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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.



Today's News

May 17, 2008

The British Royal Collection: From Bruegel to Rubens Opens at Royal Museums of Fine Arts

For Reasons of State Presented by Whitney Museum Independent Study Program at The Kitchen

Manifest Responsibility: Environmentalism and the Art of the American Landscape at Loyola

Dario Robleto: Alloy of Love Opens at The Frye Art Museum

Research on 15th-Century Spanish Altarpiece Unlocks 500 Years of Secrets

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future at The National Building Museum

Vexing: Female Voices from East LA Punk Opens at Claremont Museum of Art

Good Prospects Young German Photographers 2007/2008 at Martin Gropius Bau

Joslyn Art Museum Presents Denise Fleming: Painting with Paper

KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art at Vancouver Art Ga

Contemporary Japanese Handicrafts in the Japan Foundation Selection at Narodni Galerie

EXIT 08 Draws a Living Picture of Contemporary Danish Art at GL Strand

Credit Suisse and the National Gallery Announce Major Partnership

Head of Auction House Castellana de Subastas Detained After He Stole 14 Works of Art

International Museum Day in Spain

Go China! Assen-Groningen at Drents Museum and Groningen Museum

SFMOMA Announces Gary Garrels as Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture

Governor of Iowa Announces $1 Million Vision Iowa Grant For Pappajohn Sculpture Garden

Iconic Work By Ed Ruscha from the Collection of American Actor Bud Cort Sells for $3,961,000

UW Art Museum Installs Large-scale Sculpture on the Terrace

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4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'

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