Attention to diverse bodies and desires has been a hallmark of the programming of the Museo Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo since its foundation fifteen years ago. The performance possibilities of bodies and the unprecedented social choreographies emerging from their communities are a core focus of the institution. Over time, this celebration of difference and celebration of minority voices has gradually permeated the collections.
An Wei Lu Li has created a specific pictorial installation for the cafeteria at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum, with the sponsorship of Cervezas Alhambra
Al cuidado de las pequeñas sombras (In the care of the small shadows) is a site-specific installation created by Elena Alonso for the terrace of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum, consisting of four sculptures conceived as a bat shelter.
To celebrate International Museum Day, CA2M has come up with a new way of activating its collection and making it more widely accessible.
“ASSOCIATED MAKING. ASSEMBLY KIT OF PIECES FROM THE CA2M COLLECTION” is a curatorial programme by Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo that views the exhibition as an open, imaginative and surprising reflection in which artists, institutions and audiences can collectively rethink our contemporaneity.
There is a signature feature to Hannah Collins’s photos of urban horizons: the sky is always tinted with a strange colour. Like the images over the credits of an imaginary film, this photo captures the feeling that a particular place—whether through premeditated cultural references or a subjective impression—produced in the artist at a certain point in time.
CA2M is now implementing the #Unmetroymedio project, which consists in getting artists who are resident in the Region of Madrid to explain to us what they are working on during confinement. Availing of the domestic means at hand, they will express their ideas through texts and images or will simply tell us how they are and talk about the possible futures that face us.
In 2014, three women who lived in Móstoles began to meet regularly at the CA2M cafeteria to chat while crocheting together. As they were gradually joined by more and more people, the museum ended up offering them more space, and every Wednesday from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. they were provided with a large table that would soon be complemented by a textile work from the museum’s permanent collection by artist Teresa Lanceta.
Let’s Think Positive came about in 2003 as part of the exhibition If Alive that Manuel Saiz presented at the Museu de L’Empordà in Figueres, Girona. The idea behind the exhibition was the beginning of the preparations for his future 65th birthday on the 10th of January 2026.
Among the various artistic interventions contingent on the exercises in architectural acupuncture begun in autumn 2016 at CA2M, Dora García has conceived an exhibition which takes the form of new signage in a permanent intervention that involves all the art centre’s various spaces.
This exhibition commemorates the 70th year since the birth of the artist Juan Muñoz (Madrid, 1953 – Ibiza, 2001). In recent decades, no other Spanish artist had achieved such international fame, with a dazzling career from his first exhibition in 1984 until his untimely death at the age of 48. The show—which will be a prolongation of the exhibition on view at Alcalá 31 between February and June 2023—will focus on the first ten years of his practice.
The sculptor Susana Solano held her first solo exhibition at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona from 2–20 April 1980. Given the title Escultures i dibuixos (Sculptures and Drawings), the exhibition occupied the space reserved for younger artists, which today would be classed as an artist-run space, with a faster turnover than the more leisurely intervals typical of an institutional framework.
The work of Cristina Garrido (Madrid, 1986) revolves around the study of the contemporary art system and how it assigns certain values related to different factors and players that can mean their legitimisation in this sector.
Emil Lime is an exhibition by Esther Gatón curated by Cory John Scozzari. This project sets in motion forms, techniques and conceptual interests frequent in Gatón's practice, such as the construction of ambiguous environments, amateur science, visual artifices, and the crossovers between femininity and machinery, articulating them in a single installation.
This exhibition by the artist Karlos Gil (Talavera de la Reina, 1984) is the most complete public presentation of his work to date. It showcases some of the various lines of work that have marked his practice in recent years: the relationship between artificial and natural, technology and the body, obsolescence, the complexity of second and third degree urban signs, science fiction... among other issues.
In his work, Xabier Salaberria explores the forms in which certain structures behave in specific spaces, perverting their apparent neutrality and questioning the categories in which they are conventionally inscribed.
June Crespo understands sculpture as an exercise that enables her to bring together seemingly opposed qualities. Her works partake equally of the petrean and the perishable, the mechanised and the manual, the abject and the sensuous. The convergence between materials and motifs creates a vocabulary that seems interpretable as a contradiction.
Fantasy, high heels, pink, interlude, prosthesis, accessibility, the norm perverting the norm: this is the world of Costa Badía (Madrid, 1981) which will take over the ground floor of Museo CA2M from 26 January.
JON MIKEL EUBA. ANIMALS THAT SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF MYSTERIOUS BURDENS IN ENVIRONMENTS CREATED BY OPPOSING FORCES
The first one-man show to be held in an institutional art centre since the year 2003. Many of the sculptures materially specify some of those possibilities in a series of gestures in the body of the building, in the form of in situ documentation exercises.
El Testigo es el título de la exposición de Teresa Margolles en el CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, comisariada por María Inés Rodríguez. La muestra traza una visión de su trabajo reciente a través de una serie de obras realizadas en los últimos cinco años. Propone un camino en círculo, tanto real como figurado, que orbita alrededor de la historia reciente de Ciudad Juárez.
This exhibition catalogue brings together the works on display, documents, photographs, and texts by Mariano Navarro, María Escribano, María Vela Zanetti and Miguel Cereceda; a writing and poetry anthology by the artist himself; and testimonials by Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Chema Cobo, Fernando Huici, Ignacio Gómez de Liaño, Borja Casani, Mireia Sentís, José Luis Gallero, Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, Clara Díaz-Aguado, Lola Moriarty, José Tono Martínez, Fernando Castro and Domingo Sánchez Blanco.
CA2M and Turner are producing the Spanish reprint of this book, published in Rotterdam by Kunstinstituut Melly.
This monograph addresses one of the most multifaceted and fundamental artists in the world of Latin American contemporary art today.
Javi Cruz has a lot to do with the forms of production currently taking place in Madrid that define its contemporary cultural scene today
Querer parecer noche brings together different forms of artistic production in Madrid. Its creations are split between a longer tradition of historical nostalgia and the current histrionic moment, with their different sensibilities and ways of living, where the 'local' is built on the fine line between those who live there and those who are passing through.
Autoeclipse is an exhibition designed to be a sort of retrospective of recent works, one that nonetheless allows us to take a critical look at Armando Andrade Tudela's work to date. The pieces on display work through the tensions they create with their predecessors, with Armando's own biography, and with the political and social development of the places where the artist has lived, reflecting an artistic endeavour in the public and social space as well as in the more intimate, private one.
Through interdisciplinary practices, the artists offer alternatives to conventional narratives about socio-political minorities, including discussions about the role of contemporary artistic production.
Miguel Trillo. Doble exposición revisita las dos primeras muestras individuales de Miguel Trillo que tuvieron lugar en la Galería Ovidio (PopPurri. Dos años de música pop en Madrid) en 1982 y en la Sala Amadís (Fotocopias. Madrid-London) en 1983. El proyecto pretende reflexionar acerca de los displays que Trillo utilizó para mostrar sus trabajos, alejados de los modos más convencionales en que la fotografía se exponía en los escasos espacios que le daban cobijo a principios de los años ochenta.