Calling all lovers of painting, photography, sculpture, and art in general: this is your selection of art collections, exhibitions and shows on in Madrid's museums, galleries and cultural centres. Whether they're on for just a few weeks or you have months to check them out, don't miss these top art exhibitions in the city.
The boundaries between artistic genres are practically non-existent in this exhibition of Catalan artist Ignasi Aballí. Anything goes, including texts, archives and documents, when it comes to conceptual art, creating a place for works that ignore distinctions between painting, literature, photography, installations, film or video. Mediums play with opposites, as has been the case since the '80s, to challenge viewers' perceptions and allude to concepts such as presence and absence, materian and immaterial, or excess of information and resources, and the emptiness of meaning.Read more
The work of Andrzej Wróblewsk (1927-1957), who was a key figure in 20th-century Polish art, comes to Madrid as part of the first major retrospective on the artist (about 150 pieces) outside of Poland. Here's a chance to get to know the work of this artist who's practically a legend is his native country and recognised for, among other things, his exceptional vision of war and its aftermath, and human degradation – fruit of his political commitment. Despite his short life, Wróblewsk created a wide and diverse collection of works, which are broken down into two stages in this exhibition: his beginnings, where he was looking for his own pictorial language (1948-1949), and his final period, in which, under the influence of Stalinist socialist realism, he started over again (1956-1957).Read more
To talk about Jules Verne is to talk about curiosity, adventure and knowledge – virtues that you can explore in this retrospective of the universal genius, and creator of wonderful and impossible worlds, and works in which the boundaries of fiction and reality are blurred. If you're a fan of the French creator, you won't want to miss this exhibition where you can explore the surroundings and elements found in his celebrated novels (earth, air, ice, water, space and time), and get to know some of the fascinating characters such as adventurers Manuel Iradier and Julio Cervera; film-makers like Segundo de Chomón and Jean Painlevé; Nellie Bly, the first woman to go around the world in 72 days; and pioneers of deep-sea diving like Louis-Auguste Boutan and of aviation such as Santos-Dumont.Read more
German artist Hito Steyerl uses humour and new technologies to criticise via art issues such as control, surveillance, militarization, migration, cultural globalisation, feminism and political image – subjects she believes capable of creating realities. Steyerl is considered one of today's most relevant video artists, as her work revolves around the way in which the curent consumption of images and new forms of access to information condition the paths of communication. So she creates video narratives, which are often humourous, and with an approachable language.Read more
With the 150th anniversary of the birth of Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) coming up, works of the Russian painter, a key figure in contemporary art, comes to Madrid's CentroCentro with an exhibition that looks at his celebrated career. One of the best monographic shows on the artist in Spain, boasting a hundred pieces, is broken down into four sections of Kandinsky's career, from his early years in Germany, through his time in Russia, and ending with his stay in France – specificially, Munich, 1896-1914, Russia 1914-21, Bauhaus 1921-33, and Paris 1933-44. A highlight on the art calendar in Madrid.Read more