5 Glossy Things To Do In Madrid This Summer




For photography lovers, this annual festival of exhibitions, now in its 20th year, is a must see. In locations across Madrid, featuring some of the most classic and contemporary photographers, this is a chance to appreciate the genre as well as the diverse exhibition spaces. Top picks include…


Elliott Erwitt at the Real Jardin Botanico.

No visit to Madrid should be without a trip to this shady paradise –and the exhibition space showcases Erwitt’s visits to Cuba, firstly in 1964 when he was commissioned by Newsweek to follow Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. He returned in 2015, when he was 87, and realised there was still a lot more to discover.


Minor White at Casa Loewe.

Set in the oldest department store in the world, this is a marriage of retail and reflection. In the basement of Casa Loewe (Gran Via 8),  discover White’s work. One of the most important American photographers of the 20th century, he was also an influential editor and critic. The Loewe Foundation has selected 42 evocative black and white images that detail his career from abstract nature images to studies of the male body. White used light symbolically to reflect his emotional state.

Anders Petersen at Plaza de Cibeles, 1.

Petersen’s iconic images of Café Lehmitz in Hamburg were the subject of his first book and was the meeting place for diverse characters. This exhibition allows the beholder to revisit the café with access to his archive footage.



At one of the arty One Shot hotels for affordable comfort. The boutique hotel group has four locations around the city.


At Loewe to see how Northern Irish designer, Jonathan Anderson, has turned the iconic Spanish brand into a cultural space. For high street bargains go to Zara where savings of up to 33 per cent can be had.

Penny McCormick

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