintado en 1632 por Rembrandt, tienes las miradas clavadas de 24 hombres vestidos con rigidos cuellos y semblantes serios. Después la visita te sumerge en maravillosos bodegones y escenas costumbristas combinandolo con grandes cuadro del Museo y prestamos que han conseguido para la Exposición. El cuadro de Marte de Velázquez es uno de mis favoritos así como los borrachos y verlos siempre es una maravilla.

La exposición estará abierta hasta septiembre y mientras los visitantes pueden también visitar Fra Angelico y la exposición de Giacometti, todo un lujo de museo.

¡Viva el Museo del Prado!

Marte de Velázquez

Sunday, May 12, 2019


Now that the weather is so good, in this post I'm going to recommend two cultural plans that also combine with nature breaks in the center of Madrid such as the Retiro park and the Botanical Garden. A fantastic 2X1 for free time whether you want to go with family, friends or alone:

Royal Botanical Park- blooming flowers

Thursday, May 2, 2019


Our special Tribute to famous Goya Painting: May 2nd shootings that can be found in Prado Museum

Today is a special day in Madrid, we celebrate the uprisings of May 2 by the people of Madrid to rebel against the French occupation and expel the French army in 1808. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Niña con Paloma (Girl with Dove) 
On the occasion of its bicentenary, the Prado Museum has been inaugurated with a very exciting Crowdfunding project. Until the 9th of December, anyone interested in having their name listed as a donor to the Museum will be able to make a financial contribution from the Museum's website or physically at the Museum itself. This is the first time that the Museo del Prado has carried out an action of crowdfunding The donation does not need to be elevated as from 5€ everyone can be a donor. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Madrid ART Week! Our visit to the Art Fairs + Fortuny in Prado Museum

Young admirer in Urvanity , Swinton Art gallery
This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year and as every year I can't help but write a post about Art Week in Madrid.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Art Week in Madrid

ARCOmadrid is back!
Madrid becomes the hub for art this week. Be ready for a fulfilling experience. The whole city will be inundated with modern art exhibitions and we are ready to enjoy all of them.
We recommend the following itinerary:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Madrid Cultural Plans - First Week of June

The month of June comes with a great variety of cultural plans.
Here is our suggestion with different options for you to plan in advance:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Best Week for Art in Madrid

Last week has been by far one of my favorite weeks of the year! Art surrounded the city with such an interesting proposal of Art fairs: ARCOmadrid16, Art Madrid and Just Mad.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Madrid in Art, ARCO and More!

Juan Genoves in ARCO
Juan Genovés a sure bet!
Awesome! These days Madrid is the place to enjoy contemporary art. On Wednesday, ARCO, the Spanish reference art fair for collectors, gallery owners and artists has been inaugurated. ARCO is always interesting.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gunter Gallery - Art Presents for Christmas

Ricardo Cavolo
Christmas presents are a concern for all of us. Gunter Gallery is a good option, an on-line art gallery for Young art collectors. They produce their own art pieces via the printmaking technique. All the impressions made in their atelier are numbered in limited edition and you get a certificate from the gallery.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Colección Abelló: Masterpieces of a Spanish Collector

One of the most important Spanish art collections is currently exhibited in the Ayuntamiento de Madrid; it is a privilege to have access to this wonderful exhibition. The Madrid City town hall, through the project ‘Mecenazgo al servicio del arte’, gives Madrid citicens access to some of the most prestigious private art collections – in this case provided by Abelló family: La Colección Abelló.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lalabeyou - Buy or Create your Own Jewelry!

I made a nice discovery while walking the other day through Belen Street, doing some window shopping. At first, I was amazed to see many drawings displayed with original jewelry. I was not sure whether it was a shop or a gallery. A smiley lady inside informed me it was both, and also a jewel atelier: Contemporary Jewelry Galery Lalabeyou!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Our trip to La Tabacalera, discovering urban street art!

 Last Thursday 10th of July, we had the chance to meet some of our followers while discovering the inside urban art world of La Tabacalera. Thanks to Maddie, Connor, Eeron, Yonathan and many others for joining us, it was a great pleasure meeting you! Really sorry for the rest of followers that could not join us but places were limited…

Friday, July 4, 2014

Madrid Urban Art Walk with Cultcards and My Little Madrid

discover graffiti art in Madrid
FULLY BOOKED! no more places left!
This summer we have decided to innovate by offering our dear followers the opportunity to take part in our activities. This is our first activity: Urban Art Walk, Madrid, an event organised together with Cultcards.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Find Nature in the Middle of Madrid - El Olivar de Castillejo

Path towards the house surrounded by olive trees
Path towards the house surrounded by olive trees
Madrid has it! incredible surprises when you least expect it. Wandering randomly throuhg Chamartin district,  I discovered an amazing place: Fundación Olivar de Castillejo. A true olive grove with more than 100 olive trees in a hectare of land, located in the middle, but really in the hub of town. Between streets Alberto Alcocer and Enri Dunant with entrance through Menendez Pidal 11. Amazing! A smaill uninviting door without signs or indications, go through it and get literally teletransported into the deep countryside, one of those Andalusian "ventas" dotted with olive trees, flowerbeds and small paths ....

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

YellowKorner- Accesible Contemporary Art

The new YELLOWKORNER shop in Madrid
One of the good things about traveling is to discover new concepts never-before-seen in Madrid. In one of my last trips to Paris I discovered a photography shop called YellowKorner and inmediately thought: why don’t we have a shop like this in Madrid?
They read my thoughts. Walking through Salamanca District, I got a nice surprise. Yellow Korner just opened a shop in Madrid! Sigue leyendo, en español más abajo

Monday, July 1, 2013

Photoespaña 2013 - From June 5th to June 28th

One of our favourite yearly meetings in Madrid is Photoespaña, I always do my own little photo exhibition marathon and enjoy it so muuuch! I also have my own itinerary to which I stick to, faithful year after year, and of course couldn’t miss this time.. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Casa Decor 2013 - A Yearly Appointment (we cannot miss)

Another year Casa Decor opens its doors in Madrid!! This time more challenging than ever. Designers need to transform a very 60's circular shaped office building, former british embassy, into residential spaces. Conceived as a diplomatic complex, the building is self-contained with its own system of security, electrical and water systems. And a very difficult layout. A real challenge and an extraordinary outcome! worth the visit!
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