Here are the main temporary art exhibitions in Madrid. Browse and find what is right for you!
With its temporary exhibitions Madrid confirms itself more and more as a city of the arts: not only the classical world and great museums, but an increasingly sophisticated focus on contemporary art and photography. After the wonderful exhibition dedicated to Magritte by the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid continues to offer numerous temporary exhibitions.
In addition to the very rich permanent collections, both Madrid’s great museums and the spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions offer a 360° look into the world of art of all times.
Here you will find a selection of current exhibitions in Madrid: browse through the proposals and choose what you like 🙂
So let’s have a look to the following lines
Guido Reni at the Prado Museum
One of the first exhibitions in Madrid that we recommend is the 100 works by the Bolognese genius of 17th-century Italy and an interesting and accurate reconstruction of his relationship with the works of Titian and Caravaggio and his influence on Spanish painting in the so-called Siglo de Oro. The exhibition, undoubtedly the flagship exhibition of the Prado’s spring-summer season, showcases works already known to the general public at the Prado such as the world-famous Atalanta and Hippomene alongside little-known canvases from, among others, the Pinacoteca d’arte moderna in Bologna, the Galleria Borghese, the Louvre and the National Gallery in London.
When: until 9 July 2023
Tickets: general 15 euros, reduced 7.5 euros
Lucien Freud at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
The ambiguous, profoundly real and deeply disturbing work of a great British artist that the Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation in Madrid, in collaboration with the National Gallery in London, has decided to celebrate on the centenary of his birth with a retrospective exhibition. More than 50 works celebrate the long career of one of the most representative artists not only of British contemporary art but European art in general.
In Lucien Freud’s works, echoes of Courbet’s great French Realism and Schiele’s Expressionist paintings go beyond reality, offering unusual perspectives to the viewer. And this is precisely the title of the exhibition, Nuevas perspectivas, which traces the artist’s career and his delving ever deeper into his models, investigating their souls and bodies. Not to be missed.
When: until 18 June 2023
Tickets: general 13 euros, reduced 9 euros
The Frick Collection at the Prado Museum
Nine of the world’s most famous works from the Frick Collection in New York, the collection of the refined art lover Henry Clay Frick, now considered one of Manhattan’s gems. In exhibition until 2 July in the Villanueva Room of the Prado Museum: Velazquez, El Greco, Murillo and Goya. Some of these works have never left the Frick residence. For real connoisseurs.
When: until 2 July 2023
Tickets: The exhibition is included in the general cost of admission to the Prado Museum.
Leonora Carrington at the MAPFRE Foundation
The MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid, in collaboration with the Arken Museum in Copenhagen, is hosting the first European retrospective dedicated to the British artist Leonora Carrington, one of the most significant signatures of the surrealist trend. The exhibition in Madrid brings together various works by the artist, from drawings to paintings, from writings to costumes, showing the wide variety of languages with which she dealt in an often complex way, trying to lay bare the dramas, fantasies and feelings that marked her human and artistic experience.
When: until 7 May 2023
Tickets: general 5 euros, reduced 3 euros
Jacques Henri Lartigue at the Canal Mateo Inurria Foundation
El Canal hosts an exhibition in which some 150 colour images by Jacques Henri Lartigue can be admired for the first time in Spain. A collection of the works exhibited will also be published with explanatory texts by curators Marion Perceval and Anne Morin.
The photographer, painter and writer Lartigue (1894-1986) is recognised as a master of French photography, mainly in black and white, although one third of his archive is in colour. This is a surprising and almost unknown production of the artist’s work, to which no attention was given for a long time.
He was considered a forerunner of photographic modernity, but only gained considerable recognition at the age of 69, thanks to his first exhibition at the MoMA in New York. In the same year, Life magazine dedicated a portfolio to him that went around the world and made his black and white works famous, turning him overnight into one of the great names of 20th century photography.
The exhibition in Madrid, curated by Marion Perceval (Donation Lartigue) and Anne Morin (diChroma photography), represents a singularity of this master who defined his entire life: the ambition to capture the happy moments he witnessed and participated in.
There will be three sections corresponding to the three moments in which the photographer approached colour throughout his career; a simultaneous projection with black and white photographs and their subsequent reproduction in colour; various activities, including guided tours, both in person and online, and family visits-workshops in which adults and children will discover the secrets of Lartigue’s work together, in a fun and friendly way.
When: until 23 April 2023
Tickets: Free entry
Where: Calle Mateo Inurria 2, metro Plaza de Castilla
Times: daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bowie taken by Duffy at Espacio COAM in Madrid
At Espacio COAM, the myth of David Bowie lives again thanks to the iconic shots of British photographer Brian
Duffy and his collection of more than 150 objects that, between music, videos, images and objects, make the spectator relive the
viewer the England of the 1970s and its punk-rock cultural icon.
When: until 25 June 2023
Tickets: from 14.90 euros
Where: Calle de Hortaleza 63. Metro Alonso Martinez, Chueca, Tribunal
Times: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 9pm
Thematic Visit Palacio de Liria Empress Eugenia
An exhibition bringing together a selection of 50 works that seek to introduce the art and history of Empress Eugenia de Montijo to the public.
When: all of 2023
Tickets: from 7 euros
Where: Calle de la Princesa, 20. Metro Ventura Rodriguez or Plaza España
Times: daily from 10.15 am to 12.45 pm and from 4.15 pm to 6.15 pm except Mondays from 10.15 am to 12.45 pm. Closed on Saturdays
2023 Centenary of Joaquin Sorolla
An excellent opportunity to visit the beautiful Sorolla house-museum.
When: until 25 June 2023
Tickets: 3 euros
Where: P.º del Gral. Martínez Campos, 37. Metro Gregorio Marañon or Ruben Dario
Times: daily from 09.30 am to 8 pm except Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. Closed on Mondays