Posts with category Arte y cultura

A different kind of afternoon in El Retiro

By | 30 April, 2015 | 0 comments

retiro parque madridEl Retiro is Madrid’s version of Central Park, a must-see especially in spring and even more particularly in late Mayo, with the atmosphere that comes with the book fair, La Feria del Libro. El Retiro has many other attractions than just the mere scenic ones, such as its own Crystal Palace (Palacio de Cristal), a building that is worth seeing just for its appearance although, nowadays, its interior is also worthy of a visit since it began hosting exhibitions, like Federico Guzmán’s Tuiza, The cultures of the haima.

The Seville-born artist, who has strong links with the Sahara, poses a dialogue between the peculiar building and the Saharan structure par excellence: the haima (Bedouin tent). It is a unique view of the haima, since Guzmán made it from melfhas, which is the traditional garment worn by Saharan women, creating an ensemble of great colour and visual strength.

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El Museo Arqueológico te espera

By | 15 January, 2015 | 0 comments

Museo Arqueológico MadridOn the upcoming 31st of March it will be the first anniversary of the opening, after six years of works, of the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid (known as MAN), which has better access for people with reduced mobility, a more modern design of the exhibition route and more space. Inaugurated back in the 19th century during the reign of Queen Isabel II in the year 1867, it is one of Madrid’s most emblematic museums, located in the heart of the city next to Puerta del Alcalá, on the luxurious Calle Serrano, 13.

Similar in its vocation to the British Museum in London, MAN has an important collection of everyday objects of different historical periods and works of art representative of ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Classical Greece, Roman Hispania and much more. Its “Essential” section is very interesting, with a selection of 15 items of considerable value that come with the help of an audio guide that completes the explanation panels.

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De galerías por Doctor Fourquet

By | 2 January, 2015 | 0 comments

doctor fourquetIt all began 20 years ago, when the first art gallery appeared on this discreet street in the Lavapiés district very close to the Reina Sofía Museum: Helga de Alvear. Afterwards, others arrived such as the Moisés Pérez de Albéniz Gallery, Espacio Mínimo or Casa Sin Fin, linked to the Periférica publishers. Together they have managed to take the world of art beyond the limits of the Salamanca district and, gathering on such an accessible street, they have allowed that art lovers, potential buyers or just browsers, to enter these small street museums as they please.

One gallery is Maisterravalbuena, which has just inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to the Danish photographic collective Kassen, as part of the Naked Photographer Project. With their latest artistic challenge, they have enjoyed the participation of artists that were asked to take their clothes off to carry out some sort of portrait on their naked bodies.  However, it is their clothes and not them who appear in these photographs. Each artist chose the way they would be represented, as we can in one that appears in Instagram format. It is located on Calle Doctor Fourquet, 6, and it is open until March 14th (free entrance).

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El segundo museo de Madrid

By | 26 December, 2014 | 0 comments

Museo San FernandoThe Prado Museum, which will be 200 years old in 2019, has often been the star that eclipses other good museums in the city, such as the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, considered by many as the second most important museum in Madrid. A few yards from our hotel by the Puerta del Sol (Calle Alcalá, 13), this institution was born in the Enlightenment era and some of the most important artists in Spanish art history learned their trade there, such as Salvador Dalí or Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

It has a permanent exhibition with works by artists such as Zurbarán, Luis Paret, Sorolla or Julio Romero de Torres, as well as paintings by more contemporary artists such as Juan Gris, the aforementioned Picasso or Rafael Canoga. It also possesses an important collection of paintings by Francisco de Goya, with no fewer than 13 of them carried out by the Aragonese master, among them the famous The Burial of the Sardine.

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Flamenco en vena

By | 14 November, 2014 | 0 comments

FlamencoThere is still a long time until the great flamenco event arrives in Madrid, the Suma Flamenco Festival, although this does not mean that you cannot enjoy this performing art in the city before, because the truth is it never stopped. Traditional tablaos like El Corral de la Morería maintain an excellent programme all year long, with daily sessions that include dinner and show at different times. You can also choose just going to the show alone, and you will get a free drink with your ticket. The show costs approximately 40 euros and the dinner has menus starting at 37 euros plus VAT.

These are shows designed for tourists. They are well organised and somewhat expensive but performing there are professional singers, dancers and guitarists. Such a place would be Cardamomo, one of the city’s classics located at Calle Echegaray. Perhaps because it was mentioned in such a prestigious newspaper like The New York Times or because of a growing demand for it, prices have gone up despite the economic recession. Entrance plus dinner costs 72 euros or just 39 if you want to see the show only.

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Un paseo con encanto otoñal por Madrid

By | 14 October, 2014 | 0 comments

Otoño RetiroMadrid is a city that does not hide its charm in autumn. It is has to understand why the Spanish royal families from yesterday did not spend winter here and missed out on such attractive seasons like autumn and spring.

El Retiro is a key location in Madrid’s autumn. Created between 1630 and 1640, in the times of king Felipe IV, getting lost around its paths is a pleasure in itself, and you might even come across a squirrel or two. There you can also find the central pond, whose origin was as a stage for simulations of naval battles and nautical shows that the king took part in. Now, you can enjoy a boat ride that is more pleasant than the previous activities that took place there, with prices ranging from 5.80€ to 7.50€, depending on the day of the week it is.

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El placer de husmear en librerías de viejo

By | 2 October, 2014 | 0 comments

feria libro antiguoFrom the 2-19 of October, the 26th Antique and Used Book Fair takes place on Paseo de Recoletos, a great chance to enjoy books that are also valuable objects. It is also a way of discovering a hobby that can become addictive and that can be complemented by the many antique bookstores that exist in Madrid. The prices for these books are also much more affordable than what one may think, as long as we are not dealing with rarities.

Cuesta de Moyano is a great place to start with this activity. At number 19 you can find the stall of Francisco Javier Moncada, president of Madrid’s Second-Hand Bookseller’s Association, a lover of books and someone who is also willing to guide all aficionados. In his stall you can find first editions by Camilo José Cela from the 40s, such as La Colmena or The Family of Pascual Duarte, at prices that range from 30 to 50 euros. There are also more valuable samples, such as the complete works by Antonio Machado with leather bindings for 150 euros.

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La milla del arte

By | 21 May, 2014 | 0 comments

CaixaForum MadridThe inauguration of CaixaForum was the fourth and latest addition to the great museum scene in Madrid, made up by the Prado, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía National Museum of Art, up until then known as the Triangle of Art. A unique concentration of culture along an avenue, Paseo del Prado, that leads to the nearby area of Atocha train station and the Reina Sofía Museum, located in the old hospital of San Carlos.

Below is a little bit on each of these museums, from the newest to the oldest. Inaugurated in 2008 as part of the social project of laCaixa bank, CaixaForum Madrid stands out among the other three for having a free entrance. All of its temporary exhibitions can be enjoyed without paying a single euro, as well as the vertical garden at the entrance of the building. The building itself is one of the main attractions, like for example the re-adaptation of an industrial building, the old Electrical Station of Mediodía, reconverted by the studio of Herzog & De Meuron into a modern space whose spiral staircase is worthy of a mention.

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San Isidro: una fiesta con raíces

By | 6 May, 2014 | 0 comments

San Isidro MadridConsidered as the patron saint of farmers and although his festival is celebrated in many towns with processions that bless the fields, it’s in Madrid where he is venerated the most, with a festival dedicated to him that is becoming increasingly important.

The saint’s incorrupt body is located in Madrid, the city where he was born in around 1082, in the old cathedral of la Real Colegiata de San Isidro. The visit to his sacred remains is what originated the pilgrimage around the chapel built as a tribute to him, located in Pradera de San Isidro, painted by Goya in a painting with the same name. Every year, the amount of attendants is huge to the point that you need plenty of patience to deal with the large crowd that has gathered there since first thing in the morning. In the afternoon, the procession with images of San Isidro and Santa María de la Cabeza take place from the Colegiata de San Isidro to the district of La Latina and the Plaza Mayor, a return route that ends with the hymns of the Virgin of the Almudena and of San Isidro.

This happens on the festival’s biggest day, May 15th, but both the days prior and after this date have a large programme with different festive, cultural and gastronomic events. Some of the best places during this festival are Plaza Mayor or Las Vistillas, as well as the aforementioned Pradera de San Isidro that offer traditional entertainment such as giants, cabezudos (large papier-mâché heads), operettas, or the Regional Houses Festival. Other activities that are less linked to folklore are the concerts of David de María, Pablo López or Carlos Rivera, as well as the 30-year tribute to La Unión or the Rock Villa de Madrid Awards.

A series of leisure activities that do not rival the main one in the programme: the bullfighting of San Isidro, that lasts for almost the whole month of May with fantastic line-ups on the most important days. Bullfighters such as Enrique Ponce, Juan José Padilla, Miguel Abellán or Morante de la Puebla will attempt to leave out of the main gate during these days in the Monumental de Las Ventas bullring.

Both to go to Pradera de San Isidro and to the Las Ventas bullring, Victoria 4 offers all the amenities of a 3-star hotel located in the centre of Madrid, very close to the Puerta del Sol. From there, you can easily take the metro to the bullfight on Line 2 or the bus that will leave you close to the festivals on the southern bank of the Manzanares river.

Navidad en Warner Madrid

By | 23 December, 2011 | 0 comments

Parque Warner Madrid is a great place to visit all year round, situated just outside Madrid on the Carretera N-IV, km 22 in San Martin de la Vega, you can reach the park by car, or train from Atocha Train Station or bus from the bus station at Villaverde Bajo.

This Christmas Warner Park Madrid are making of Christmas a reality, in their own words, with the various activities they have prepared for this festive period. Until the end of December all the lovely characters from Warner cartoons will come to life to welcome you into the park and introduce you to all the musical shows and Christmas activities for the whole family. Some of the shows and activities will include Christmas carols, lights and fabulous decorations.

Your children will be able to deliver their letters to Santa and the Three Wise Men, before you take them to enjoy a nice meal in one of the many restaurants or just shopping in the many shops and boutiques.

The park closes at 8pm and opens at 12pm. Price for people over 120cm is 39 Euros and under 120cm or taller but senior citizen (over 60) is 30 Euros. Those children who haven’t reached yet 90cm go for free, but they have to accompany an adult.

So, don’t delay book your ticket now, remember you can get to Parque Warner by train from Atocha, not far from the Hotel Victoria 4.

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