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Le Corbusier. An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

At the age of 77, Le Corbusier went for a swim in the Mediterranean and was swallowed by the sea. It was the summer of 1965, and he'd already spent more than six decades fighting with the landscape. Although he was born in Switzerland, or perhaps because he was born in the geographic centre of Swiss timing, he became a poetic machinist who produced housing accommodation (houses and flats), he conceived enormous cities redrawing the landscape from an airplane, and he transformed reinforced concrete into the dominant material of the modern age.You can see this, and much more, in the CaixaForum, itself a modernist building apparently far removed from the theories drawn by the man born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1887 – Roquebrune-Cap- Martin, 1965) and widely known by the pseudonym Le Corbusier. 'An Atlas of Modern Landscapes', the subtitle of the exhibition, is the most comprehensive ever seen, and will explain the intention of the curator, Jean-Louis Cohen: architecture, which was less appreciated when engineering got in touch with its creative side, searches for a new space in the urban universe and ends up rooting itself in line with the saying taken from the Goya painting, 'the sleep of reason produces monsters'.Le Corbusier, as can be seen through objects, models, photographs, drawings, installations and various documents, was a multifaceted creator. His ideology was above the mainstream: he worked for Soviet communists, Italian fascists, South Ameri

  1. CaixaForum Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014
  2. Wed Jun 11 - Sun Oct 12
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Richard Hamilton

The best works of one of the pioneers of pop art finally arrive in Madrid in the form of a retrospective exhibition. Richard Hamilton (London, 1922-2011) was a British painter who left school to work in an advertising agency. There he started his artistic journey, which would end up making him the father of pop art, thanks to his unique interpretation of mass culture. This exhibition brings together more than 250 works produced between 1949 and 2010 and includes paintings, photographs, drawings and etchings, as well as works that resulted from Hamilton's experimentation with computer-generated images and collaborations with other artists. Pay special attention to the installations 'This Is Tomorrow', 'An Exhibit', 'Man, Machine and Motion' and 'Growth and Form', reconstructed for the first time for this show, which coincides with 'Mitos del Pop' at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

  1. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Santa Isabel 52, 28012
  2. Fri Jun 27 - Mon Oct 13
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Alberto García-Alix. Self-Portrait.

Probably the most personal and autobiographical exhibitions of one of the key artists of 20th-century Spanish photography. 'Autorretrato' ('Self-Portrait') shows García-Alix's most self-referential works from the late '70s to the present. The artist has photographed big names in Spanish culture, such as Pedro Almodóvar, Emma Suárez and Camarón de la Isla. Why see it? García-Alix's portraits are singular and this exhibition shows us what he wants us to see about himself. It's our chance to navigate through his life from early self-portraits to photos of fragments of his body, and, bit by bit, we learn his true story.

  1. Círculo de Bellas Artes Alcalá 42, Marqués de Casa Riera 2, 28014
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Sun Sep 28
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AC Palacio del Retiro

  • Price band: 4/4

The AC Palacio del Retiro offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy the charms of a historical building dating from the beginning of the 20th century that’s strategically located just in front of the Retiro and very near Paseo de Recoletos. It has a fully-equipped business centre and five meeting rooms of different sizes with free Wi-Fi, making it the ideal location for meetings, conferences and celebrations.    

  1. Alfonso XII, 14, 28014
  2. Rates €107-€238 single; €238-€337 double.
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Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

A multitude of flowers, hearts and clouds, stars and colours – lots of colours – are hallmarks of the collections of Catalan designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, who has in this establishment one of her flagship shops. Imagination and a bold use of colour are apparent in her line of clothes, which are suitable for all ages, and in her accessories, including jewellery and beauty, home and stationery items.

  1. Serrano, 27, 28001
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Albergue Juvenil Madrid San Fermin

  • Price band: 1/4

A prominent part of the redevelopment of the San Fermín neighborhood, this youth hostel is 15 minutes by public transport from the centre of Madrid, and a 5-minute walk from San Fermín metro station. Its facilities include double, triple, quadruple and twin beds in shared rooms, with the possibility of a private bathroom or a bathroom shared with other guests. There are also spaces to hold events, seminars, courses, tests and other cultural activities.

  1. Avda de los Fueros, 36, 28041
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Culture in the capital

  1. Plaza de Legazpi, 8, 28045
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Museo del Prado

  • Critics choice
  1. Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014
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  1. Paseo del Prado, 36, 28014
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  1. Santa Isabel 52, 28012
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Círculo de Bellas Artes

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  1. Alcalá 42, Marqués de Casa Riera 2, 28014
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Centro Cultural Conde Duque

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  • Free
  1. Conde Duque, 11, 28015
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La Casa Encendida

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  • Free
  1. Ronda de Valencia 2, 28012
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Teatro Compac Gran Vía

  • Price band: 3/4
  1. Gran Vía, 66, 28013
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