May 16, 2022 4:31 am

What to do in Madrid this weekend: classic and contemporary exhibitions, vintage markets and archeology getaway

  • A little culture

    Detail of a painting by Murillo. – Prado Museum

    The city of Madrid has a very important cultural offer, to which citizens themselves often pay less attention than visitors, because, like parks or architecture, it is always there, within reach. This weekend it can be a great plan to sign up for one of the exhibitions that are on the bill, ranging from classic art to the most current, including history, photography and cinema.

    The exhibition dedicated to René Magritte in the Thyssen museum it closes on January 30, so there are few days left to take advantage of it and there are already fewer people for it. It is the first major retrospective of the surrealist painter in many years (Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
    entry to 13 euros
    ). This Sunday, in addition, ends the exhibition
    of the meadow
    dedicated to Murillo and a very particular aspect of Andalusian baroque painting: the delivery in series, since it is about works of those artists who told the story, of a character, of a life, in several paintings (admission to 15 euros, but here it is convenient take advantage of the fringes with free pass: Saturday from 18:00 to 20:00 and Sunday from 17:00 to 19:00).

    McCurry's famous photo.
    McCurry’s famous photo.

    A very interesting option, if you prefer the contemporary, is to visit the exhibition dedicated to the filmmaker Stanley Kubrick which presents the
    Museum of Fine Arts
    (C/Alcalá, 42), where more than 600 objects are gathered that review his career as director of ‘Lolita’, ‘The Shining’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ or ‘A Clockwork Orange’, among other great films . It is open this weekend from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at 14 euros for adults and 6 euros for children (or in
    offer plan

    Along these lines, another recommendable proposal is to spend some time this weekend looking at the wonderful photographs of the American Steve McCurry (famous for his striking portrait of the green-eyed Afghan girl),
    in the coam
    (Official Architect College of Madrid, C/Hortaleza, 63, entry at 11.50 euros for adults and 6.50 for children).

    If what attracts attention is the rabid modern art, it opens this week the Pop Up Art, a space in which different galleries and young artists will exhibit their works, which range from sculptures and paintings to photographs and decorative objects. It takes place, promoted by the same people in charge of the already consecrated Antic & Chic, in Serrano, 3, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and with free admission.

    And to eat, what?

    All this can be accompanied by a vermouth or a snack, which always brightens the day. The Thyssen can be accompanied with a drink on its terrace with wonderful views, to then go to eat, for example, a comforting ramen at Yakitoro Alberto Chicote in C / de la Reina, 41.

    If you have visited the Prado to enjoy Murillo, the round plan is to go through the adjacent Murillo square, see his statue and go to feed your stomach at the nearby Murillo Coffee, a small, slightly hidden bistro with very good international cuisine located on Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 27.

    The new Terracotta.
    The new Terracotta.

    Any visit to the Center for Fine Arts cries out for a coffee at its stupendous terrace on Calle Alcalá to see the passage of passers-by in the heat of their stoves. If you want to eat there, very close is the queen grill (from the same owners as Museo Chicote and Mercado de la Reina, the three good options) serves good grilled meat at a good price, which can be accompanied by some addictive potatoes.

    Those who choose to go to Chueca to see McCurry’s impressive portraits can stop at the Honest Greens next door if you are looking for healthy food at a good price and with a Nordic-style atmosphere, or try the new restaurant Zest Calle Fernando el Santo, 4, in the same line of healthy dishes as the previous one (their pizzas with a courgette base and wholemeal flour are very successful), which is reached after a nice walk up the street and passing through the Plaza de Saint Barbara.

    Finally, if you have fallen into the Salamanca district to go to the contemporary art market, it is timely to try the most recent opening in the area: the beautiful and ‘trendy’ Terracotta (C/Velázquez, 80), with a good product and some carabinero croquettes to remember.

  • It takes the ‘vintage’

    Used clothes per kilo this weekend in Madrid, at Kilo Market.
    Used clothes per kilo this weekend in Madrid, at Kilo Market.

    There is nothing older and more rabidly modern than reusing clothing. The ‘vintage’ fashion, second-hand, is experiencing a new boom underpinned not by a trend or a tribe but by the environmental problem that forces us to put a stop to consumerism and reason in the use of resources. So yes, it is necessary to repeat clothes, share them, lend them, transfer them and recover them. This weekend Madrid is celebrating one of the most important markets with this proposal in Europe, the ‘Kilo Market‘.

    It was born in France and, in its Spanish version, every month it visits a city in the country. Now it’s the capital’s turn, where it will be on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first day and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the second, in the Próxima Estación space, located on Calle Aniceto Marinas, 10 (next to the Manzanares River, next to Principe Pio).

    Admission is free, but due to capacity issues
    you have to book it in advance
    . The system of this ‘vintage’ street market garments and accessories that range from the 70s to the 2000s and come from different countries around the world It’s funny: it’s about buying clothes and accessories by weight. In other words, there is a single price of 28 euros per kilo, no matter what is chosen. There is a scale in the box and bags are given, but they recommend everyone to bring their own reusable one, for consistency.

    The idea, however, already exists permanently in Madrid, with the two headquarters of ‘Kilo Vintage Flamingos’ in the city, located in San Joaquín, 16, and in Espiritu Santo, 1 (Saturdays all day, closed on Sundays), where they specialize in second-hand clothing from the United States (there they also
    they have stores

    In this line of sustainability and ‘slow fashion’, the entire area of ​​the Trail (the flea market that carpets the steep Ribera de Curtidores street every Sunday morning) is full of shops that recover clothes and objects from the past that retain their benefits (and that are not yet so old as to be called ‘antiques’, which There are also many of those in this area of ​​the city) and they are very stylish. Also in Malasaña there are several, a good handful of them grouped on Velarde street, such as ‘Magpie’, at number 3; ‘La Mona Checa’ at 2 and ‘Williamsburg’ at 4.

  • Alcalá, history and modernity

    Complutum, the Roman past of Alcalá de Henares.
    Complutum, the Roman past of Alcalá de Henares.

    This weekend can be ideal to escape to Alcalá de Henares, just over 20 kilometers from the capital. The World Heritage city, famous for being the birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, invites you to take a walk under the beautiful wooden arcades of its Calle Mayor to discover its charm. A few steps from them, on the same road, is, precisely, the house-museum in which the author lived, which can be known with free entrance and is open every weekend from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Main Street of Alcalá.
    Main Street of Alcalá.

    This municipality, however, is
    full of history
    , for its passing through there of illustrious men and its imposing buildings vestiges of other times (crowned by ostriches’ nests in their towers), so it is a good idea to sign up for
    Guided visits
    to assess its full weight.

    But there are even unique archaeological remains there. They are yours Roman city Complutum, in the fertile plains of the river Henares, where there is a site from the period from which remains of buildings, mural paintings and mosaics are preserved. That population, born in the 1st century BC, was the origin of the current Alcalá at the hands of the Romans of Emperor Augustus and going through its stones it is possible to imagine how they lived then and above all how they organized the layout of their cities according to the uses and customs of the time. Thus, you can see the ruins of its hot springs and market; its fountains, to which they attributed healing properties (hygiene was always healthy), its temple dedicated to divination (Auguraculum); its youth college, the House of Hippolytus and its mausoleum (where the first doctor in Madrid is believed to be buried). There is also a mansion from that time, now called La casa de los Grinos, which houses the most important collection of Roman mural painting in Spain, but it is currently being restored. Complutum is visiting grautita, Y
    open this weekend
    both Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 14 and from 16 to 18.

    Casino Restaurant, in Alcalá.
    Casino Restaurant, in Alcalá.

    This weekend, in addition, it stops in Alcalá de Henares Joseph Sacristan with his work ‘Lady in red on a gray background’, by Miguel Delibes. The appointment is
    at the Cervantes Theater
    , on Saturday 22nd at 8pm and on Sunday 23rd at 6pm, with tickets costing between 8 and 16 euros.

    For bikers, in this city the exhibition is open that reviews the Spanish history of this two-wheeled vehicle, ‘Museo de la Moto Made in Spain’, in the rehabilitated former factory of the GAL, where more than 300 unique models and some “jewels” are exhibited (Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with
    at 6 euros for adults and 3 for children).

    In Alcalá there is a good handful of tapas bars and restaurants where you eat very well, located mostly in the center. There is one that stands out: ‘Casino‘, located in the Círculo de Contribuyentes, in Plaza de Cervantes, the city’s meeting point. Seasonal home cooking is served there, and traditional dishes are showcased with fine and flavorful execution that does not disappoint. This beautiful and successful place is, by the way, the tenth of the Monio Group hotel group, originally from Alcalá itself, and which has already set foot in the capital with its hamburger restaurant ‘Frankie Burgers’, on the sought-after Calle Ponzano, another great plan with a guarantee of the best meat (cut with a knife to make the hamburgers).


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