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Madrid’s 10 Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit

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Cristina Villadóniga
Updated: 22 September 2016
Dynamism and creativity merge in Madrid’s culture district, where veteran galleries and newborn arts spaces devoted to contemporary creation mingle and exchange experiences. The capital of Spain welcomes interesting urban events and art fairs in a continually evolving art scene. And although it is difficult to pinpoint the very best art venues, these are ten of the most interesting contemporary art galleries in Madrid.

Mad is Mad

Mad is Mad is a gallery devoted to contemporary creation, new sensibilities, irony and urban experimentation. Born in 2005 in the heart of the lively neighborhood of Chueca, the gallery works as a platform for emerging talents and combines the art space with book editing and a shop selling unique design objects. With the aim of bringing contemporary art closer to the public, the gallery engages the attention of wider audiences thanks to its affordable prices and its long-term collective exhibitions. More than 100 artists (such as Paula Bonet, Rainer Torrado, Aitor Saraiba or Rubenimichi) from at least 40 countries have exhibited their artwork at Mad is Mad, where photography, painting, video art, drawing and design converge in a plurality of concepts and formats.

Mad is Mad, c/ Pelayo 48, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 9143

Mondo Galeri­a

Mondo Galeriía is a versatile space for contemporary art, mainly focused on photography and design. As boundaries between disciplines, styles and trends disappear at high speed, this gallery pays close attention to what is happening in all areas in order to synthesize them within a single space, aware of the new needs and resources of 21st century and the power of photography to communicate emotions and stories. Mondo Galería hosts exhibitions of emerging and established talents such as Andrea Santolaya, Pep Bonet, Alfred Wertheimer or Lawrence Schiller. In addition to this, it is home to a photography bookshop and organizes seminars, workshops and masterclasses with its artists’ active participation.

Mondo Galeria, Calle San Lucas 9, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 08 2325

La New Gallery

La New Gallery has been promoting creative young Spaniards  since 2012, including both emerging and established artists. This gallery is the joint venture of Juan Valverde and Ricardo García, former architect and lawyer respectively, both truly passionate about contemporary art and active collectors. Under their direction, La New Gallery presents a lively program aimed at celebrating contemporary art. Drawing, installation and video art, with a special focus on painting and photography, are exhibited with no limited frameworks on a monthly basis. The gallery has two floors, with the street-level floor serving as a place for exhibitions, and the downstairs floor playing the role of an audiovisual space.

La New Gallery, Calle de Carranza 6, Madrid, Spain, +34 91 445 6557

 

 La New Gallery
Courtesy of La New Gallery

Travesía Cuatro

Travesí­a Cuatro was founded by Silvia Ortiz and Inés López-Quesada in 2003 with the aim of promoting emerging and mid-career national and international artists, putting an emphasis on Latin American talents. Since then, Travesía Cuatro has consolidated its name and strengthened its presence on international markets and fairs such as ARCOmadrid, Art Basel Miami or Zona Maco. The work of the gallery is primarily related to building a bridge between the Latin American and European art scenes, and its program is constantly expanding with the recent opening of a new venue in Guadalajara, México.

Travesía Cuatro, C/ San Mateo 16, Madrid, Spain, +34 91 310 0098

Rafael Pérez Hernando

Rafael Pérez Hernando gallery was launched in 1996 in a small basement, quite near the current venue, which was opened in 2004. At the beginning, the gallery focused on exhibitions of established artists, selected for the quality of their works. Within the new location, the gallery updates its former premises to put emerging artists in the spotlight gravitating around a spirit of eclecticism that involves a range of different disciplines, from sculpture and installation to photography and painting. The gallery’s selection can be defined as following a special cult of color, playfulness and imperfection, in permanent contrast with light, emptiness and balance, including pieces that play with these fascinating elements.

Rafael Pérez Hernando, Calle Orellana 18, Madrid, Spain, +34 91 297 6480

 

Rafael Pérez Hernando
Alfonso Fraile, “El solitario” 1986 | © Rafael Pérez Hernando

Elvira González

Elvira González is a prestigious name in Madrid’s art scene. Director of Galería Theo for 30 years, Elvira turned out to be a pioneering gallerist when she brought to Spain exhibitions of the most important artists of the century, such as Auguste Rodin, Juan Gris or Francis Bacon. In 1994 she opened her own gallery, named after herself and focused on European and American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Nowadays, her daughters and son have joined her to steer and continue her artistic trajectory. The Elvira González gallery has displayed the artworks of great national and international contemporary artists like Tapiès, Chillida, Elena del Rivero, Robert Irwin, Robert Mapplethorpe or Miquel Barceló. The gallery also collaborates with major museums and cultural institutions and provides guidance to private and public collections.

Elvira González, C/ General Castaños 3, Madrid, Spain,+34 91 319 5900

 

Heinrich Ehrhardt

The Heinrich Ehrhardt gallery was founded in 1980 and pioneered the introduction of German artists to Madrid. In 1985, the gallery moved to Frankfurt to expand the list of already established artists towards the emerging generation of new talents. Heinrich Ehrhardt devoted several years to public art projects completed in collaboration with architects and urban planners, and organized major exhibitions in European museums before his own gallery reopened in Madrid in 1998, in the neighborhood of Malasaña. This lively space is now home to young Spanish artists such as Julia Spinola or Secundino Hernández.

Heinrich Ehrhardt, C/ San Lorenzo 11, Madrid, Spain,+34 91 310 4415

Juana de Aizpuru

Juana de Aizpuru is admired worldwide for her inspiring leadership in contemporary art promotion; she was the creator and first director of the ARCO international fair and helped to seed a national interest in contemporary art. She founded her first gallery in Sevilla back in 1970. In 1983, Juana de Aizpuru arrived in Madrid and opened a new arts space in the neighborhood of Chueca, where it remains ever since, outlasting the Sevilla venue. Devoted to international and national talents of numerous disciplines, Juana de Aizpuru gallery has photography as a cornerstone of its catalogue, featuring prestigious names such as Alberto García Alix, Cristina García Rodero or Joel-Peter Witkin.

Juana de Aizpuru, C/ Barquillo 44-1º, Spain,+34 91 310 5561

 

Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid
Exhibition view 2011, Franz West and Wolfgang Tillmans | © Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid

Sabrina Amrani Gallery

Born in 2011 in the trendy neighborhood of Malasaña, Sabrina Amrani gallery promotes an artistic dialogue and distinctively welcomes the confluence of political and social thought through the artworks of its established and emerging artists from all over the world, such as Marlon de Azambuja, Younes Baba-Ali, Amina Benbouchta, Elvire Bonduelle and Zoulikha Bouabdellah, among others. The gallery has participated in international art fairs such as Casablanca Art Week or Beirut Art Fair by the hand of its owner and director Sabrina Amrani, French of Algerian origin, who pays particular attention to new voices that are emerging in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia regions.

Sabrina Amrani, Calle de la Madera 23, Madrid, Spain +34 627 539 884

 

Sabrina Amrani
Courtesy of Sabrina Amrani

Elba Benítez

Since 1990 Elba Benítez gallery has embraced a wide range of contemporary art disciplines from its stunning location in the courtyard of an old villa: installation, sculpture, video, photography, painting, performance and collective action artworks have been displayed within its privileged arts space. The gallery also aims to explore the interplay of art with other disciplies such as architecture, film, tourism or public space projects. Elba Benítez pays particular attention to Latin American art and promotes national and international artists, both emerging and established, such as Cristina Iglesias, Gintaras Didziapetris or Yaima Carrazana.

Elba Benítez, Calle San Lorenzo 11, Madrid, Spain,+34 91 308 0468