THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE OF SPAIN DESERVES A TRIBUTE

 

 

 

Set up in 1867 by Isabel II, the institution followed the trend, shared by the rest of European countries, of founding museums devoted to showing the most representative treasures of the cultural and artistic richness of the country. It happened, besides, that archaeology was a study discipline in vogue by then, therefore this museum perfectly fitted with the idea of putting together the knowledge and wisdom in develop at that time around an exhibition space that clearly served to their goals of academic and enlightened dissemination.

 

 

 

Tombstone of Sancho III of Navarra, Museum of Leon.

 

 

 

When it was first open, the headquarters of the museum was located in the Casino de la Reina, in a nineteenth-century environment where a reduced collection of pieces were exhibited, from the prehistory to the Middle and Modern Ages, and with a wide selection of numismatic and ethnography. Later, the museum moved to its current headquarters, the Palacio de Biblioteca y Museos in 1895. Since then, the collection only moved during the Civil War, when it was disassembled and stored to protect its integrity.

 

 

 

Treasure of the Neápolis de Ampurias, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona.

 

 

 

The museum remained closed from 2008 to 2013 to make a whole reform of the building, with a change in the structure, the display and the creation of new spaces that make more accessible to the public the visits in the showrooms and lighten the volume of pieces on show. After it re-opening in 2014, its name was also modernised, now called with the acronym MAN.

 

 

 

Chest of Hisham II, Treasure-museum of the Cathedral of Girona.

 

 

 

For this commemorative exhibition 150 pieces were put together, one for each year, come from 70 different institutions spread around the Spanish territory. Gonzalo Ruiz Zapatero, the curator of the showing, is a full professor of Prehistory at the Complutense University of Madrid. This exhibition offers a tour throughout the evolution of the archaeological science in our country and its connection to museology, since, 150 years ago, not only the MAN was founded, but also the Spanish archaeological museums net, that participates also in the celebration.

 

 

In Art Madrid, we love art in all its aspects. Therefore, on the occasion of our 15th anniversary and thanks to Cooltourspain.com , visitors at Art Madrid’20 will have the possibility to enjoy a free guided tour of urban art to discover the street art hidden by Lavapiés, one of the most multicultural and colourful neighbourhoods of Madrid.

With the code ARTMADRID2020

and your ticket to the Art Madrid’20 fair, you can enjoy "Street art Tour Lavapiés" for free, on days 26th, 27th and 28th of February at 11:00 a.m. The capacity is limited, so do not doubt, book your place at Cooltourspain.com Once the confirmation is received, you just have to go with your open eyes to enjoy this magnificent experience.

Street art is the expression of art in public spaces either in the form of murals in restored buildings; graffiti; street painting or curated artistic actions. What are the backstories of each artist? What are the social issues affecting our city? This social, cultural and educational project was born in 2016 to answer these questions and show the message hidden by the works of art of so many national and international artists who have painted the Embajadores neighbourhood. It became the first daily street art tour in Madrid.

Cooltourspain will show you the Spanish capital in an alternative way and its guides will share their knowledge about the best street art in the Lavapiés and Malasaña areas. In the same way, its Foundation collaborates with non-profit projects and local associations so that people at risk of social exclusion can learn the techniques used by Madrid graffiti artists. The tour lasts two hours and begins at the Valle Inclán Theater Entrance.