Chema Madoz Exhibit at Sala Alcalá Læs mere på 31
Although we write quite a bit about restaurants, we at Mad 4 Madrid love the art and cultural scene here in Madrid as well. This city is full of events—concerts, festivals, open-air markets—and it’s our goal to seek them out, and share them with our awesome and fabulous readers.
Chema Madoz is a Spanish photographer most known for his surrealist black and white photos. It’s rumored that he uses a Hasselblad camera to shoot his subject matter, and more specifically his published work Chema Madoz: Objetos 1990–1999. Madoz is a local hero of sorts, having studied Art History at the Universidad Complutense Madrid. He’s a decorated photographer that has received several awards and recognition from all over the world: Japan, France, Chile, and of course Spain.
His most recent exhibition is located on Calle Alcalá at Sala Alcalá 31. This beautiful and grand space used to be the Banco Mercantil e Industrial, but now uses it’s walls to hang photos that intrigue and amaze. This immense building is used for showcasing current artists and their projects. This time around, it’s Madrileño Chema Madoz.
From the 13th of May until the 2nd of August, you too can take a stroll through this surrealist paradise. The photos are so well-done and innovative in their own right. While walking through, you may take a few moments to stop, scratch your head and ask aloud: how did he think of this? The beauty of the style of photos that Chema produces is that he takes everyday things, that at first glance may seem trite and commonplace, and he turns them into something new and magical. Another thing we really enjoyed were the pictures within pictures: it looks like a photo, but upon closer inspection there’s also text to be read. This type of talent is completely natural, and it was an absolute pleasure to get lost in the mind of a photography genius for an hour.
These types of events are the reason that Madrid is such a magical and cultural hub. Art is more accessible now than it has been in the past, and although some of the powers at be are trying to change the art scene for the worst, the fact remains that there are several supporters willing to not just promote, but fight for accessible cultural and artistic events. These events are also cheap and available to the majority, not just a select few. It’s great to get out and support said events because that’s how we pay it forward and keep it moving.
The exhibit is at the Sala Alcalá, 31 and as you can probably deduce, that’s also the address. The entry is absolutely free of cost, and it’s open from Tuesday to Thursday 11 to 20:30 and Sundays 11-14. Monday they are closed. For other events like these, be sure to subscribe to the Mad 4 Madrid Newsletter and keep an eye out for our weekly agenda. Also click here for a full list of events happening at Sala Alcalá, 31.