Enjoy the culture in the Spanish capital

Madrid is one of the artistic capitals of Europe and the world. The well-known museums and the dozens of artistic foundations will host during 2018 several exhibitions of great interest to art lovers in all its different forms, from the most classical painting, to pop art or sketches by painters like Rubens, until reaching Picasso’s influences such as cubism or didactic exhibitions to get to know the origin of the cosmos.

Discover here the best art exhibitions in Madrid for this 2018, the themes, dates and the location where these will take place. In addition to the exhibitions, you will have the opportunity to visit important places in the Spanish capital, such as the Reina Sofia, Prado or Thyssen museum. So, if you are planning to visit Madrid during this year, make sure to read this post. You will come back home having discovered the most artistic side of the city of chulapos (Madrid citizens).

Top art exhibitons in Madrid for this year

Rubens, in a sketch – Rubens, en un boceto

Where? Museo del Prado – Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid
Until when: 5th of August

Avance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoGZIgcF8Vk

Pedro Pablo Rubens, better known as Rubens, is one of the most outstanding artists of the European history. His sketches have become collector’s items that you can visit at the Museo del Prado until August 5th, 2018. What Rubens used to show his clients as a sketch of the final work, has now become unique pieces of art. Art that you will have the chance to see in this exhibition. In addition, these sketches were also used in a didactic way for the apprentices who worked with the genius in their workshop. Within the work you will see different types of engravings, simplified schemes of their works, but also complicated pieces to understand.

Pop Art from Beatriz González

Where? Palacio de Velázquez – Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid
Until when: 2nd of September

Beatriz González is a Colombian pop-art author who had great influence in the 60s and 70s, although today her works have not lost a bit of their value. In this exhibition that will take place in the Palacio de Velázquez, paintings, artistic compositions and drawings of all kinds of the well-known artist will be displayed. A total of 160 works with which the artist returns to Madrid after a tour through Europe, one of the art exhibitions in Madrid that will not leave you indifferent.

Joaquín Sorolla and the fashion of the late nineteenth century – Joaquín Sorolla y la moda de finales del XIX

Where? Museo Thyssen – Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37, 28010 Madrid
Until when: 25th of May

Within the different influences that Joaquín Sorolla had in his work, the most striking is fashion. Until May 25th, 2018, the Thyssen Museum will host in its interior different works of the Valencian painter, some of them not yet known by the public since they have been recovered from private collections. The work is composed of works by the artist, but also, clothing, costume, jewelry and accessories of the time period that the author included in his canvases.

Picasso and his influences – Picasso y sus influencias

Where? Círculo de las Bellas Artes – Calle de Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid
Until when: 16th of May

Pablo Picasso is surely the most international Spanish artist of all. A genius who lived not only from inspiration but also from his permanent learning from other painters and artists. And this is the basis for this exhibition that will close its doors on May 16th at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. He was constantly visiting museums, both to absorb new styles and to transform the existing art of other artists. A good example of what we just explained would be his multiple versions of the “Meninas”, a painting by Velázquez that captivated and scared him, and that led him to draw it on countless occasions. 200 pieces of art in which the artist created his own versions of paintings that he saw exhibited, is what you will see in this fantastic exhibition that, without a doubt, you must mark in your calendar.

Duchamp, Magritte and Dalí in Madrid

Where? Palacio de Gaviria – Calle Arenal, 9, 28013 Madrid
Until when: 15th of July

Until July 15th you can discover the work of three artists who shared a common denominator: the avant-garde style. In this exhibition you will see some of the most recognizable works of these artists such as the “Ensayo Surrealista” (Surrealist Essay) by Dalí or “Le château des Pyrénées ” (Castle of the Pirineos) by Magritte. These three authors of international fame, representatives of the Surrealism movement, will have in the Gaviria Palace an exhibition in which to show the public the legacy of their works, something that totally changed this artistic movement.


Where? Museo Lázaro Galdiano – Calle de Serrano, 122, 28006 Madrid
Until When: 5th of July

Until July 5th, you can enjoy Rembrandt. More than 30 engravings that belong to the José Lázaro collection and all, except one of them, are unpublished. Thanks to this interesting collection you will be able to appreciate the evolution of this Dutchman who started his work with precise and meticulous engravings and that ended it with a totally opposite style. The Baroque artist specialized in portraits and self-portraits, although he also has paintings and engravings with landscapes and other religious themes. His prints are amazing pieces of art and that is the reason he is considered, without a doubt, one of the best artists in this complex technique.

The Cosmos

Where? Exhibition Hall of the National Library Museum – Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22, 28001 Madrid
Until when: 9th of September

Knowing the cosmos has never been a simple task. The Museo de la Biblioteca Nacional offers a review of the different methods that humans have used trying to understand their fundamental purpose. With more than 200 artistic and scientific works you can see works of Archimedes or Copernicus, combined with historical tapestries, Leonardo notebooks, the model of the Herschel Telescope that Carlos III commissioned for the Real Observatorio de Madrid, or some other models of the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid and the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales. An exhibition that, in addition to including artistic works, will help you to understand how the cosmos looked thousands of years ago.

Cubism(s) and Experiences of Modernit

Where? Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid
Until when: September

Composed of the collections that are usually displayed in the Reina Sofía Museum and the Fundación Telefónica, this art exhibition focuses on the most important years of Cubism style. Picasso, Blanchard, Braque, Gleizes, Metzinger or Torres García are the main names of this exhibition that will close its doors in September. A very particular type of art that had a special importance in Europe and in Spain with names like Picasso or Juan Gris. Also, on this occasion, you can enjoy this exhibition for free.

Miró, permanent exhibition

Where? Fundación Mapfre – Calle Valverde, 2, 28013 Madrid
Until when: Permanent

If you do not want to leave Madrid without knowing the work of Miró, the Mapfre Foundation offers permanently in one of its rooms the possibility of viewing 65 of its works from private collections and donated by other museums, as well as some of the gifts that the artist received in life, as an oil painting by Alexander Calder. In the exhibition, you can see the different periods of the painter, from his well-known birds and women phase to the landscapes of stars and some of the most independent works of the well-known Catalan artist, whose identity symbol was the use of colors of his works.

Visiones de la Tierra, de Luis Paulo Montenegro

¿Where? Santander Art Room – Av. de Cantabria, 2, 28660 Boadilla del Monte, Madrid
Until when: 10th of June

The Luis Paulo Montenegro collection is one of the most emblematic in terms of contemporary art. This exhibition will take place in the Santander Art Room and will show more than 200 pieces of this art, with a unique origin, Brazil. Painting, sculpture and engravings of more than 100 artists give this work a total vision of Brazilian contemporary art. Among their names are Alfredo Volpi, Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, Cildo Meireles, or Ernesto Neto, Alexander Calder or Andy Warhol.

Featured image: El Prado Museum