Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Carlos Berlanga | Exhibitions in Madrid | Madrid travel blog

Trip Around Carlos Berlanga – Exhibition in Madrid

Carlos Berlanga (1959-2002), Spanish singer and composer whose artistic streak was inexhaustible, was one of the biggest names in the Madrid nightlife. To mark the 50th anniversary of his birth, the Madrid art space El Águila pays him tribute with 260 personal items until 7th March. Come and discover some of his most curious facets and the origin of the famous Movida Madrileña – Madrid’s drug-fuelled artistic movement.


Posters, comics, photos, videos, songs and a variety of documents were rescued from some old friends, family and private collections for the exhibition “Viaje alrededor de Carlos Berlanga” (Trip around Carlos Berlanga). Up to 186 songs were played across Spain after Franco’s regime. Before 1975, when General Franco died, the people could not enjoy long party nights. After his death, the Movida Madrileña appeared in which the figure of Carlos Berlanga played an important role.

This multidisciplinary artist, who began his singing career creating the band Alaska y los Pegamoides (1979), later called Alaska y Dinarama (1983), was also a designer and painter. In fact, one of his most famous illustrations was the poster he created for “Matador”, a film by Pedro Almodovar (1986).His colourful style has a strong Picasso influence and traits of Salvador Dalí.

His song “Bailando” is one of the best known, since it even had success in other countries. Although it may seem tacky, this was the prototype of the classic Spanish Pop song and Madrid nightlife, a historic hit that you will hear in one of the rooms of the exhibition. “A quién le importa” is another one you can not stop listening to.

Alaska is now a solo artist and she continues releasing albums with this special style that characterizes her. She is a collective symbol for gays, lesbians and transsexuals.

Today, the “Movida Madrileña” nightlife can be enjoyed in many neighbourhoods: each one has its own identity. Discover the gay district of Chueca, Huertas, La Latina, Malasaña, or nightclubs such as Capital and Mondo, which are only some examples of the great Madrid nightlife. The clubs remain open til dawn so there’s no excuse to miss a party in Madrid!

Come to the old El Águila brewery to visit this unique exhibition and take advantage of your stay in the Spanish capital and spend a few unforgettable party nights. Rent Madrid apartments, the most economical and comfortable apartments online.

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