November sees Rembrandt, Matisse and Caravaggio cannily swapping freezing St Petersburg for balmy Madrid for The Hermitage in the Prado – an exchange between two of the greatest art galleries in Europe.
Housed in a new extension of the Museo del Prado, the exhibition features
some of Russia’s greatest artworks, such as Malevich’s nihilistic 1915 piece
Black Square – a black splodge said to symbolise the impending doom of the
century ahead. Lighten the mood afterwards with a leisurely stroll through Buen
Retiro park, right on the doorstep of the Prado.
Hermitage in the Prado in the Prado runs from 8 November to 25 March 2012.
The exhibition is a homecoming for works by Spanish artists Picasso, Ribera and
Velázquez (admission £8).
Airways flies from London Heathrow to Madrid (from £180), while easyJet flies
from Gatwick (from £175).
Stay at the Petit
Palace Art Gallery, a hotel in a 19th-century Salamanca building where
guestrooms come packed with paintings and sculptures (£95).
This article was
published in partnership with Lonely Planet