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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.

Open Doors Days

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is holding its Open Doors Days, from the 29th of August until the 4th of September, (excluding the weekend) for all those who are interested in visiting its facilities and knowing the different airport processes.

Visits will take place  in the mornings and they will be organized depending on the profile of the visitor (profession and/or knowledge of the sector). Special visits are planned aimed at younger people (from the age of six), so they can be accompanied by adults.

Places are limited.The registrations will be processed inorder of arrival.

Those interested must submit a completed registration form to the following e-mail address: jornadaspuertasabiertasaeropuertomad@aena.es.

Temporary exhibitions

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: gabinetedireccionmad@aena.es.

Foundation Enaire art collection

Madrid offers a wide and varied range of cultural activities. The city boasts almost 80 museums, including the three making up the so-called Paseo del Arte: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofía. The Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport contributes further to the cultural offering in Madrid with its selection of works from the Enaire Contemporary Art Collection, available at its facilities. The pieces, curated by the Enaire Foundation, are a prime example of painting and sculpture from the second half of the 20th century. This permanent collection, located throughout the different terminals, allows travellers to learn about the works of important prestigious artists of international renown.

The great works on display at Madrid-Barajas Airport include two murals by Oswaldo Guayasamín (“Spain”, 1981, and “America”, 1982), located between Terminal T4 and the Terminal T4 satellite building. In Terminal T2, “Untitled” (1981), a mosaic measuring 100 square metres designed by Javier Clavo is on display, as well as murals by Antonio Clavé (“The cardinal point fighters”), Vaquero Turcios (“Roads through the air”, 1984) and the geometric piece by José María de Labra. These works have enhanced the check-in lobby since 1982. The mural by Javier de Juan entitled “The Journey” (2000) is also on display.

As for sculpture, the piece “The three ladies from Barajas” (2004) by Manolo Valdés is already a symbol of T4, as is the piece by Botero entitled “The Rape of Europa” for T2. The “Three Ladies of Barajas“, located in the T4 check-in area, are three bronze busts, four metres tall and three metres wide on each side, known by the names of “The coquette”, “The realist” and “The dreamer”. They are placed a few metres apart and appear as if they are conversing. Each of them have an inscription of a text by Mario Vargas Llosa, written especially for the sculptures. The sculptures are in the Valencian artist's figurist style, influenced by classical artists such as Velázquez, Zurbarán and Matisse. Other remarkable sculptures include “Doves at flight” (1981), by Juan Haro, and “Lauda 1” (1981), by Pablo Palazuelo, which can also be found within the airport.

There is also a collection of mixed-media pieces featuring “Untitled” (1982), by Manuel Rivera, which is on display in the boarding area of Terminal T1.

The airport is also considered a work of art in itself.

In fact, the main artistic feature of the airport may possibly not be its content but the building itself. Practically since its opening, Terminal T4 of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, designed by the architects Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers, has been recognised internationally as a work of art. Examples of these awards are the RIBA Stirling 2006 and the RIBA European Awards 2006, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects; the IStructurE Award for Commercial or Retail Structures 2006, from the Institution of Structural Engineers; the Award for Architecture and Town Planning from Madrid City Council; the International Architecture Awards 2007, awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum; and the award for Best Engineering Project 2005 given by the Spanish Engineering Institute or its recognition as the 3rd Best Terminal in the World in the 2013 World Airport Awards.

Solidarity Area

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. 

Interested entities should contact the Airport's Head Office ( secgabdirmad@aena.es) where the procedures to be followed will be explained to them.

Guided tours

Two different types of tour can be taken at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport: technical and educational tours.

Technical tours

These are organised by the Public Relations, Branding and Corporate Responsibility Department, and are geared exclusively for adults. They are aimed at making known the activity and functioning of the airport’s main facilities. The tour focuses on Terminal 4 and on the functioning of special facilities such as the automated baggage handling system (SATE).

Technical tours may be either corporate or educational. Corporate tours are directly associated with customer care, public relations and benchmarking, and these include tours organised for companies, institutions, airports and airlines. Educational tours include visits by Universities and other learning centres.

Educational tours

These are organised by the Environment Department, and are geared for secondary schools, tourism schools and cultural centres. The tours, designed for children aged six and upwards, include a route through Terminal T2, the environmental show plane and a number of special facilities.

The main purpose is for attendees to learn about the environmental policies being implemented, and to be given the chance to visit the airport and find out a little more about the activities involved in running an airport.

Tours are always organised for groups of 25 people maximum and are not available privately. All tours are completely free of charge and have an approximate duration of two hours.

Educational tours T2

Environment Department
Telephone: 913 936 710.
Email:expoambiente@aena.es

Technical tours T4

Public Relations, Branding and Corporate Responsibility Department
Telephone: 913 936 516/913 243 202.
Email:gabinetedireccionmad@aena.es