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The Casa del Lector in Matadero Madrid is hosting an exhibition about the history of journalism in Spain. The EFE news agency is celebrating its 75th anniversary as the most important news outlet in the country, and the fourth worldwide. In addition to images from some of the most important events in the past decade, the show will feature different interactive and technological elements. For example, the first mobile unit used by the EFE Agency will be on display. They re-created the original design as well an old analog photograph laboratory.
The relationship between men and gods, and even among men themselves, is the focus of this show at the CaixaForum. With the Mediterranean and its coasts as the focus, the exhibition is based on questioning the need for the gods to decipher the mysteries of the cosmos; the organization of cities around a central common space – the main square, the forum – as a favorable place to meet and talk with each other, and a new consideration of the person replacing the power of the warrior with the inner strength of the philosopher happened in the ancient Greco-Roman world. Thanks to these ideas, new ways to interpret the gods and to relate to them came about, sometimes revealing as much admiration as desire for destruction. This archaeological exhibition combines myth with real history through 165 works of Greco-Roman antiquity, from sculptures, reliefs and pottery to jewellery that have come from various European museums to show the will of the Mediterranean man to go beyond the past, facing his destiny, regardless of the gods, and wondering about the foundation of the world and its relevance to human needs.
It's the perfect exhibition for art lovers as well as fans of literature. 'El rostro de las letras. Escritores y fotógrafos en España desde el Romanticismo hasta la Generación de 1914' ('The face of words. Writers and photographers in Spain from Romanticism to the Generation of 1914') is part of the celebrations of the Real Academia Española for its tricentennial. Through more than 200 photographs, books and documents, the exhibition shows scenes of public and private lives of various personalities in Spanish cultural society, such as Azorín, Baroja, Marañón, Ortega y Gasset, Rosalía de Castro and Unamuno, among others. From daguerreotypes to images of the illustrated press, the photographs are distributed in five different areas, accompanied by various activities: ‘Los escenarios de la cultura’ ('Scenes of culture'), ‘El ojo de la historia’ ('The eye of history'), ‘Los primeros retratos fotográficos’ ('The first photographic portraits'), ‘Los ambientes literarios’ ('Literary environments') and ‘Los fotógrafos’ ('The photographers'), this last also a tribute to the great photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Alfonso, Franzen, Juliá, Kaulak, Nicolás Muller, Santos Yubero, Catalá-Roca and Ramón Masats.
It's no secret that Joaquín Sorolla was a great success in the USA. The Valencian painter lived across the pond one in of the most important periods as far ash is artistic career was concerned, managing to exhibit at the Hispanic Society of America, among other spaces. Under the patronage of this institution, he later presented his works in Boston and Buffalo. Two years later, exhibitions in Chicago and St. Louis followed. His elegant portraits, landscapes of warm beaches lapped by ocean waves, and beautiful gardens wowed critics and the public in the States at the time. Now, thanks to a collaboration between The Meadows Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art and the Fundación Mapfre, art lovers in Madrid have the chance to see some of Sorolla's works bought by American collectors and museums that have never before been exhibited in Spain. Until now.
- Fundación Mapfre Paseo de Recoletos, 23, 28004
- Fri Sep 26 - Sun Jan 11
'Metamorfosis' presents the work of four key figures in the world of film animation: the Polish pioneer born in Russia and based in Paris Ladislas Starewitch (1982-1965), the Czech master Jan Švankmajer (1934) and the Quay twins (1947), born in Pennsylvania (USA) and resident in London for three decades. The three filmographies are singular in themselves yet still have a lot in common: an eccentric dreamy universe, where innocence, cruelty, lust, magic and madness live together; a haunting, poetic and lucid landscape, sometimes grotesque and sometimes spooky, with characters who love the unproductive and the futile. Sessions, workshops and meetings with the artists round out the exhibition.
Three million theatre-goers in New York, London, Sydney, Sweden, Canada, Italy and Argentina, and now the musical based in the 1994 movie of the same name arrives in Spain. It's the story of three friends who cross the Australian desert aboard a dilapidated bus that they baptize Priscilla. They're on their way to do a drag show and are also on the lookout for love and friendship. A road movie taken to the stage with 40 artists, 500 spectacular costumes, 200 fabulous wigs and one 10-tonne robotic bus. Oh, and of course, 25 of the greatest disco hits to ensure a good time is had by all. (In Spanish)
Italian Futurism, the avant-garde of the avant-garde, comes to Madrid via this exhibition that the Juan March Foundation has dedicated to the artist Fortunato Depero (Fondo, Trento province, 1892 – Rovereto, 1960). Through more than 200 pieces including paintings, drawings, tapestries, sculptures, photographs, and more, from various international institutions and collections – both public and private – the exhibition aims to reflect the artist's entire body of work, 'Tutto Depero', as he referred to it.