Madrid is a city full of museums, some of which are hosting special exhibits you shouldn’t miss over the next few months. Here are some of the best museum exhibitions happening in spring 2017 in Spain’s capital.
Tierra de Sueños by Cristina García Rodero
Through May 28, 2017
Tierra de Sueños, meaning Land of Dreams, is a photo exhibition focusing on India and the roles of woman in rural areas of the country. The photographer is one of Spain’s most famous, and Rodero has won several awards, including the World Press Photo in 1993 and the National Photography Prize in 1996.
Caixa Forum, Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014 Madrid, Spain, +34 913 30 73 00
Una reflexión teórica desde la profesión by Rafael Moneo
Until June 11, 2017
Perfectly coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, this exhibit by Pritzker Architectural Prize winner Rafael Moneo comes to Madrid after stints in Hong Kong, Lisbon, and Mexico City. Una reflexión teórica desde la profesión shows photos, drawings and even models of over 46 buildings the architect designed in his lifetime, some of the most famous being renovations of the Atocha train station and the Prado Museum. Other buildings include Columbia University’s Northwest Corner Building in New York and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain, +34 917 91 13 70
Pity and Terror in Picasso, The Path to Guernica
Through September 4, 2017
This special exhibit focuses on Pablo Picasso’s still-life paintings towards the beginning of his career, his violent depictions of war, and his later works during the 1950s. With paintings on loan from several impressive museums such as the Musée Picasso in Paris, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, the Beyeler Foundation, and many others, the exhibit will help the public understand the timeline leading up to the epic masterpiece Guernica and the aftermath that followed.
Treasures From the Hispanic Society of America. Visions of the Hispanic World
Through September 10, 2017
Over 200 works from New York’s Hispanic Society of America are currently in an exhibition in Madrid, many of which have never been on display in Europe, including the Fates of Man by Manuel Chili or the Map of Tequaltiche, once thought to be lost. The exhibition will feature treasures in a variety of media, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, artifacts, and more, all dedicated to showing the history of Hispanic culture in Spain, America, and other places.
Museo Nacional Del Prado, Paseo del Prado, s/n, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 30 28 00
A Place for the Body by Franz Erhard Walther
Through September 10, 2017
Organized by the Reina Sofia but located in an off-site location, A Place for the Body is an exhibit featuring two main themes—action and language—interpreted through Walther’s sculptures, drawings, paintings, photos, and more. Reminiscent of Hélio Oiticica’s Parangolés, Lygia Clark’s sensorial objects, and Lygia Pape’s Divisor, Walther gives the sculptures a textile appearance.
Avant-Garde Prototypes by Kobro and Strzemiński
If you’d like to learn more about Suprematism, Neo-plasticism, and Constructivism, the Avant-Garde Prototypes exhibit is for you. With sculptures taking cues from Mondrian, you’ll learn all about Strzemiński’s theory of Unism, which says art is simply a “visual” phenomenon, or Kobro’s thoughts on sculptures being a model for life and society.