5 Street Markets

Even in an age of online commerce, shoppers still flock to flea markets and antique shopps..Madrid’s best weekend markets are where you can vintage home decoration, new and second-hand clothes, and more treasures.   The Classic and traditional El Rastro C/ Ribera de Curtidores This is Madrid’s oldest and most iconic street market. Every Sunday from 9am to 3pm, hundreds of stalls are set up in C/Ribera de Curtidores, in the Embajadores neighborhood, filling the street with life and bustle. It’s a must for tourists and locals alike, who browse through the new and second-hand clothes, costume jewelry, decorative items,

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Madrid’s emerging Art Scene

Spain is well known for its contribution to painting … having produced more great artists than virtually any other country in the world.Think of: Velázquez, Goya, Dalí, Miró, Picasso, and Barceló. The present is no different; nowadays we can still find many interesting emerging artists with brilliant futures. A group of selected professional artists, which changes every year, open their studios or homes for us to exhibit their work. Let us show you some of the workshops of emerging Spanish talents, some of them with firm international recognition. Best time for the tour:  11:00 am Duration of the Tour :

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Carlos de Amberes Museum dedicated to Flemish and Dutch Old Masters.

It´s always a great new that Madrid re-open a Museum this week, the Museo Carlos de Amberes is located in a former church in the well-heeled area of Barrio de Salamanca and dedicated to Dutch and Flemish Old Masters. The museum heralds a new era for the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, which started as a charity back in 1594, when Philip II of Spain was also Lord of the Seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands. By 1987, it had shifted its focus towards artistic and educational philanthropic activities, and, since 1992, it has run an active program of temporary exhibitions, lectures,

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5 Groundbreaking Galleries in Madrid

Teresa Vega, our highly educated and renaissance guide, reminds us here that beyond the world-class museums and exhibition halls that make Madrid a magnet for discerning   travelers, there is a universe of art galleries, displaying the most contemporary tendencies.  Teresa has been kind in unveiling us her 5 favorite ones. With them you can build a really distinctive tour in town: Our city is undoubtedly one of the main cultural centers of Europe, and boasts such amazing museums as the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza or the Reina Sofía, all centered around the so-called Art Walk, a paradise for art-lovers. But apart from

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Surrealism and the Dream

Refletions on the new exposition in the Thyssen Museum   Many, who have visited expositions with me, have heard me talk about surrealism. From my personal opinion, surrealism started in Bosco´s Garden of the Delicias in 1503 and continues with Arcimboldo´s ¨Spring¨in 1563 – which we can find in the magnificent Academy of Bellas Artes of San Fernando. It is from there that we can divulge into the whimsical works of Goya, before putting ourselves in front of the surrealism of the 20th century. In Spain, to speak of surrealism is to speak of  Salvador Dalí   Dalí arrived to Madrid

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