To talk about Banksy is to talk about one of the most recognised and admired artists among the younger generations, and one of the leading figures in contemporary street art. These accolades are lost in anonymity, though, because nobody knows who Banksy is. Nevertheless, for the first time in Madrid, you can see some of his most famous works, and get an insight into his controversial artistic universe. The ‘Banksy: Genius or vandal?’ exhibition is on until March 10, giving you a chance to go on an unprecedented journey through more than 70 original works donated by private international collectors.
One of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year, the most complete Tamara de Lempicka show has finally come to Madrid for the first time, and is on at the Palacio de Gaviria. The Polish artist was the queen of Art Deco in the 1920s and 1930s, and her paintings show off elegant, independent women as well as the glamour and cosmopolitan spirit of the roaring '20s, jazz, promiscuity and drugs. This exhibition brings together some 200 pieces from 40 private collections, museums and loans.
‘Van Gogh Alive. The Experience’ brings you a multisensory immersion into the artist’s work through more than 3,000 large-scale images of his artworks synchronised with pieces of classical music. Huge screens, the walls, columns, the ceiling and even the floors all play a role in this unique exhibition that takes you on a trip to Arles, Saint-Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where Van Gogh created most of his art.
To mark the centenary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, the National Library in Madrid hosts an exhibition that takes visitors through the artist's life, discovering details that you may not have known about the man or his work. Through images, infographics, interactive and audiovisual elements, or using virtual or augmented reality, the exhibition shows the multiple facets, dreams, achievements, and failures of the Renaissance genius. Also available for public viewing for the occasion are the Madrid Codices and reconstructions of machines drawn in the Codices as well as one of the biggest projects he ever undertook: the enormous horse designed for Ludovico Sforza.
Man Ray is regarded as one of the greats when it comes to the surrealist and Dadaist movements, along with other artists like Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp. Although born in the USA, Man Ray spent the majority of his life in Paris, where he developed his career as a modernist artist and, especially, as a great portraitist and pillar in the history of avant-garde photography. His world was poetic, almost dreamlike, and one you can explore thanks to this exhibition, which brings together more than a hundred photographs and objects on loan from various European private collections.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid is on from January 24 to 29, so of course you can expect that museums around the Spanish capital would host exhibitions related to this world of glamour, suits, fabrics and needles. The Museum of Decorative Arts offers up a show featuring works by some 50 journalistic photographs in dialogue with garments by Spanish designers and accessories such as jewellery, hats and shoes.
Throughout his nearly-50-year career, American photographer Anthony Hernandez has portrayed the universe of his home town of Los Angeles through photography better than anyone. Subversive and reflective, Hernandez has developed a very personal style which focuses on the formal beauty of the city and its streets, as well as LA's contemporary social issues, both in colour and in black and white. A marvel of an exhibition, this is the first big retrospective of his work in Spain.
Enter into the mysterious and magical world of High Asia, known as ‘the roof of the world’. Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet... Fernando Ezquerro’s lens captures and tells us about the culture and the people of the Seven Ancient Kingdoms of the Himalayas. The exhibition, on in the National Museum of Anthropology, focuses every month on a different kingdom, but always imposing the Himalayan range as a backdrop for different cultures.
Meiro Koizumi and María Ruido investigate (in depth) the violence understood as a force that permeates life, bodies and art – in this case especially audiovisual art. Matadero Madrid presents their works within the programme 'Depth of Field'.
The bohemian spirit and artistic explosion in the Parisian district of Montmartre attracted some of the most transgressive artists of the late-19th century to the area's streets and cafés. One of those was Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the famous painter whose posters can be seen all over the world. Along with with other big names in contemporary art like Vincent Van Gogh, Jean-Louis Forain, T.A. Steinlen, Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard, Toulouse-Lautrec contributed to the birth of this groundbreaking artistic movement. In this exhibition, made up of over 350 works of art from both private and public collections, you'll be immersed in a bit of that bohemian Parisian ambience.