The Museum of History of Madrid surprises us with this free exhibition that pays tribute to the renowned master of humour on the centenary of his birth. Until 6th October you have time to to know the capital in depth, through the original drawings that illustrated the book ‘Historia de Madrid: desde la prehistoria a la muerte de Cervantes’. Don't miss it!
Since last May, the room of Cartography and models of the Museum of History of Madrid, hosts ‘Madrid se escribe con M de Mingote’ (Madrid is written with M of Mingote), an exhibition that covers the history of the city, told in a very different way from the one we find in the history manuals.
The exhibition presents 125 original drawings created for the book ‘Historia de Madrid: desde la prehistoria a la muerte de Cervantes’, the first edition of which was published in 1961, beginning with Prehistory when the Manzanares was a mighty river with rich water, until the arrival of Felipe II at the court in 1561, and whose second edition, which dates from 1992, was extended until Cervantes' death in 1616, during the Golden Age.
Mingote, adopted from Madrid and recognised as one of his most favourite neighbours, discovers us through his ironic texts and extraordinary drawings, how the town of Madrid was formed, in a brief and entertaining way that reaches all audiences.
This intense relationship of the great master of humour with the city was not only demonstrated by his book, but also by other actions such as when he exhibited his drawings in the Puerta de Alcalá, in the fountain of Neptuno or in the clockmaker in Sal Street among other places, or when he surprised the metro travellers with his sympathetic panels.
‘Madrid se escribe con M de Mingote’, which seeks to pay tribute to such an illustrious artist, is completed with objects, clippings, books, caricatures, posters, trophys, the staff of command and the medal received from the City Council of Madrid.
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