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Palacio de Velazquez

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Palacio de Velazquez

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Mairwen1 wrote a review Dec 2020
United Kingdom3,534 contributions2,518 helpful votes
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We went to Retiro Park for some down time and a relaxing stroll but discovered that there is in fact a lot to see and do. Palacio de Valezquez is not a must-see and if you only have limited time, then it is better spent seeing the central lake and Palacio Cristal. However for those with more free time, this is worth a stop. Built in 1881-3 for the National Exhibit of Mining, today it holds small, free art exhibitions from the Reina Sophia Gallery. What you see from the outside are two white winged lions standing sentry at the front steps, colourful traditional tiles and a red and light coloured striped brick façade. Inside it is a bright, airy, white space with glass domes and wrought iron work. Entry is free and there was no queue. When you go in, you will be asked to wear your backpack on your front and they will also do a quick survey about your visit. Ask for an information sheet before you go any further because there was no other information about the art inside. When we were there in Feb, the exhibition was a collection of works by Mario Merz, called "Time is Mute". I’m not sure that I would have made a lot of sense of his work on my own but having picked up the information sheet, we pulled it back out and learnt that Merz’s work reflected his opposition to industrialism and capitalist consumption. He was politically active too and was an activist and member of an anti-fascist resistance group, for which he was imprisoned in 1945. A lot of his works used organic materials such as clay, branches, wax and charcoal and he referenced natural symbols like fire, lightning, animals, the Fibonacci spiral and rivers. Although I’d not heard of him before, he is internationally recognised with works in the National Gallery in Washington DC and London’s Tate Gallery. We spent about 20 minutes here and, all in all, it was a good opportunity to see an exhibition that I’d not have seen otherwise.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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FJGonzalezG wrote a review Apr 2020
Bethesda, Maryland1,129 contributions187 helpful votes
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This large neoclassical, red-brick-and-tile building is an excellent arts venue. We visited in late-February to see the Reina Sofia Museum’s amazing exhibit of Italian artist Mario Merz’s work, which was ideally displayed in the building’s spacious rooms with vaulted ceilings and glass that provide natural light. Even on the outside, the building is grand and beautiful. Built in 1881-3 for the National Exhibit of Mining by architect iconic architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, the building is named after its architect (and not the famous Spanish painter) and now serves as an arts and crafts gallery. It has been designated a cultural landmark by Spain. The building is located in the middle of the Buen Retiro park, between the Cristal Place and the boating lake (Estanque Grande).
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Date of experience: February 2020
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sheepygold wrote a review Feb 2020
london4,589 contributions1,964 helpful votes
We came to see the Mario Mertz exhibition. The building itself is lovely, especially the beautiful tiles on the exterior. If you come inside there are often contemporary artists being shown. The current display has many unusual and interesting pieces so is certainly worth a look.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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doppelganger_et wrote a review Jan 2020
Thessaloniki, Greece521 contributions106 helpful votes
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While on your way to the Crystal Palace, through the Retiro Park, make a stop to admire this impressive building. Only saw the outside, because it was closed, but it worth it!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Vladimiramirela wrote a review Jan 2020
Mississauga, Canada1,725 contributions400 helpful votes
Unfortunatelly, it was closed for visitation when we were in its neighbourhood, however, I enjoyed the photo opportunity even from the exterior. It is lavishly decorated with colourful mozaics and Moorish stone lacing, a real eye-pleasing building. Outside the palace, there is a modest terrace where you can place your food and drinks order and they provide you with a little gadget that will keep buzzing you every time one or your orders is ready. They do have tasty stuff and you can share it with the greedy doves roaming the area. Quite cute place!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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