Conference Dates : Sep 23, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019
Madrid is right in the centre of Spain, which makes it a great starting point for easy travel to anywhere else in the country. It is also surrounded by wide countryside with mountains and fields, which you might like to explore during your stay here. Spain is a country with many geographical and cultural differences within its borders. In this way you cannot compare the North of Spain, where the landscape rather resembles northern Europe, to the dry South of Andalucía, where the Arabic influences are more than evident with the sun drying out its landscape. Madrid stands out in the world as one of its best capitals of art. There is the artistic Golden Triangle that encompasses the Prado, the Thyssen Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum, all within walking distance of each other. The Prado is the wonderful museum that has some of Spain's most famous art, such as the Meninas of Velazquez, the Clothed and the Naked Majas of Goya, the portraits done by El Greco, the Immaculate Virgins of Murillo, and other art from some of Europe's most famous painters of the past like Rubens. The Thyssen Museum shows the history of art from the 12th century to the modern age, while the Reina Sofia has modern art and its most famous painting is Picasso's Guernica. Close by is the Caixa-Forum, which always has free exhibitions of great art and architecture. On the Paseo de la Castellana is the Mapfre, which has a large exhibition hall that usually has a free exhibition. There are also the Sorolla Museum and the Lazaro Galdiano Museum. The Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando has an incredibly large art collection. There is a Museum of Decorative Arts, the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of America, the Museo del Traje, and the Romanticism Museum.