10 free exhibitions in Madrid essential this spring

Although in a capital it sometimes seems difficult to find affordable plans, free exhibitions in Madrid are an ideal alternative when we want to continue broadening our vision, but not spend money on it.

In addition, this season you can enjoy the vision of iconic artists, relive the fashion of the 70s in Madrid and reflect on the importance of things as fundamental as feminism and equality.

Exhibition of 'Juan Muñoz.  All this will survive me' in Alcalá 31
Image provided by: Guillermo Gumiel / Alcalá 31

Two exhibition spaces in Madrid have worked together in this exhibition by the sculptor Juan Muñoz: Sala Alcalá 31 and the Museo Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. Free sample tours Two decades of the intense career of Juan Muñozprecisely in the year that marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of this artist.

You can see some of his most iconic pieces, dated between the years 90 and 2001, among which stands out Squarea piece from the Kunstsammlung K21 Dusseldorf, which has not been seen in Spain since 1966. This last decade of the artist’s production was marked by the mastery of space and by the recovery of the human figure as a central element of work, as can be seen view on the Oporto sculpture (image above).

🗓️ Until June 11.

📍Sala Alcalá, 31 (Alcalá street, 31)

Fighters, women in the MUAC collection

Image provided by: Casa de México

Casa de México brings together up to 46 works by 30 artists from 1950 to date, with a clear common thread: Mexican art from a woman’s perspective. Through different materials, formats and supports (painting, drawing, installations…) these creators focus on the battles that women wage for equality, on making visible the violence they face, reflecting on the construction of identity gender and challenge the roles imposed by society.

As of March 2, guided tours will be offered.

🗓️ Until May 21.

📍 Casa de México Foundation in Spain (calle de Alberto Aguilera, 20)

Image provided by: Museum of America

The Museo de América hosts this unique free exhibition in which, for the first time, the main sets of paintings shelled In our country. This technique was developed during the 17th and 18th centuries in what was then called the Viceroyalty of New Spain (now Mexico) and combines painting, stucco work and inlaying sheets of mother-of-pearl shell. The material adds texture and shine to paintings, giving them a wood-like appearance. collage “combining European taste, Asian materials and a characteristic technique of Mexican workshops”, explain its organizers.

🗓️ Until May 25, 2023.

📍 Museum of America (Avenida de los Reyes Católicos, 6)

star wars expo
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Star Wars Universe It has up to 150 full-scale pieces of the characters from one of the most famous movie sagas. The free exhibition will be the closest thing to being in the filming set of one of the mythical films. In addition, during the time that it remains installed, other activities take place on weekends such as a virtual reality space, a school Jedi and a building space droids.

🗓️ From February 24 to July 30.

📍 Room A of the Tomás y Valiente Art Center (Calle Leganés, 51, Fuenlabrada)

Image courtesy of CaixaForum Madrid

In the lobby of CaixaForum Madrid, a tapestry made by the Catalan painter, sculptor, engraver and ceramist Joan Miró together with the textile artist Josep Royo in 1980 is on display, which can be seen until May 21 for free. This work gave rise to the Miró star that represents the emblem of the entity.

the work is one of seven monumental tapestries created jointly by the two artists commissioned by the Caixa de Pensions per a la Vellesa i d’Estalvis de Catalunya i Balears, whose objective was to create the corporate image of the entity, as well as transmit its cultural and social values. The piece was restored live during the month of April 2022 at the CaixaForum Barcelona, ​​being installed in a glass cabinet in its lobby.

🗓️ Until May 21.

📍 CaixaForum Madrid (Paseo del Prado, 36)

Image courtesy of CA2M

The first major exhibition of Martining Wong takes place at the Museo Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Móstoles, which will be the first venue, followed later by Berlin, London and Amsterdam. Martin Wong is a Chinese-American artist with a timeless discourse that remains relevant 24 years after his death. His work is key in the North American counterculture of the 60s and 70swhere he deals with issues such as drugs, homosexual desire, the hegemony of a colonial past, the urban subculture and its ghettos, racism and the police forces, a theme that is still current sixty years later.

🗓️ Until May 25.

📍 Dos de Mayo Art Center (Avenida de la Constitución, 23, Móstoles)

Equality engine. The Ladies Residence

Image provided by: Ortega-Marañón Foundation

Equality engine. The Ladies Residence addresses the role of this student residence as fundamental institution when laying the foundations for equality in Spain at the beginning of the 20th century. Under the direction of María de Maeztu, women such as Victoria Kent, María Lejárraga or Carmen Baroja passed through the residence, among many others, whose legacy is now included in this exhibition with the intention of preserving and disseminating the legacy of all of them and of the institution itself. face to the future

🗓️ Until July 1, 2023.

📍Ortega-Marañón Foundation (Calle de Fortuny, 53)

Madrid/ Street fashion

Image provided by the Sala Canal de Isabel II

The exhibition shows the fashion reports that the first photojournalist in Spain, Joana Biarnés, carried out for a decade in Madrid for media such as La Moda en España and Pueblo. Biarnés was not only the photographer of these fashion editorialsHe also chose the outfits, the models and the themes. He treated fashion with the same proximity as other subjects he documented, thus creating a portrait of the transformation that those years brought to the industry —with the passage from haute couture to pret-a-porter— and how they lived in Madrid.

🗓️ Until July 23.

📍Canal de Isabel II Hall (Calle de Santa Engracia, 125)

9. Excuse me, I’m talking

Illustration by Bea Lema / Image courtesy of CentroCentro

Excuse me, I’m talking is an exhibition dedicated to autobiographical comics made by women. The sample brings together examples of the work of more than 80 authors of different styles, origins, trajectories, social and ethnic groups, selected by themselves in most cases. although they are autobiographical comics, universal themes are addressed such as the affective space, the feminist testimonial comic, LGTBIQ identities, health, the workplace, and family and historical trauma, among others.

🗓️ Until July 23.

📍Center Center (Plaza Cibeles, 1)

Picasso in photo. Archives of the Picasso Museum of Barcelona

Picasso in photo presents for the first time the funds from the museum’s photographic archive that allow us to get closer to the life and creative processes of the genius. The exhibition, which is part of the official section of the PHotoESPAÑA2023 Festival, approaches all aspects of genius through the work of leading authors of contemporary photography, such as Lucien Clergue and David Douglas Duncan, also exhibits vernacular images of friends and family.

🗓️ Until July 28.

📍Fernan Gomez. Cultural Center of the Villa. (Pl. de Colon, 4)

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