Nine of the Best Museums and Art Galleries in Madrid
Posted on August 28, 2013 by Fiona Hilliard
Madrid is home to an amazing number of art galleries and museums. From cutting edge contemporary art and photography to the works of the very early European artists and everything in between. They can all be found in this exciting city. Julie McNamee brings us 9 of its best offerings…
Elvira González Gallery
Contemporary art and photography is the focus of the elegant Elvira González Gallery. Artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rothko have featured in the past.
Casa de América
Art, film, talks by leading figures in the arts, and all with a Latin American slant, are just some of the events that take place in Casa de América cultural centre.
This gallery, founded in 1985, features works by emerging artists from Spain and increasingly the rest of the world. Artists like Daniel Calzada, Duvier del Dago Fernandez and Gustavo Sosa have contributed to Ángel Romero.
The Thyssen gallery is part of the golden triangle of art that includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia. In fact, it sits on the same boulevard as the Prado. It has an impressive 1,600 paintings in its collection, ranging from early European masterpieces to paintings by Mondrian and Edward Hopper.
La Tabacalera is an artists’ haven. This ex-tobacco factory is a blank canvas decorated by the artists who use the place as their studio. There’s also a bar, a dance studio, painting workshops, books and lots of activities for those of a hippy frame of mind.
Museo del Prado
Museo del Prado is one of the most famous and biggest of Spain’s art galleries. It was also one was one of the earliest public art museums in the world. It presents European paintings and sculpture dating from the 15th century to the 19th. Artists include Dürer, Botticelli, Titian and Velázquez.
Museo Lázaro Galdiano
Start at the top and work your way down to the ground floor in this gorgeous mansion. Bosch’s St John the Baptist and works by Goya feature in a collection put together by the Galdianos who lived in the house. Artefacts at Museo Lázaro Galdiano include 15th-century hand-woven garments, swords, crystal from Limoges, Byzantine jewellery and medieval armor. Jewellery, miniatures, fans, furniture and many European paintings also play their part.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
The controversial home of Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece, Guernica (the artist wanted it to live in the Prado), the Reina Sofía is Spain’s national museum for 20th century art. Miró and Dali are another two artists represented in this gallery housed in a building that’s a converted hospital from the 18th century.
Ramses Life & Art
Ramses Life & Art is a beautiful and unconventional restaurant. Follow a magnificent stairway down to this “concept” eatery which also hosts shows of contemporary art. The “Ramses World Project” will soon be reaching out to 10 other cities around the world.
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