One area of Madrid is culturally and artistically famous for connecting all its museums, galleries, halls and culture centres. Galería Canalejas stands at the epicentre of that area with the most significant cultural offer to be found in the city. Any visitor with an interest in the arts can enjoy the vibrant art life of the city at the numerous permanent collections and successful temporary exhibitions at major museums and venues.
Considered as the quintessential art gallery for Spanish painting, this museums forms part of the Madrid Paseo del Arte alongside the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco and Sorolla hang in numerous halls housing the very best from Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools in one of the largest museums in the world.
The history of Spanish contemporary art can be enjoyed here during an unforgettable journey through the halls of this museum inside a Neo-Classical building. Works by Dalí, Miró and Juan Gris are kept in three areas that divide the 20th century into the rise of the vanguards, the end of World War II and post-modernism alongside the crown jewel of the museum: El Guernica by Picasso.
This culture centre houses a variety of exhibitions alongside a busy schedule that ranges from ancient to contemporary art, from multimedia art to concerts and from poetry festivals to family workshops. It is a vibrant space that is full of life (just like its leafy vertical garden) in a modern building that seems to levitate on Paseo del Prado.
Forming part of the Paseo del Arte, this museum contains an essential painting collection that ranges from the Middle Ages to the late 20th century. Stemming from a collection by Baron Heinrich, the museum includes works from the Italian Trecento and European vanguards, alongside important impressionist and post-impressionist works by Monet, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
The Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando [San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts] is the oldest cultural institution in Spain (18th century). From its headquarters and museum in Goyeneche Palace, it exhibits its impressive art collections: 1,400 paintings, 600 sculptures and 15,000 sketches. It also houses the Calcografía Nacional (Spain's national archive of engravings and etchings), with an impressive collection of plates engraved by Goya.
Temporary visual and plastic art exhibitions make up the main programme at this venue. With an extensive track record in exploring the diversity of languages that characterise contemporary art, Álcala 31 houses individual and collective exhibitions by national and international artists, both well-established and those who are still developing their career.
Since 1880, the CBA has been promoting culture with an open attitude towards the most outstanding and innovative artistic trends. This important private culture centre schedules exhibitions and activities that range from the classical and contemporary arts to philosophy and politics. It also boasts a roof terrace with one of the best views of Madrid.
Almost 800 works make up the rich SOLO Collection within a creative environment focused on promoting, supporting and sharing the most contemporary perspective on art. From figurative painting to artificial intelligence or kinetic sculpture, this space houses one of the most curious collections and most innovative formats in the city.
Located inside the Cibeles Palace, CentroCentro is a space for inter-cultural meetings and a venue for participation and learning. With a cross-cutting approach, its exhibitions tackle reflections on contemporary life in which design, illustration, architecture, urban planning, poetry, literature and other disciplines all co-exist together.
This iconic Neo-Classical building located behind the Biblioteca Nacional [National Library] displays one of the most important archaeological collections in the world. A rich collection of objects from Prehistory to the Modern Age that once belonged to the peoples of what is now Spain and the Mediterranean region in general alongside pieces from Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt and the Middle East.
This huge palace is the largest private residence in Madrid. Built between 1767 and 1785, it is the official residence of the House of Alba and the headquarters of its Foundation dedicated to the promotion and conservation of its heritage. A visit to this palace reveals a building of incalculable architectural value with one of the most outstanding private art collections in the world.
This original and modern museum reveals the history of Spanish clothing and fashion. A wide variety of collections spanning the 16th to 20th centuries include historic pieces and garments from the most important designers. It is housed within a unique building by Jaime López de Asiain, winner of the 1969 National Architecture Award.
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