Madrid boasts one of the most extensive calendars of concerts, sports events and exhibitions in the world. Take a look at a selection of the most important events programmed for 2012.
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- Eugène Delacroix (till 15 January at the CaixaForum Madrid): the exhibition is devoted to the work of French painter Delacroix, one of the greatest exponents of Romanticism.
- Architectural Paintings (till 22 January at the Caja Madrid Foundation & Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum): works depicting architectural imagery completed between the 14th and 18th centuries comprise this exhibition which shows how what started off as a stage for other themes became a genre it its own right.
- alighiero boetti. game plan (till 5 February at the Reina Sofía Museum): a retrospective on the Italian conceptual artist, a member of the arte povera movement.
- Marc Chagall (14 February to 20 May at the Caja Madrid Foundation and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum): a retrospective of the Russian artist, from his early work to his exile in the United States.
- The Hermitage at the Prado (till 25 March at the Prado Museum): during the Spain-Russia Dual Year, the Madrid museum and the Hermitage have agreed to exchange collections. As a result, the Prado will be exhibiting over 170 works of art on loan from the renowned St. Petersburg museum which include paintings, drawings, sculptures, archaeological findings and decorative arts pieces that range from the year 5 B.C. to the 20thcentury.
- Muntadas. Entre/Between (till 26 March at the Reina Sofía Museum): a monographic on Antoni Muntadas, 2005 Plastic Arts National Prize winner and promoter of audiovisual technologies in Spanish art.
- The Art of Piranesi (30 April to 9 September at CaixaForum Madrid): this exhibition tracing the Venetian artist's work brings together a considerable selection of his engravings and 3D videos of his famous etchings of 'imaginary prisons'.
- Da Vinci, the Genius (till 2 May at the Canal Art Centre): The artist's world is reflected in this exhibition, which recreates his working spaces and displays some of the machinery invented by the Renaissance genius.
- PHotoEspaña (30 May to 22 July at different venues): a year on, the extensive photographic festival will be held at scores of exhibiton halls throughout the city, as well as in Lisbon, the second host city of the festival. Commissioned once more by Gerardo Mosquera, the event will feature a nearly two-month-long programme. This year's thematic section deals with the global circulation of art, under the heading From Here. Context and Internationalisation.
- NASA. An Adventure in Space (till 15 June at the Casa de Campo Trade Fair Park): large-scale exhibition on the most important space missions in history.
- Edward Hopper (12 June to 16 September at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum): a two-part exhibition dedicated exclusively to the American artist covers his formative years and his mature period, beginning in 1925.
- The Last Raphael (12 June to 16 September at the Prado Museum): a show on the final creative period of this great Renaissance artist, one of the most influential in art history.
- Murillo and Justino de Neve (26 June to 30 September at the Prado Museum): the Prado Museum and the Focus-Abengoa Foundation have joined forces to present this exhibition of the later work of the Baroque painter Bartolomé Murillo, painted as a result of his friendship with Justino de Neve, canon of Seville cathedral.
- Artaud's Spectrums: Language and Art in the 1950s (18 September to 17 December at the Reina Sof'ia Museum): French artist and theorist of the Theatre of Cruelty, Antonin Artaud, is the star of this exhibition which revolves around his influence on poetry and performing arts in the years following his death.
- Jean Paul Gaultier (October to January at the Mapfre Foundation): a retrospective show of the French fashion designer's work, featuring 140 haute couture dresses along with ready-to-wear items from the 1970s onwards.
- Voyage to the Exotic: Homage to Gauguin (9 October to 13 January, 2013 at the Caja Madrid Foundation and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum): works by Gauguin, Kandinsky, Matisse, Klee and Macke narrate the reconquest of Primitivism through Exoticism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Cartier (23 October to 15 February 2013 at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum): over 300 pieces of jewellery from the luxury jeweller's historical collection, including some belonging to Grace Kelly, Elisabeth Taylor and Coco Chanel, will be displayed in the Madrid museum.
- The Young Van Dyck (20 November to 3 March 2013 at the Prado Museum): exhibition focusing on works painted by Van Dyck before he left for London in 1620, a period when the young Flemish artist worked under Rubens.