Madrid Diary and the Street : Velasquez, Goya, Borondo, Spy!

Velasquez, the painter of the Spanish Golden Age died here. Along with the mannerist paintings of El Greco, the extravagant baroque of the Flemish Rubens, and the romantic Goya, one can see Velasquez’ works here at the wealthy and famous El Museo Del Prado of Madrid.

Also, we cannot forget the Bosch exhibit opening here at the end of the month. In fact there are two dozen or so world-class museums hosting vast collections of historical and contemporary art all around this capital of Spain.


Borondo at La Tabacalera. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

Naturally, their influences are also felt on the streets of the city, but you’ll need to veer away from the scrubbed-clean tourist areas and glide beyond the high-end boutiques to get this story. Behold Borondo! Suso! Spy!

The Tetuan neighborhood has been attracting an impressive list of local and international artists to its dilapidated walls and rough streets, now home to many immigrants from South America and Sub-Sahara Africa. It is the sort of environment that artists seek for experimentation and creativity and a rather instant audience. Paintings, illustrations, sculptural installations large and small. Sometimes they are finished works, often they appear as studies.


Borondo. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

This same storyline is repeated throughout the great metropolis in areas that are neglected, abandoned or otherwise overlooked. There are no luxury brands nor Disneyfied aspects or over attentive security to deal with here, this hotbed of creativity. Compared to the general ticket price of 14 Euro at Del Prado, admission to the street show is quite reasonable, and you may even meet the artist.

The images below sent to us by BSA contributor Lluis Olive Bulbena are culled from Tetuan and La Tabacalera for this Madrid Diary.


Suso 33. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


Suso 33. Detail. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


San. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


San. Detail. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


San. Detail. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


Pincho at La Tabacalera. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


Spy. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


Spy. Detail. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


Susie Hammer at La Tabacalera. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


E1000. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)


Parseci at La Tabacalera. Madrid, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)



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