Renoir, the Fauves & Hitchcock: Your top-10 art exhibitions in Madrid

By Daniel Stuart
 
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Visiting Madrid is always a good idea but doing it now is a great one; the weather is perfect, the streets are less crowdy and all the city’s cultural venues start their new season with spectacular exhibitions and events. So if you are heading for the Spanish caital or if you are already there (lucky you), here are the ten art exhibitions you have the chance to visit this November! This month's art menu has everything from Impressionism to Les Fauves and from photography to precious jewellery with a dash of Hitchcock for the classic film lovers! 
 
 
1 - Renoir: Intimacy
Thyssen Bornemisza Museum / Until January 22, 2017
In 20 words: An exhibition examining the central role of intimacy in 70 masterpieces singled out of the Impressionism-artist’s groundbreaking body of work.
 
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lunch at the Restaurant Fournaise (The Rower's Lunch), 1875. Oil on canvas, 55 x 65,9 cm. Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Potter Palmer Collection.
 
2 - Meta-painting. A Journey to the Idea of Art
Prado Museum / Until January 19, 2017
In 20 words: The changing status of painting examined through 100+ artworks dating from the start of modern age to the late-19th century
 
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3 - Les Fauves. The passion for color
MAPFRE Foundation / Until January 29, 2017
In 20 words: A complete, considered presentation of The Fauves’ passion for color through celebrated masterpieces by Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, Braque and more.
 
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Maurice de Vlaminck, Restaurant de la Machine à Bougival, ca. 1905 Musée d'Orsay, donación de Max y Rosy Kaganovitch, 1973 ©Maurice de Vlaminck, VEGAP, Madrid, 2016 ©RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
 
4 - The Pillars of Europe. The Middle Ages at the British Museum
CaixaForum / Until February 5, 2017
In 20 words: The medieval era, from 5th to 15th century is traced via significant objects from the collections of the British Museum.
 
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Broche de Wingham, 575, Inglaterra. Plata dorada, granates, vidrio azul, concha. © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2016. All rights reserved.
 
5 - Marcel Broodthaers. A Retrospective
Reina Sofia Museum / Until January 8, 2017
In 20 words: An exhibition devoted to Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976), one of the most important artists of the 1960s and 1970s.
 
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Marcel Broodthaers. A retrospective. Exhibition room, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2016. Photography: Joaquin Cortes/Roman Lores
 
6 - Bvlgari and Rome
Thyssen Bornemisza Museum / Until February 26, 2017
In 20 words: How the art of Rome have been the source of inspiration for Maison Bulgari’s jewellery designers over the past decades.
 
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Choker in gold with rubies, sapphires, lapis lazuli and diamonds, 1979. Vulgari Heritage Collection.
 
7 - Robert Doisneau
Canal Foundation / Until January 8, 2017
In 20 words: The work of Robert Doisneau (1912 - 1994) a photographer who is universally acknowledged as a legend of his art.
 
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El beso frente al Hôtel de ville, 1950 © Atelier Robert Doisneau, 2016
 
8 - Sorolla in Paris
Sorolla Museum / Until March 19, 2017
In 20 words: The history of the international recognition of Sorolla, from his first trip to Paris until his 1906-exhibition at Gallery Petit.
 
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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Sewing the Sail (1896), oil on canvas, 220 x 302 cm, Museo d`Arte Moderna di Ca`Pesaro, Venice.
 
9 - Hitchcock, beyond suspense
Espacio Fundación Telefónica / Until February 5, 2017
In 20 words: Exhibition on the auteur that defined suspense genre and has been recognized as one of the greats of cinematic art.
 
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Alfred Hitchcock & Lion Director, 01 May 1968, A.F. Archive.
 
10 - Capa in color
Circulo des Bellas Artes / Until January 8, 2017
In 20 words: The color photography of Robert Kapa, the most notable photojournalist of all-times, who became famous through his early-career b/w output.
 
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Robert Capa, Spectators at the Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, ca. 1952. © Robert Capa International Center of Photography, Magnum Photos

 
USEFUL INFORMATION

For the first timers: Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Prado Museum and the CaixaForum are located at the Paseo del Prado while Reina Sofia Museum is a few blocks to the south, opposite Atocha Station. MAPFRE Foundation exhibition hall is north of the Plaza de Cibeles, very close to the Archaeological Museum.
Circulo des Bellas Artes is right next to the Plaza de Cibeles and Espacio Fundación Telefónica is right off Gran Via (right above Gran Via metro station). All these venues are very easily accessible by foot from any part of the centre.
Sorolla Museum is situated at the northern side of the centre (map) while Canal Foundation is slightly off-centre in Chamartín (metro: Plaza de Castilla Station)

 
 
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