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
Luis Camnitzer
Luis Camnitzer
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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.

Tinta y sensibilidad
María Hesse
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María Hesse: Ink and sensibility

icon-location-pin Museo ABC, Conde Duque
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If illustration is what tickles your fancy, then Museo ABC has got just what you need. This month, the museum is hosting an exhibition of 30 original pieces by the magnificent María Hesse. Selections include imaginative interpretations of David Bowie, Frida Khalo and 'Little Women'. Hesse's characteristic strokes and her illustrations done with gouache and ink  lend a unique authenticity to the work of an artist who grew up in an environment dominated by magazines, VHS tapes and cassettes, and surrounded by idols and icons.

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Hablar, by Beatriz Dubois

icon-location-pin Castellana 22, Barrio de Salamanca
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Head to Castellana 22, at the heart of Madrid’s Golden Mile, to see 'Hablar', the second exhibition from up-and-coming local artist Beatriz Dubois. Her work, where she takes apart photos and reconstructs them using the collage technique, challenges viewers' comfort zone when looking at the final piece, inviting you to stop and see what's really there amid the instant and mass consumption of images we experience today. Talented young artists are making waves...

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La Gloriosa

icon-location-pin Museo del Romanticismo, Alonso Martínez
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It’s been 150 years since the Revolution of 1868, known as La Gloriosa, which dethroned Isabel II. The Revolution took place in just 20 days, from its outbreak in Cádiz on September 18, through the departure of Isabel II to France on September 30, and up until the formation of the provisional government in Madrid on October 8. The Museum of Romanticism offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in this significant historical event, which marked the end of the romantic period in Spain. 

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Tamara de Lempicka

icon-location-pin Palacio de Gaviria, Sol
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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.

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Creación y delirio
Sarah Baehler, Atelier de numérisation – Ville de Lausanne
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Jeanne Tripier. Creation and Delirium

icon-location-pin La Casa Encendida, Lavapiés
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Jeanne Tripier's work was created during the decade she spent in an asylum in Neuilly-sur-Marne, where she died. The artist's self-taught nature, the link between her visual works and embroideries and her mental illness, her psychopathic-megalomaniacal outbursts and the connection with her matter-rich manifestations or reincarnation as other individuals – such as Joan of Arc – in her personal battle as an interplanetary vigilante all contrive to make her a truly fascinating character.

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La Sombra de la Ley

icon-location-pin Museo del Traje, Ciudad Universitaria
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The film ‘La Sombra de la Ley’ ('Gun City', Daniel de la Torre, 2018) re-creates Spain in 1921, filled with gunfights in the street between thugs and anarchists, gangsters and illegal dealings that lived alongside ordinary law-abiding citizens who were getting more and more frightened by the world around them. The film stars Michelle Jenner, Luis Tosar, Paco Tous, Ernesto Alerio and Manolo Solo. Fans of the film, the actors or just costumes in general get a look at the costumes by designer Clara Bilbao.

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Los colores del cielo profundo

icon-location-pin Planetario de Madrid, Legazpi
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Stars, the Milky Way, planets and constellations. Renowned astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo captures them all with such skill that his pictures have been selected as Astronomy Picture of the Day by NASA more than 50 times. At this large-format exhibition (whose title means 'The Colours of Space'), you can get up close to some of the most incredible photos we have of the final frontier.

Things to do, Exhibitions

We Robots

icon-location-pin Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Malasaña
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Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci built one of the world’s first robots in 1495? We’ve developed more and more complex robots since then, of course, with the real emergence of robotics coming along with 21st-century digitalization and artificial intelligence. Where will the future of robotics take us? In this exhibition, some 50 robots take you through the challenges faced by humanity when it comes to the unstoppable development of these machines, as well as the possibilities they offer to transform the future.

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Lars Lerup. Parque móvil

icon-location-pin Círculo de Bellas Artes, Centro
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Design, architecture, art and theory – you can find all of this and more in Swedish artist Lars Lerup's exhibition at the Círculo de Bellas Artes. ‘Parque móvil’ shows off a unique collection of furniture, drawings of imagined architecture, furniture made to look like small buildings and interior spaces arranged in line with a city. With these, Lerup encourages visitors to question the categories and objects we've used to set the ideal of domestic and urban life in our time. It's an invitation to reflect on our cultural reality, to question commonly accepted attitudes, although without the pretense of finding an answer.

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Sorolla, un jardín para pintar

icon-location-pin Museo Sorolla, Castellana
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Like few others, Joaquín Sorolla was able to capture in paintings the way light dances off water, whether on beaches, bathing bodies or in the sea. He was also a gardener, though, and his own garden in Madrid was a work of art in itself, influenced by courtyards in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada. This exhibition, whose name translates as ‘Sorolla, a garden to paint’, shows the evolution of the Valencian artist's painting while he was designing his own garden and watching it grow.

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