Posts with categoryCultura Madrid

Chipperfield, the charm of Minimalism

By | 2 November, 2015 | 0 comments

Not as popular or high profile as Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster or Richard Rogers, David Chipperfield (London, 1953) is one of the architecture greats of the second half of the 20th century and the current one. For now, he is still to be awarded the Pritzker Prize but he does have the honour and prestige of being the only British architect to have been designated for the design of the brand-new Tate Modern in London. His style falls into Minimalism and he has works around the world, Spain included, such as the City of Justice in Barcelona or his unique homes in Villaverde.

The exhibition is called Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects, and it is a journey through Chipperfield’s works, from 1985 until today. Through more than 30 projects carried out in different cities, the visitor can discover his unique conception of architecture, space and design.

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Theatre to Counter the Autumn Melancholy

By | 28 October, 2015 | 0 comments

Does autumn make you feel melancholic? Do you miss the heat and having a drink on the bar terraces? You can now forget about your worries with theatre and you will be able to forget the arrival of bad weather for at least two hours, since there are many plays you can go and watch. The one that is already sold out is Reykjavik by Juan Mayorga, so you will just have to go and find another one.

An alternative is Los Caciques, by Carlos Arniches, also part of the Centro Dramático Nacional, although this time it will be performed at Teatro María Guerrero. Labelled as a comedy sketch, it is true that Los Caciques is a bit of a mix-up comedy but also a subtle social critique of Spain back in the day, critical of the ’98 Generation and full of corruption and nepotism. Performances go on until November 22nd and tickets cost between 11 and 28 euros.

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Literary Shopping in Madrid

By | 24 September, 2015 | 0 comments

libros madridWhy not change, if only for a day, the classic “fast-fashion” consumerism made in China for a purchase, compulsive or non-compulsive, of a book? You will probably spend less and feel more beautiful inside. For many years now, the autumn second-hand book fair hasn’t taken place, a fair that precedes de Feria del Libro (Book Fair) in El Retiro, but this should not be an impediment to immerse yourself in permanent book fairs, also known as bookshops.

An option to start a bookshop tour of the city is La Fugitiva, on Calle Santa Isabel, 7, one of the most charming streets in the city. It is a café as well as a bookshop and here you can find many new books as well as classic titles. If you can’t decide which one to choose, you can always go for the homemade cakes in a quiet atmosphere, something as rare as it is pleasant.

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Prado Museum: Portraits and Rescues

By | 1 September, 2015 | 0 comments

retratos madrazoThe Prado Museum inaugurates its autumn season with two temporary exhibitions that some may deem discreet or not very flashy if compared with other massive ones dedicated to Sorolla. However, they are not less interesting. Let’s see two of the most attractive ones programmed for the new season.

The first one is titled ‘Effigies Amicorum. Portraits of artists by Federico de Madrazo (1815-1894)‘. And so, who was Federico de Madrazo? He was a highly influential author back in his time, famous for the quality of his paintings but also for having important positions, such as the Manager of the San Fernando Fine Arts Academy (a museum that we recommend you visit, just one minute away from Puerta del Sol).

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Madrid Dances to the Rithm of Veranos de la Villa

By | 15 July, 2015 | 0 comments

veranos villa 2015As a novelty in this 2015 edition of the festival Veranos de la Villa, the chosen stage is Puente de Rey, which substitutes the Sabatini Gardens for security reasons. Located in the area of Madrid Río, next to the entrance of Casa de Campo, it is a more green and fresh location without so much asphalt, ideal to enjoy different concerts and performances. One of them is the lyrical comedy Luisa Fernanda, a classic 20th-century operetta that you can enjoy from the 5th of August until the 16th of the same month at 10.00pm.

From the 19th until the 30th of August you can see the play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a classic comedy and one of the most successful on Broadway, without a single serious moment throughout. It is a crazy vaudeville with plenty of action which received the Tony Award for Best Musical. Prices start at 25 euros.

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PhotoEspaña Immerses Itself in Latin America

By | 2 June, 2015 | 0 comments

photo espana 2015The classic multi-space photography exhibition in Madrid is going to immerse itself in Latin America for its 18th edition, following the trend from last year to have a geographical theme for each edition. Let’s see some of the proposals that are part of the official section.

One of them is “Print and detonate. Photography in Mexico ca. 2015’, which offers a vision of the deep social and political transformations that the country has endured in the last few years through a selection of excellent photos by local photographers. You can see it at CentroCentro Cibeles, Plaza de Cibeles, 1, from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am until 8.00pm. Entry is free.

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Alcala de Henares is waiting for you

By | 2 March, 2015 | 0 comments

Alcala de Henares

It has been confirmed, albeit without scientific approval, that the human remains found in the Convent of Las Trinitarias in Madrid may have been those of Miguel de Cervantes, the famous author of El Quijote whose second part is 400 years old this year. We know where he died, in the street that bears his name, at number 2, in Madrid, and also where he was born, in Alcalá de Henares in 1547, although the exact place is still unclear.

However, in his hometown is the house where, after many studies, it is believed that the so-called Prince of Wit was born in. Entrance is free and the visit allows you to discover a classic Castilian house from the 16th century, with the added bonus of imagining Cervantes there running around it. It opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00am until 6.00pm, with last entry at 5.30pm. Information and bookings number: +32 918 899 654.

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Costume Museum: Get Dressed with your Eyes

By | 30 January, 2015 | 0 comments

museo trajeIt is not the most central museum in Madrid although it is well worth going to it to Moncloa, from where you just have a short walk to get there. Firstly, it is well worth visiting for its permanent collection, which is not so permanent as its name might imply because it is renovated every so often.

This part of the Costume Museum, or Museo del Traje in Spanish, offers a tour back in time and history’s relation with costumes, since before the 17th century until today. Meanwhile, exact replicas of outfits such as the funerary trousseau of Princess Maria, daughter of King Fernando III, who died at the age of five. It travels through other times such as Classicism or social classes like the bourgeoisie and it reaches costumes made by prestigious designers like Paco Rabanne, Cristóbal Balenciaga or samples by lesser-known yet experienced designers such as Philippe Laporte.

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Goya’s Madrid

By | 16 January, 2015 | 0 comments

goya madridThe characters immortalised by Francisco de Goya in many of his Madrid-themed works, such as The field of San Isidro, later generated a type of character, the Goyaesque or goyesco, which then became a regional costume. This symbolises the bond between the Aragonese artist and the Spanish capital, where his famous Quinta del Sordo estate was located in and whose paintings you can see in the Prado Museum. As well as his impressionist black paintings and other emblematic ones by the artist, you can enjoy the temporary exhibition Goya in Madrid until the next 3rd of May.

The exhibition focuses on the cartoons that Goya made for the Royal Tapestry Factory, in contrast with those of other artists, and it also shows paintings and sculptures that were used as inspiration for his works. Goya considered these tapestry cartoons not as a small-time work but rather as a “metaphorical invention” of reality that later paved the way for his definitive art. Standard tickets cost 14 euros.

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Great Miniature Threatre

By | 26 November, 2014 | 0 comments

microteatroThere is theatre beyond the great stages, such as the Teatro Real, Teatro Español or Teatro María Guerrero. In recent years, a phenomenon has consolidated itself on Madrid’s drama scene, a way of making theatre reduced to its minimal expression, where spectators can even feel the breath of the actors: micro-theatre.

Where? At the Microteatro Por Dinero (Microtheatre for Money) company, on Calle Loreto Prado and Enrique Chicote, behind the Gran Vía and near Plaza de la Luna. These are plays that last no longer than fifteen minutes and that, being so short, there are many different ones in the same place, so spectators can see quite a few of them one after the other.

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