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"

The power of museums

" is the motto with which the International Day of these temples of knowledge, art, science and knowledge is celebrated this year.

May

18

was the date chosen by the

International Council of Museums

in 1977 to highlight its role in the development and evolution of society.

More than 37,000 museums from

158 countries

join the initiative, an event that includes those in Madrid, where some of the most important museums in the world are located. For its part, the Night of the Museums is celebrated on the first Saturday following to that date, May

21

, also with a multitude of activities.

Prado National Museum

The statue of Goya at the entrance of the Museo Del Prado.ANTONIO HEREDIA

The art gallery offers

free access

throughout this day to both the temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection.

Added to this is the

Brushstrokes Sound

initiative , a project where the visitor accesses new experiences through the simultaneous enjoyment of the visual arts.

Cristina Sanz Hernán

performs a musical program that can be heard in room 49 of the Villanueva building at 12:00, 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

The Prado also joins the

Night of the Museums

on May 21, with the opening of the

Central Gallery

, a large architectural space that forms the backbone of the Villanueva building, and the recently inaugurated

Jónica Gallery.

, a space dedicated to expanding the visibility of the sculpture and decorative arts collections, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum

The great Spanish museum dedicated to 20th-century and contemporary art will have 17 uninterrupted hours (from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.) of live music in collaboration with Radio 3. The plaza of the Nouvel building hosts 48 performances , a whole marathon with guests of the caliber of

Viva Sweden, Derby Motoreta's Burrito Kachimba, Putochinomaricón, Miguel Poveda, Soleá Morente, Califato, Los Secretos, Rocío Márquez & Bronquio, Second

or

La La Love You

.

In addition, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight, in the garden of the Sabatini building, an electronic music session is held by the main Radio 3 DJs.

Thyssen Bornemisza National Museum

Exhibition 'American Art in the Thyssen Collection'.EM

The museum offers an open day in which both the permanent collections and Carmen Thyssen can be visited free of charge, as well as the temporary exhibitions:

Hiperreal.

The Art of Trompe l'oeil

, Ragnar Kjartansson's

Emotional Landscapes

(TBA21), and

American Art in the Thyssen Collection

.

In addition, the museum proposes an intense day full of activities: between 12 noon and 2:00 p.m., restorers, curators and educators from the Museum bring the public closer to the works from different points of view.

At 5:00 p.m., professional guides offer three

guided tours

in Spanish and

Alba Campo Rosillo

, curator of

American Art at the Thyssen Collection

, start one in English through the rooms of this exhibition.

For this activity, it is necessary to book in advance through the museum's website.

As a finishing touch to the celebration, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a conversation takes place on the Terraces of the Museum around the motto of the day.

Finally, the celebration extends outside the walls of the museum and continues at night in the garden of the Hotel Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá, where the

Hyperflow

videomapping

piece , created by the artist

Filip Roca

, is presented .

Lope de Vega House Museum

The show

Of Gods and Saints

offers a fictitious meeting in the garden of the house of the

Fénix de los Ingenios

between the goddess Cibeles and San Isidro, which can also be enjoyed on Saturday.

In addition, it is possible to visit the exhibition

Lope 1622. Four Spaniards and a Saint

, which commemorates the

fourth centenary of the canonization of the patron saint of the capital

, and which deals with the literary and devotional relations of Lope de Vega with the four Spanish saints canonized in 1622 .

Anthropology National Museum

'From El Jable'.

Photography by Carlos de Hita for the immersive exhibition of the National Museum of Anthropology. CARLOS DE HITA

The museum remains open until 11:00 p.m., with free admission and a concert by

Hache Milton

, author of the celebrated song dedicated to the institution that has accompanied it since the beginning of the year.

Together with his entire band,

Los Ausentes

, he puts on some live music starting at 8:00 p.m.

For the Night of the Museums, the immersive sound installation created by

Carlos de Hita

El rugido del volcano will be inaugurated.

Face to face with the eruption of Cumbre Vieja, La Palma.

In the context of the temporary exhibition

The Smoking Mirror

, a circle of loudspeakers will reproduce the voices -and the magnitudes- of

the Cumbre Vieja volcano

that for four months changed the landscape of the island of La Palma.

There will be passes at 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

other museums

The

National Archaeological Museum

offers the opportunity to reflect on these processes of modification of the landscape and the environment in the past with the guided tour

Domesticated Nature?

(at 12:00, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.) while the

Museum of Romanticism

allows visitors a free tour of its collections by the Cultural Mediation team.

In the

Royal Palace of Madrid

You can visit the Royal Armory and the Royal Kitchen for free.

For this second space, the number of guided tours has doubled, with passes every 30 minutes.

The rest of the historic complex remains closed to the public by an official act.

In the monasteries of the Encarnación and the Descalzas Reales (Madrid), admission is free for the guided tour.

The

Royal Palace of Aranjuez

and

Museum of Royal Barges

is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the

Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso

from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with free admission.

The

San Isidro Museum

celebrates May 18 with music.

Starting at 7:00 p.m., the concert

A la dulce risa del alba

takes place , in which Ensamble la Danserye performs courtly music from the time of

Philip IV

.

And for the Night of the Museums, it will extend its visiting hours until midnight.

For its part, the

History Museum

will open its chapel in an extraordinary way during the Night of the Museums, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For its part, the

Museum of Contemporary Art

will dedicate Saturday night to an experimental children's workshop in which children will be able to visit the reconstruction of the office of the avant-garde writer

Ramón Gómez de la Serna

, made from the original objects from his home in Buenos Aires.

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