Friday, January 27, 2017

Museo ABC Madrid

Following my theme from October's visit of "new sites," today I checked out the free Museo ABC de Debujo e Illustratión (ABC Museum of Drawing and Illustration). ABC is a daily Spanish newspaper, first published in Madrid on January 1, 1903.

As you're walking up c/ Amaniel, go past the tiny triangle plaza and you'll see a big, vertical "MUSEO ABC" sign just outside the entrance on the left:

There were two security guards sitting at a desk inside near the entrance, but you don't have to get tickets or anything—you're free to walk in and start exploring! (If you have a backpack, though, they'll ask you to leave it with them.)

I loved lots of the creative pieces on that first wall (above), many by the currently featured artist Javier Sáez Castán.

I can't remember if the below was by him or someone else, but this was an interactive installation where you could pick a head, middle, and rear to create your own creature.

Here's a closer look at the one I made:

Downstairs there's currently an exposition on Serny, a painter from Cádiz who began his artistic life illustrating for magazines and newspapers.

All of the signs and explanations were in Spanish, so just be aware that this is the case if you don't speak the language.

Now that I've been sketching and painting with watercolors for a few months, while looking at these pictures I'd look for the shading and light. How did Serny create the depth here, which details did he paint in this work, and so forth.

In this next one I liked how there was just a hint of glowing blue in various places—her dress, the book, and around the lamp:


What: Museo ABC
Where: c/ Armaniel 29, 28015 Madrid
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Monday closed
Cost: Free!