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THE GUIDE

Maria Jose Manjon: co-founded Art Gallery Tour in 2013 with Eloisa Avila. She is a social-art-cultural entrepreneur, international projects manager and contemporary art lover. Maria has an MBA from ESCP Europe in Paris and Bangkok (2004) and an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid (2012).

Eloisa Avila: co-founded Art Gallery Tour in 2013 with Maria Jose Manjon. Eloisa is a social-art-cultural entrepreneur, collaborating with many companies vinculated to art and culture. She is a regular speaker on the radio program Capital Arte. Eloisa holds a MA in art, photography and contemporary art and has interned at Sotheby’s.  


THE SCENE



Madrid is one of the centers of European art and culture. The well-equipped city has amazing things to offer lovers of art: The Prado Museum, the Thyssen, the Reina Sofía, contemporary art galleries, a variety of cultural institutions, internationally acclaimed art fairs such as ARCO and much more!


THE TOURS

Art Gallery Tour is a pioneer initiative in Madrid that aims to bring contemporary art to the general public through guided tours. Our tours bring visitors to the contemporary art galleries most representative of the city, located in magnificent spaces in the three most historic districts of Madrid: Salesas, Letters and Salamanca. Participants will discover a wide variety of media used, while learning about new and different ways to perceive and appreciate contemporary art.
 
Our tours are approximately two hours long and take place in the neighborhood of the participants choice within Madrid. Visitors have the opportunity to see between five and seven art galleries, accompanied by an expert in contemporary art who will provide rich insights into the artists’ minds and interesting information about the art works exposed. 
 
We provide our tours in English and Spanish. 
  
Different tours we offer: 
Available every day from Monday to Saturday.
Minimum: 2 people
Morning at 12 h / Afternoon at 18 h (except Saturday afternoon).
Bookings with 10 days in advance. 


1.- INITIATION TOUR   
If you are interested in art and want to understand the concepts needed to appreciate  contemporary art, join this tour and start to enjoy it! We have selected a set of galleries with different formats and explanations to give you a complete view of the current art scene:
 
- Learn how galleries work.
- Learn about the artworks of the represented artists.
- Learn the concepts expressed through these works.
- Learn the different techniques and formats used.
- Visitors will know how to answer the question: "but is this art?!?" 
 
Everyday from Tuesday to Saturday at 12h and 18 p.m. (except Saturday evenings).
 
2.-SALAMANCA DISTRICT TOUR   
Find out why the Salamanca district has a reputation for being one of the most outstanding art districts in Madrid.  
 
From Cubist collages to the most current video art, galleries of this neighborhood opt for a wide range of media representation of both collective and individual format. Most are located in magnificent apartments characteristic of this neighborhood.
 
3.- SALESAS DISTRICT TOUR   
The Salesians neighborhood is recognized for following artistically iconic trends. There are many galleries offering a wide selection of both contemporary and emerging work. On each run, we will select the best exhibitions offered that particular month.
 
4.- LETRAS DISTRICT TOUR
Known for its intense literary activity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, this neighbourhood is the quintessential cultural district of Madrid—with pedestrian streets and charming squares. Most galleries are spacious and modern, combining the artistic experience with the space. 
 
5.- WINE & ART TOUR   
Participants can choose to end the visit with a drink in one iconic bar to discuss the exhibitions visited and continue to learn about the art.


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