Urban Art in Madrid

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Are you interested in discovering  Madrid’s urban art? Street artists have been leaving their mark in the streets of the city and they really do gain the admiration of those who look at their work.  Many of the proposals of these young creators, developed in unusual spaces, have remained forever in the group imaginary. There are now many people who go in search of these paintings and graffiti with an urban and non-conformist theme, which are now all the rage and sometimes spring up without any pretension of becoming permanent.  

Nowadays, many of the expressions of street art in Madrid are the product of festivals or initiatives that allow young people to develop their creativity in a legal way.  The themes  dealt with in urban (and “rebellious”) art include the environment,  migration, politics, gender violence, multiculturalism and other issues of a contemporary social nature.

These are some of the landmarks and proposals that we offer so that you can discover unique urban art of Madrid:

Cool Tour Spain Route

Ruta Cool Tour Spain.

Those interested in graffiti, murals, templates, stickers, photography and urban facilities, whether it may be crochet or gardening, have an activity in Madrid that will not leave them feeling indifferent. It is the “Cool Tour Spain”, a route that takes us to the origins of the graffiti movement and shows us how the so-called street art has developed.

Those who sign up for the Cool Tour Spain will visit the Lavapiés neighbourhood, one of the most active (and colourful) of the underground scene, and discover the artistic walls of La Tabacalera, one of the most alternative spaces in Madrid, and many of the decorated  façades in the neighbourhood. Of course, they will find out about Muelle, the first graffiti artist in Madrid, who obtained so much attention in the 1980s.

The urban legend says that the police asked for autographs from the flawed artist, who died before he reached the age of 30. Today, his heirs decorate the façades and awnings of and his works are respected much more, as they now form part of the history of art of the 21st century. So as not to forget this pioneering artist, a street in Latina has been given his name since 2017. If you want to sign up for this route, just visit the website and register (visits are in Spanish, French and English).

CALLE Lavapiés

It is possibly the most important  urban art festival in Madrid. Many commercial establishments from Lavapiés participate in it, offering their façades and shop windows for creation, along with more than 50 artists and groups. The last ones to participate in this initiative were Ramón Amorós, Zon, Lané Leal and Julio Cubillos, Alf Sunrisa, Yolanda Gómez Urrea, Telenolibre, Jota Visual, Terrario, Digo Diego, etc.

Participation in this initiative often also includes the Boa Mistura group from Madrid, which is  well known for works like Barley Market with colours that speak of optimism; the CEA(R) centre(Spanish Refugee Aid Commission) with its Home/Future, and work for Ecoalf in Calle Alonso Martínez; or the illustrator, Mauro Entrialgo, who drew some monsters feeding off tourist rental apartments in one of his interventions.  CALLE Lavapiés now forms part of the hallmarks of the neighbourhood.

Muros Tabacalera

Muros Tabacalera

La Tabacalera is an alternative space where exhibitions, concerts and talks open to the public are held. On its façade, you can see graffiti with critical and humorous messages that are renewed each year and are a true reflection of the urban artistic tendencies.  

Muros Tabacalera is a project that sets out to promote street art and in each edition, the walls of the outer perimeter of La Tabacalera courtyard are redecorated with new proposals. In the third and last edition, more than 25 artists participated. It is a Madrid Street Art Project for the Ministry of Culture. 

Urvanity Art Fair

It  is the only fair in Spain devoted to  new contemporary art, a term that brings together the expressions that arose from urban art, such as post-graffiti, surrealist pop or the new pop art.

It is a proposal that is held at the end of February or  beginning of March, at the Official Association of Architects of Madrid, coinciding with   the  ARCO Madrid fair. This emerging art fair attracts such emblematic galleries as the StolenSpace Gallery from London, the Wunderkammern from Italy, RuArts from Russia or My Name’s Lolita Art, Ysto/Giner or SC Gallery from Spain.

Tetuán Landscape

 

ProyectoTetuán, 2013. Borondo en Marqués de Viana

The project arose in Intermediæ (Matadero) and seeks to improve the urban landscape of  de Tetuán and, consequently, it has brought interesting artistic interventions  to its architectural and urban heritage.

From impressive murals, photographs that  bring back memories of the neighbourhood and its residents or an urban allotment.  

Paint Malasaña!

It is a cultural, open and free cultural marathon, which aims to celebrate urban art in Madrid. One Sunday a year, more than 200 artistic interventions are carried out. It is usually held in spring and there are photography competitions, free workshops and other parallel activities.

La Neomudéjar

La Neomudejar

It is an arts, experimentation and creativity centre that takes over disused spaces for cultural purposes. It opened its doors in 2013 as a self-run centre and now, as a museum, it promotes disciplines, such as urban art, video-art, performance,  parkour or sound art. It is located in the  annexe of the former Mediodía station in Atocha and regularly schedules exhibitions, workshops and conference cycles, as well as offering guided visits for all ages.

In 2018, La Neomudéjar opened a new venue, the City of Art. Zapadores Museum which hosts all types of artists, gallerists, associations, curators and museums and creates a space for reflection and a commitment to the new voices of art.  

Compartiendo muros

Compartiendo muros - Moratalaz

Espacio Oculto Madrid

Here, the Cool Tour Spain group organises interesting urban art workshops. They are normally given by El Rey de la Ruina, one of the most famous artists in the city. Participants learn about the diverse graffiti techniques: templates, shading, filling, etc.

These are just some of the suggestions to discover urban art in Madrid, but there are more. So, if you are interested in “street art”, bring out your graffiti and artistic vein and sign up for it.

 

The question of graffiti

Grafiti #SelfieWallFiction

Do you know where this surprising graffiti can be found? It is not easy to find... We‘ll give you a clue.. It is between the Teatro de La Abadía and the Teatros del Canal... Take a stroll around  the Arapiles neighbourhood and you will come across it... 


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