San Isidro Festival 2006 in Madrid

This week sees the start of Madrid’s famous San Isidro festival. I will be writing a report about it in the next day or so but in the interim I would like to point you in the direction of these two websites, where full details of events and activities can be found: San Isidro Festival […]

Madrid Flickr Badge

I will shortly be adding a Flickr Badge to the sidebar navigation of this site so that people will be able to view a wide selection of regularly updated, Madrid-related photographs. I have actually selected all Flickr photos that are tagged with the word: Madrid. If you’re planning a trip to Madrid, you may if […]

Easter Week Madrid 2006

I don’t need to tell you that Easter Week is the most important part of the Christian calendar, or  do I? Well, in Madrid you will find an array of events going on through next week and into the early part of the following. Walking in and out of some churches last week I could […]

National Stamp Fair Opens in the Plaza Mayor

Today, Spain´s Minister for Culture opened the Feria Nacional del Sello 2006 in Madrid´s Plaza Mayor. A large marquee has been erected in one area of the square where you can visit commercial stands, those by Correos (Spain´s postal service), the Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint), some stands by young collectors, amongst others. Entrance […]

Exhibition of Fra Angelico at the Thyssen

From the 7th March to the 14th May, the focus of a new exhibition at the Thyssen Museum will be the painter Fra Angelico’s work: the Virgin of the Humility and the Virgin enthroned with the Christ Child. In addition to these masterpieces, the exhibition also provides the opportunity to see twelve further panel paintings […]

Otto Dix Exhibition at the Fundación Juan March

From the 10th February to the 14th May, 2006 the Fundación Juan March will put on an exhibtion dedicated to the German painter Otto Dix. The Foundation says that it will be the first major exhibition devoted to the artist in Spain. Otto Dix lived throughout some of the major events of the last century: […]

Christmas Nativity Scenes and Markets in Madrid

This year quite an extensive programme of Christmas activities has been organised by Madrid’s City Council. I will break the information down into various articles over the next couple of days.Christmas Market in the Plaza Mayor – the main Christmas market in the city and a place where you will find all things related to […]

History of Photography in Spain at the Círculo de Bellas Artes

From the 17th November until the 8th January, the Círculo de Bellas Artes will be holding a fascinating exhibition which charts the history of photography in Spain from 1839 until the 21st Century. It consists of 400 photographs, collected from over 100 national and international archives, which attempt to show the social and technological developments […]

Tamara Rojo in Blancanieves (Snow White)

Having had its world premiere in Bilbao last week, the Ballet "Blancanieves" (Snow White) will première in Madrid’s Teatro Albéniz on the 9th November and will run until the 13th November. The star of the show is Tamara Rojo, the principal dancer of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden. The Ballet is described as the first […]

Modern Realism Exhibition

Mimesis: Realismos Modernos (Modern Realism) is an exhibition, jointly arranged between the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Fundación Caja Madrid, which will display the diffusion of realism between the first and second word wars. It charts the development of Realism as something which started out strongly but which finised up weakened by economic, political and social […]

Fundación Juan March Celebrates 50 Years

The Fundación Juan March will open a new exhibition on Friday which will commemorate its 50 years in existence. The exhibition will bring together the work of some of the principal artists from the last century. It includes 60 works (51 paintings, 6 photographs and 3 sculptures) from artists such as Cezanne, Degas, Gauguin, Giacometti, […]

New Reina Sofía Extension Opens

Last week the Queen of Spain, Doña Sofía, opened the new extensions of the Museo Reina Sofía. The project, which was designed by architect Jean Nouvel cost 90 million Euros and has added an extra 55% to the size of the museum. The Museo Reina Sofía forms part of Madrid’s Golden Triangle (the others being […]

Exhibition of Photographs from Madrid’s ‘Mixed Race’

From the 11th July until the 18th September, the Circulo de Bellas Artes will be holding a photographic exhibition featuring images of people from over 150 countries and who currently reside in Madrid’s community. Seven accomplished photographers have taken pictures of people from countries as diverse as Ghana, South Africa, Niger, Croatia, Bulgaria, Brazil and […]

Madrid’s Cultural Summer Programme

Throughout July and right up to August 14th, the Madrid City Council puts on its summer entertainment programme, called Veranos de la Villa, which sees events taking place both indoors and outdoors and cuts across the cultural spectrum. It is a wonderful opportunity to see Spanish culture at its best and the programme includes flamenco, […]

Juan Gris at the Reina Sofia Museum

José Victoriano González-Pérez was born in Madrid in 1887. Better known as Juan Gris he became one of the main practitioners of Cubism, developing his own style of it. Having studied mechanical drawing at the Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas in Madrid, he moved to Paris in 1906 where he came under the influence of […]