The “Avenue of Art”, a world of painting within easy reach

Mark a route that travels through the past, present and future of painting. The result is Madrid’s “Avenue of Art”. Spain’s capital has three of the world’s most important collections: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Museum. All three have recently expanded, so now is a better time than ever to come and see them. The three museums are located just a few meters from each other and are connected by one of the city’s main avenues: the Paseo del Prado.  A “Paseo del Arte” card can be purchased at the ticket offices of any of the three museums. It s cost € 17.60 and allows individual access to the three museums. It’s valid for one visit to each museum and does not include access to the temporary exhibitions at the Prado Museum. The Prado Museum, a visit not to be missed This is Spain’s most visited museum, and one of the world’s finest art galleries. If you like art, then this place is not to be missed. The Prado Museum is, without a doubt, the big star of the “Paseo del Arte” (The Avenue of Art) in Madrid. The Prado Museum has the world’s largest collection of Spanish painting. It is a unique ensemble that goes from the Romanesque through to the 19th century. The Prado currently holds close to 9,000 paintings, mainly from the Spanish, Italian, Flemish, French and German Schools, distributed throughout the museum’s different buildings. The museum also contains more than 5,000 drawings, 2,000 prints, nearly 1,000 coins and medals and almost 2,000 pieces of sumptuary or decorative art. Current & Upcoming Exhibitions: Richard Hamilton, Picasso’s meninas  - from 23rd March to 30th May 2010 The Art of Power, The Royal Armoury and court portraiture – from 9th March to 23rd May 2010 Willem de Pannemaker, The Mercury Series – from 2nd June to 26th September 2010 Turner and the Masters – from 22nd June – 19th September 2010 Practical information: Prado Museum The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum . Tradition and history of a legacy One of the best private collections of paintings in the world. For several generations, the family collected a large number of works that today are exhibited in this museum. It is said that this museum is the perfect complement to the Prado and Reina Sofia museums, because it bridges the gaps in their respective collections. This is a wonderful place for a journey through the different “Isms” of arts, starting with Impressionism. Current & Upcoming Exhibitions: Monet and Abstraction – from 23rd February to 30th May 2010 Ghirlandaio and the Renaissance in Florence – from 23rd June to 10th October 2010 Practical Information: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Reina Sofia National Art Museum Avant-garde and up-to-date. Perhaps those are the adjectives that best describe the Reina Sofía National Art Museum. It reflects the most innovative artistic trends and sets the standard in contemporary art. It is also home to Pablo Picasso’s world-famous “Guernica”. Miró, Dalí, Tàpies, Juan Gris and Chillida, among others, are all represented in this museum’s extensive collection. Current & Upcoming Exhibitions: Martín Ramírez, Reframing Confinement – from 31st March to 12th July 2010 Tacita Dean, The Friar’s Doodle – from 23rd March to 27th June 2010 New Realisms: 1957 – 1962, from 16th June to 4th October 2010 Practical Information: Reina Sofía National Art Museum

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