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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

By Jan Fleischer and Time Out Madrid editors

Friendly warning! We're working hard to be accurate. But these are unusual times, so please check that venues remain open.  

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.

Rembrandt y el retrato en Ámsterdam
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

1. Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture, 1590-1670

Art Painting Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Centro

For the first time in Spain, the Thyssen dedicates an exhibition to Rembrandt as a portraitist, a genre in which the most important Dutch painter of the 17th century also reached the highest level. Along with around 40 of his portraits, you'll be able to see outstanding works by other artists who were also working in Amsterdam during the Dutch Golden Age, amounting to a total of 80 paintings, 16 prints and an engraving plate, some never before seen in Europe.

Fundación Mapfre

2. Rodin and Giacometti

Art Fundación Mapfre, Chueca

Auguste Rodin (Paris, 1840 – Meudon, 1917) and Alberto Giacometti (Borgonovo, Switzerland, 1901 – Chur, Switzerland, 1966) never met. In fact, when Giacometti arrived in Paris in 1922, Rodin had already been dead for five years. However, through their artistic careers we can bear witness to an interesting dialogue between the two with many aspects in common as well as some differences, something inevitable in two such free artists who were separated by more than a generation.

Joan Jonas
Museo Thyssen

3. Joan Jonas: Moving off the Land II

Art Galleries Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Centro

New Yorker Joan Jonas immerses visitors to the Thyssen Museum in a marine world. The artist has spent the last three years doing research in aquariums and on the coasts of Jamaica into the role that the ocean plays in different cultures, from a perspective of both nature and spirituality. The exhibition displays several audiovisual pieces that address different marine themes, along with drawings and sculptures that Jonas has developed in her research. 

El otro Tesoro. Los estuches del Delfín
Museo del Prado

4. The Other Treasure: The Dauphin’s Cases

Art Multiple venues

The Prado Museum exhibits an exceptional set of 101 cases that, together with the 23 exhibited in the Dauphin's Treasure gallery, constitutes one of the most complete in the world, with specimens from the 16th to 18th centuries. The cases were designed to protect each of the valuable and unique objects in the Treasure, which explains the different shape of each one. 


5. Mario Merz. Time Is Mute

Art Palacio de Velázquez, Retiro

This retrospective on the work of Mario Merz (Milan, Italy, 1925 – Milan, Italy, 2003) surveys the provenance of a body of work suspended in a kind of prehistoric time, at odds with the discourse of modern-era history. This anachronistic perspective, apparent in the choice of materials and iconography, stems from the ideological and committed stance of an artist and his relationship to the political and intellectual climate in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, in addition to his rejection of pervasive capitalism and the American way of life after the Second World War.

Vampiros, la evolución de un mito

6. Vampires. The evolution of the myth

Art CaixaForum, Barrio de las Letras

At the beginning of the 20th century, the budding cinema industry was quick to appropriate the vampire myth, which had come about out of ancient Greek and Arabic superstitions that had spread across Central Europe during the Middle Ages, and was bolstered in the 18th century in scientific writing and English romantic novels of the 19th century. This exhibition brings together a selection from the multitude of fantasy films that the vampire myth has fostered, from avant-garde projects to blockbusters. You'll also find a whole series of activities featuring these sinister characters as the stars.


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