Círculo de Bellas Artes
The Círculo de Bellas Artes is a private, non-profit, cultural organization that was founded in 1880. Its building, located in Madrid, Spain, was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1981. Ever since it was set up in 1880, it has played a major role of international scope in the field of cultural creation and diffusion.
|Círculo de Bellas Artes|
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Spanish: Círculo de Bellas Artes
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The CBA is a major multidisciplinary centre with one of the most active cultural programmes in Madrid. It has exhibition rooms, a cinema, a theatre, concert halls, lecture halls, artists’ workshops, a library, a cafeteria, a shop and many other facilities. Every day it puts on activities to do with the visual arts, music, film, the stage, literature, science, philosophy and poetry.
The building which houses the Círculo de Bellas Artes was designed by the architect Antonio Palacios and constructed in 1926. It is an emblematic building, and from its rooftop one can experience panoramic views of Spain’s capital city.
Four exhibition rooms with a stable programme in which both well-established figures and emerging artists are represented every year: Le Corbusier, Picasso, Jean Arp, Silvia Plachy, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Pier Paolo Passolini, Henri Michaux, Hans Hartung, Bruno Schulz, Pierre Klossowski, Nacho Criado, Basilio Martín Patino, Zaj, Jean Dubuffet, Mário Cesariny, Brassaï...
A meeting point for thought, the sciences, literature, philosophy and the arts. The conferences, talks, discussions and poetry recitals that are organised on a daily basis have involved leading figures from the world of culture such as Günter Grass, Seamus Heaney, Jürgen Habermas, Rafael Alberti, George Steiner, Slavoj Žižek, Claudio Magris, Antonio Gamoneda, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Cees Nooteboom, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean Baudrillard, Umberto Eco, Juan Gelman, John Berger, Ernesto Sábato, Álvaro Siza, Carlos Fuentes and Edward Said.
The Círculo de Bellas Artes programmes a wide variety of music, encompassing both classical and contemporary highbrow music, and the more innovative styles of popular music. Those who have performed here include Pierre Boulez, Luis de Pablo, Lila Downs, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Marianne Faithfull, Vinicio Capossela, Jane Birkin, María Joao and Chano Lobato. In addition, each season the Círculo de Bellas Artes presents a prestigious programme of theatre and dance.
The CBA has a film theatre which every day shows original-language films that are not normally seen in commercial cinemas. Its retrospectives and dedicated cycles are a must for film-lovers in Madrid.
The Círculo de Bellas Artes workshops and courses have a well-deserved reputation. In addition to the drawing, painting and etching open workshops, for many decades now numerous artists and intellectuals of international repute have taught at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, including Pablo Palazuelo, Antonio Saura, Eduardo Arroyo, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Antoni Muntadas, Nancy Spero, Julian Schnabel, Esther Ferrer, Juan Muñoz, Juan Genovés, Alberto García-Alix, Agustín Ibarrola, Ramón Masats, Chema Madoz, Donald Kuspit, Georges Didi-Huberman, Iñaki Ábalos, Nacho Criado and Dominique Perrault.
Radio Círculo is a radio station broadcasting via the Internet whose programmes are dedicated entirely to the world of culture.
The cultural activity is collected and disseminated in a wide-ranging catalogue of publications that include essay, art and poetry collections, as well as the Minerva magazine, one of the most important cultural publications in Spanish. The Círculo de Bellas Artes regularly produces music CDs and documentary films on artistic subjects.
The CBA is a reference space and a guarantee for many companies that organise events, as it provides them with the ideal setting for putting their ideas into practice. The CBA building has 15,000 square metres of floor space including four exhibition halls, a floor of workshops, six multi-purpose rooms, a library, and a billiards and games room, a theatre, two historical rooms –the Salón de Baile (Ballroom) and the Sala de Columnas (Hall of Columns)-, a cinema, a radio station, a bookshop and a big café-restaurant popularly known as La Pecera, or the goldfish bowl.
Its perfect location, its spectacular historical rooms and its unique personality make it the best choice for holding concerts, dinners, gala receptions, book presentations, product launches, recitals, parties, work meetings, screenings, film-shoots, photo-calls, conferences, courses, exhibitions, etc.
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