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International Museum Day in Spain
Musicians play outside the Museo Picasso in Malaga.
MADRID.- "Museums as agents of social change and development". This is the slogan for International Museums Day 2008, an annual event promoted by ICOM (the International Council of Museums) in 145 countries. Its main objective to make museum collections easily accessible to visitors of all ages, and to make people aware of the fundamental role played by museums in the cultural panorama.

On 18 May, Spain's galleries and museums hold an open-day. You can visit all the venues you like free of charge, and take a close look at unique creations from different periods and styles. If you are in Madrid, then don't miss the Prado National Museum, with the best of the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools; the Thyssen-Bornemisza, with canvasses by the great universal masters of all time, and the Reina Sofía National Art Centre, dedicated to contemporary art with works by brilliant artists such as Miró, Dalí and Picasso, amongst others. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona and the Picasso Museum in Malaga, both of which are dedicated to the work of the master of Cubism, the Dalí Museum-Theatre in Figueres, in the province of Girona; the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) in Valencia, both of which are dedicated to the latest artistic trends, are not to be missed.

Besides free admission and guided tours, there is much more on offer. You can see works that are not usually on display, access rooms that are generally closed, attend conferences and talks, enjoy concerts and theatre performances, film projections, workshops, competitions, games for children, dance shows...

Museums Night
Would you like to visit a museum at night? On 17th May you can do so, thanks to an unusual proposal that celebrates its fourth edition in Spain this year: Museums Night. Many venues extend their cultural activities beyond normal opening times, some of them staying open until 1am, free of charge, organising a range of activities with concerts, games, storytellers, audiovisual installations, special visits, theatre... It is a different way to enjoy Spain's museums and their collections, and to take advantage of all the possibilities they offer.



Last Week News

May 16, 2008

The Famed Collection of J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller to be Offered at Christie's in London

Sotheby's Sale of Swiss Art on May 27 to Inaugurate New Auction Room in Zurich

Contemporary Ceramic Art from Sweden on View at The Design Museum in Ghent

Carlos Loarca: Spirit Dogs, Painting the Past into the Present

Landscapes by Photographer Gary Kolb to Open at The Loyola University Museum of Art

The Peter Golding Collection of Rock & Roll Art Sold at Bonhams

Centro Cultural de Caixa Girona Opens Infant Exhibit from The Montserrat Museum

Limited Edition T-Shirt Collection Presented by Gap and the Whitney Museum

Renowned Swiss Artist Illuminates Washington National Cathedral

The Collectors Series: Joe Ng and Luke Chan at The Art Gallery of Hamilton

Don Wright Exhibit at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery

Sotheby's London Spring Chinese Sales Series Totals $32,549,604

Pittsburgh Corning Encourages Architects to Imagine Design Possibilities

May 15, 2008

Francis Bacon's Triptych 1975 Sells for Record 86.3 Million at Sotheby's in New York

Israel Museum Presents Great Isaiah Scroll For the First Time in Over Forty Years

Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art at Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

Turner Prize Candidate Mark Leckey Solo Exhibition at the Kolnischer Kunstverein

Transformations: The Lea/Lee an Exhibition at City Hall in London

Leo Kesting Gallery in Assocation with The Friends Of The Highline Presents: Julia Mandle

More Than Seventy Galleries Present at Art Moscow 2008 Starting Today

Past-Forward Curated by Vincent Honoré for the Zabludowicz Collection at 176

National Trust for Historic Preservation Announces Historic New Orleans Sites to Receive Grants

The Corrigan Gallery Presents "Celebration," With Works by Richard Hagerty

Daniel Richter has His First Retrospective in Spain

Duncan Regehr Exhibits Magic at Petley Jones Gallery

May 14, 2008

One of America's Greatest Artists, Pop Art Pioneer, Robert Rauschenberg Died in Florida at 82

Major Artists Reach New Heights with Eight World Auction Records Established

Fontana, Manzoni & Burri in the Milan Modern & Contemporary Art Sale at Sotheby's

Tate Gallery Announces Four Artists to Turner Prize Shortlist

Viennese Painter Maria Lassnig at Serpentine Gallery in London

Adam Cullen Let's Get Lost Set to Open at The Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Works of Aileen Campbell on View at The Institute of Contemporary Arts

La Casa Encendida Opens 34 Views Against Forgetfulness

Mattress Factory Exhibits Inner and Outer Space

Biennial of Contemporary Art at La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art

The Story of The Supremes, Based on the Collection of Mary Wilson, at The Victoria and Albert Museum

MoMA Presents Major Exhibition of the Films of Canadian Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics Opens at Gardiner Museum

HELLO! Magazine Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with Exhibit at Getty Images Gallery

Katrina Brown Appointed Director of the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts

May 13, 2008

One of America's Greatest Artists, Pop Art Pioneer, Robert Rauschenberg Died in Florida at 82

Picasso Museum in Malaga Presents Restored Books Made by the Artist

Battlefields of the Civil War: Photography by William Earle Williams at Houston's MFA

Cleveland Museum Says Discussions are Continuing Between the Museum and the Italians

Asa Ames Exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum in New York

Architectural Projects by Stephen Taylor and Ryue Nishizawa at The Canadian Centre for Architecture

Brit Art of the Sixties Set to Open at Mark Barrow Fine Art

Manfred Leve: Glances and Sights, Photography from Five Decades at Gallery Ficher Rohr

Halcyon Gallery to Hold First Gallery Exhibition of Bob Dylan Art

Chinese Imperial Jades in the Collections of The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Transforms Gallery into Hallucinatory Space

Spencer Tunick and Vienna's Kunsthalle Gather 1,840 People to Pose Nude at Stadium

Blake Fitch: Expectations of Adolescence at Light Work in Syracuse

The Shell Guides: Surrealism, Modernism, Tourism at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture

Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape Presents Work by Artists Who are Taking a Critical Look at the Environment

Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Belgium Celebrate Architect Joze Plecnik

May 12, 2008

Palazzo Strozzi To Open "Painting Light: The hidden techniques of the Impressionists"

A Very Personal Picasso: The Lucia Bosé Collection to be Offered at Christie's London

Run Of Impressionist Landscapes Exhibition is Extended at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Grayson Perry Celebrates 'More Humane' British Society in New Works For Hayward Touring Show

World Record For Flemish Master Sebastaen Vrancx Set at Sotheby's Amsterdam

Notes on the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries: Paintings by Jeffrey Kronsnoble

Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets at Christie's New York

Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection To Open at BAM/PFA

Annual Irish Sale at Christie's London Realised GBP 2,591,588

The Cartier Award 2008: Winner Announced: Cuban Artist Wilfredo Prieto

Moscow Museum of Modern Art Presents Citizens! Please Mind Yourselves! Dmitry A. Prigov

Vija Celmins and Apichatpong Weerasethakul Win Carnegie Prize and Fine Prize

SPACE NOW Fortieth Anniversary Exhibition

Free Museum Admission for Bank of America Cardholders

Exhibitions at Two Jewish Museums Honored By The American Association of Museums

May 11, 2008

Hamburger Kunsthalle Presents American Painter Mark Rothko. The Retrospective

Helmut Newton Foundation Presents "Pigozzi and the Paparazzi"

Denver Art Museum Extends Hours for Inspiring Impressionism Exhibition

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Presents Facebook: Images of People in Photographs

ART HK 08: The Source of Investments to Hang in the Home

Major Exhibition of Antiquarian Maps at the Ukranian Museum

Aerial Portraits of the American West: Photographs by John Shelton

CCS Bard Presents Lisi Raskin's Mobile Observation (Transmitting and Receiving) Station

John Armleder and Olivier Mosset Featured at The Contemporary

"Women Helping Women: Stitch by Stitch" - Afghan Women's Collaboration

I Don't Speak Very Much - Kijune Park / Rui Matsunaga / Miho Sato

Photographers Wanted for EXPOSURE - A Competition Celebrating the Power of the Image

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Mystery over massive Alexander the Great-era tomb unearthed in northern Greece

2.- An ancient money box containing a large rare hoard of coins found in Israel

3.- Robin Williams' portrait installed today at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington

4.- The Baltimore Museum of Art announces three new contemporary exhibitions in fall

5.- New Aspen Art Museum designed by architect Shigeru Ban opens to the public

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art launches 82nd & Fifth app in 12 languages

7.- MoMA online-only publication features new research on Pablo Picasso and Cubism

8.- Volunteers needed for massive Smithsonian digitization project

9.- Tate Britain welcomes home John Everett Millais's Ophelia and Rossetti’s The Beloved

10.- Bogart estate: Hollywood golden age icon Lauren Bacall dead at 89 in New York

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