GUEST POST – Public Art in Madrid, Part One: The Painted

24 10 2011

A guest post of mine has just gone up on the blog of, a site dedicated to helping travelers connect with each other around the globe; I designed it to go hand-in-hand with yesterday’s post on Madrid’s public art scene, only this time focusing on painted works rather than mixed media.

No one neighborhood can lay claim to expressive exclusivity, but the northern barrio of Malasaña is an excellent place to take its pulse. After oppressive dictator Franco‘s death in 1975, these labyrinthine streets breathed deep at last, giving rise to the counter-cultural shift known as la movida madrileña. The surge of radical movement in art, music, and fashion permanently established this area’s alternative identity, which is immediately observable in the plethora of kaleidoscopic murals on its walls...

Read more: Must-See: Public Art of Madrid, Spain at




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