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!


With the 2024 edition of PHotoESPAÑA and until September 29th, Madrid proves itself to be one of the contemporary capitals of photography. Different locations including museums, galleries and art schools display recent projects and retrospectives of the most interesting international photographers.

Since the first edition of PHotoESPAÑA in 1998, Madrid has shown to be a reference point for contemporary photography, reaching every year a growing number of participants. The 2024 edition of PHotoESPAÑA involves over 80 spaces around the city and almost 300 artists.

Leit motif of PHotoESPAÑA 2024 is “Perpetuum mobile“. Here the theme of movement is explored both in itself and as the great cultural and social changes of the contemporary world, often linked to large single or collective movements.

As usual, the program is divided into two sections: the Official Section and the Festival Off. The Official Section presents the collective exhibition of the ENAIRE Foundation Photography Award, which takes place at the Real Jardín Botánico, and hosts also the exhibition of the “Best photography books of the year”.

Here some of the exhibitions of PHotoESPAÑA 2024:

The Circulo de Bellas Artes hosts the exhibition that gives its name to this year’s edition, “Perpetuum mobile”, dedicated to 27 contemporary Spanish photographers including Gonzalo Juanes, Javier Campano, Pilar Aymerich and Paloma Navares.

The retrospective “A Dane in the Madrid of the Resturation” dedicated to the production of the master of photography Christian Franzen will be hosted at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes.

For the first time, in this edition of PHotoESPAÑA the Teatro Real also becomes an exhibition venue, presenting the unpublished photographs of the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.

Among the other exhibitions, we also highlight:

the retrospective of Erwin Olaf, a Dutch portraitist recently passed away and known for his unconventional portraiture and suspended atmospheres at the Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa;

– the unpublished photos of Barbara Brandli, Swiss by birth and Venezuelan by adoption, who passed away in 2011, at CentroCentro;

– Boris Savelev’s photographs at the Espacio Cultural Serreria Belga which documented the dissolution of the Soviet Union, for the first time in Spain.

Also absolutely worth seeing at the Fundación Canal the exhibition dedicated to Eliot Erwitt, which portrays “The human comedy” in 135 works and the shots of Iwan Baan, a Dutch photographer considered the undisputed master of contemporary architectural photography. While the Fundación Mapfre hosts the shots through which the South African master David Goldblatt denounced apartheid.

Check the website for information on opening times and locations.


Until 23 February, 2025 the Prado Museum is showing the work Ecce Homo by the Italian master Caravaggio, a unique opportunity to see this painting of immense value exceptionally coming from a private collection.

The Ecce Homo constitutes one of the greatest discoveries in the history of art of this century, traced in 2021 in an auction house and authenticated by the greatest Caravaggio experts. After extensive research, a rigorous restoration and evaluation of the work’s materials and the conservation history of the painting was carried out, which reaffirmed the attribution to the Italian master.


Until September 1, 2024, the CaixaForum in Madrid hosts an exhibition that will offer the public a unique insight into what happens behind the screen and the process of creating Pixar movies.

The science of Pixar exhibition will show you up close the work of the production company’s artists and animation and IT experts. You will discover what lies behind Pixar most famous movies and the aspects linked to STEAM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

The exhibition explores the creation of films through videos, interviews, digital activities and physical experiences that will immerse you in the virtual world of Pixar.

Do not miss it if you are travelling with your children!