Carlos Pérez Siquier

JUN.01.2022          AUG.28.2022

Marbella, 1974

Carlos Pérez Siquier
Marbella, 1974
© Pérez Siquier, VEGAP, Madrid, 2022



JUN.01.2022        AUG.28.2022


Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid

Tel: 915 81 61 00

Opening hours:
Mondays (except holidays): 2 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday and holidays: 11 am – 7 pm

December 25th, January 1st and 6th

Limited opening hours:
December 24th and 31th, January 5th: 11 am – 3 pm

*The evacuation of the hall starts 10 minutes before closing time. Last access (7:30 pm or 6:30 pm) only allows a 20 minutes tour to the exhibitions.

How to arrive

Buses: 5 – 14 – 27 – 37 – 45 – 53 – 150

Subway: Line 4 (Colón), line 2 (Banco de España) and line 5 (Chueca)

Trains: C-2, C-7, C-8 and C-10


Available online in Spanish and English. Accessible via mobile without downloads or installations.

Also available in audio device obtainable in the hall (if available).

Price: €4


Ramp for wheelchair access – The three floors of the hall are accessed by a generously-sized elevator.


Locker Service.


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Carlos Pérez Siquier (Almería, 1930-2021) was a leading figure in the forging of photographic modernism and the overall professionalisation of photography in Spain. He enjoyed a prominent place on the Spanish scene, firstly for his Neo-realist work and later on as a pioneer of color photography. Pérez Siquier acted from a peripheral position on the sidelines in both of these disciplines, with a unique perspective fully mindful of his own authorship despite having started out with an intuitive understanding of photography that had more to do with that of a passerby than of a portraitist.

This exhibition serves as an extensive retrospective of his most distinguished series carried out between 1957 and 2018, and includes a substantial number of unpublished photographs and documentary materials that enrich our understanding of Pérez Siquier’s career.

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PLUS Ticket

  • TICKET and AUDIO GUIDE for Pérez Siquier and Paolo Gasparini. Field of images. The audio guide is accessible online, from your Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Prices: PLUS General Admission: €9. PLUS Reduced Admission: €7.
  • Does not incluye headphones. You can add them (€1) during the online purchase or at the ticket office. For sustainability reasons we recommend you to bring your own headphones.

Individual Ticket

  • Allows to visit Pérez Siquier and Paolo Gasparini. Field of images.
  • General admission: €5.
  • Reduced admission: €3 (Beneficiaries of reduced admission).
  • Free Access (0€): mondays except holidays, from 2 pm to 8 pm.

The beneficiaries of free admission must obtain their ticket at the ticket office in the room.

Commented Tour

  • Cultural mediation is one of the most dynamic and effective instruments used by Museums to provide their visitors a better understanding of exhibitions.
  • In a brief explanation (15-20 min. approx.), our mediation team shares with interested visitors concepts and information to go in depth in the evaluation and enjoyment of the exhibited works. Explanations in Spanish.
  • Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5-8 pm | Fridays and Saturdays: 12-2 pm and 5-8 pm. | Sundays and Hollidays: 12-2 pm.
  • The commented tour is not offered in august.
  • No additional cost upon entry. Information at reception desk.

MAPFRE Clients

  • MAPFRE offers to its policyholders 2 free tickets (4 if Platinum Client) to visit Pérez Siquier and Paolo Gasparini. Field of images on the date they choose.
  • To obtain courtesy tickets of MAPFRE, access the online ticket office and follow the purchase process. Before payment, the program will request your ID and will automatically activate the free tickets that correspond to you.
  • You can also get them at the ticket office in the room, presenting your ID.
  • Invitations must be used in a single visit.
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Collaborating Entities

  • If you belong to any of the entities that collaborate with Fundación MAPFRE, you must obtain your reduced ticket (€ 1) at the ticket office in the room.


  • If you have already purchased a individual ticket and want to add the audio guide, you can purchase it here. Price: 4 €
  • The audio guide is accessible online, from your Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Does not incluye headphones. You can add them (€1) during the online purchase or at the ticket office. For sustainability reasons we recommend you to bring your own headphones.


Group Visit

  • It's mandatory for the Group Visit to have a guide or person in charge. To request a guide from the Foundation, ask please for information and rates to:
  • The group must be made up of a minimum of 6 pax. a maximum of 11 pax.
  • The use of an audio-guiding system is mandatory for the visit. If the group does not have its own, you must add it (€1/pax) during the online purchase process.
  • Schedule: From Tuesdays to Fridays: 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
  • Maximum duration of the visit: 60 min.
  • The formalization of the booking implies the acceptance of these Rules for group visit.



Educational activities for schools are developed entirely in Spanish. If you are interested please consult section Colegios y Familias.


Educational activities for families are developed entirely in Spanish. If you are interested please consult section Colegios y Familias.


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Carlos Pérez Siquier’s valuble photographic practice is characterized by the close attention he paid to the world around him, a world to which he devoted his extensive career. The seemingly contradictory nature of his radical thematic changes and his shift from black and white to color disappears when we analyze his work and uncover its clear-eyed consistency. His innovative approach, an ability to see the possibilities where seemingly there are none, and his passion for photography all help make up one of the most powerful and important bodies of Spanish photography of the last few decades.

Pérez Siquier was not a photographer who constantly looked from one side to the other, instead he constructed his own world without attempting to follow a traditional format. Step by step he created compact work in constant evolution: an original, extraordinary, local, small, reduced and yet at once universal world, which gave meaning to his life.

Throughout his career, which included receiving the 2003 National Photography Prize, this photographer created a photographic corpus that participated in the debates of the times in a tangential, yet also profound and scathing way. His photographic series are populated by the periphery of society, the visual alterations arising out of Franco-era developmentalism, the cultural shock produced by the massive influx of foreign tourists to Spain, and his final withdrawal into a more personal domain.

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Black and white photography. Pérez Siquier always stated that he wanted to present an optimistic view of La Chanca and his deep admiration for the strong fighting spirit of those living in this neighborhood of survivors. Although his work focused on life in the most radical sense of the word, immediate, irrefutable and more traditional in nature (weddings, pregnant women, children’s games) he also indirectly and poetically captured scenes evoking death and despair.

A sense of humor. These scenes of daily life in La Chanca feature another aspect which is often avoided and which Pérez Siquier’s gaze singles out, thereby somewhat qualifying the fixed category of realism: namely a sense of humor. This is another reason why these images might seem to disappoint us if we are attempting to find devastating evidence of illness and misery in them. There is a comical side to these images in which the complicity between the photographer and those being portrayed becomes a constant.

AFAL. In 1956, when he began his legendary “La Chanca” series Pérez Siquier, secretary of the the Agrupación Fotográfica Almeriense (AFAL), along with president José María Artero, founded AFAL, the magazine of the group that revolutionized the Spanish photography scene. AFAL was the catalyst for the most influential photography collective of its time, an important showcase for the work of the most groundbreaking young Spanish photographers. AFAL is rightly considered to be the most innovative collective in the history of Spanish photography.

Color. Well aware of the significance of moving to color photography, Pérez Siquier decided to abandon the comfortable aesthetic he had mastered with black and white 35mm film in order to start using a medium format camera, a Rolleiflex with 6 x 6 film. This Chanca was the same yet different: it reflected not only a chromatic change, but was an entity in its own right. The perspective and the framing changed, the surfaces became enlarged and they started to take center stage. Pérez Siquier gradually began to move away from the daily life of its inhabitants who never appear merely for the sake of it.

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