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Check out the Barbie exhibition in Madrid this spring | © Fundación Canal
Check out the Barbie exhibition in Madrid this spring | © Fundación Canal
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This Exhibition in Madrid Lets You Be Barbie for a Day

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Updated: 21 February 2017
Remember loving Barbie dolls back in the day? The Barbie: Más allá de la Muñeca (Barbie: More Than Just the Doll) exhibition will let you live out all those Barbie dreams once again, right here in Madrid. Find out all there is to know about this tiny cultural icon, right here.
Barbie is cultural icon | © Fundación Canal
Barbie is cultural icon | © Fundación Canal

With 438 pieces, the exhibition is separated into eight different sections. The first section, Barbie Evolution, will show how Barbie has grown and changed over the years (but somehow, she’s never aged). She has, however, had a variety of skin tones, cultural ethnicity and styles, and for the first time, a curvy Barbie is now available. Other sections include Barbie’s Family (remember Midge, Stacie and who could forget Ken – and of course, the Dream House); Barbie: From Model to Fashionista, focusing on how her style has changed over the years and Barbie Around the World (she’s represented as more than 50 different nationalities).

Barbie's Dreamhouse and family | © Fundación Canal
Barbie’s Dreamhouse and family | © Fundación Canal

Check out the I Can Be section, which features Barbie’s professions, like an astronaut, nurse, police officer and firefighter.

Barbie (and you) can be anything | © Fundación Canal
Barbie (and you) can be anything | © Fundación Canal

The Silkstone Barbie section focuses on a set of Barbies from the 1950s and 1960s and the Barbie on the Runway section is all about fashion: she’s been dressed by 75 famous designers, including Armani, Moschino, Ferré, Versace, Dior, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Givenchy, Louboutin and Oscar de la Renta. Don’t miss the iconic Karl Lagerfield Barbie that came out in 2014. There were only 999 dolls of this limited edition Barbie which sold out in five hours (one of which is featured in the exhibit).

The Barbie Exhibit | © Fundación Canal
The Barbie Exhibit | © Fundación Canal

Finally, the last section, Barbie in Culture, is all about music, art and cinema. See Barbie as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind or representing the painting Sunflowers by Van Gogh. There’s even an Andy Warhol Barbie and a Cher Barbie.

The original Barbie from 1959, Cher Barbie and the new Curvy Barbie | © Mattel Inc.
The original Barbie from 1959, Cher Barbie and the new Curvy Barbie | © Mattel Inc.

The exhibition wouldn’t be complete without a photo in the life-size pink Barbie box, so step up and get a snap.

Practical Info:

Dates: February 15 to May 2, 2017

Price: Free!

Hours: All days except Wednesday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Wednesday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Location: Fundación Canal – Canal de Isabel II , Mateo Inurria, 2, 28036 Madrid, +34 91 545 15 01

*If you’d like a guided visit, they are free on Mondays at 2:45 pm. For information and to reserve, email info@didark.es

Barbie | © Fundación Canal
Barbie | © Fundación Canal