In Madrid, Barcelona and beyond, museums and art galleries are doing their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 by remaining temporarily closed. And they’re also contributing to helping us get our art fix by providing online versions of their collections for us to enjoy. So settle in to discover artists and great works, as we continue to cultivate thought and creativity together with visits to virtual museums from home. (We also recommend following hashtags like #MuseumsAtHome and #MuseosEnCasa.)
Museums and galleries in Spain (and beyond) you can visit from home
Museums and galleries in Madrid and beyond offer virtual visits as we stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus
Virtual museums in Madrid, Barcelona and around Spain
One of the jewels in the crown at the Reina Sofía museum is Guernica. Whie the contemporary art museum is temporarily closed, we're all invited to rediscover and rethink Picasso's masterpiece in a virtual space that brings together some 2,000 documents.
Head to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum's website and take an immersive virtual tour of the museum while it remains closed. You can also enjoy one of its most recent temporary exhibitions, 'Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture, 1590-1670' – an impressive collection of 80 paintings that have never before been seen in Spain.
Have a look at the MNAC's collections, from the Apse of Sant Climent de Taüll to the Virgin of the Consellers altarpiece, from baroque still lifes to Catalan modernist paintings. The website offers other resources as well, like a puzzle made from an artwork of your choice and the application Second Canvas (which is available from other museums as well), which lets you get up close to see details of the works. The MNAC is active these days via the hashtag #elMuseuNacionalACasa.
The CCCB offers up the contents of their exhibitions, programmes and talks so you can discover them the first time or enjoy them once again. In their lab, you'll find articles, dossiers and videos on culture the planet, technology, education and science.
To deal with this period of confinement, the gallery in Alonso Martínez (as well as Barcelona's Marlborough in the Eixample neighbourhood) wants to keep offering content to art lovers. Pay attention to their social networks, which they're using to post commentary on artworks by experts and virtual visits to studios of artists such as Juan Genoves, Antonio Lópe, Blanca Muñoz and Soledad Sevilla. Follow them at #MarlboroughEnTuCasa, #ArteADomicilio and #YoMequedoEnCasa.
Virtual visits to international museums
Taking into account that in September 2019 they premiered the presentation of their permanent collection – with Barcelona's native daughter Aurèlia Muñoz as one of the featured artists – you can take the virtual tour in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture or simply wander through the MoMA's online collection at your leisure.
While Tate's four galleries are temporarily closed, the Tate website is offering up more than a virtual tour: it's brought together 78,000 works of art by 4,000 artists as well as more than 20,000 documents. One of the best places to fortify yourself with visual culture and contemporary thought.
And when the confinement period is over...
From Spain’s most important collection of paintings in the Prado to the veritable palace of contemporary art that is the Reina Sofía, the Spanish capital is home to many of the greatest works of art by some of history’s most important artists. So you don’t miss anything, we’ve chosen a baker’s dozen of the best museums for you to visit during your time in Madrid.