Cuisine in skid sauce

All those with a passion for food and its history will no doubt be eager to get themselves down to new exhibiton “La Cocina En Su Tinta” at the Biblioteca Nacional de España.


The minister of culture, Ángeles González-Sinde unveiled the new show, which charts the evolution of Spanish cuisine, and its journey throughout the history of the country, with books from as early as the 16th century, and right up to the 21st century, as well as manuscripts, articles, and artworks all related to the kitchen.

The exhibition attempts to approach the world of gastronomy from multiple different angles, using various ways to illustrate the evolution of Spanish culinary tradition – for example, the innovations, recipes, eating habits and the impact of religion upon the rituals of food through time.

‘La cocina en su tinta,’ curated by Enrique Bonet, spotlights the kitchen space, from the middle ages up to the present day, using material from the library’s own archives, as well as contributions from other museums such as Fundació Alicia and the Picasso Museum. Amongst the selection of curios on display are diet advertisements from the 1960s, replica kitchens, photographs from the 1930s – as well as audiovisual exhibits and an interactive TV screen.


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Biblioteca Nacional de España: Paseo RECOLETOS, 202, 8001 Madrid, España

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February 4th, 2011 by madridblogger | 1 Comment »

Museum of the Americas in Madrid

In a beautiful wooded area between the Parque del Oeste and the Ciudad Universitaria Complutense of Madrid, concretely at number six in the Avenida de los Reyes Catolicos, there is an imposing and spacious brick building in imitation of the Spanish colonial palaces and convents and organized as those around a cloister around a large courtyard garden.

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Perfect example of the official architecture that favored the Franco regime, the building was built between 1943 and 1954 by the architects Luis Moya and Luis Martinez and which is home since 1994 of the present permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Americas, perhaps one of the most interesting anthropological museums in the capital of Spain.

The museum brings together a variety of collections from different cultures and societies of the American continent, with a strong emphasis on teaching, both in terms of social contextualization of the exhibits and in relation to the construction of different symbolic universes of the American people.

The exhibition is structured in five thematic areas spread over two floors, and includes reconstruction of a cabinet of wonders dated of the eighteenth and jewels such as the fabulous and disturbing treasure of the Colombian Quimbaya (what do these gold figures really represent?), the mantle of a two-millennia-old Peruvian mummy, a superb collection of Inca art, Tudela and Trocortesian codices (Maya) and a splendid collection of colonial mixed races art and paintings,.

Getting lost in its often lonely and vast rooms, it is impossible to escape the thought from the always existing relationships between science fiction and archeology, not to mention prehistory, breathtakingly illustrated in movies like Planet of the Apes. In these huge deserted galleries where every step resonates, the correspondences between science fiction and archeology become as clear a sudden revelation. On the one hand, to the most technologically advanced future imaginable civilization will someday be related to one distant past and under investigation and archaeological excavations. On the other, the same way hypothetical knowledge of other civilizations in the cosmos is now a space trip for which we are not prepared yet -we might actually be getting their signs and be unable to read them- the equally hypothetical knowledge of societies that allegedly preceded us, who can ensure that we correctly interpret their signs and their remains we have found from them?  It is a journey through time that denies precisely the sense of linearity that is often attributed to it. After all, according to the founded myth of our modern society, time and space, as Alvar Nunez must have learnt around 1530 following the entire course of the Rio Grande, are inseparable. And all humans, as Cabeza de Vaca also learned in his wonderful journey, start from an only species, essentially equal everywhere.


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January 27th, 2011 by madridblogger | 2 Comments »

Korean Embroidery at the Costume Museum in Madrid

Viewing the beautiful dress with official logo journal of range, set in the fifteenth century, one is gripped by an invincible immediate attraction to the public sector, despite the increasingly alarming and interested disrepute it is subject of lately, and few things can be found most desirable in the world to become one of them. Maybe this is not the least of the merits of the fabulous Ancient Handicrafts exhibition. Museum of Korea Embroidery until January 31, 2011 can be admired at the Costume Museum in Madrid (Juan de Herrera Avenue, 2, Ciudad Universitaria).

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Given that in Occident it seems we have not completely finished understanding yet, and much less, to assimilate, how absurd and unfair  the traditional distinction between Fine Arts and the tendentiously called Decorative Arts is. Such an exhibition, coming from a part of the world that has never had in much account these distinctions –as it venerates the handicrafts thing and has always granted decorative objects, including clothes, a symbolic charge of significance that transcend the merely cosmetic and functional-  can also serve us as cultural and aesthetical lesson.

The exhibition is essentially structured around three concepts or themes: hanbok, chasu and pojagui.

Hanbok, literally “Korean clothing” refers to the art of dressing and is designed in two dimensions, ie, the decoration of the dresses is developed independently of the body, comfortably on the plan.

Chasu is the art of embroidery, worn by the technical perfection of the embroiderers reputed to be one of the highest expressions of the ideal of Korean beauty.

Pojagui, the Korean word to describe handkerchiefs, towels and similar, refers to the art of wrapping, still present, despite increasing westernization, in many aspects of Korean life. It is mainly divided into chogakpo (basically patchwork made) and supo (the pojagui embroidery, mainly for ceremonies).

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January 25th, 2011 by madridblogger | 2 Comments »

Miroslaw Balka’s ‘Ctrl’ in Madrid

Miroslaw Balka was born in Warsaw and was one of the most important painters and sculptors from Poland. The artist, who had exhibitions in Japan, Holland, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland and practically every country in the world, this time comes to Spain in an installation named “Ctrl” to consist of two parts: one to be presented at the Reina Sofia Museum and the other will be exhibited at the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos in Burgos.

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Balka, who was born in 1958 and is currently working on his works invite viewers to reflect on structures related to core beliefs that sustain life. “Ctrl” will be exhibited in the basement of the Reina Sofia Museum and there will be the transformation of two vaulted brick rooms, which remind the dungeons related to Goya’s paintings where (in its darkest days) the insane and sick were sent.

The artist, who grew up with society still immersed in what had happened in World War II, graduated in the mid 80s at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw with a corpus which referred to the social and political state of country.

A few later, in the early 90s, while society was veering toward a much more liberal and democratic field, the way Balka expressed had an important change. From that moment the most important thing for the artist was the space, always related to modern societies in which he lived. For this reason his work was changing through his life as it expresses what he feels and what he has at his surroundings, at least according to him.

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Reina Sofia Museum: C/ Santa ISABEL, 52, 28012 Madrid

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January 20th, 2011 by madridblogger | 1 Comment »

Alexander the Great in Madrid

Before turning 30 and having conquered most of the western hemisphere Alexander the Great (356-323BC) decided to conquer India. Maybe it was the wish for a new challenge and military success that marked his fate, then in his time they already said he was son of the Gods, son of Zeus himself to be exact. Or maybe it was his will to gather a world empire like the Persians did before him.

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But maybe it was his will to explore the frontiers of the world that Aristotle showed him just so he could outdo him. Maybe the call of the Orient was what captured him. Or maybe it was because of the legend that he started an expedition to India which was his last, a story that was theme of many songs.

The music of these songs probably doesn’t change very much but the lyrics. Many blame Alexander the Great for one of the biggest genocides, like the destruction of the temple Persepolis. Many Nomads describe him as devil in their songs.

But many of the regions in the countryside of Greece describe him as a star, always shining upon them and this is the predominating perception of him in the West.

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January 13th, 2011 by madridblogger | 2 Comments »

Walter Benjamin in Madrid

The Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid exhibits an intervention of contemporary work by German philosopher Walter Benjamin until February 6, 2011  Benjamin is one of the most lucid characters of the first half of the twentieth century. His thoughts as well as his texts and art criticism got a great interest from the 60′s on with the spread of Marxism and the influence of the Frankfurt School.

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The exhibition on Benjamin, named Constellations, is assembled to make the viewer reflect on the thought of the philosopher. The architecture of the intervention is an audiovisual presentation that unfolds on central images and concepts in Benjamin’s work, where historical documents, film clips, pictures, audio recordings and animations are articulated to flesh out the work, using methodology developed by Benjamin.

Moreover, there is the Benjamin Atlas CD-ROM, a tool for navigating the German author’s thought in selected texts. Finally, in Hearing Models you will be able to hear Benjamin’s scripts prepared for the Southwest German Radio in Frankfurt between 1929 and 1933. Activities include a series of conferences, meetings, workshops and film shows of the twenties and thirties, who served as a reference to the German philosopher for some of his writings.

Walter Benjamin was born into a wealthy family of the German bourgeoisie in 1892. When he was young he joined more radical political sectors, and supported the Cultural Revolution, despite rejecting the formal university education, as he considered it restrictive. He came to art through his love of literature and wrote several essays. In 1926 he traveled to Moscow and wrote columns of political opinion in a newspaper. Eclectic and open to knowledge, he experimented with hashish and wrote a book about a nineteenth-century club that gathered hash smokers. The rise of nazism in Germany meant a dramatic change in his life because he was Jewish and because of the harsh criticisms he had hurled through different media. In 1931 he fled to Ibiza where he devoted to write fiction and essays.

He died on September 26, 1940 in Portbou, when he made up a group of Jewish refugees that was intercepted by police. Apparently he would have had an overdose of morphine consumed in fear of expulsion from Spain to the French territory controlled by the Nazis; he committed suicide by overdosing on morphine. The rest of the group was allowed to continue to their destination the following day, possibly as a result of Benjamin’s suicide. This group paid the rent of a grave for five years, but his body has never been found. There is a monument in his memory in Portbou.

Benjamin’s work is extensive and embraces various disciplines of knowledge. It was a literary scholar and spent some time translating the works of Marcel Proust and Charles Baudelaire, which led him to write the celebrated essay The Task of the Translator, text that has been considered as a theoretical contribution to the business of literary translation.

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January 12th, 2011 by madridblogger | 1 Comment »

Underground surfaces by Victor López-Rúa, in Madrid

Víctor López-Rúa, who was born in La Coruña in 1971, studied in Spain and in Italy and became one of the most important current Spanish realist painters.

Victor López-Rúa, Madrid

Víctor López-Rúa is, since the beginning of this millennium, one of the young artists who managed to generate more interest in the environment of both Spanish and world art. This is due to the character he has in contemporary figurative painting and the way in which he renewed commitment to conceptual, thematic and compositional language that exists in painting.

This time you can enjoy the splendor of the artist in a project called Underground Surface where you can watch a DVD with excerpts from the works, including paintings and drawings, in the Sala El Aguila de Madrid.

The exhibition, which is curated by Francisco Carpio, will present a selection of 17 works of López-Rúa to show the interiors built with the architecture of light and shade where you can see recognizable and apparently quotidian characters dressed in different ways and surrounded by corridors, lobbies, screens with flowers and more.

Experts say that there is a hidden message in the works of this renowned artist which will be modified according to the viewers and their imagination and perception.

Underground Surface is an exhibition which will be presented at the Sala El Aguila until January 30, 2011 and where art lovers can enjoy one of the most important painters in Spain today.

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Sala El Aguila: C/ Ramírez de Prado, 3, 28045 Madrid, España

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January 5th, 2011 by madridblogger | 3 Comments »

Exhibition Guy Bourdin in Madrid

For many the enigmatic name of Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) might be associated with the controversy regarding Madonna’s video “Hollywood”, whose director, Jean Baptiste Mondito, was acused by Bourdin’s son of plagiarism when playing back images identical to those created by his father.

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Whether we are in front of a plagiarism case or, as Madonna and Mondito claimed, a tribute, the truth is that both the work of the latter as other relevant contemporary photographers’ work, among which we could cite, for example, and without excessive exhaustive eagerness, Nick Knight, Mert Alas / Marcus Piggott and David LaChapelle, could hardly be understood without the extraordinary influence Guy Bourdin has had on all of them and, by extension, the world of fashion photography, decisively and radically transformed forever at the end of the seventies for his fascinating surrealist painter view.

As Bourdin always considered himself, from the begining —his first exhibition of draqings and paintings took place in 1950 in the gallery Rue de la Bourgogne in Paris—an artist above all and in his photographic work for the ephimerous and fragile reality of the world of glossy paper, we can see the continuation of the legacy of all those revolutionary artists and iconoclasts who, from surrealism, provoked a real subversion of the images in the fields of advertising, such as Boiffard and Lotar (owners of Studios Unis), Dora Maar, Pailevé or, more particularly, Man Ray, whose collaboration in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and creation of advertising campaigns such as cosmetics Arlette Bernard have given some of the most memorable images of the twentieth century-think for example, Black and White and Tears. From this point of view, perhaps the fact that the Bourdin’s photo catalogue of the exhibition at Galerie 29 in 1952 included a presentation by Man Ray himself was not entirely accidental.

The exhibition released until the 9th of January 2011 in the spectral and mesmerizing old water tank of the Isabel II channel in Madrid (C/ Santa Engracia, 125) under the name A Message for you is based on one of the key moments not only of Bourdin’s photographic work but perhaps in the history of contemporary commercial photography. We refer to 75 photos where he used the very young Nicolle Meyer (later singer of the German group of the eighties Fred Banana, the cover of one of whose albums was illustrated by Bourdin himself) as a model in a series of sessions for Vogue, Charles Jourdan , Pentax and Versace calendar. They hypnotically express a completely updated surrealist sensitivity through the recurring presence of elements such as mirrors, mutilated bodies, the figure of the double, the picture within the picture or the object freed from its most predictable role.

Old water tank of the Isabel II channel
c/ Santa Engracia, 125, Madrid


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December 29th, 2010 by madridblogger | 1 Comment »

Santos Yubero exhibit in Madrid

Pass by the magnificent exhibition hall Alcala 31 in Madrid to get an incisive look at the city, as recorded by Yubero Santos. This photographic chronicle spans half a century of Spanish life, 1925-1975, and will run until January 16th.  One particularly emphatic and extraordinary large format shot shows a sea of black and white dots; as you near the picture you realize these dots are in fact heads of people who have taken to the streets to celebrate. Among them there are also some trees and perched on them men whose figures are partially obscured by the branches. They also celebrate and peek into the distance, as if surveying of such emphatic human concentration.

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Their faces reflect joy, mixed with other emotions that they can not hide. Well, these people are alert, expectant, some even tense. That is when we realize that this concentration contains an element of protest, and the participants are very aware of the possibility of an imminent confrontation.

Few photographs have better portrayed the moment that people were living in Spain at that instant, right after the election victory of the Popular Front’s candidates (March 1, 1936)… These people knew, or sensed that winning a democratic election would not be enough to let them govern. If the fascists could not come to power through the ballot box, they would do so by force, through a military coup.

The photo is significant not only because it is a harbinger of the tragedy that was about to happen, but also for its impressive artistic value which harkens back to King Vidor’s The Big Parade (1925). It is the dividing line between the two parts of the exhibition: one which features the absurd, brilliant yet starving Madrid of 1925-1936 (where the brightness was glaring, the hunger fading and the absurd a creative force) and the gray Madrid of the post war, where over a million died in the city after Franco’s victory in the civil war. Following the military uprising, the people were hungrier than ever, all brightness was expelled, and the absurd became atrocious.

Yuberos Santos´ work calls up images of such other great socially minded photographers as Tina Modotti, and is a fantastic opportunity to get a look at 50 years of Madrid history.  Furthermore, the show is free!




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Santiago Sierra Refuses to Accept National Prize for the Arts

The artist Santiago Sierra has just rejected the National Arts Award 2010, sponsored by the by the Ministry of Culture, which includes a cash prize of 30,000 euros for the artist selected. This is the first time an artist has rejected the prize in the 20 years this distinction has been in effect. He communicated his decision via the blog “Contra” in a post addressed to Minister Ángeles González-Sinde. The artist declared that art has given him freedom of expression and that for this reason, and on behalf of a supposed moral and cognitive consistency, he feels compelled to reject the award.

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His rejection of the award has stirred up unexpected publicity, giving him center stage again without having really done anything significant to deserve it. Had he accepted the institutional award it would probably have gone almost unnoticed, however in rejecting it he raised a national discussion on the role of art and its relationship with institutions, and the relationship between art, content and power created by awards. It goes without saying that this decision brought the artist Santiago Sierra more press than accepting it would have.

Santiago Sierra was born in Madrid in 1966. He graduated in Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and completed his training at the School of San Carlos de la Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, where he has lived and worked since 1995. His work has always been very critical of capitalism and the power relations established by the international division of labor.  Many of his own pieces deal with these themes, for example, the artist once paid a group of workers to move a heavy stone from A to B and vice versa or to let themselves be tattooed with a line in their back, or to dye their hair blonde.

But it seems his rejection of the prize brings new problems rather than solutions: we are at a moment historically when we spend less money on art and culture than ever before, as a lack of spaces for emerging art increasingly demonstrates, and to reject governmental subventions belies the very real economic limitations faced by many artists.  One possible alternative would have been to accept public funds for subsequent donation, or to use for establishing a center for young artists. His gesture seems to be a superficial rebellion based more on appearing cooler and more politically committed than the next artist,  and doesn’t offer any real solutions to problems of governmental support, manipulation or control of the arts. It also sets a chilling precedent, and will probably make it harder for controversial artists to find governmental support in the future.

Santiago Sierra has always liked being “alternative” and  state funding does not go with that position. In the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2003 he mounted the installation “The Covered Word”, which requested a Spanish identity card to enter and view it, which, needless to say, caused a lot of controversy between the organizers and curators of the event.

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December 20th, 2010 by madridblogger | 1 Comment »