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Check out Madrid's best museum exhibitions this spring and summer | © Reina Sofía
Check out Madrid's best museum exhibitions this spring and summer | © Reina Sofía

6 Must-See Museum Exhibitions in Madrid This Spring

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Updated: 25 April 2017

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.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain, +34 917 74 10 00

La Guernica, a Picasso masterpiece in Madrid |© Joaquin Cortes / Roman Lores for the Reina Sofia

La Guernica, a Picasso masterpiece in Madrid | © Joaquin Cortes / Roman Lores for the Reina Sofia

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.

Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Buen Retiro, Paseo Venezuela, 2, 28001, Madrid, Spain, +34 917 74 10 00

Check out the Franz Erhard Walther exhibit | © Reina Sofía

Avant-Garde Prototypes by Kobro and Strzemiński

April 25 – September 18, 2017

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.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Sabatini Building, Floor 3, Madrid, Spain, +34 917 74 10 00

A little avant-garde | © Reina Sofía

A little avant-garde | © Reina Sofía