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Matadero Madrid
Matadero Madrid
#About the Slaughterhouse that Became a Community Center and Modern Art

The Matadero Madrid, often just called Matadero, is a cultural center and modern gallery for contemporary art, that was born inside what used to be the city slaughterhouse of Madrid.

The Matadero opened in 2007, in the spirit of changing public buildings in many European cities into art spaces and active galleries. Instead of meat being hung up from the ceiling, today art is hung up in the large spaces, taking the place of the refrigerators that used to be here.

In the large building there are many wide open spaces, that give artists real space to work with, without constrictions on size and height.

In the Matadero you can find impressive displays of paintings, sculptors, design and video art. The projects here are of all fields and interact with artists from around the world. Music performances, of all styles and numbers, theater productions, and alternative theater make this place into a lively cultural center.


Visit the website for Matadero, to see if they are interesting events so you won't miss anything during your visit.

A Closer Look at the Square Around the Matadero:


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Palacio de Cristal
Palacio de Cristal
#About the Impressive Glass Building in the Heart of Parque del Buen Retiro

In the Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid, at the corner of the small lake in the park, is an impressive glass building called Palacio de Cristal.

This is a special glass building, that was built in 1887, that was used as a greenhouse for exotic plants that were brought from the Philipines.

Actually, the Palacio de Cristal is more than just a designed greenhouse. This is a luxury greenhouse. The one who designed it is architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, the same person who designed the Kew Palace and Gardens in England.

Today, the Palacio de Cristal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the park, and is mainly used to display temporary art and exhibits by modern artists. As home to these exhibitions and a free extension of the Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum, this special palace is itself a kind of almost modern artistic creation.


Entrance is free.

Be sure not to confuse Palacio de Cristal with Casón del Buen Retiro, another museum in the park displaying paintings from the 19th century and on, including works by the Spanish Impressionist Joaquín Sorolla.

A Closer Look at the Crystal Building in the Parque del Buen Retiro:


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Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
#About Madrid's Romantic Museum

The Museo Nacional del Romanticismo of Madrid is a place to see amazing collections of furniture, porcelain and ceramics, musical instruments, kitchen utensils, and more. All these are displayed in the halls and living rooms, that in the 18th century many meetings took place of the Spanish nobility.

The private museum is located in the Chueca neighborhood in Madrid, in a house that was built in the 18th century by a family relative of the Spanish architect and designer Ventura Rodríguez.

Here you can see the long dining table of the King of Spain, Fernando VII, and his restrooms, as well as most items from that period. All these will give you an impression to the lifestyle of nobility from the Romantic period of the 18th century.

In the museum, there is a great collection of interesting art, that includes paintings from the great Spanish painters, including drawings by Velazquez, Zurbarán and the Spanish national painter Francisco Goya.

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Museo Sorolla
Museo Sorolla
#About the Museum at the House of the Artist

Museo Sorolla is dedicated to one of the greatest painters of Spain from the 20th century. It is located in the house of the artist himself. On the main floor of the museum you can also see Sorolla's studio.

Sorolla, of the greatest painters in Spain in the 20th century, received his fame thanks to a series of beautiful paintings, some great portraits, historical paintings, and landscapes. Diversity is also in the style and character of these paintings.

Though the collection is displayed in the house of Sorolla and shows mostly his works, there are also works in the fields of sculptor, ceramics, design, furniture, and jewelry. Outside the house you can see the nice gardens where the artist himself lived during his last years.


On Sundays entrance is free.

Entrance is free for anyone under the age of 18, and adults older than 65 years old.

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Art in Madrid

Conde Duque
Conde Duque
#About the Modern Art Complex in the Ancient Building

Conde Duque is a modern art complex in Madrid, where museums and galleries have exhibits and present art, there is an auditorium that holds concerts, shows, plays, and dance performances.

The art complex was built in an old building from the 18th century, and at the center there is the museum for modern art, that holds temporary exhibits or paintings and photos, from the 20th century, and from modern artists.

Lately, the Conde Duque area has filled with clothing stores, restaurants, cafes, and nice and cheap bars.

The city's young population loves Malasana as well, the area where the complex is located. Many come to hang out here, together with tourists that come here to refresh from the many palaces and museums around the city.

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CaixaForum Madrid
CaixaForum Madrid
#About the Modern Exhibits and the Hanging Gardens

CaixaForum Madrid is an art gallery, most of the exhibits here are temporary and constantly changing, dedicated to modern art. Every now and then retrospective exhibits are shown in the 6-floor gallery, dedicated to known artists that are not necessarily modern.

Not any less than the modern art displayed here, the CaixaForum Madrid received its fame from the eclectic and interesting design.

This begins with the hanging gardens that cover the walls that have been expertly planted here. The verticle garden here is in touch with Royal Botanical Gardens of Madrid, located in El Retiro Park nearby.

To combine this verticle garden with the building, the best architects were brought to design the building, the well-known Swedish architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. French botanist Patrick Blank, who is also an expert in these gardens, was also brought to help.

The building, which in the past was used as a powerhouse, the architects added more floors that were painted red. With the additional space, the architects created a modern and colorful space, interesting and special, which corresponds to and does not deny the materials and usability of the original structure and also preserves green and respectful awareness of the environment, while creating a contrast between its part and the time.


The entrance to the gallery is totally free.

A Look at the Face of the Gallery:


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Museo de Arte Reina Sofa
Museo de Arte Reina Sofía
#About the Museum for Temporary Exhibits for Spanish Art

Most boast about museum's permanent exhibits, and just check out the temporary exhibits. In the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, there are many temporary exhibits. Actually, in each visit here you will probably see completely different works of art.

The museum excels in the Spanish artistic advancement starting from 1900, and until the 1970's. There is also an open art library for the general public, with a collection of over 10,000 books, almost 4,000 recordings and over 1,000 video clips.

In the display you can see a variety of art by famous artists. You might see works here by Dali, Miro, Julio Gonzales, with a strong emphasis on Picasso's fantastic works.

Notice the famous work by Picasso, "Guernica," for the huge size does not get close to the story that stands behind it. The painting was painted after the tough German bombings over the Spanish town of Guernica, during the Civil War of 1937. The terrible bombing killed 2,000 residents of the small town. In this amazing work of art, you can see the terrors of war in black and white. In the space where the painting is displayed, you can see the paintings that were made by Picasso before and during its creation.

The museum is one of three named the Golden Triangle of Art - the area where there are three main museums around the Paseo del Prado. One of them is the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, and then there are also the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

A Closer Look at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid:

Museu Thyssen-Bornamiza
Museu Thyssen-Bornamiza
#About the Museum that was Born From the World's Largest Private Art Collection

The purpose of the Thyssen-Bornamiza Museum (Museu Thyssen-Bornamiza) was to present the collection of art acquired by the Spanish government from the Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornamiza in 1993. It was probably the most important private collection in the world - by Baron Thyssen-Bornamiza. It was opened to the general public in 1992 and expanded in 2004.

In the museum you can see about 300 works, created from the 13th century until today. On the ground floor you can see the variety of modernist creations. On the first floor you will see the Dutch works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Here you will see a lot of Impressionist and Post Impressionist works. On the second floor are the details of the ancient collection, including a collection of Italian painters (also known as "primitive"), a collection of portraits, paintings by various Renaissance painters, including Titian and El Greco and Baroque paintings, such as those of Bernini and others.

Together with the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, Thyssen-Bornamiza is one of the three museums known as the "Golden Triangle of Art" - the area where the three main museums around Paseo del Prado are located.


On Mondays the entrance to the museum is free

If you are limited in time, this museum is a little less significant than the Prado Museum and Reina Sofia.

A Closer Look at the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid:


Museo Nacional del Prado
Museo Nacional del Prado
#About the Big Museum of Madrid

Around the Paseo del Prado Avenue, you will find the Golden Triangle of Art - the three important and main museums of Madrid. One of them is the Museo Nacional del Prado, the largest museum in Madrid and one of the largest classical painting museums in the world.

The large collections at the Prado are displayed in an impressive neo-Classical building. The building was designed by architect Juan de Villanova, during the rule of the Bourbon king, Carlos III. Here you will find an impressive variety of creations. There are collections here gathered by the kings of Spain throughout the years, and famous Italian paintings, who the Catholic kings were patrons for.

The museum is massive, and because of that, you will not be able to see all the art displayed here. The museum has more than 5,000 drawings, about 1,000 coins, and medallions, about 700 statues, and over 800 paintings. At all times, only one-seventh of the items are displayed, and therefore it is recommended to see the temporary exhibits when you are planning on visiting.

Take a look at the museum building, which before it became a museum, it was used as a palace.


Entrance is free to the Prado Monday-Saturday between 6 pm to 8 pm. On Sundays and holidays the free hours are 5 pm to 7 pm. The lines are massive so we recommend arrive an hour, even an hour and a half prior.

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