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EXHIBITION : Cleopatra y la fascination de Egipto

 

An alabaster bust of the queen, an Egyptian ring sculpted in glass in the form of a beetle, costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the movie Cleopatra… Here are some of the 400 pieces coming from the 80 partner museums and Spanish and international collections you can expect to discover in the 2000 square feet of the exhibition, dedicated to one fo the most fascinating feminine character in history, Cleopatra.
4 audiovisuals located all along the trail allow visitors to enter an Egyptian temple at the time of Cleopatra’s death.


Traduced by Alexis Sarfati 

 

Family exhibition : Julio Verne. Los límites de la imaginación

 

From the window of his parents’ apartment, the young Jules Verne overlooks Nantes’ harbor, fascinated by grand ships and the exotic destinations they are sailing to. His dream is to embark on such journeys, enrolling himself in the marine, but pressure from his family restricts him to finding escape in writing.
Studying law in Paris, he meets with scientists, writers, explorers. Though he did partake in several boat expeditions, his inspiration primarily stems from his research at the library of the Geography Society of Paris, which he becomes a member to. He forebodes discoveries such as the electric submarine, or the underwater camera in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. Thus, inventors Isaac Peral and Louis Bouton, both fascinated by the book, end up respectively inventing the electric submarine and underwater camera. Many others were inspired by Jules Verne, journalists Nellie Bly, who ventured on a 72 days world tour, or explorer Ernest Shackleton, who attempted to cross Antartica, only to name a few.
Judging by the success of the exhibit, the author continues to inspire, and make people dream, be it in Spain, France, or anywhere on the globe.
Embark on Jules Verne’s journey to discover terrestrial, aerial and underwater imaginary realms. 

Traduced by Alexis Sarfati 

 

Exhibition Ingre

 

This Prado exhibition features the XIXth century artist’s career, through a chronological and thematically visit of 70 paintings, including the famous “Grande Odalisque” and “Ossian’s dream”. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres is one of the stepping stones of end of XIXth century, beginning of XXth century artistic revolutions. His paintings, influenced by giants like Raphaël, would prelude to Picasso’s work. Apart from his feminine nudes and portraits, the exhibition also includes his work for the duc of Abla, previously de Berwock. The most famous painting he executed for him remains a portrayal of the nobleman receiving the Golden Fleece from Philip the Vth of Spain. Activities such as conferences and concerts are also held around the exhibition.

Traduced by Alexis Sarfati 

 

Exhibition (for the whole family) - Theo Jansen: Asombrosas criaturas, Fascinating creatures

The next step of evolution; after herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, comes the time of “airovores”. Indeed, the creatures of the dutch artist Theo Jansen consume air. Powered by wind energy and made from recycled materials, they are 100% ecological. Fascinated by natural selection and genetical evolution, Jansen found inspiration in the theory of evolution explained in Richard Dawkins’ Blind watchmaker to create his Animaris (a combination between animal and sea). Using algorithms and 3D simulations, Jansen continuously strives to create better prototypes, keeping the most performing elements of past creations, which he calls their DNA. In his mind, their ‘DNA’ transmits information to future generations. Indeed he sees his creatures as living organisms, and speaks of their parts using words like stomach, muscles, and brains. These creatures are truly fascinating, moving in a circular movement without ever touching the floor. “I have reinvented the wheel” jokes Jansen. His adventure was sparked in 1990 by a reflection on the state of his native country, Holland, which, due to global warming could suffer from severe floods. He thus imagined these 4 meter long and 10 meter wide ‘beach gardians’, which he hopes, with time, could help create dunes and prevent the risk of flood.

Traduced by Alexis Sarfati 

EXHIBITION: modern art at the Palace. Contemporary masterpieces of the royal collections

Discover a fine selection of Spanish contemporary artwork at the Royal Palace. Seize the opportunity to discover underrated emblematic artists featuring figures from the group El Paso, such as Manuel Millares, Martín Chirino or Luis Feito, and artists from the 50s like José Guerrero or Lucío Muños. The collection additionally encompasses artwork from following generations, including that of Juan Genovés, Eduardo Arroyo or Miguel Barcoló. As most of the art is exposed for the first time, you will not want to give a miss to this innovative and striking collection.

Traduced by Alexis Sarfati 

Zurbarán exhibition

Zurbarán was a Spanish painter, friend and contemporary of Vélazquez. He was most famous for his religious paintings. Zurbarán enjoyed considerable fame, before becoming somewhat out of fashion and almost forgotten at the end of his life. The exhibition focuses on his artistic evolution, from his early paintings to his most acclaimed ones. Still lives and portraits complete the large selection of religious paintings.

PhotoEspaña 2015, a tribute to photography

 

Photography is taking a central stage in Madrid for the next three months thanks to Photo España. This international photography and visual arts fair is focusing on Latin America this year.
You will enjoy works by Mário Cravo Neto, one of Brazilian most renowned photographers, but also other outstanding international collections linked to Latin American art.

 

Exhibition on the animal kingdom in Ancient Egypt

 

Animals, whether real or featured, wild or domestic, play a crucial role in Ancient Egypt and are omnipresent in day to day life. This exhibition portrays the function and importance of animal figures in the religious and cultural construction of pharaonic civilization. 
Sculptures and headstones, tumblers and carafes, water and wall paintings, chests and amulets, sarcophagi and mummies, to the animal glorification in forms of statues and sphinx, over four hundred pieces that show the importance of animals in Ancient Egypt’s culture.

 

Exhibition : El gusto moderno. Art deco in Paris, 1910-1935. The Parisian glorious years

 

The Art deco movement was born in Paris in 1910 as a reaction against Art nouveau. Its followers showed a strong and modern will in creating something new, but they also excelled in the art of using an extraordinary variety of sources and influences; Ancient Egypt or Greece, Africa, Mexico, Japan, China, or other avant-garde art movements of the early XXth century.
This exhibition showcases around 300 pieces of all sorts to plunge Spanish viewers into Art deco for the very first time.

 

Photo exhibition : Garry Winogrand

 

Acclaimed as one of the biggest photographers of the XXth century, Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) was a famous portraitist of the American way of life  between 1950 and the early 80’s. He used to shoot with an endless energy, leaving a legacy of some 20 thousand film rolls at the end of his short life.
This exhibition gathers over 175 printings by the New York photographer and is his first retrospective in 25 years. It is also the first one to englobe his whole career. 

 

 

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