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Madrid's must-see art exhibitions

Paintings, photography, sculpture... these are the art exhibitions you won't want to miss in Madrid's museums and galleries

Calling all lovers of painting, photography, sculpture, and art in general: this is your selection of art collections, exhibitions and shows on in Madrid's museums, galleries and cultural centres. Whether they're on for just a few weeks or you have months to check them out, don't miss these top art exhibitions in the city.


The ABC Museum houses 1,141 works from the six decades of collaboration between Ricardo Summers e Isern with Prensa Española (Spanish Press). 'Serny', as this great Spanish painter and illustrator is known, started out as a cartoonist for magazines and newspapers and is considered one of the artists who made the Silver Age (1878-1936) possible. This was a period in recent Spanish history that stands out for its dynamism and cultural richness. Now an extensive sample of Serny's work is presented to convey to viewers the importance of his career, which was a success even during his own lifetime. 

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Museo ABC , Conde Duque Until Sunday April 16 2017

Adamo Dimitriadis. Memorias del Futuro

'Memories of the Future' is the first solo exhibition from this Madrid artist. Adamo Dimitriadis (b. 1967) displays a masterful technique and an amazing definition of style. Also noteworthy is his skilled handling of colour with a certain cinematographic air, the creating of an unprecedented, dreamlike, falsely futuristic landscape that makes reference to something that's never happened but that at the same time seems familiar, alluding to a dream boosted by various generations since the mid-20th century – that fascination of scientific progress and the confidence that it could solve any problem.

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Utopia Parkway , Chueca Until Friday February 24 2017

Philippe Halsman. ¡Sorpréndeme!

Muhammad Ali protecting his face with his gloves. A conversation between Hitchcock and Truffaut. The surrealist fantasy of 'Dalí Atomicus'. Marilyn posing for what would become her first LIFE magazine cover. Albert Einstein lookin mournful after revealing the effects of the atomic bomb. The artist who captured these iconic images of the 20th century is Philippe Halsman (Riga, 1906 – Nueva York, 1979), who staked his claim in the world of photography and stretched it to its limits.

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CaixaForum , Barrio de las Letras Until Sunday March 26 2017

Joan Miró

Two paintings, ten sculptures and five works on paper, some of which are being show for the first time, make up this second solo exhibition in the Elvira González gallery of works by Joan Miró, genius among 20th-century avant-gardes.  The exhibition shows Miró's interest in nature, everyday objects and utensils seen as a source of poetic inspiration. The artist re-created in his sculptures, with his unique language, an enigmatic universe of theatrical beings, as is the case with 'Gymnaste' (1977), 'Jeune fille à l’étoile' (1977), 'Danseuse' (1981) and 'Le Chanteur d’opéra' (1977). To create them, Miró gave a new personality to everyday objects such as chairs, hangers and kitchen wares.

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Elvira González , Recoletos Until Saturday March 25 2017

Latest acquisitions (2000-2016)

The collection of the National Museum of Decorative Arts hasn't stopped growing since it opened in 1912. In the last 16 years more than 7.000 objects have joined the collection, many of them on display in this exhibition. You'll find pieces from homes, churches and palaces from medieval times, European court productions from the Modern Age, objects imported via commercial relationships with the overseas territories of America and the Far East, elements characteristic of the 19th and 20th centuries, and a progressive presence of contemporary design, including the important Bröhan collection that was acquired in 1999.

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Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas , Centro Until Sunday February 26 2017

Anne-Marie Schneider

The exhibition displays the evolution of the work of Anne-Marie Schneider (Chauny, France, 1962), spanning from her initial, starkly linear and anti-pictorial drawings to the introduction of colour at the end of the 1990s. The exhibition includes a series devoted to the eviction of 'undocumented' people from Saint-Bernard, heralding a breakaway from the intimate universe that had inhabited her work until then. The show includes this key series, which was also on view at Documenta X in Kassel (1997), in addition to the four films Schneider has produced to date that, in some way, transfer drawing and graphic art on to the screen, making use of the moving image as a tool for reproducing the world, and montage as a medium for registering the movements of humans and things that make up reality.

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía , Lavapiés Until Monday March 20 2017

Master Mateo

The Prado Museum, the Galician Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Santiago Cathedral Foundation jointly present this monographic exhibition that shows works created by Master Mateo for the Santiago de Compostela cathedral. Among the 14 pieces are nine sculptures that remain from the old exterior façade of the cathedral's Pórtico de la Gloria. What's more, the majority of these are away from their usual locations for the first time, making them even valuable to admire, whether you live in Madrid or are just passing through. 

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Museo del Prado , Retiro Until Sunday March 26 2017

Here we stand, Health and Freedom

Under the auspices of the Gypsy Cultural Institute comes this exhibition project that brings together works by some 20 contemporary artists, called 'Sastipen thaj Mestepen' ('Health and Freedom'), which is also a traditional greeting of the gypsy people. The gypsies are Europe's largest minority, and they live all across the continent. Currently between 10 and 15 million European citizens are gypsies, one million of whom live in Spain. Not all of them sing flamenco or beg for money at traffic lights, contrary to popular stereotype. In recent years, artists who belong to this minority group have been the driving force behind a movement where they express their emotions and thoughts via art, with the aim of therefore contributing to the enrichment of the cultural discourse of society.

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CentroCentro , Centro Until Sunday April 9 2017