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Art Galleries in Madrid

The fascinating city of Madrid offers a fine selection of art galleries that has long been the envy of other cultural centres in Europe. Every day, the galleries draw crowds of tourists and art lovers with famous works by artists such as El Greco, Velazques, Goya, Picasso, Miro and Salvador Dali. Of all art galleries in Madrid, the Prado stands out as the one with the greatest concentration of masterpieces. This is by far one of the most renowned art museums in the world and Madrid’s primary tourist attraction. The Prado and two other splendind galleries, Thyssen Museum and Reina Sofia Museum, are located within a few minutes walk from each other on Paseo del Prado, forming the so-called Art Walk. Apart from these large instutitions, there are plenty of smaller, intimate art galleries, to be found mainly in the Salamanca and Chueca districts.


Helga de Alvear
Helga de Alvear, by Antonio Lobo
 
Helga de Alvear
Address: Doctor Fourquet, 12
  Phone: +34 91 468 05 06
  e-mail: galeria@helgadealvear.com  
Website: http://www.helgadealvear.com/  
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The Helga de Alvear gallery lies near the world-famous Reina Sofia museum in the heart of Madrid. It is housed in the building of 700 square metres since 1995 when it succeeded the historical gallery Juana Mordo. The gallery concentrates on the works of Spanish and foreign contemporary artists including the latest trends in photography, video and installations. Visitors can enjoy the impressive creations of conceptual and minimalist artists like Daniel Canogar, Misuo Miura, Joan Fontcuberta and other promising talents in the field of plastic arts. The director of the gallery, Helga de Alvear, has also created her own collection that is worth seeing.
Travesia Cuatro
Travesia Cuatro , by Antonio Lobo
 
Travesia Cuatro
Address: Travesia de San Mateo, 4
  Phone: +34 91 310 00 98
  e-mail: galeria@travesiacuatro.com  
Website: http://www.travesiacuatro.com/  
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Travesia Cuatro is a relatively new art gallery in the centre of Madrid. It was inaugurated five years ago and in this period has devoted itself to the ambitious aim of popularising contemporary art by supporting emerging Spanish and foreign artists. The genres covered include photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation and other graphic arts. Some of the most talented young authors that have been presented to the public in Travesia Cuatro are Jose Davila, Juan de Sande, Carolina Silva, Yolanda Tabanera and Maximo Gonzalez. All exhibitions are accompanied by events like lectures and discussions related to the particular artist.
Galeria ANNTA
Galeria ANNTA, by Felipe Barragán
 
Galeria ANNTA
Address: Altamirano, 46
  Phone: +34 91 549 21 30
 
Website: http://www.anntagallery.com/  
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The ANNTA Gallery is a private institution engaged in presenting and promotion of all forms of contemporary art with the emphasis on painting, photography and graphic arts. In addition, the gallery participates actively in international art fairs. In the last two years it has taken part in the events in Madrid, Lisbon and Miami. The long list with the names of artists whose works have been shown in ANNTA includes above all Felipe Barragan, Susana Murias, Jose Manuel Ciria, Rafael Canogar, Lola Alarco, Carmen Zulueta, Miguel Oriola and many other contemporary artists.
Espacio Minimo
Espacio Minimo, by alinkzz
 
Espacio Minimo
Address: Doctor Fourquet, 17
  Phone: +34 91 467 61 56
  e-mail: galeria@espaciominimo.com  
Website: http://www.espaciominimo.com/  
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The Espacio Minimo gallery was established in 1992 in Murcia. In November 2000, it was moved to its present location in one of the districts with an artistic flair of the Spanish capital, next to the Reina Sofia Museum. It operates according to the philosophy of the directors to promote predominantly contemporary art, including the use of modern technologies. The gallery tries to make the public aware of the latest trends in art both in Spain and abroad. For this purpose, Espacio Minimo participates actively in a number of prestigious international art fairs. These include above the fairs in Madrid, Basel, Cologne, Miami and Chicago, as well as various events in Europe and even in the Far East. The gallery boasts an impressive list of works by talented artists like Isaac Montoya, Liliana Porter, Enrique Marty, Rosalia Banet and Miguel Angel Gaueca.
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Museo Lazaro Galdiano
Address: Calle Serrano, 122
  Phone: +34 91 561 60 84
  e-mail: difusion@flg.es  
Price: 4 - 4 EUR  
Website: http://www.flg.es/museo/museo.htm  
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The museum Lazaro Galdiano first opened to the public on January 27, 1951 as a part of the foundation of the same name. It is situated in a well-preserved building typical of the 19th-century architecture. It hosts one of the most significant art collections in the whole country, comprising works of many Spanish and European artists. The exhibits include such remarkable and uncommon artefacts as French crystal from the 16th Century, Byzantine jewellery, ancient Italian bronzes, Renaissance objects and Medieval armour and swords. Of course, the largest part of the collection is dedicated to the life and work of the Spanish masters - El Greco, Ribera, Zurbaran, Murillo, Velazquez and many others. There is a special room, called Salon 30, designated to paintings from the 'Black Period' by Goya. The foreign artists presented in the gallery include the Englishmen Constable and Reynolds, the Italians Tiepolo and Guardi and lots of other more or less famous European painters. The art gallery is a must for all art and culture lovers, although it is not as famous as its counterparts Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza.
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Guillermo de Osma
Address: Claudio Coello, 4
  Phone: +34 91 435 59 36
  e-mail: info@guillermodeosma.com  
Website: http://www.guillermodeosma.com/  
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The art gallery Guillermo de Osma is situated in the middle of the most prestigious district of Madrid as far as art is concerned - the Salamanca district. Many excellent galleries like Urbino, Paz Feliz and Oliva Arauna are in very close proximity, which makes the area ideal for a sightseeing tour of the galleries. Guillermo de Osma was established in 1991 and since then has won recognition as one of the leading exhibition centres for European and Latin American historical avant-garde works from the beginning of the 20th Century. The gallery has already hosted more than 30 exhibitions presenting works from that period. Among the most famous artists whose works have been shown are Manuel Ortiz, Miquel Barcelo, Maria Blanchard, Francisco Bores, Eduardo Chillida and the genius Salvador Dali. Other names that should be mentioned are the world-renowned Swiss architect Le Corbusier and the sculptor Julio Gonzalez. The Guillermo de Osma art gallery participates actively in numerous contemporary art fairs like those in Paris, Miami and Madrid.
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Paz Feliz
Address: Claudio Coello, 17
  Phone: +34 91 575 86 86
 
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The Paz Feliz Gallery lies in the Salamanca district, an area in the centre of the capital known for the large number and density of art galleries and museums that makes it a heaven for art lovers and experts. The gallery is comparatively new and is devoted mainly to contemporary figurative paintings and abstract and realist engravings. Here prevail exhibitions by young and less known contemporary Spanish and foreign artists, such as Antonio Llanyz, Muheer, Said Rajabi, Ramon Moscardo and Frank Derie. Every month an individual exhibition is held, and in July and December visitors can enjoy collective exhibitions of more artists.
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Moriarty
Address: Calle de la Libertad, 22
  Phone: +34 91 531 43 65
  e-mail: moriarty@galeriamoriarty.com  
Website: http://www.galeriamoriarty.com/  
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The Moriarty Gallery was inaugurated in 1981 and is a multifunctional contemporary art centre rather than just a typical gallery. Most exhibitions feature Spanish avant-garde artists from the new generation like Manuel Saiz, Marta Marce, Luis Bisbe. Foreign artist also make exhibitions in the gallery, for example the young Belgian Sophie Whettnall. The gallery takes part in various activities apart from organising exhibitions. They include editing books and magazines, organisation of multimedia shows, poetry readings and more.
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