A new building is being added to teh Reina Sofia Museum complex. This one is a huge red & metal modern structure, that makes an interesting contrast with the old classical building where main collections are housed.
The building is not finished yet (July, 2004), but in the part that's finished you can visit 2 exhibitions:
- Salvador Dali, and his "commercial and social" aspects (ads, newspapers, cinema, photography...)
- Roy Lichtenstein, a retrospective of one of the fathers of Pop Art.
You enter through the old building, where the "transparent elevators" are.
At the Museo Reina Sofia you will find Picasso's "Guernica". I was finding a lot of great art in Spain that I knew nothing about prior to arriving but I must admit I really was enjoying the interpretations.
Here is more about his painting I found online:
Only one humane, political work of art in the last fifty years has achieved real fame -- Picasso's Guernica, 1937. It is the last of the
line of formal images of battle and suffering that runs from Uccello's Rout of San Romano through Tintoretto to Rubens, and thence to Goya's Third of May and Delacroix's Massacre at Chios. It was inspired by an
act of war, the bombing of a Basque town during the Spanish Civil War.
The destruction of Guernica was carried out by German aircraft, manned by German pilots, at the request of the Spanish Nationalist commander, General Emilio Mola. Because the Republican government of Spain had granted autonomy to the Basques, Guernica was the capital city of an
independent republic. Its razing was taken up by the world press, beginning with The Times in London, as the arch-symbol of Fascist barbarity. Thus Picasso's painting shared the exemplary fame of the event, becoming as well known a memorial of catastrophe as Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade had been eighty years before.
If you like Picasso, Dali and Miro this is the place to be. Of course there is much more at the Reina Sofia. My favourite painting is the Guernica by Picasso. A very special feature at the building are the crystal elevators on the outside.
This is one of my favorites of Madrid. The aim of the museum is to increase knowledge of modern and contemporary plastic arts.
Some of it's permanent collections include Picasso, Dali, and Miro. On the lower ground you will find an open patio with some sculpures
We tried to go on my last visit but it was closed. A shame since I was coming from Barcelona and expecting to have a different mind set.
So remember, Tuedays closed.
There is probably only one reason why you have come to visit the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Museum and that is to the Pablo Picasso's much heralded painting the "Guernica". However I must should advise anyone visiting this very good art gallery that there is more here to see than Picasso's masterwork.
The museum has a very fine art collection featuring 20th century Spanish art where artists like Miro, Dali and Gris are represented at their best. For me this alone was worth the visit because I am a fan of each of these artists' works. However for all, the "Guernica" is the star attraction here. Just by viewing the crowds hovering around the well guarded artwork leaves you with little doubt of that for the is to Madrid what the "Mona Lisa" is Paris. Both pieces are even protected by thick layers of shatterproof glass. For those not in the know about the "Guernica ", Picasso's painting depicts the heartwenching story of the Spanish peasants hystarically fleeing from German fighter aircraft bombing the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. The work was at once declared Picasso's masterpiece. For many years while the Fascists still ruled Spain, the work was exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art. It was only transferred to Madrid after the demise of Franco and the return of democracy to Spain.
Other than the "Guernica" the museum has two floors of other modern Spanish works and a variety of exhibition halls where you can see quality temporary exhibits. Surprisingly I saw one by a Canadian, photo-artist Jeff Wall, during my visit. I rarely see artwork by Canadians when I abroad so I was proud. The museum was built in what at onetime was a hospital.
The museum is open on the following days and times: Mon & Wed,Sat 10am to 9pm, Sun 10am to 2.30pm.
It costs 3 Euros to enter.
Reina Sofía is an interesting museum situated in an ancient hospital; it houses an amazing collection of modern art. There can be seen works of painters like Picasso, Dalí, Juan Gris and Miró.
Probably the most important masterpiece is Picasso's "Guernika", which represents the horror of Spanish Civil War (the northern town of Guernika was shelled by the nazis in 1937, on request of General Franco).
I knew this painting, of course, but I cannot describe with words the emotion I felt when I met this touching picture.
Reina Sofía es un interesante museo situado en un antiguo hospital; alberga una impresionate colección de arte moderno. Las obras de pintores como Picasso, Dalí, Juan Gris y Miró, pueden ser apreciads allí.
Probablemente la obra maestra de mayor importancia es el "Guernika" de Picasso, que representa el horror de la Guerra Civil Española (la ciudad norteña de Guernika fue bobardeada en 1937 por los nazis, a pedido del General Franco).
Yo conocía esta pintura, claro está, pero no puedo describir la emoción que sentí cuando me enfrenté con esta obra conmovedora.
This beautiful 18th century building ( a former hospital) has been updated with two spectacular glass exterior elevators that offer amazing views of the city.
The permanent collection of this museum of 20th century art is on the second and fourth floors, and includes works by Miro, Dali, Picasso, Judd, and many others. Temporary exhibits are on the third floor - I saw a Rafael Alberti show that was interesting in both the paintings and drawings, but also the historical perspective through letters, books, Civil War propaganda and more. There was also a Martin Parr show , featuring some of the seminal photos of Brighton Beach, and the southern coast of England, as well as a room decked out in his own collectables.
The prize of this collection is Picasso's "Guernica". I felt the chills as I stood in front of this huge canvas. You can feel the passion and pain in the movement of this image. A true masterpiece.
I loved the Reina Sofia museum.
Guernica is a must see, and whats so good about it is that they have all the preparatory paintings which lead up to it and allow you to understand the painting better.
The roomfull of Dalis is also excellent, in fact the whole museum is excellent. It's big enough to be serious without being undigestable.. I thought it was brilliant.
the Reina Sofia is free on saturdays before 2:30pm and all day sunday (get there early, it gets packed)
This museum is in what was once Madrid's Hospital. In 1992 they added two exterior glass lifts and converted the building to an art museum.
Obviously everyone goes to see Picasso's 'Guernica', the great painting of protest about the Spanish Civil War. It only returned to Spain when Franco died, and was in the Prado for a while.
But don't miss out on the other works here - Dali, Moore, Sutherland and many others. Not all appeal, but does anyone like everything?
This museum contains more of the contemporary artists than other museums like the Prado. It contains work by Salvador Dali, Picasso and Miro amongst others. It is a more interesting gallery, in my opinion, than many of the other renaissance and enlightenment galleries.
I recommend visiting this museum over the Prado.
Entry into museums is free on Spanish public holidays.
but who will try to stop you from taking a picture of the modern glass elevator on the outside of this museum? Not a soul. I'd trade 10 of these for the chance to take just one of Guernica, but that bit of spywork will have to wait. ;-)
Here you can find a permanent collection of Spanish contemporary art, also lots of temporal exhibitions
My favourite here is the Guernica, whenever i go, I can not stop discovering details.
I am not much a paint lover, I prefer architecture (love buildings), but some art pics here, deserve a visit.
You can visit for free on Sundays till 14.00
Also you can pass to the patio and stay there for free, Nice place to seat and read, having a bocata, while doing time for the train as Atocha is in front.
The 3rd Museum of the Museums Triangle, along with the Prado and Thyssen, this former hospital houses the permanent modern spanish art (20th century) and some interesting temporary exhibitions. The transparent elevators at its fron façade offer a good view of that part of Madrid.
FREE entrance on sunday mornings.
Since we only had 2,5 days to spend in Madrid we had to make a choice between all the interesting museums. We made our decision based on the temporary exhibitions that were going on in the museums. The ones in Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia seemed the most appealing so we payed a visit.
It's a beautiful museum with lots of modern art and of course Picasso's "Guernica". At the time of our visit there was a very interesting exhibition of photos from Elliot Erwitt.
The way the building is organised and especially the elevators and stairs is a bit confusing.. The glass elevators on the outside however are an attraction on their own.
It's an unfortunate truth that cameras are not permitted inside the main art museums in Madrid, even if you swear up and down that you will NOT use any flash! So here's one of the few (all OUTSIDE) views I have of the very cool Reina Sofia. I'm not even a fan of modern art as a rule, but Picasso's Guernica resides upstairs here, for me the piece de resistance, for sure. They have it presented very nicely, hidden to a degree behind a big room-divider wall so as you enter its display room, the full force of this painting hits you all at once. I was not expecting to be so moved, I tell you. I'd heard about Guernica ever since art history class in high school and here I was, face-to-face wth the masterwork itself. I'll remember that gut feeling always.