In May, not only the flowers bloom, but also exhibitions and events. This time it has been difficult to choose a single exhibition or event for the monthly article. After the winter lethargy, a good number of appointments not to be missed have come up. And shortly, June will arrive and El Sonar is just around the corner. May will serve as a warm-up.

“El patio del diablo” – Nan Goldin

At last the exhibition commissioned by Catherine Lampert arrives in Madrid, which has already been on show in the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris and in the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. It is the first great retrospective on the famous American photographer. A total of 350 images make up this exhibition. Divided into chronological order from the series in black and white of the seventies until her latest work. Also “Heart Beat” slide show with music interpreted by Bjork, the film “I’ll be your mirror” and a documentary in which the artist speaks about her work.

“El patio del diablo” – Nan Goldin
Date : Until 30th June, 2002
Place : Palacio de Velazquez
Address : Parque del Retiro, Madrid 28009, Spain
Tel: 34 (1) 5746614

“Los elementos del estilo” – Jessica Crag-Martin

Another woman, also a photographer, will occupy Espacio Uno of the National Museum of the Reina Sofia Art Centre until 2nd June. As well as being known as one of the best fashion photographers and working for magazines such as American Vogue, Jessica Craig is a specialist in portraying the American upper class, the world of rock and Hollywood. Glamour seen from its most crude and real side.

“Los elementos del estilo” – Jessica Crag-Martin
Date : Until 2nd June, 2002
Place : National Museum of the Reina Sofia Art Centre
Address : Espacio UNO, Santa Isabel, 52, Madrid, Spain

“Una historia verdadera”- Bene Bergado
Again a woman, but this time Spanish. The artist exhibits her strange world in which she recreates fictitious beings, a mixture of objects, animals and humans. For this exhibition, as well as photographs, a central piece can be seen which consists of a swing that hangs from the ceiling with one of the creatures from Bene’s world.

“Una historia verdadera”- Bene Bergado
Date : Until 18th May, 2002
Place : Espacio Minimo Gallery
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11-2 pm & 5-9 pm
Address : Doctor Fourquet, 17, E-28012 Madrid, Spain
Tel: (34) 91 467 6156
Fax: (34) 91 467 8331

Primavera Sound

A music festival that began at the beginning of the nineties with the idea of promoting new Spanish musical talents. Nevertheless, the festival’s activity was stopped until the year 2000, year in which the festival was held on one single night mixing live groups and DJs. Last year’s edition also took place in a night, but with a somewhat more varied and international line-up: Le Hammond Inferno, Bent, Yasuharu Konishi… This year Privamera Sound continues to grow. The festival will last two days, there will be four stages and also exhibitions and an international trash cinema exhibition. Some artists that have been confirmed are: Adult, Andrew Weatherall, Aphex Twin, Chicks On Speed, Dave Clarke, Ian Pooley, Pulp, Spiritualized, Tindersticks, Violent Femmes

Primavera Sound
Date : 17th and 18th May, 2002
Place: Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain
Tel: (34) 93 301 00 90
Fax: (34) 93 342 70 70

Schweppes Urban Mix

A festival that began this year with the idea of mixing different disciplines, specifically, music, dance and art. The commissioner in charge of the artistic selection is Jerome Sans, co-director of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Painting, photography and the Panoramas Europeos exhibition about urban development in 15 European cities. In music, the predominant rhythms are soul, dance music and hip hop. The guest artists are Macy Gray, Lenny Kravitz and St. Germain. In dance the choreographer and director of the Opera of Berlin, Blanca Li, will present her show Macadam, macadam, whilst the company Kafig will mix traditional dance with hip hop in “10 versions”. Some of these activities will be held outdoors, in a privileged area of Madrid, the Muralla Arabe.

Schweppes Urban Mix
Date : 31st May to 2nd June, 2002
Place: Various locations, Madrid, Spain

Text: Terevision Ruiz from Neo2 Magazine

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