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Top art exhibitions in Madrid right now

These are the art exhibitions on in Madrid's museums and galleries that you won't want to miss

Sobre el arcoíris - Diana Markosian
Sobre el arcoíris - Diana Markosian
By Time Out Madrid and Jan Fleischer |
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Calling all lovers of painting, photography, sculpture, and art in general: we know one of the biggest things to do in Madrid for you is to check out the best exhibitions on in the city right now. This is our selection of what you won't want to miss in Madrid's museums and galleries.

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Pink Floyd
Art

The Pink Floyd Exhibition

icon-location-pin IFEMA - Feria de Madrid, Campo de las Naciones
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Immerse yourself in the psychedelic universe of one of the most iconic bands in music history: Pink Floyd. 'The Pink Floyd Exhibition' is an audiovisual journey through 50 years of the group’s music, art and design. See more than 350 pieces, some previously unseen, including David Gilmour's Fender Telecaster Custom guitar, which he played when the band recorded 'Animals'. You'll also see reconstructions of legendary set designs from the band that gave us unforgettable albums like 'The Dark Side of the Moon', 'Wish You Were Here', and 'The Wall' and 'The Division Bell'.  

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Charles Ray
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Charles Ray

icon-location-pin Palacio de Cristal, Retiro
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The pristine sculptures of American artist Charles Ray (Chicago, 1953) are on show at the Palacio de Cristal in the Retiro park. These intensely white and oversized pieces offer an artistic perception that may leave you questioning reality. For instance, his 'Family Romance' (1993), Ray depicts a straight couple with their children, who are all naked. By making the children the same height as the parents, the artist shows an altered perception of idealised normality.

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Joel Meyerowitz: Hacia la luz
Art, Photography

Joel Meyerowitz: Out of the Darkness

icon-location-pin Casa de América, Recoletos
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Joel Meyerowitz is considered as one of the great modern-day street photographers, carrying on the legacy of artists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, while at the same time defining a language of his own. In this exhibition at Casa América, you can see some 100 photographs of his time spent in Spain (1966-67), which played an important part in the evolution of his artistic process. During that time he lived in Málaga with one of the best- known flamenco families of the day, the Escalonas.

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Sobre el arcoíris - Diana Markosian
Art, Photography

Sobre el arcoíris (Over the Rainbow)

icon-location-pin Casa de América, Recoletos
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The camera of Armenian-American photographer Diana Markosian captures the magic of the ritual by which girls become women in modern-day Cuba: ‘la quinceañera', a widely celebrated tradition in Latin America. This exhibition, which combines portraits and videos with a touch of fantasy, is part of the official programming of PHotoESPAÑA 2019.

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Pop soul. Darío Villalba
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Darío Villalba. Pop soul

icon-location-pin Sala Alcalá 31, Sol
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Last year, artist Darío Villalba died at age 79 after a fascinating life and career spent in the fields of painting, photography and even Olympic figure skating for Spain. He had one of the most unique points of view in pop art, and this exhibition explores that perspective and looks at his recurring themes such as loneliness and death. Among other pieces, you can see his ‘Encapsulados’ (‘The Encapsulated’), installations that combine photography with other materials and which accelerated Villalba’s rise to fame.

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Torres Kio - Pongamos que hablo de Madrid
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Pongamos que hablo de Madrid

icon-location-pin Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Conde Duque
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'Pongamos que hablo de Madrid' ('Let’s say I’m talking about Madrid') is a phrase that has become synonymous with the city of Madrid, its streets and its many mysteries. This exhibition shows the various types of art that have been produced in the Spanish capital over the past four decades. This includes the most recent names and goes as far back as those who contributed to Madrid's 'La Movida' counterculture movement in the 1980s. The exhibition showcases 149 pieces, among them paintings, drawings, graphic works and photographs, from 39 renowned artists such as Fernando Bellver, Luis Gordillo and Ouka Lele.

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Ópera. Pasión, poder y política
Art

Opera. Passion, power and politics

icon-location-pin CaixaForum, Barrio de las Letras
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The history of opera is also the history of Europe over the last 400 years. This is how CaixaForum understands it and shares it with us in an exhibition of eight opera premieres in eight of the main cities of the old continent, featuring works by Monteverdi, Shostakovich, Wagner, Strauss and more, for a total of 200 pieces from some 25 museums.

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Ramón y Ceesepe. Espacios para ser, espejos para crear
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Ramón and Ceesepe. Spaces to be, spaces to create

icon-location-pin Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Conde Duque
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The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo expands its catalog with an artistic experience where, via an audiovisual visit to the studio of Madrid painter Ceesepe, a relationship is established between Ceesepe and Ramón Gómez de la Serna. The two were both from Madrid, and both artists whose work spoke to people on a universal level – one with brushes, colours and evocative images, the other with words, notebooks and aphorisms.

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Gabriel de la Mora. Cristales de inevidencias
Art

Inevidencias, by Gabriel de la Mora

icon-location-pin Casa de México, Chamberí
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You don't have to travel all the way to Mexico to appreciate some of that country's contemporary art, with this exhibition by Gabriel de la Mora, which includes three different series and artistic processes: 'Cristales de inevidencia', where he plays with architecture and glass in pieces where only through the light that is reflected in the glass can you see the drawing; 'Poesía concreta', where the artist's work is based on Post-its sticking out from a closed book; and 'Pelo', where the hair in works created it has been detached from the paper and ends up playing with the overlapping between drawing and sculpture.

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PhotoESPAÑA 2019
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PHotoESPAÑA

icon-location-pin Various venues, Madrid
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The international festival for photography and visual arts PHotoESPAÑA has earned its place as Spain’s biggest event in the world of photography. From June 5 to September 1, PHotoESPAÑA 2019 presents 85 exhibitions with works by 296 artists and a programme of activities that take place in close to 80 venues. It’s a complete immersion in the best of the the world of photography, from the latest trends and experiments to projects by such renowned artists as Javier Vallhonrat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Delio Jasse, Darío Villalba, Berenice Abbott, William Klein and Rogelio López Cuenca.

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