Dibujantes Españoles de Batman
For those of you who have yet to venture down to the riverside, the Matadero was a slaughterhouse until 1996. These days, it’s a contemporary art space, with lots of events and temporary exhibitions.
Currently, for the 80th anniversary of Batman, La Casa del Lector (one of the buildings in the Matadero) is showcasing artwork from Batman comics by Spanish artists. Head straight in, and they’re upstairs on the right-hand side of the building.
I forgot to count the pieces, but there were probably somewhere between forty and fifty pieces, each with a sketch or inked version, and the final piece. There’s a decent variety of art on offer, but with little in the way of commentary. You’re there to look at the works, not to be informed about what’s going on.
Honestly, unless you’re a massive fan of Batman or comic-book art, I wouldn’t come across town just for the exhibition. However, there’s usually a couple of other presentations on, until the 6th January there’s an ice rink, and the Rio park is a nice walk on a sunny day. There are also some good bars in the area, and there’s a shopping centre across the river. Also, the architecture of the Matadero itself is worth seeing; it must surely be one of the most beautiful abattoirs in the world. So, while I wouldn’t go out of my way just for this exhibition, it’s an excellent excuse to come here if you’ve not been before.
Also, if you come on the 14th December, Movistar Riders (one of Madrid’s resident professional esports teams) is giving a tour of their base here.
The Batman exhibition is on until February, so you’ve got plenty of time to see it.
Open: 17:00-21:00 Mon-Fri, 11:00-15:00 & 17:00-21:00 Sat-Sun.
Nearest Metro: Legazpi (lines 3 & 6).