Along some of the world’s top museums, Madrid is home to many other art venues. In fact, about half the art spaces of Spain can be found in Madrid.
This is due to the fact that in the heart of the elegant Barrio de Salamanca some of the private collections owned by aristocrats and bourgeois were made available to the public after the war. Later on, the art galleries extended to the west along Paseo de la Castellana, still within districts like Chamberí or Salesas.
Finally, the search for new horizons and the magnetism of the Reina Sofía Museum, lit the art fuse in the Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) and in Doctor Fourquet, a small street in Lavapiés which has been revived and is devoted to galleries.
Something similar happened in the Conde Duque neighbourhood or the Carabanchel neighbourhood who joined this creative and bohemian movement that now boasts many workshops and creative spaces.
Thanks to art galleries many artists have been able to show their work or even make a living. Some of the key Spanish contemporary artists – Canogar, Úrculo, Chillida, Saura, Millares, Tàpies or Barceló, to name just a few – would have never earned recognition without the interest and efforts of art dealers and gallery owners.