Thyssen-Bornemisza museum is a very unique museum. They like to involve every kind of audience in their cultural projects. They showcase art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. They represent anything from Renaissance to the experimental avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. We tried to go there on our first day, but since they closed at 7:00 PM we didn’t have enough time. The second time, it was our last day and we only had two hours to run around and see the magnificent works of art. Had we known how special this museum was, we would have allocated more time. We will never forget this very special museum.
El Fumador The Smoker
Mujer en la ventana Woman at the window
Positioning of Mobile Graphic Elements I, Frantisek Kupka, 1912-13
Study for the Language of Verticals, Frantisek Kupka, 1911
Picture with Three Spots, Wassily Kandinsky, 1914
Formation (Tri- Partition), Oskar Schlemmer, 1926
Harlequin with a Mirror, Pablo Picasso, 1923
33 Little Girls Set Out for the White Butterfly Hunt, 1958
Red Man with Moustache, Willem de Kooning, 1971
Brown and Silver I, Jackson Pollock, 1951
Wild Horses, Karel Appel, 1954
Portrait of Timothy Behrens, Michael Andrews, 1962
Armchair (Fautteuil no 2), Domenico Gnoli, 1967
Express, Robert Rauschenberg, 1963
Quappi in Pink Jumper, Max Beckmann, 1932-34
Group of Houses in Spring, Johannes Itten, 1916
Red Veil, Alexej von Jawlensky, 1912
Haff, Max Pechstein, 1909
Autumn Landscape in Oldenburg, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 1907
Brickworks, Erich Heckel, 1907
Waterloo Bridge, Andre Derain, 1906
Swaying Dancer (Dancer in Green), Edgar Degas, 1877-79
The Stevedores in Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1888
“Les Vessenots” in Auvers, Vincent van Gogh, 1890
Woman in Riding Habit, Fullface, Edouard Manet, 1882
Portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland, John Singer Sargent, 1904
The Harvesters, Pablo Picasso, 1907
House in Dangast (The White House), Erich Heckel, 1908
The Ludwigskirche in Munich, Wassily Kandinsky, 1908
The Penitent Saint Jerome, Jusepe de Ribera, 1634
Monday is not a good day for sightseeing in Madrid because many of the sites are closed. One of the few places that was supposed to be open was the Royal Palace of Madrid. On a very unusually hot day we came to visit the palace and guess what? They were closed that day to the public. We were not the only disappointed people, there were a lot of people sitting around in the heat and didn’t know what to do. The problem was, both the nearby Almudena Cathedral and San Antonio de la Florida were closed also. The next day we returned to visit the palace and since it was our last day in Madrid, we were hoping for the best. As we stood in line, we started talking with people in front of us. They told us the same thing happened to them two days prior. So the palace was closed to visitors two days in a row. The moral of the story is if you are visiting the palace, you are at the mercy of their special visits and such.
The gardens of the palace were beautiful and there were a lot of great sculptures to look at. Once inside, you could only take pictures of the exterior. That meant you could not take any pictures of the magnificent art, sculptures, tapestry, jewelry and artifacts. Every room was unique and very grand. There was a Stradivarius violin collection and a porcelain room. Also the Royal Armory was interesting.
Palacio de Cibeles is one of the grandest buildings in Madrid. You are amazed at how beautiful the architecture is.
Originally the headquarters of the postal service, the building became the Madrid City Hall and also the headquarters of Centro Centro to showcase art, design and culture. There were a number of art exhibitions. One of them, La piel translúcida, showcased contemporary photography. Unfortunately you were not allowed to take any pictures of that exhibition. We discovered a different floor full of amazing modern art and besides one other person, we had the whole area to ourselves. Unfortunately a lot of tourists have no idea what is awaiting them in different floors. It was like a treasure hunt. At every corner something very interesting might have popped up.
Hemp, Werner Aisslinger
“Bon Aprofit”, Clara Balmana Morato
Sin Título Untitled, Alvaro Negro, 2008
Noches de Esperanza, Sandra Cinto, 2008
Terminal, Gil Heitor Cortesao, 2009
Tilted Landscape II, Pedro Barbeito, 2006
Aiinaa, Imi Kenoebel, 2003
Coucher Du Soleil, Adrian Schiess, 2006
Acrylic, Peter Zimmermann, 2008
Sin Titulo Untitled, Herbert Brandl, 2006
Sin Titulo Untitled, Katharina Grosse, 2007
Loose Fit, Angela de la Cruz, 2002
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía was an interesting museum and had some really nice Picasso pieces that unfortunately were not allowed to be photographed. As a whole I felt museum was on a small side, but worth checking out.
Fernand Léger, Acrobats in Circus, 1918
Fernand Léger, Two Figures (Nudes on a Red Ground), 1923
Antoine Pevsner, Construction with Developable Surface
Barnett Newman, White Fire II, 1960
Franz Kline, Andes, 1957
Andy Warhol, Optical Car Crash, 1962
Jasper Johns, Figure 2, 1962
Donald Judd, Untitled, 1962
Paul Klee, Senecio (Soon to be Aged), 1922
Albert Muller, Two Girls, 1924-1925
Lovis Corinth, Ecce Hormo, 1925
Retiro Park with 125 hectares of land has a lot to offer to locals and visitors. It has a lake for rowing, crystal palace that was holding a concert on the day we visited, Casa de Vacas cultural center and Palacio de Velázquez that holds art exhibitions. It is also filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments. You can spend all day here and enjoy the scenery.
Museo Nacional Del Prado had some interesting paintings specially by Vicente López. There were some interesting Picasso pieces on a special exhibit. After taking a picture of the Mona Lisa, I was told by a tour guide that you can’t take any pictures. I could not believe it. Most museums such as Louvre, Metropolitan and many in Rome and Florence let you to take pictures. The whole point of taking a picture is to have a reminder of all the beautiful pieces you have seen.