Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport has been, for many years now, an important driving force behind cultural activities that use the airport installations themselves as their backdrop.
In order to encourage cultural growth as well as improve the quality of the service offered to airport users, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has reserved a permanent area for displaying artwork, sculptures, photography, etc., in terminal T123. These exhibitions are for cultural and educational purposes only. They primarily support young or relatively unknown artists, and are never of a commercial nature.
If you are interested in exhibiting your work, please send your request, together with your CV and a sample of your work, to the following email address: email@example.com.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport houses a significant part of AENA's Contemporary Art Collection in its premises. The art work, curated by the Aena Foundation, constitutes an excellent example of painting and sculpture from the second half of the 20th century.
Among the most remarkable works that can be seen at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport we have two murals by Oswaldo Guayasamín (Spain and America, 1981). In Terminal T2 we can see a mosaic (Untitled, 1981) that measures 100 square meters made by Javier Clavo, as well as murals by Joan Pons (Homage to Leonardo da Vinci), Vaquero Turcios (Roads through the air) and a geometrical one by José María Labra; these enhance the check-in lobby since 1982. Recently, the mural by Javier de Juan entitled The Journey (2000) was relocated.
Among non-mural paintings exhibited in the different areas of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport we have works by Juan Barjola (Tauromachy, 1980), Eduardo Úrculo (Strange times), Evaristo Guerra (Snow in the springtime, 1978), Fernando Mignoni (Collage 311, 1979), Luis García Ochoa (Landscape), Brinkmann (Figure, 1979), Fernando Zóbel (The prey 4, 1978), Antonio Molina Sánchez (Rest, 1973), Joaquín Sáenz (Courtyard and stairway) and Antonio Quirós (La ronda, 1973).
The airport also has a remarkable exhibition of graphic works by masters such as Luis Gordillo (Couple), Joan Miró (Ruisselante Solaire) and Antoni Tapies (Le Grande Grise and Composition in Red).
As for sculpture, the piece The three ladies from Barajas (2004) by Manolo Valdés is bound to become the symbol of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport's expansion, like the piece by Botero entitled The Rape of Europa already is for the present airport.
The “Three Ladies of Barajas“, located in the T4 check-in area, are three bronze busts, four metre tall and with a width of three meters on each side, that go by the names of La coqueta, (Coquette) La realista (Realist) and La soñadora (Dreamer). They are a few metres apart and seem to be conversing.
Each of them have a inscription of a text by Mario Vargas Llosa, written especially for the sculptures. The sculptures are in the Valencian figurist style, influenced by artists such as Velázquez, Zurbarán and Matisse.
Other remarkable sculptures include Doves at flight (1981), by Juan Haro; Bullfighter (1951), by Venancio Blanco, Lauda 1 (1981), by Pablo Palazuelo, and Untitled 1999, by Amador Rodríguez Menéndez. Figures, a work by José Planes Peñalver from 1951, is also found at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport facilities.
From the collection of mixed-media pieces we must mention an Untitled (1982) by Manuel Rivera and Metallic Integration 65, by Salvador Soria.
An important aim of this collection is to include remarkable pieces by renowned Spanish and Latin American artists and to integrate them into Aena's facilities, like we can see at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, whose architecture has followed avant-garde art trends in each of its successive expansions up to the latest one: Terminal T4.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has one space called Espacio Solidario (Solidarity Space) in T4 where NGOs and non-profit organisations and entities will be able to let passengers of this airport know about the work they are doing. The airport assigns this space to the applicant entity through the signing of a Contract for the Assignment of Public Airport Facilities to Entities of Interest
Interested entities should contact the Airport's Head Office ( firstname.lastname@example.org) where the procedures to be followed will be explained to them.
The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, through its Head Office, offers guided tours of its facilities for groups of school and university students and businesses, etc. The aim of these tours is to give anyone interested the opportunity to visit facilities and to better understand the activities that form part of airport operations.
The airport offers different types of visits devised for different sectors of the public.
Educational guided tours (for ages 6 and above) are aimed at schools, colleges, tourism schools, universities, cultural centres, associations, etc. The children's activities provided are based around teaching material developed by education professionals who assist the children during their class visit with their teachers.
Guided tours for adults are adapted to the participants' level of knowledge of the facilities' features and/or the relationship they have with the airport or aeronautical sector.
Guided tours for schools and colleges include a visit to Terminal 2, to an exhibition plane dealing with environmental issues and to other special facilities. These tours help visitors to learn about the way an airport operates and about the airport's environmental policy. Guided tours for tourism schools, flight attendants, universities and for different types of associations include a visit to the facilities in Terminal 4 - one of the most important terminals in the world and at the same time one of the most prominent buildings in the Community of Madrid. They can also visit the airport's environmental facilities, such as the exhibition plane and an environmental exhibition hall, among others.
The more technical guided tours depend on the knowledge that the visitors have about the facilities and/or their activity and they are carried out in Terminal 4 and/or in airport special facilities. Tours are organised for groups of 25-30 people maximum and are not available privately.
All tours are completely free of charge and last for approximately two hours, depending on the content of the tour.