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Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts
Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts

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.


Starting with ArcoMadrid, the great event of art in IFEMA where this year's controversy has again been served by the Catalan theme. I was fortunate to have a guided tour on the same opening day thanks to Sushita and Solan de Cabras. I loved the work of the gallery Pilar Serra that represents the photographer Jose Maria Ballester with a work on Goya and the landscapes of his paintings.


Jose Maria Ballester photography work on famous Goya:  Fusilamientos 3 de mayo 

 Travesia Cuatro had amazing art pieces and I went to visit as a nephew of mine also works there. Also the good thing about this year is that each gallery offered artwork for less than €5,000 to encourage consumption and there were many interesting options. The only bad thing about ArcoMadrid is that it's so big, you get a little lost.

Travesia Cuatro Stand
I was also able to attend the inauguration on Tuesday of Just Mad in a central space in Nuñez de Balboa. I fell in love with the clouds of Isabel Alonso Vega from the Gallery White Noise in Rome and the Portuguese galleries that have visited the Fair.

Isabel Alonso Vega. Clouds

Finally today I attended Urvanity at COAM, a new exhibition of new contemporary art, Okuda's work in the gallery Ink and Movement and I also discovered the Swinton Gallery in Madrid.




Truck Art Project was also there with video and pictures of trucks.


Truck Art Project stand


Unfortunately I stayed with the desire to go to ArtMadrid where I've always seen cool things but I had tickets for Fortuny at the Prado Museum, wonderful exhibition, really recommend it and there's no time for everything you want.


Fortuny's sons in Prado Museum

Friday, December 23, 2016

Five Must Does in Madrid this Christmas

Decorate your home - Build your own Madrilenian nativity scene.
First go to plaza Mayor to buy figurines. The essential figurines are: Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, cow and donkey, angel, some shepherds and the three wise men.
A tip: do not buy the caganet it is not a local figurine.
Another tip: While in plaza Mayor take advantage to have a Christmas chocolate con churros at Chocolatería San Gines.
Then go to your nearby park and pick some moss, stones, twigs, etc.
Find a good spot in your house far from pets. Do not forget to build up a river with kitchen foil and to add some lighting that will make the joy of the little ones.
Visit a museum but make sure you buy your tickets online beforehand.
Our choice :
- Clara Peeters at Museo del Prado from 25th October 2016 to 19th February 2017.
- Renoir at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum from 18th October 2016 to 22th January 2017.
- Robert Doisneau – la Belleza de lo Cotidiano at Fundación Canal from 6th October 2016to 8th January 2017.

Treat your belly and go for nice healthy food.
Our choice:
- Bump and Green
- Hermosos y Malditos
- Nubel
- La Pagoda
- Amazónico

Treat your look. Since you are not going to start a diet go for a facial at Skininc, a massage at Assari or a walk at the Retiro Park.

Have crazy amusement. Go for a show with dinner to the newly revamped Florida Retiro, depending on the day you can choose a musical show or jazz music, and after 01:30 a.m. lively disco and dancing.

And a final suggestion outside the list: stay at home, relax and watch a nice TV series with a glass of Spanish wine avoiding the masses.

Best wishes to all of you from My Little Madrid!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September in Madrid, Some Good Tips!

September is here. Are we back to routine? Not necessarily...
Holidays may be over but there are many things to do to extend holiday feeling. Madrid has lots to offer and the weather is still very good. I propose the following activities for the rentrée:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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, August 14, 2013

Re-discovering the Prado Museum in August - Captive Beauty


As someone once said (Francisco Silvela in the XIX century) Madrid in August, without family and with money is "Baden-Baden". I would add that even without much money it is as attractive and relaxing as Baden-Baden used to be. This August I have been re-discovering the Prado Museum and I am enthusiastic about it. First: the exhibition "Captive Beauty: Fran Angelico to Fortuny", extraordinary small format works not seen on regular display, Second: the wonderful venue and display, fresh and quiet, Third: the price, free for all after 17:00h. I cannot imagine a better plan for a hot August afternoon, surrounded by beauty...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Museo Cerralbo - A Secret Jewel

pond at Museo Cerralbo

Last week Casa Decor 2013, this week Casa Cerralbo 1893! Maybe I am funny but I find lots of parallelism between the two spots! Museum Cerralbo, after all, is also a residential area where there are objects of art and decorative recreations, yet in this case, corresponding to the late nineteenth century. Well, I'm not totally serious but I cannot stop thinking that, with the obvious differences, Museo Cerralbo is as much of a display as Casa Decor, yet reflecting the taste of a different era (by the way very much in trend nowadays, just take a look at the cinema listings!).  Sigue leyendo, en español más abajo

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dalí Exhibition at Reina Sofia Museum

My Little Madrid at Dalí's exhibition

I have recently visited Reina Sofia for Dalí’s exhibitionAll of the poetic suggestions and all of the plastic possibilities and gladly noticed that even if lots of people had had my same idea, the queue went very fast. And when I got to pay I had my first good news of the day; I got a free entrance because on Sundays, from 3 pm, no one has to pay. This is a good tip, isn’t it? Sigue leyendo, en español más abajo

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier an exuberant exhibition at Mapfre

Gaultier corsets
Gaultier corsets even for pregnant women!

I was reluctant to go to the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at Fundación Mapfre. Don’t know why it didn’t appeal to me. And it was a great mistake!! It is a wonderful exhibition, loads of imagination displayed both by the curator and the artist. Gorgeous set up and magnificent outfits by Gaultier. A real artist!!! It realy deserves the visit (on until  January the 6th).

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Photography exhibition by Imogen Cunningham at Fundación Mapfre

Imogen Cunningham at Mapfre

 In one of these past grey weekends, I took my car and went to Sala Azca belonging to Fundación Mapfre. Fundación Mapfre stands in Madrid cultural scene with two big locations, one closer to the art triangle (Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen) and the other one close to the Bernabeu Stadium, I’ve always found that it’s atypical place for exhibitions but the visit  to Imogen Cunningham Photo Exhibition was worth it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Museo Lázaro Galdiano - Leandro Navarro's art collection



The choice of renown museums in Madrid is well known (Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemisza) but we cannot forget smaller possibilities as interesting as the big ones an much easier to visit. One of those places is a lovely building, former residence of Mr Lázaro Galdiano in Serrano Street the Lázaro Galdiano Museum. A very recommendable visit to make while shopping in the area and after or before some tapas at Jose Luis Bar or Hevia Bar.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hopper at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Not very Hopper cannot stop smiling!!

Wonderful Hopper but the exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza  is finishing, must hurry up! just until Sunday  16th September!!!

I must admit I was not very keen about Hopper specially after being overwhelmed with so much information. Yet I liked the exhibition very much and appreciate his talent. It really brings together the largest and most ambitious selection of works by Hopper ever to be shown in Europe, as they proudly announce in the prospectus, so you get perfectly well the grasp of his work and life. Very good work done by the curators.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Casa Arabe - Art and Delicious Hidden Terrace



I love when I find a very special place that is still secret for many people.. even though this post might make it less of a secret to someone.. !

How do you discover these kind of places? It is always by accident. On my way biking back home through the Retiro I happen to pass by Casa Arabe and many times I have been inside at exhibitions and other cultural activities, but I didn't know about its lovely hidden terrace.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Caixa Forum - Exhibition Les Ballets Russes


Caixa Forum - Exhibition Les Ballets Russes
Caixaforum is always a good option when you want to see an exhibition and have a nice walk around botanical garden and Neptuno area. The building is very impressive, it seems to be floating in the air, made by famous architects Herzog & De Meuron, it has a wonderful vertical garden, the biggest probably in Madrid, made by French gardener Patrick Blanck.
Inside the building there are always good choices for exhibitions. It offers free entrance, cafeteria, and comfortable coaches… I can’t skip the shop managed by La Central, that I simply love and where I always find many funny gifts and interesting books.
In my last visit, I went to see “Les Ballets Russes”, to be honest I didn’t know very well what it would refer to but still, being free and being in Caixaforum I gave it a try!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Museo Sorolla


Clotilde, Sorolla's wife
Clotilde, Sorolla's wife
Unfortunately this Easter in Madrid won't be remembered for its sunshine... however, we managed to get some light and summer breeze visiting Sorolla's museum
Sorolla is a Valencia born painter from the 19th century, well known for painting the sunlight of his land in an outstanding way.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gervasio Sánchez Photo Exibition


Today's cultural activity has been intense and heartbreaking... I had heard about the transformation of the Lavapies old tobacco factory into a new self managed cultural space La Tabacalera and decided to visit it knowing it was showing Gervasio Sánchez (Photography National Award) photography work.
I had seen a photo of a broken window of car with girls inside and wanted to know more the artist.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Prado Museum - The Hermitage collection in Madrid

A little bit of Rusia in Madrid

The exhibition of Hermitage in the Prado Museum will stay with us only until April the 8th! So, I decided to use my lunch gap, grab a sandwich and avoid queues. Sometimes I believe there is a mixed feeling about queuing, some might like it, and you end up socialising!! Up to now I do not like it so I always try to choose the right time or buy my tickets on-line! (if I can...) That's the case with Prado museum..

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fundación Mapfre - Lewis Hine photographs


Fundación Mapfre is always a good place to go for art and exhibitions in Madrid. It is well located (Recoletos 23), small enough to consume a small part of your morning or evening, good selection of artists and last but not least, Free!!
 You might find long queues but go with your group of friends that will make the waiting time more fun!
Today I went to visit Lewis Hine photograph exhibition.  It is an interesting documentary of North America inmigration at the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century; child labour and extreme poverty. There is also a curious part regarding the building of first skyscrapers, very revolutionary at the time, showing the profound interest that machines had on people.
It seems that Hine himself  passed his last days as humble as the people he portrayed despite his talent.
Special attention to Icarus, the worker in the skyscraper, named after the myth of Icarus who flied up in the sky, so close to the sun that the wax of his wings melted provoking his death.
Icarus

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Contemporary Art Center - El Matadero

El Matadero is an amazing space worth the visit. Conceived in the premises of ancient Madrid slaughterhouse, this Contemporary Art Center aims to be the city’s biggest centre for contemporary creation and a leading international space dedicated to present-day creation.
A changing space with a focus on drama, visual arts, design, music, dance, architecture, urbanism, landscapism, fashion, literature, and cinema.  

Given its location, Matadero Madrid extends the Recoletos-Prado cultural axis to Legazpi Square, moving the centre of Madrid further out towards the vicinity of the River Manzanares. 


Program of activities is intense; from cinema to, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, public installations, workshops... You can even organize you own private event in different size spaces. You can find monthly program here

If weather is nice, I suggest going for the day and alternate cultural visits with a nice walk through its huge central square plus a tasty lunch at its theatre cafe.





Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Jorge Acuña - Museo del Traje - Madrid Fashion Show

Fashion week in Madrid - front row
Avenida Juan Herrera 2

Fashion week starts in Madrid, and not necessarily at Pasarela Cibeles. The Museo del Traje, worth to visit  any day of the year and directed by young and charming Helena López del Hierro, has a program of fashion shows OFF (meaning off the main circuit); Madrid Fashion Show. Other activities highly recommended can be found here: Museo del Traje activities winter 2012. We went to see young Jorge Acuña; great colours and amazing shapes, inspired in prehistoric animals and bugs.

  









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