MADRID, SPAIN. Food markets in Madrid are trendy. They are no longer just a place to buy fresh celery for your mum or sweets for your nephew. Instead, they have become not only a local community, but a source for creativity and artistic ideas. Dibujo Madrid (Drawing Madrid), known for bringing artists together to work in group drawing experiences which combine art and theatre, is ready to prove the evolution of the markets.
Turning to the markets for inspiration, Dibujo Madrid has launched the project Merca, Dos y Tres, in which more than one hundred artists have joined together to portray the daily life of three markets of Madrid: Antón Martín Market, San Antón Market and San Fernando Market.
A public exhibition at San Antón Market shows all the works completed during three drawing sessions – a brave move by the organizers.
If you manage to stay strong and not be tempted by all the food stalls on the way to the exhibition, you will be rewarded with a friendly and cozy atmosphere. A wide spectrum of personalities, everyday scenes, gestures and, of course, all kinds of food are depicted on paper in a simple but honest and engaging manner. The collection of around 400 sketches provides a unique opportunity to look closely into hidden and overlooked aspects of market life.
The exhibition will be on view throughout the summer and is strongly recommended for everyone who is interested in day-to-day experiences of life in Madrid. The next time you go to the market make sure you have a piece of paper and a pencil with you… in case you suddenly feel inspired!
More information here. Until September 1st, 2013.