Must-See Art Guide: Madrid

This week's guide includes Patricia Gadea, Yasumasa Morimura, and more.

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Antonio Mingote, Españoles y Admiradores (2004). Courtesy of Galería Leandro Navarro.
Fausto Melotti, (installation view). Courtesy of Galería Elvira González.
Nathan Peter, (installation view). Courtesy of Travesia Cuatro.
Jerónimo Elespe, (installation view).. Courtesy of Ivory Press.
Issac Julien, Playtime (installation view) (2014). Courtesy of Galería Helga de Alvear.
Jonathan Lasker, The Terms of Progress (2010). Courtesy of Galería Marta Cervera.
Hubert de Givenchy, Robert Doisneau (1960). Courtesy of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Yasumasa Morimura, Las Meninas renacen de noche V: Drawn by a distant light, awaken to the darkness (2013). Courtesy of Galería Juana de Aizpuru.
Patricia Gadea, Atomic Circus (installation view) (2014). Courtesy of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

It’s a new year. A new beginning. A new year to look at art. And where better to start than Madrid? Birthplace of countless Spanish masters, this capital city has creativity bursting at the seams with dozens of museums, galleries, and outdoor installations. Home to some of the most important historical works of art, including Francisco Goya’s iconic paintings Saturn Devouring his Son and The Third of May 1808 (both at the Prado Museum), Madrid has one of the world’s richest art collections. There’s no need to wait for ARCO in February to see some art; this week’s guide has it covered.

Among the exhibitions closing soon, Fausto Melotti is having his second show since 2005 at Galería Elvira González, featuring his sculptures, reliefs, ceramics, and drawings. There is also Nathan Peter’s first solo exhibition in Madrid at Travesía Cuatro, titled “Tiffany / NATHAN PETER” that you don’t want to miss. Exploring the possibilities of conventional painting materials, Peter examines the physical tension of the canvas in order to create a flat space to paint. Also, be sure to visit Ivory Press to see Jerónimo Elespe’s “Lost Grey Machines,” an exhibition of paintings and works on paper in which the artist uses autobiographical details to reflect the domestic and creative cycles in his work.

If you’re in the “Golden Triangle of Art” and want to see what was once the second-largest private collection in the world, be sure to go to Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza to see a major retrospective of French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. This exhibition is a historic one for the museum, marking its first foray into the fashion world.

And that’s a wrap! Viva España¡


Exhibition: Antonio Mingote

When: November 19, 2014–January 9, 2015

Where: Galería Leandro Navarro, Amor de Dios, 1, Madrid, Spain


Exhibition: Fausto Melotti

When: November 6, 2014–January 10, 2015

Where: Galería Elvira González, General Castaños, 3, Madrid, Spain


Exhibition: Tiffany / NATHAN PETER

When: November 6, 2014–January 10, 2015

Where: Travesía Cuatro, C/ San Mateo 16, Madrid, Spain


Exhibition: Jerónimo Elespe. Lost Grey Machines

When: November 20, 2014–January 10, 2015

Where: Ivory Press, C/ Comandante Zorita 46-48, Madrid, Spain


Exhibition: PLAYTIME

When: January 15–May 16, 2015

Where: Galería Helga de Alvear, Doctor Fourquet 12, Madrid, Spain


Exhibition: Lasker / Schoolwerth

When: November 15, 2014–January 17, 2015 (EXTENDED: February 7, 2015)

Where: Galería Marta Cervera, C/ Valencia 28, Madrid, Spain


Exhibition: Hubert de Givenchy

When: October 22, 2014–January 18, 2015

Where: El Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado, 8, Madrid, Spain



When: December 3, 2014–January 20, 2015

Where: Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Calle Barquillo, 44, Madrid, Spain


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