Madrid is full of art. Literally, it’s bursting at the seams with new exhibits and expositions. Some times it’s hard to keep track of them all. Fret not, your friendly, neighborhood, Mad4Madrid team is here to keep you informed, and save the day. One of our new favorite exhibits is going on now at Fundación Canal Isabel II. This space is unique as it’s part of the Madrid water system here. The exhibit is completely free, and you can reach this gallery by Metro. The specific stop is Plaza de Castilla. If you take the exit with the elevator, you’ll get let off right in front of the entrance.
When you enter the building, there will be a reception desk to your right. They will put the exhibit’s pamphlets on the desk. Continue walking straight and you’ll see a stairwell that leads downward on your right. This will lead you to the exhibit. Please keep in mind that taking photos in the gallery is prohibited. This photography exhibit is well-curated and very well thought-out. It’s divided into sections, and each section comes accompanied by a small text, and an explanation. If you’re a fan of modern and creative photography, this exhibit is for you.
FIrst off, it’s important to mention the photos are from various artists and donors not just one artist in particular. The images may seem “random” to some; however, this photography exhibit’s main point is grouping a variety of photos together that match with the common theme: perceptions of women and men throughout history. So, there are photos from different time periods, artists, and even cities that all link in one way or another to the title of the exhibition.
The first section: “Poder y autoridad” Power and Authority
The main concept behind this section is that men are traditionally seen as authoritative, powerful, and almost even aggressive in their roles in society. The photos range from vintage muscleman competitions and boxing matches.
The second section: “Sensualidad y sumisión” Sensuality and Submission
This section is dedicated to the very traditional image of the woman which includes delicate, almost doll-like features. Women depicted in these photographs are often in small, controlled positions, often lying down or over-taken by men. They wear dresses, or restricting clothing such as heels and corsets.
The third section: “Seducción y deseo” Seduction and Desire
The third section of the exhibit has more to do with the undeniable physical attraction and chemistry that men and women share. The photos in this part of the exhibit are much more sensual, sexual and provocative. Some famous faces you can see in this section are Paul Newman and Marilyn Monroe.
The fourth section: “Almas desnudas” Naked Souls
The fourth part of the photography exhibit aims to break the molds set by traditional and antiquated gender roles. Naked souls refers to embracing you, and all that you are. The photos are much more modern and current and depict some famous people that you may have heard of such as Frida Khalo and Greta Garbo.
The fifth section: “Quiero ser tú” I want to be you
The fifth, and last section of the exhibit touches oman interesting concept: this idea that men and women possess a sexual admiration for one another. I want to be you shows men in women’s clothing, women in men’s clothing and seeks to transcend the typical gender assignments and roles.
For photography fans, this is a must see exhibit.