Spanish museums celebrate International Museum Day this Thursday by offering free admission and activities that will last throughout the week. The state museums thus join the celebration of International Museum Day 2023, promoted by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 1977. This year’s motto is “Museums, sustainability and well-being” and the objective of the International Day of Museums is to raise awareness of the fact that museums are an important means for cultural exchange, the enrichment of cultures, as well as for the development of mutual understanding, collaboration and peace between peoples.
Vozpópuli has made a selection of the main activities offered by the halls.
Concerts at the Reina Sofía
Those who opt for the Reina Sofía museum will be able to enjoy free admission and an uninterrupted session of live music. The public channel Radio 3 will carry 50 live performances in an open day at the Museum. Iván Ferreiro, Natalia Lacunza, Rayden, Conchita or Miss Caffeina will be some of the artists that will go through the stage.
In addition, from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., electronic music will be the protagonist in the Jardín de Sabatini with sessions by Radio 3 djs.
(Ex) put the body in the Prado
Between 12:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., the museum will offer an itinerary through the museum’s collections to reflect and talk about female bodies, its representation and the social, religious, ethical and even political debates raised by it throughout history.
Naked or dressed, subjected to conflicting and changing opinions and canons, fruit of scandal and admiration, Censored and analyzed, the body has undoubtedly been a central piece in the thought of societies since the beginning of time, questioning artists, doctors, popular or religious culture.
The selected works will help to explore key aspects related to the feminine corporality such as modesty, provocation, violence, disobedience or domination, allowing us to reflect on the contradictions and tensions that hang over her and putting her in dialogue with contemporary artists and movements that have erected their bodies as a tool for vindication.
Mental health at Thyssen
The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza holds a meeting in which mental health experts they will analyze the relationship between art and culture and the improvement of mental health.
The activity will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall with the presence of Silvia García Esteban, therapeutic companion, specialist in mutual support and mental health trainer from first-hand experience; Mariano Hernández, a psychiatrist with a long and recognized career in the field of community mental health; María Salazar, Social psychologist with extensive experience in community care linked to the generation of healthier, more equitable and inclusive social environments; María Alonso, Clinical Psychologist, narrative therapist and biodanza facilitator, interested in creating spaces that allow us to tell stories of dignity through word and movement, and Alberto Gamoneda, educator at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Also in Madrid, the Museo del Traje will dress up as a zarzuela and will organize thematic visits to its store; the National Museum of Anthropology will organize a concert of Gnawa music, with a great tradition in Morocco since the 16th century; and the Cerralbo and the Romanticism will allow visitors to travel back in time to the 19th century.
Infinity War at the MNAC in Barcelona
The MNAC of Barcelona celebrates this day with an open day for the entire museum, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and encourages you to visit some of its exhibitions. Among all its exhibitions, ‘The infinite war’ stands out, which will discover the different facets of the work of the photographer Antoni Campañà (Arbúcies, 1906-Sant Cugat del Vallès, 1989), focusing on the photographs he took during the Spanish Civil War, photographs that the family found by chance in 2018. This set of images, of great artistic quality and historical relevance, were hidden by the artist himself in a box, and they remained there for more than seventy years, from the end of the Civil War until his find.
The sample will discover a significant number of these unpublished photographs, never printed or by the photographer himself. Most of the pieces in the exhibition come from the artist’s family fund, which has decided to make an important deposit to the museum of 63 photographs from the pictorial period before the war.
Tapestries at MACBA
Also in Barcelona, MACBA joins the festival of museums by offering a free visit to its exhibitions, among which stands out a review by Josep Grau-Garriga, a great innovator of the art of tapestry who experimented with transdisciplinary and large-format techniques in what he called environments.
Since the late sixties, Grau-Garriga, one of the greatest exponents of the Catalan Tapestry School, He experimented with transdisciplinary techniques and tested large formats, beyond the demands of traditional textile art. He did it through what he called environments, which favored the immersion of the spectator in the work and a more intimate contact with the materials that constituted it. In the environmentsoften arising from a process of collective creation, Grau-Garriga explored new forms of artistic pedagogy from which to approach art and life which, in turn, turned the work of art into a shared experience.
A mummy in 15 minutes, in Seville
As if it were a ‘speed dating’, the Caixaforum in Seville offers short visits to the exhibition “Egyptian mummies. Rediscovering six lives”. The visit is directed by an educator who, based on dialogue with the participants, presents the key themes of the exhibition, contextualizes them and resolves any doubts or questions that may arise.
Through a collection of objects from the British Museum, the exhibition explores the idea of mummification and analyzes the testimony of six people who lived in ancient Egypt.
Princess of the Carpathians in Alicante
The Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) hosts one of the most interesting exhibitions of the season, after receiving the warriors of Xi’an after the Covid-19 pandemic with “The legacy of the Quin and Han dynasties, China. The Xi’an Warriors” made up of 120 archaeological pieces.
Now the exposure is added “The princess of the Carpathians. An Exceptional Bronze Age Tomb in Alicante”, in which for the first time the extraordinary gold and silver trousseau discovered in 1904 at the San Antón Bronze Age site in Orihuela (Alicante) will be exhibited, together with other ceramic, metal and bone pieces from The MARQ deposits will complete the group of objects found in the tomb of a young woman buried a little over 3,500 years ago. Among all of them, the exceptional set of minuscule perforated gold cones stands out, unique pieces in the prehistoric goldsmithing of the Iberian Peninsula, whose design and manufacturing techniques refer us to the cultures of the Bronze Age of the Carpathian Basin, more than 2,000 kilometers away, where they frequently adorned the dresses of women of the highest social rank.
Special programming at the CCCC in Valencia
The Center de Carme Cultura Contemporánea (CCCC) celebrates on May 18, the International Day of Museums and on Saturday 21, the European Night of Museums under the motto ‘The power of the Museums’. Thus, from May 16 to 22, several more proposals will be offered between radio programs, podcasts, concerts, dance, performance, masterclass and projections. In addition to the exhibitions that can already be visited at the CCCC. Saturday May 21, exhibitions open until midnight.
The two new exhibitions at the Centro del Carmen, ‘Cultura Online’ and ‘Biennal 2064’, which have kicked off this great week of culture, are dedicated to digital creation, and are in line with the motto of the celebration this year’s Museum Day. ‘Cultura Online’ brings together in a large collective exhibition the hundred cultural contents selected in the homonymous call. This interactive exhibition, designed for all audiences, can be visited until July 9 in the Ferreres-Goerlich Room of the CCCC and on its own online platform. The innovative exhibition setup devised by the curators, Nuria Blaya and José Luis Pérez Pont, is completely digital, and includes the audiovisual installation ‘Abismo de sucesos’ by Vitamin Studio and a program of live DJ sessions every week, hand in hand of the Basement.
‘Bienal 2064’ reflects on oracles in the era of artificial intelligence with a proposal for immersive art composed mainly of audiovisual works, that makes a projection of what art and visual culture will be like in a future time, from a technological concept. The exhibition is a joint production of the Consortium of Museums of the Valencian Community; Bòlit, Girona Contemporary Art Center, and La Virreina – Barcelona Image Center, which can be seen in the Dormitory Room of the Carmen Center until July 9.
Other cities will also continue special activities through the weekend. On Saturday, May 20, the National Museum of Sculpture in Valladolid, the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts in Valencia and the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida will join the celebration with extraordinary openings. The ARQVA National Museum of Underwater Archeology in Cartagena has also prepared workshops and activities for children, as well as a nightly “escape room”.