5 of the most interesting foundations Madrid

Fundación Juan March

Castelló 77
+34 914 354 240

Not many locals know that they are welcome to discover unique exhibitions of 20th-century artists for free in this space. The exhibits change every 3 months and offer an interesting mix of works by contemporary artists and lesser-known figures from key artistic movements. The small shop has amazing posters that you won’t usually find in the traditional museum shops.

Espacio Fundación Telefónica

Fuencarral 3
+34 915 808 700

Located inside Telefonica’s historic headquarters in the heart of Gran Vía, this building was inaugurated in 1929 and became Spain’s very first skyscraper. For 25 years, it was the tallest building in the city. Nowadays it is an alternative art space, as well as host to a permanent exhibition on the history of telecommunications.

Fundación Mapfre

Paseo de Recoletos 23 / Bárbara de Braganza 13
+34 916 025 221 / +34 915 816 100 / +34 915 814 609

The foundation has two locations. The first one is an old palace in Paseo Recoletos, which every season hosts some of the hottest international painting and sculpture exhibits in town. The second location is in Calle Bárbara de Braganza and only hosts photo exhibitions, with the work of talented young artists and acclaimed artists being shown in one space.


Paseo del Prado 36
+34 913 307 300

The iconic building by Herzog & de Meuron is in itself a piece of art. The former electric power plant has been transformed into a floating cube with a unique vertical garden. Visitors enter the building and ascend a striking spiral staircase that takes them to the exhibition galleries, which always host fresh, new art exhibitions.

Fundación Francisco Giner de los Ríos

Paseo del General
Martínez Campos 14
+34 914 460 197

Home of the Free Teaching Institution, a movement supported by members of academia in the thirties. Two of the original pavilions have been renovated and now connect, in an architectural game of volumes, to this new 5000 sq.m. building that is clad with galvanised steel bars and has an amazing auditorium inside.

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