The Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid!!

This wonderful monument spot in my dear Madrid was hidden in my many posts on the city. I feel close to it and been there on many moments including my team Real Madrid CF festivities with friends over the years. I have to tell you about it in a post of its own. Therefore, here is my presentation of the Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid!! or the Fine Arts Circle of Madrid.

I like to continue the saga of my MADRID! It is said, that once biten by its virus you never want to leave, well i did but always come back to it. Madrid has a lot to offer and often overlooked! I like to change you a bit …. Today, I will talk about a simple spot that will make you fall in love with Madrid. The Circulo de Bellas Artes of my Madrid!!

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The Círculo de Bellas Artes is located at the Calle de Alcalà 42 , at the corner with Calle del Marques de Casa Riera, in an Art deco building completed in 1926. The CBA (circulo de bellas artes) was founded in April 1880 by some artists who originally wanted to create a club where they could exhibit and sell their works. At that time, young students who would become important artists went there, like Pablo Picasso, while others, such as Ramón María del Valle-Inclán, attended its salons. In 1921,the CBA becomes a center for the protection of fine arts and public utility. The main social seat was finally installed here in 1926 in a building inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII.

The Spanish Civil War led to the suspension of its activities, and the Circulo de Bellas Artes became a place of detention of the CPIP (Provincial Public Investigation Committee) what was called a checa (police persecution) after the conflict, it was also there that for a time the seat of the Service of the falange (Franco’s party). It was only in 1983, that CBA was refounded thanks to the Association of Plastic Artists. Since then, it has been open to the general public and with and follows international cultural trends.

The Circulo de Bellas Artes best is the rooftop terrace in my opinion and open to the public, offering a panoramic view of Madrid. It is overlooked by the statue of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and art, the symbol of the institution. Moreover, the CBA retains a considerable artistic heritage with more than 1 200 paintings, sculptures, engravings, drawings and ceramics, as well as furniture. The bibliographic and documentary funds, including the bequest of the gallerist Juana Mordó’, with more than 3 000 books and a collection of 150 autograph books. Finally, the institution retains a large fund of thematic art journals and historical documents.

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Some webpages to help you enjoy a visit to the CBA= Circulo de Bellas Artes are:

The official Circulo de Bellas Artes webpage:

The Madrid tourist office on the CBA:

And a view of Minerva the CBA magazine!

There you go folks, a nice trip up and down one of the best monuments of my beloved Madrid. The Circulo de Bellas Artes is worth climbing up to. Hope you enjoy the tour. Given credit when I could not take pictures or can’t find them in my vault, the pictures here are from the Circulo de Bellas Artes ok.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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