August in Madrid is a tribute to those looking to enjoy a city at their feet. Its cultural program for the summer remains select, but you’ll find a lot fewer queues. Madrid rewards you for your visit with a forgotten photography icon. It’s Louise Dahl-Wolfe, the mythical photographer who helped Harper’s Bazaar become legend between 1936 and 1958 with pictures of Vivian Leigh, Marlene Dietrich, and Orson Welles. Her brilliant book inspired many new geniuses like Richard Avedon. You can see it at the Círculo de Bellas Artes (calle Alcalá, 42) throughout August; the local is very close from our Flat Sweet Home Gran Vía Apartment.
Now, let’s go back in time to change a photograph for a painting, with a visit to the works of a lesser-known painter, but transcendental in the history of Impressionism. Gustave Caillebotte was considered only a patron and a collector for over a century until someone noticed the quality of his paintings. The Museo Thyssen (Paseo del Prado, 8) is located in an area known as the Triangle of Art of Madrid, along with the Museo del Prado and close to the fantastic Flat Sweet Home Prado Apartment. The sublime technique of this forgotten painter will delight you. Another great universal artist, Joaquín Sorolla, has his own museum in Madrid (Paseo General Martínez Campos), and our agenda couldn’t miss the opportunity to recommend the exhibition Tierra Adentro. It shows the lesser-known landscapes by the Valencian artist, away from the beach and in full creative extasy in the fields and mountains of Spain.
As a soundtrack to your visit, we recommend a visit to the charming rooftop of La Casa Encendida (Ronda de Valencia, 2) on August 14th. There, the renowned artist Colleen will hypnotize you through her methodical and melodic music, composed with an endless array of instruments that help her reinvent pop and electronic music. Another suggestion, more classical but just as effective, is the concert of the Vargas Blues Band on the picturesque Arapiles neighbourhood.
The legendary Sala Galileo (calle Galileo, 100) dresses up for the sound of mestizo blues on August 17th. To end this week in Madrid in the best Flat Sweet Home style, nothing like a vitalist comedy at La Escalera de Jacob (calle Lavapiés, 9), one of the most sublime theater-bars in Madrid. It’s located in the Lavapiés neighborhood, and it presents the play Crucidramas—the ideal start to an exquisite immersion to the neighbourhood’s multiracial culture and cuisine. It all begins and ends in the comfort of your Flat Sweet Home in Madrid.
Find out more about this week’s FLAT SWEET HOME events and shows
Louise Dahl-Wolfie: Con estilo propio (In her own style) – Círculo de bellas artes – Calle Alcalá, 42 – Until August 28 – Thursday to Sunday from 11h to 14h and from 17h to 21h – 4€
Caillebotte, pintor y jardinero (Caillebotte, painter, and gardener) – Museo Thyssen – Paseo del Prado, 8 – Until October 30th – Sunday to Friday from 10h to 19h, Saturdays 10h to 21h – 11€
Tierra adentro (Inland) – Museo Sorolla – Paseo General Martínez Campos, 37 – Until October 9th – Thursday to Friday to 9.30h to 20h and Sundays from 10h to 15h – 3€
Colleen – La Casa Encendida – Ronda de Valencia, 2 – August 14th – 20.30h – 5€
Vargas Blues Band – Sala Galileo – calle Galileo 100 – August 17th – 21.00h – 15€
Crucidramas – La Escalera de Jacob – calle Lavapiés, 9 – Until August 27th – Sunday at 23.30h – 16-20€