One of the magnificent muséums of Madrid and the latest addtion to honor a great queen of Spain.
Hours are Monday, Wednesday, thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from 10h - 21h
Sundays from 10h - 14h30 complete visit of museum, 14h30 to 19h visits to collections, expo, resistance and Richard Serra. Closed on Tuesdays and holidays :admission is 8€ adults.
You have three possible entrances, Edificio Sabatini at Calle Santa Isabel, 52
general admissions and student groups.
Edificio Nouvel, Ronda de Atocha, corner of plaza del Emperador Carlos V
general admission and groups :protection from sun and rain.
Palacio de Cristal ,and Palacio de Velázquez
Parque del Retiro, you can walk here from Sabatini and Nouvel buildings in about 23 minutes.
a bit of history
The opening of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in 1990 was the creation of a Museum of modern and contemporary art in Spain at international level.
The first Foundation of the Hospital San Carlos, current seat of the Museum, is due to the King Felipe II, who, in the 16th century, centralized in this place all hospitals that were scattered in the Court. In the 18th century, Carlos III decided the facilities were insufficient for the city. The current building was designed by the architects José de Hermosilla y Francisco Sabatini, owing to this last great part of the work. In 1788, after the cessation of the works with the death of Carlos III, the building was occupied to assume the role that had been built, hospital, although it built was not but only a third of the project's Sabatini.
Since then he suffered various modifications and additions until, in 1965, is closing the hospital,. It survive various rumours of demolition and, by means of a Royal Decree of 1977, it is declared historic-artistic monument, thus ensuring their survival. In 1980 began the restoration of the building,in April 1986 opens the Art Center Reina Sofía, using plants 0 and 1 of the former hospital as temporary exhibition halls. At the end of 1988, José Luis Íñiguez de Onzoño and Antonio Vázquez de Castro carried out the latest amendments, among which one would especially highlight the three towers of steel and glass elevators, designed in collaboration with the British architect Ian Ritchie.
The Museum, autonomous agency under the Ministry of culture, was created by Royal Decree 535/88 of 27 May 1988, with headquarters in the San Carlos Hospital in Madrid and artistic funds which were integrated into the Spanish Museum of contemporary art. On September 10, 1992, their Majesties the Kings D. Juan Carlos and Dna. Sofia, inaugurated the collection permanent of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, which up until then had only hosted temporary exhibitions. Thereafter it would be constituted in authentic Museum, with the aims of safeguard, enhance and exhibit their art funds; promote awareness and public access to contemporary art in its various manifestations; exhibitions of international level, and start-up activities of training, teaching and advice in relation to its content, as set out in its Statute.
A must while in Madrid, I give the photos Ihave been dig out of my cdroms more later as find them ::)
Sitting on a site that was formerly a general hospital the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is a modern art museum that is worth a visit. The building has been functioning in its current form since 1988.
The museum is comprised of three floors and has from what we could tell four principal exhibits. The art in the museum starts at the end of the 19th century in Spain a time of internal conflict. The exhibits include;
The Irruption of the 20th Century: Utopias and Conflicts (1900-1945)
Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)
From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982)
A Collection of Sculputre in Public Places
The museum contains extensive exhibits of perhaps the two greatest 20th century Spanish painters; Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Picasso's, "Guernica," is housed in the museum and is by far the part of the museum with the most people milling around.
Aside from being a museum the Reina Sofia is also a library with a large collection of art books and sound recordings.
We were allowed to take photos in all parts of the museum.
We toured the Reina Sofia on the first Saturday in May when there was no charge to enter. Other times entrance to the museum is 6 euros for adults.
The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
I headed over to the Reina Sofia after leaving the Prado on my marathon day at the museums. I've heard that the Museum Mile of Madrid has more famous art per sqare foot than anywhere else in the world, but I can't prove it!
The Reina Sofia is Madrid's modern art museum. I prefer the classics to modern art, but I thought I'd give it a look. The building itself is less impressive than Prado's, but its granite minimilism is perhaps appropriate to the genre of art. Outside, you'll notice the two glass elevators that break up the smooth facade of the building. The second floor is where the permanent collection is located and, in my opinion, this is the highlight of any visit to the museum. It focuses on three famous artists: Joan Miro, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. I don't really understand Miro, so I was more interested in Dali and Picasso. I stared at Dali's "Girl in the Window" for about five minutes. That painting really makes me feel like I'm in the frame staring out at the blue see with the girl.
Picasso's famous painting, "Guernica" is shamelessly displayed as the showpiece of the museum located in a central hallway and surrounded by individual studies of sections within it.
Museo Nacional Centro de de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), is the official name. I know that it is too long. However, you can just say Museo Reina Sofía, and everybody will understand you. Or just "el Reina Sofía".
Museum of Modern Art with permanent and temporary exhibitions.
How to get there:
- Metro: Atocha (line 1).
- Bus: 6, 8, 10, 14, 19, 24, 26, 27, 32, 34, 36, 37, 41, 45, 47, 54, 55, 57, 59, 60, 78, 85, 86, 102, 116, 118, 119, 141, 148, 247, E3 and circular (C1 and C2).
- Train: Atocha station.
- There is a parking nearby.
- Fax: (+34) 91 774 10 56
The 2nd famous museum in Madrid is the Reina Sofia Museum which actually holds the Guernica painting in it. The other works in this building, with the exception of Dali, are terrible. But, you have to go to see Dali and Guernica.
It is situated in a former hospital and is home to a very good and world famous art collection of contemporary art. The museum fatures pieces of Dalí, Miró and Picasso. Among the most famous paintings of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso ranges “Guernica” as one of the most impressive pieces of anti-war-art. The intense and dramatic painting was done by Picasso after German bombers destroyed the village Guernica in 1937 during the Spanish civil war. You can follow the development of the painting by looking at the sketches also displayed here. On the last floor of this huge compound you can see many different contemporary Spanish artists and some famous international artits as well (Yves Klein,...).
CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA NATIONAL MUSEUM (My favorite in Madrid)
The southern end of the Avenue of Art is occupied by the museum which proudly carries the name of the Queen of Spain: the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía National Museum. Its permanent collection was inaugurated by their Majesties in 1992.
The Reina Sofía is, because of its unique characteristics and multiple activities, more than a museum. It attracts not only enthusiasts of contemporary painting and sculpture, but, in addition, is the most popular museum of Madrid among young people.
In the exhibition halls, visitors can see the masterpieces of the great geniuses of the Spanish avant-garde, with Picasso, Miró and Dalí at their head. And they will be pleasantly surprised by the large number of temporary exhibitions dedicated to important artists already famous with the critics, as well as young creators who have won approval or caused controversies because of the radical nature of the work. This museum, dedicated to 20th century art, is located at a point of special importance in the everyday life of Madrid, the Glorieta de Carlos V, commonly known as 'Atocha'.
When the visitor enters the plaza where the main door of the museum is located, the first thing he notices are the two tall, transparent towers which house the building's elevators. The experience of rapidly rising above the colorful mosaic of the old, Madrid rooftops in one of these elevators prepares the visitor for his entry into the enormous expanse of the center's exhibition halls. Not surprisingly, the Reina Sofía is one of the world's biggest museums with 36,701 square meters of useable surface are, 12,505 of which are dedicated to exhibition halls.
The famous painting by Picasso, Guernica, occupies the place of honor of the collection.
Reina Sofia Art Center is a cultural and artistic center that houses contemporary and avant-garde sculpture, paintings and engravings from Spain and around the world. This converted 18th-century hospital was opened in 1992 and contains Spain’s most prestigious traveling art exhibitions, sometimes several at once. You’ll find Miro, Dali, Juan Gris and Picasso among others. It’s especially famous for housing Picasso’s antiwar masterpiece, Guernica. Also on the premises are a cinema (mostly art films, shown in their original language, subtitled in Spanish), an excellent bookshop, library, restaurant and cafe.
MUSEO NACIONAL Centro De Arte REINA SOFIA:The museum opened in 1986.This building originally was a hospital.Then rebuild to museum Sofia.The main collection is Picasso, Miro and Dali's Paintings.