For some weeks, the famous Meninas, icon par excellence of the work of Velázquez, have been occupying the most tourist corners of Madrid, thanks to an original initiative of the Business Association of Textile Trade and Accessories. Through this project, it is intended to reinforce the image of the city, and encourage  the shopping tourism.

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Meninas Madrid Gallery

The Meninas are the work of the venezuelan artist Antonio Azzato, they measure almost two meters long, weigh about 30 kilos and are anchored to structures that weigh around 200 kilos, which will prevent any attempt of robbery. However, anyone can take a picture together with this famous icon of art.

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According to the artist Antonio Azzato, this urban exhibition, “is going to be the largest open air exhibition of Meninas in the world. We want it to be a tribute to diversity and freedom of expression through contemporary art in the city. “

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Until July 15th both, locals and tourists, can enjoy the 90 Meninas that have been placed throughout the city, in which, apart from its creator Antonio Azzato, other artists, designers and athletes have intervened like Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, the actor and film director Jordi Mollá, Margarita Vargas, the bullfighter Enrique Ponce or Vicky Martín Berrocal. They have reinvented these meninasfollowing their own style, and expressing in them what Madrid represents for them.

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Some of the Meninas will be auctioned at the end of the exhibition, and the benefits obtained will be donated to charities.

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The exhibition Meninas Madrid Gallery will come to an end on July 15th, with an event that will show the message that harbour each of the pieces, which, in their total, represent the values ​​of the city of Madrid.

Where are located the meninas?

If you want to know where are located these special pieces of art, you can consult it here.

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