Every September in Madrid leads into a fantasy world halfway between the melancholic autumn and the colorful summer already bidding farewell. Those two are as beautiful and fun as those that Slava Polunin, clown and Cirque du Soleil founder, explores in the city’s show of the year. Madrid goes back to childhood, an age of fervor and sparkle, but also of darkness and cold. Slava’s Snowshow at Teatros del Canal gets deep into our minds to fill them with pure fantasy, connecting with a timeless spectator who won’t forget a show like this. Continue Reading
August is a great month to enjoy a city like Madrid. Its cultural program doesn’t slow down, even though its streets look empty when many locals leave for the holidays. This season is the perfect moment to get lost in the many leisure options that Madrid has to offer outside your Flat Sweet Home. To begin this city tour, we recommend a walk through the clouds at the spectacular SkyNight restaurant (Avenida de América, 49)—designed by the architect Jean Nouvel—which hosts the 43 Live The Roof festival on August 7. Its futuristic rooftop will host an intimate concert by Anni B. Sweet; her angelic voice combines American folk with the sound of Spanish music.
The exhibition Terror at the laboratory (Terror en el laboratorio) at Fundación Telefónica (c / Fuencarral, 3) is one of the must-see events this summer in Madrid, and it’s at walking distance if you stay in our Flat Sweet Home Gran Vía. In this entertaining exhibition, you can celebrate the meeting between Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary Shelly, who established the trope of the creatures created by an ambitious scientist. It was the starting point for the characters of The Island of Dr. Moreau, Frankenstein and The Vampire. At the Telefónica headquarters, you’ll learn the ins and outs of this trope’s major adaptations to film and literature. Not far from there, you can walk around the Old Madrid and visit the Palacio Real (calle Bailen, s / n) to admire the 100 key artworks to know the Seicento, the Italian seventeenth century. Baroque paintings by Caravaggio, Ribera, Bernini and Gentileschi will amaze you before it’s time to return to your centric Flat Sweet Home San Miguel Market and plan a nightly tapas route near Plaza Mayor and La Latina.
Madrid stands out for having a spectacular theatrical agenda throughout the year, and August is not the exception. The Teatro Alfil (c / Pez, 10), located right in the trendy neighborhood of Malasaña, is preparing a hilarious, acid play called Chefs. The play shows the peculiar world of gastronomy with a comical (as much as critical) script. Also, a visit to the Caixa Fórum (Paseo Prado, 36) is essential. The show The Weight of a Gesture (El peso de un gesto) is waiting for you in this avant-garde exhibition center. This exhibition analyzes the importance of the concept of art through pieces created by Juliao Sarmiento, and based on the collective imagination built from films, literature and architecture. These are only some of the many options available to you in your Madrid adventure, that begins in your cozy Flat Sweet Home.
Here’s the FLAT SWEET HOME schedule for events and shows in Madrid:
43 Live The Roof – Anni B. Sweet – Skynight Door America – Avenida De America, 49 – (August 7 – 8 pm)
Terror en el laboratorio – Fundación Telefónica – C / Fuencarral, 3 (Until October 16 – open from 10h to 20h) – FREE
De Caravaggio A Bernini: Obras Maestras Del Seicento – Palacio Real – (calle Bailen, S / N) – (Monday through Sunday until October 16 – open from 10h to 20h – € 11 + Palace access)
Chefs – Teatro Alfil – C / Pez, 10 – (Thursday through Sundays until August 12 – Sunday 18h, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 20h – 12 €)
El Peso Del Gesto – CaixaForum – Paseo Prado, 36 – (Monday to Sunday from 10h to 20h – 4 €)
The leisure that’s waiting for you in Madrid this week will turn your Flat Sweet Home experience into a midsummer night’s dream.
It’s always a good time to walk around the halls of Reina Sofía Museum, home of some of the most original art of the 20th century. After observing the artistic glories of last century’s avant-garde, like the fabulous Gernika or Dali’s works, you’ll enjoy a unique retrospective on leisure and man with the film series “Cinema and the leisure class,” organized by the museum. Through films like Dino Risi’s “Sorpasso,” a legend of the Italian cinema of Cinecittà, Goddard’s “Acid Week-end,” or the iconic “The Swimmer” by Frank Perry, the Reina Sofía examines the relationship and the need for leisure, and whether its existence is a curse or a blessing.
Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photography is a sample of Zen philosophy and an anthem to the sea in the middle of Madrid. His seascape photos are an oasis of peace among the haste of a city as lively as this. The calm in the works of this great Japanese artist, on display at Fundación Mapfre, will refresh your senses. After such a raw experience, there’s nothing like walking down Paseo de Recoletos or exploring the charming streets that make up the colorful neighborhood of Chueca.
Near Fundación Mapfre is the Museum of Romanticism, a place where you can lose yourself in an era now long gone. The museum celebrates the festival Caprichos del romanticismo (Whims of Romanticism) in June. It lasts until July 21st, but such an authentic museum is still worth a visit even if you can’t make it to the festival. Outside its 19th-century walls, visitors can quickly discover the futuristic Baceló market nearby. Here, you can shop and dine in style, all in the same space.
On the same day, several musical alternatives will make the night unforgettable. There’s a spectacular music series held at Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII, and this week it’ll get you closer to the fabulous voice of Melody Gardot and her modern, sophisticated jazz. Her beauty competes with the lavish staging of Tindersticks’ pop sound, a band with an impossibly good, consistent sound. Their live show at La Riviera is a good excuse to stroll around Madrid Río, with the gaze turned to the Manzanares river. The next day, the Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII hosts another unforgettable moment in the middle of this magical forest. Seal’s sensual music at this unique landscape will be the highlight of your night. After the show, you can relax at your Flat Sweet Home and dream about the Madrid you just visited.
FLAT SWEET HOME AGENDA – July 21-28
El cine y la clase ociosa (Cinema and the leisure class) – Museo Reina Sofía- calle Santa Isabel, 52 -Flat Sweet Home Recommended
Hiroshi Sugimoto – Fundación Mapfre- Paseo de Recoletos, 23 – Flat Sweet Home Recommended
Caprichos del Romanticismo (Whims of Romanticism) – Museo del Romanticismo – calle San Mateo, 13 -Flat Sweet Home Recommended
Noches del Botánico (Melody Gardot/Seal) – Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII – Avenida Complutense s/n -Flat Sweet Home Recommended
Tindersticks – La Riviera – Paseo bajo de la virgen del puerto, s/n- Flat Sweet Home Recommended