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Madrid's Outstanding Spring 2016 Exhibitions

Madrid's Outstanding Spring 2016 Exhibitions

Picture of Idoia García Hernando
Updated: 7 November 2016
If you are in Madrid this Spring, set some time aside for these amazing exhibitions and you will not regret it. Without leaving Madrid you will visit Egypt, get to know the famous writer Miguel de Cervantes or admire the realism of some pictures created by some of Madrid’s best artists.


‘Cleopatra and the Fascination of Egypt’ at the Centro de Arte Canal

The Canal Art Centre is hosting this exhibition in the centre of Madrid from December 2015 until May 2016. The exhibition is divided in seven different parts. The first one is about the country where Cleopatra was born, Egypt, land of the Nile river. The second section talks about the Ptlomee dynasty that ruled Egypt since Alexander Magnus conquered it. Cleopatra was the last member of this dynasty. The last parts of the exhibition explore the figure of the queen herself and the queen as an inspiration for artists throughout the years.

📍 Centro de Arte Canal, Paseo de la Castellana, 214,  Madrid

Cleopatra by Waterhouse | Courtesy of the museum

Cleopatra by Waterhouse | Courtesy of the Canal Isabel II Gestión

‘Madrid Realists’ at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Realist art movement has as its guiding principle to represent things as they really were, seeking to mimic the real form of the world with quasi-photographic precision. This exhibition, dedicated to the Realist artists of Madrid, is being held at the Thyssen-Bornemisza until May 22nd. The Madrid Realists are a group of artists, painters and sculptors, who emerged on the Spanish art scene in in the second half of the 20th century and shared the same artistic vision. The exhibition displays some of the most renowned works by artists such as Antonio López García, María Moreno Julio, and Francisco López Hernández to name just a few, as well as offering a glimpse into their personal lives. 

📍Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado, 8, Madrid

‘El Bosco: The Centenary Exhibition’ at the Prado

Hieronymus Bosch, better known as ‘El Bosco’, is perhaps one of the most famous Dutch Old Masters.  This exhibition is the largest of its kind so far, and is taking place in one of the most important museums in Madrid, the Prado, and will be open to the public until September of this year. The exhibition is structured in six sections, and is organised according to the different themes the painter explored. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the inclusion of his famous triptychs (paintings in three parts). 

📍Museo del Prado, Paseo del Prado, Madrid

‘Watermarks’ at Casa de la Moneda

Still not sure what watermarks really are? A watermark is a semitransparent image produced on paper by varying the density of the paper itself. To find out more about this historic technique don’t miss the exhibition taking place at the Real Casa de la Moneda until May, a perfect setting for it given that the special type of paper needed to create watermarks is produced here too. The first part of the exhibition is dedicated to the production of this paper and the process of watermark creation. Other parts will introduce you to some of the most important Spanish artists to use watermarks including, Rafael Calvo Zumel and Carlos García Cuadrado.

📍Museo Casa de la Moneda, Calle del Dr. Esquerdo, 36, Madrid

‘Cavanilles/Stübing’ at the Royal Botanic Garden

Antonio José Cavanilles (1745-1804) was a renowned Spanish botanist who led the way in taxonomy, naming over 100 species from across the globe. He also acted as director of the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid before his death in 1804. Today, botanist and artist Gerardo Stübing pays tribute to Cavanilles with this fascinating exhibition running until May 2016 in the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid. Stübing’s work is remarkable for its subtle blending of natural forms with geometric shapes and patterns. He has won several awards, the most important of them being the BMW Award for Painting.

📍Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, Plaza de Murillo, 2, Madrid

‘Miguel de Cervantes from life to myth’ at the National Library of Spain

Miguel de Cervantes is perhaps the most famous Spanish writer of all times. This year marks the 400th anniversary of his death and, unsurprisingly, there will be a variety of activities organised throughout the year to to celebrate him and his world-famous character, Don Quixote. This is the context in which this exhibition, organised by the National Library, is taking place, and will be running until the 22nd of May. The exhibition is divided in three sections and explores themes such as the writers family life, as well as his military life, and his literary work.

📍Biblioteca Nacional de España, Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22,  Madrid


By Idoia García