For the first time, more than 400 works by 250 artists are coming together in an exhibition that showcases the CA2M collections and takes up the entire museum space. It is a celebration of what the museum represents and has represented from the beginning. This journey begins with the historical avant-garde - all the artists who accompanied Picasso at the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic - and continues through history up to the present day. It is not only an international exhibition, as are all the CA2M and the ARCO Foundation collections, but also a story that is told from inside this institution, from the collections it holds, and ultimately, from Móstoles.
Al cuidado de las pequeñas sombras (In the care of the small shadows) is a site-specific installation created by Elena Alonso for the terrace of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum, consisting of four sculptures conceived as a bat shelter.
CA2M is now implementing the #Unmetroymedio project, which consists in getting artists who are resident in the Region of Madrid to explain to us what they are working on during confinement. Availing of the domestic means at hand, they will express their ideas through texts and images or will simply tell us how they are and talk about the possible futures that face us.
Among the various artistic interventions contingent on the exercises in architectural acupuncture begun in autumn 2016 at CA2M, Dora García has conceived an exhibition which takes the form of new signage in a permanent intervention that involves all the art centre’s various spaces.
This metal dinosaur is a ‘part’ of a larger group of artworks made from pieces of playground furniture from the 1970s, made in collaboration with the Mamoan family business in the city of Bello Horizonte in Brazil, which continues using the same designs from decades ago.
Let’s Think Positive came about in 2003 as part of the exhibition If Alive that Manuel Saiz presented at the Museu de L’Empordà in Figueres, Girona. The idea behind the exhibition was the beginning of the preparations for his future 65th birthday on the 10th of January 2026.
Espejo y Reino / Ornamento y Estado is an installation by artist Álvaro Perdices and curated by María Virginia Jaua. The project – designed specifically for the spaces of the CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo – puts forward the concept of confronting the idea of the archive with the deconstruction of the notions of State and institution framed within the personal and the historical.
Bajo la lógica que vuelve natural al caos y artificial al orden, proponemos realizar un experimento físico y conceptual del espacio expositivo. Colección XVIII. Diego Bianchi es un ejercicio de desarme. El cubo blanco, ese espacio neutro, sin ventanas, conformado por paredes blancas y fuente lumínica emitida de arriba hacia abajo, se convierte en la materia prima de un posible desarme. A partir de la ausencia de moldes o guías de comportamiento definidos de antemano, el proyecto subraya algunas de las convenciones expositivas.
Architect Andrés Jaque’s studio, the Office for Political Innovation, has been in charge of carrying out a series of architectural acupuncture interventions at the museum. These actions, which have been taken to ease the pain in the institution's body at specific points like the façade and the central atrium, have allowed CA2M's architecture to be adapted for the uses assigned to its spaces for different activities and programmes.
YWY, Visions presents new works by Pedro Neves Marques with actress and activist Zahy Guajajara, in which she plays an indigenous android named YWY.
The exhibition brings together films, interviews, exchanges, images and other elements conceptualized by other authors around the character, which contribute to expanding his world.
One of the lines of work undertaken by CA2M is to revitalise the history of contemporary art exhibitions in Madrid. For this one-object exhibition by Nacho Criado, we focus on Madrid: Espacio de interferencias (Madrid: Space of Interferences), curated in 1990 by the art theorist and historian Javier Maderuelo (Madrid, 1950) for the Círculo de Bellas Artes.
This exhibition, entitled Javier Utray. An Anamorphic Portrait, curated by Mariano Navarro and Andrés Mengs, aspires to serve as a homage and memorial to this multifaceted artist. It also aims to highlight the significance and uniqueness of Utray’s creative personality.
Cecilia Vicuña. Seehearing the Enlightened Failure brings together over a hundred works by poet, visual artist, and activist Cecilia Vicuña. Since the 1960s, the artist has constituted a radical perspective on the relationship between art and politics through her writing and art making.
Trémula is an exhibition by the artist Javi Cruz (Madrid, 1985). It is also the story of a populus tremula—the scientific name for the tree commonly called trembling aspen– which was planted in the 1980s beside the building where he grew up and still lives today in the district of San Blas and was chopped down last year because of a disease. The night when it was felled, Javier took around 500 kg of it up to his apartment and a few days later, with the help of his friends Jacobo and Lorenzo, he loaded the biggest truck he was able to drive with more.
This exhibition catalogue brings together the works on display, documents, photographs, and texts by Mariano Navarro, María Escribano, María Vela Zanetti and Miguel Cereceda; a writing and poetry anthology by the artist himself; and testimonials by Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Chema Cobo, Fernando Huici, Ignacio Gómez de Liaño, Borja Casani, Mireia Sentís, José Luis Gallero, Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, Clara Díaz-Aguado, Lola Moriarty, José Tono Martínez, Fernando Castro and Domingo Sánchez Blanco.
CA2M and Turner are producing the Spanish reprint of this book, published in Rotterdam by Kunstinstituut Melly.
This monograph addresses one of the most multifaceted and fundamental artists in the world of Latin American contemporary art today.
Querer parecer noche brings together different forms of artistic production in Madrid. Its creations are split between a longer tradition of historical nostalgia and the current histrionic moment, with their different sensibilities and ways of living, where the 'local' is built on the fine line between those who live there and those who are passing through.
Autoeclipse is an exhibition designed to be a sort of retrospective of recent works, one that nonetheless allows us to take a critical look at Armando Andrade Tudela's work to date. The pieces on display work through the tensions they create with their predecessors, with Armando's own biography, and with the political and social development of the places where the artist has lived, reflecting an artistic endeavour in the public and social space as well as in the more intimate, private one.
Through interdisciplinary practices, the artists offer alternatives to conventional narratives about socio-political minorities, including discussions about the role of contemporary artistic production.
Miguel Trillo. Doble exposición revisita las dos primeras muestras individuales de Miguel Trillo que tuvieron lugar en la Galería Ovidio (PopPurri. Dos años de música pop en Madrid) en 1982 y en la Sala Amadís (Fotocopias. Madrid-London) en 1983. El proyecto pretende reflexionar acerca de los displays que Trillo utilizó para mostrar sus trabajos, alejados de los modos más convencionales en que la fotografía se exponía en los escasos espacios que le daban cobijo a principios de los años ochenta.
La exposición Allan Kaprow. Comfort Zones. Junio 1975 rescata el hapenning que Allan Kaprow realizó en 1975 en la Galería Vandrés de Madrid, un capítulo fundamental de la historia de las galerías madrileñas, y que contribuyó a la normalización de la innovación en el campo del arte contemporáneo.