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.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is a fantastic museum and is in one of Europes largest buildings. It houses Spain's national museum of Modern art including the world famous Guernica by Picasso.There are 2 glass lifts that slide up and down the outside of the former 18th century hospital. 2 floors have permanent collections and the other two contain temporary collections.
Not being a modern art lover I found it strange but imaginative. Well worth a visit.
Classical arts are very popular in Madrid, to the point where you might forget that some of Spain's most influential painters are actually from the 20th century! To immerse yourself in the world of Picasso, Dali, Miro & co., I highly recommend a visit to the Reina Sofia museum. I believe that even those who are not too familiar with modern arts will enjoy their visit. Again, this museum is organized in chronological order and according to the major movements that have shaped the arts over the course of the last 100 years or so, which makes for a nice progression towards the most modern and abstract pieces.
It took me about 4 hours to make it through the permanent collection. If you want to take a break and head out for lunch, there's a nice plaza surrounding the museum, and there's also a nice inner courtyard. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, open from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm on Sundays (and it's free!), and from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm the rest of the week. Admission: 6 Euros.
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 are in an "arty" mood, before or after visiting the Prado Museum you should definitelly visit the Reina Sofia Museum, which contains the more modern side of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography from artists such as: Picasso, Joan Miro, Dali, Juan Gris, etc. An IMPORTANT fact is that if you like Picasso you should NOT miss the Reina Sofia, since the painting Guernica is there permanently (can't be moved because it's too fragile), and cannot be seen anywhere else! If you ask me this painting MUST be seen, it's breathtaking and if you like modern art you probably won't regret it. The sculpture and montages and to say the least very interesting. Also they have included a little section of the museum dedicated to surrealism, with apart from the usual things the showing of Buñuel's films which I find very interesting! And the temporary exhibitions, the past few times I've been there have never disappointed me! The museum is very enjoyable, there is nothing boring about it.
The entrance is EUR 6.- . Opening time from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 21:00. The entrance will be free of charge on Saturdays from 14:30 to 21:00, and Sundays from 10:00 to 14:30.
If you into modern contemporary art Reina Sofia will entertain you. It houses tremendous collections from well known artist like Salvador Daly, Pablo Picasso, Chillida, Miro and others. Make sure visiting Reina Sofia is part of your trip.
We visited Reina Sofia and glad we did. For the first time I saw ‘Guernica’ by Pablo Picasso, cubism at it’s finest. I knew the painting was big but I didn’t realize it was that big. I wish I could take a photo of his work. They are some weird and unusual work at the museum.
Open everyday except Tuesday.10am-9pm and Sunday10am-2.30pm.
General admission: €6.
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.
An old 18th century hospital was beautifully remodeled and converted into The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid in 1992. In 2005 it added an extension designed by French architect Jean Nouvel to create new exhibition areas. The area devoted to the permanent collection has been increased by over 50%, making the Reina Sofia one of the largest contemporary art museums in the world today.
Many of its art works were transferred from the nearby Prado, and it's now a treasure-house of contemporary and modern art. Two of the floors are devoted to temporary exhibits, while the other two are for the permanent collection which also covers Abstract, Pop, and Minimal Art movements.
The highlight of this museum is the 20th century's most famous painting, Picasso's "Guernica". It was commissioned by the Spanish government for a Paris exhibition as a Civil War protest and hung in a New York gallery until 1981, fulfilling Picasso's wish that it should not be shown in Spain until democracy was established. It was then exhibited at the Prado, and moved to this permanent home in 1992.
The entrance fee to this museum is 6 Euros (2009). Madrid card or Paseo de Arte card holders entry free
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.
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) is the official name of Spain's national museum of 20th century art. The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992 and is named for Queen Sofia of Spain. The18th century San Carlos Hospital forms the central building of the museum. Extensive modern renovations and additions to the old building were made starting in 1981. This consisted of two glass elevators shafts attached to the buildings façade, designed by the British architect Ian Ritchie. More recently the museum has expanded with an addition to the building created by the French architect Jean Nouvel.
The permanent collection in the Reina Sofía is almost exclusively made up of Spanish art from the 20th century, with works by many of the most important artists (Picasso, Miró, Oteiza, Julio González, Tapies, Equipo Crónica, Gerardo Rueda) Also on permanent display are the work of international artists such as Barnet Newman, Soto, etc.
Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's great painting Guernica. The painting depicts the consequences of the bombing of Guernica. Picasso, commissioned by the Spanish Republican government to paint a picture to decorate the Spanish Pavilion during the Paris International Exposition (the 1937 World's Fair in Paris), created this massive cubist work. You can also find about two dozen preparatory works for Guernica in the Reina Sofia museum, mostly sketches.
Opening times: Monday-Saturday: 10.00 - 21.00
Sunday: 10.00 - 14.30
Entrance Fee: 3€
Free on Sunday and Saturday from 14.30 - 21.00
The largest in Spain collection of the modern art of XX century is presented in Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. The building of the museum is reconstructed from the building of hospital. It is possible to see there Picasso (well-known "Guernica"), Dali, Miro and other Spanish artists who lived and created in XX century.
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.
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?
Like every average tourist in Madrid I wanted to see Picasso's Guernica. And I have to admit that besides this famous painting I didn't know anything about the permanent collection of Reina Sofia. Once I entered the building I realized that I'm going to spend quite some hours there.
We walked into a garden first, where we saw Juan Miro's "Pajaro Lunar". It looked like a sculpture of a cow to me, but Ursula said that the name means " Moonbird" or something similar. I looked at it one more time and strated moving towards the museum as I heard some guy says to his partner "Look honey it's a cow". Thanks for saying it pal, I already began thinking that I'm a complete m o r o n when it comes to modern art.
I started with Juan Miro's works and soon it turned into my first Spanish lessons. Slowly moving from painting to painting I learned my first words and was able to do the translation myself. My vocabulary expanded to "Mujer" "Hombre" and "Pajaro".
Then we moved to the hall with Dali's works, which I really admire. And then we saw Picasso's Guernica. You really have to see it to realize how dramatic, emotional, and violent it is. Guernica was like a magnet that forced me to stand infront of it without a single move for a good few minutes.
Besides the collections by world's famous modern art painters we also managed to see some temporary exhibitions. We were especially impressed by Chuck Close's works who uses some special painting techniques for his portraits. His art can be seen in different museums all over the US, in case you're interested.
Three hours weren't enough to see it all, but I was already overwhelmed and couldn't take more. I have to go back.
Don't skip Reina Sofia when you visit Madrid. Especially if you want to see Guernica. It was announced that the painting will never move from its place again, to prevent further damage to the masterpiece.
The museum is closed on Tuesdays. Free entrance is on Saturdays starting 2:30 pm and Sundays starting 10 am. On other days admission is 6 Euro.