Street Art In Madrid, Spain
“Don’t have much to say that wouldn’t look better on a wall.”BiP
The urban art scene in Madrid has a very cool street vibe. What better way to see it then with “the point of view” of Javiar Garcia of Cool Tours Spain.
A lot of the street art in Madrid seems to be created around annual street art festivals.
Local and international artists are invited to paint in some of the neighborhood around the city.
We walked around the neighborhoods of Lavapiés and Malasaña,
Gentrification is everywhere in these once rundown neighborhoods. Most of the city’s street art can be found here.
Street art is diverse and includes paste-ups, murals, stencils, sculpture, tags, bubble letters and more. The artists are influenced and inspired by a multitude of cultures and styles, resulting in a wide and expansive body of urban art.
Graffiti and street art has always had a history of being influenced by the present political and social issues.
A lot of people have painted and pasted on the walls and buildings in their cities as a form of anonymous political protest.
As Europe struggles to respond to the refugee crisis, street artists in Madrid have their own protest.
La Tabacalera is an old tobacco factory where a lot of street artists have their workshops.
This former factory is a 30,000-square-foot museum filled with graffiti and street art.
It is a much cooler gallery space than the sometimes snobby art world.
I could have easily spent the whole day here examining every wall.
The street art world is all inclusive and made up of artists, art lovers and people passing by.
Javier’s comprehensive tour and commentary made me feel that Madrid can be just as wildly creative as NY or London. You can contact him at https://www.cooltourspain.com. Don’t miss it when you are in Madrid.