City Guide Madrid – Spring ’24 - ART FIX
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City Guide Madrid - Spring '24

Vamos a Madrid! The Spanish capital city is one of the most significant cultural centres of Europe, and Art Fix took the city by storm.

Best of all, spring in Madrid means the height of the art season! Follow us along the elegant boulevards for the city’s most exciting art fairs, best contemporary galleries, and art museums. Grab your café con leche to-go, and explore this beautiful city as it begins to bloom.

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MUST-SEE MUSEUM SHOWS

This exhibition marks the centenary of the birth of Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012). A self-taught artist, music lover and bibliophile, Tàpies constantly reflected on the human condition, his historical situation and artistic practice.

James Lee Byars | Palacio de Velázquez

On display are large-scale works made from precious and refined materials — marble, silk, gold leaf, crystal — and which harmoniously combine with minimal and archetypal geometries — prisms, spheres, and pillars.

Precious Okomoyon | Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo 

  • Until 3 Apr ‘24
  • Montaña de los Gatos, Retiro Park
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Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘When the Lambs Rise Up Against the Bird of Prey’ presents a breathtaking Gesamtkunstwerk by Nigerian-American artist Precious Okomoyon that temporarily plunges the viewer into a sublime fairy-tale world.

Arte y Naturaleza | Caixa Forum

In Arte y Naturalize, around 80 pieces from Center d’Art Georges Pompidou enter into a dialogue with nature. In this era, in which, under the yoke of multiple crises – climatic, ecological and territorial – nature, as we know it, is in danger of disappearing.

Art Fix Tip: The vertical gardening on the square in front of Caixa Forum, that was renovated by Herzog and The Meuron back in 2002, is a show stopper.

Museo del Prado

You can’t leave Madrid without seeing the impressive collection of the Prado. It houses masterpieces by Goya, Velasquez, Bosch, Rubens and El Greco. Later this year the exhibition “Polke/Goya”, will reveal the relationship between Sigmar Polke, considered one of the most influential painters of the post-war period, and Goya.

Isabel Quintanilla | Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum 

Though her work was celebrated in Germany throughout the 70s and 80s, Isabel Quintanilla’s astute and intimate still life paintings have never before been foregrounded in her native Spain.

Espacio SOLO

‘Espacio SOLO’ is an intimate, but impressive private collection that can be visited by appointment.

Marc Chagall | Fundación MAPFRE 

‘A cry of freedom’ offers a new reading of Marc Chagall’s expansive oeuvre that highlights his relentless optimism and wish for world peace in the face of two world wars during his lifetime.

Julia | Jaume Plensa

This towering volume of the statue ‘Julia’ is juxtaposed by her serene, delicate facial features, inviting us too to close our eyes and take a moment of repose and reflection in this busy city.

The Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson

The richness of this building is unmatched. Wood paneled from floor to ceiling, and a special collection of classical icons. The street art collection in the basement is a real surprise.

Art Fix Tip:The courtyard of Silence” by Jaume Plensa alone is worth the visit to this collection. This sculpture is visible from the ground and first floor. A 14-metre-high sculpture created by the artist especially for this space.

Cerámica Suro | Fundación Casa de México en España  

Dive into the history of the Suro ceramics factory – but tread lightly, because these works are fragile.

GALLERIES

Art Fix Tip: For an overview of contemporary art galleries in Madrid, download this app while you’re there: artemadrid.com If you’re looking to cut straight to the chase, here’s our favourite galleries in the city centre.

Carlos Pesudo | YUSTO / GINER

These electric abstract paintings remind of the chatter and clatter of bars and nights spent dancing into the early hours of the morning; social encounters that have acted as a muse for the Spanish artist in the exhibition ‘El Guateque’.

Jorge Eielson | Travesía Cuatro

Peruvian artist Jorge Eielson explores shamanism and mythology in this thought-provoking exhibition.

Yasumasa Morimura | Galería Juana de Aizpuru

Japanese portrait artist Yasumasa Morimura takes famous faces we’ve all seen, and turns your expectations of them upside-down.

LaBOLA | Max Estrella

Can’t make it to Spain this year? Take a virtual tour of this fascinating online exhibition that showcases the transdisciplinary performance and video artist’s most recent performance work at the iconic Museo del Prado in July of 2023.

Anne Berning | Espacio Minímo 

Presenting its fifth solo exhibition of German artist Anne Berning entitled ‘Ich Weiss Nicht’ (I don’t know). Well, there is one thing we do know: you’ll love these wonderfully atmospheric oil paintings and ceramic sculptures!

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Entre Santos

The perfect end to an art-filled day with a specialty cocktail at this lively bar!

Chocolatería San Ginés

Pit stop for the best ‘chocolate con churros’ in all of Spain.

Brasserie Dani | Four Seasons Hotel

For the perfect sundowner with stunning 360-degree views of the city.

Luzi Bombon

Fresh & modern brasserie – don’t skip the oysters!

Ana La Santa

Understated, yet refined and elegant modern dining on one of our favorite squares.

Bar Tomate

Para compartir: the Pekin duck style “tacos” and tuna tartare with guacamole and crunchy yuca. The wood oven pizza’s are the best in town!

Bosco de Lobos

Hidden in the Madrid Architecture Association: the perfect Italian restaurant.

Restaurant Castelados

What better place to enjoy delectable Spanish seafood cuisine?

Sala de Despiece

This unsuspecting butcher shop is actually an upscale tapas bar.

Taquería Mi Ciudad

The best tacos in town. Our tip: don’t sleep on the spicy Margaritas.

Cappuccino Madrid

Perfect for a quick caffeine pitstop along your gallery-hopping afternoon.

PAST SHOWS

ARCO

  • Until 10 Mar ‘24
  • Avda. del Partenón 5
  • ifema.es

Celebrating its 43rd anniversary, ARCO Madrid brought together over 200 galleries from 36 countries around the world under the theme ‘The shore, the tide, the current: an oceanic Caribbean.’

Our top ten art works at Arco.

UVNT Art Fair

This art fair has recently made a name for itself as an integral part of Madrid Art Week provocative art world newcomers. This year they moved to the inspiring Matadero, Madrid’s former cattle market.

Art Madrid

Comparatively, Art Madrid is a smaller and newer art fair – but it packs a mighty punch. Hosted in the historic Galería de Cristal, this event is important not to miss if you’re interested in affordable art.

Andrés Reisinger | A&G Banca Privada

Feast your eyes on this majestic drapery – Argentine digital artist has adorned the A&G headquarters in Madrid with his latest creation until the end of the month.

Ulla von Brandenburg | Palacio de Velázquez

Delicately tiptoeing the line of art and theatre, Ulla von Brandenburg’s installations have transformed the Palacio de Velázquez using drapery and curtains that pull you into performance.

Juan Gopar | Galería Álvaro Alcázar

‘La Isla Taller’ shows this artist’s profound connection to his home, the island of Lanzarote, through a symbiotic interaction between mixed media paintings and found-object sculptures.