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.
We went to this Museum on Sunday morning as it had free entry. It was weird and interesting as it houses contemporary art and I had not heard of any of the artists on show there.But the experience was very good and the museum building itself is great.when we came out there was a sort of Happening going on in the square (something to do with raising money for the developing countries I think)
and there was a local rock band playing there. So it was altogether a cool morning. Only down side was the fact we got pickpocketed on the way back up Atocha but more of that on warnings and dangers page...
I’ll be the first to admit that as much as I enjoy art, I do not enjoy modern art. I’m a Renaissance girl – I appreciate fine details in art. I don’t understand modern art and, to be honest, have no desire to try. But, I had read about the history behind Picasso’s Guernica and it was one piece of modern art that I had to see while in Madrid.
Because I only really wanted to see one painting, it didn’t make much sense to pay €6/person to get into the museum. So we opted to go to the Reina Sofia on Sunday when admission is free. And imagine my luck – after both the Thyssen and the Prado did not allow photographs to be taken – the Reina Sofia did allow photos…just not of the one painting I came to see.
We entered the museum and picked up our free ticket from the counter, passed through security and headed to the second floor to find the section where Guernica was located, guarded by two staff members on either side of the painting and a large crowd in front. There were multi-language guides on the wall that explained the meaning of the painting; I highly recommend picking one up and reading it over. It discussed the most famous single painting in the world for the 20th century.
Picasso painted Guernica in protest to the Spanish Civil War as part of his commission to paint something on behalf of the Spanish government for the 1937 Paris exhibition. The Basque town of Gernika-Lumo had been bombed by the Nationalist air force earlier in that same year, killing many civilians. Picasso’s moving portrayal, including a screaming mother holding her child, represents this town’s crisis. As part of his protest, Picasso refused to allow the painting to be on display in Spain under a democratic government was established; the painting was on display in New York until 1981 when it was returned to Spain. At first it was on display at the Prado, but moved to the Renia Sofia in 1992.
If you are interested in seeing this painting, you can view Guernica online.
Visit the museum website for specific opening hours and prices.
One could argue that Picasso's "Guernica" is the greatest painting of the 20th Century and it is now housed in this museum. He did it as a protest against the Franco/Hitler saturation bombing of a village in northern Spain, Guernica. He refused to allow it to be displayed in Spain as long as Franco was alive. We actually saw it for the first time in 1961 in the MOMA in New York. It is a somber and deeply moving work.
The museum also has a nice collection of Picasso's other work as well as a room dedicated to Salvador Dali's work.
It is a much smaller museum than the Prado, but we went there first just to see the "Guernica."
This museum is Spain's collection of 20th century art, opened in 1992 and named after Dona Sofia, the present Queen of Spain. It focuses on the work of some of the leading lights in modern art- Pablo Picasso (from Malaga), Salvador Dali (Figueres, Catalunya) and Joan Miro (Barcelona) among many other great Spanish modern artists.
In honesty, I'm not much of a fan of modern art. The collection seemed a wide ranging variety of styles. It ranged from a lot of pieces that were interesting and thought provoking, to several that were so abstract that....Anyway, I was overhearing one guy "expertly" appreciating a Miro painting and claiming that he saw some mythical figures there. Suffice to say he must have been most imaginative:) I personally would have liked to see more Dali pieces.
The one painting that I had to see was the famous Picasso piece Guernica(1937) which represented the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by Italian and German warplanes. The painting vividly shows the brutality of war and brought the Spanish Civil War to international attention, condemning the unjustified bombing of Guernika. Picasso's will explicitly stated that the piece could not be shown in Spain until democracy were restored.
The museum collection was tastefully presented, it was not so huge that you were overwhelmed by it. As I'm spanish speaking, i didn't pay attention to how well the collection was described in English (sorry:)
We went to three museums in Madrid:Reina Sofia, Prado,Thyssen
REINA SOFIA: We first went to Reina Sofia Museum and by a Paseo del Art tickets which combines all of the three museums .It costs 12?.
Mus?e National Centre d'Art Reina Sof?a
Santa Isabel, 52
Bus: 6, 10, 14, 18, 19, 26, 27, 32, 34, 36, 37, 41, 45, 46, 55, 57, 59, 68, 86 and 119.
Train (cercan?as): Atocha
Telephone: 91 467 50 62
PRADO MUSEUM:Museo del Prado
Paseo del Prado, s/n
Telephone: 91 330 28 82
Metro: Atocha (L1) and Banco de Espa?a (L2)
Bus lines: 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37 and
Paseo del Prado, 8
Metro: Banco de Espa?a (Line 2)
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.
The Reina Sofia was such a great place to visit. I studied Art and to actually see Pablo Picasso's real piece not photos in a books is truely amazing! The paint Guernica, was the most amazing thing in the entire musuem. I didn't really realize how big it actually was. It is something crazy like 20 ft. long and 10 ft. height. I don't know exactly, but it is really huge!
The Musuem is really Beautiful also. You ride on the glass elevators to each level of the musuem. And the view is really awesome! Then entrance fee was fairly inexpensive, it was under $10USD
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.
Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia
Back in England, a friend mentioned that his favourite painting was in Madrid and so could we go and take a look at it. So it was off to the Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia to see Picasso's masterpiece Guernica. Mighty fine it was, and a fridge magnet and postcard were purchased at the gift shop.
We only had a short time to explore the huge museum, so give it a decent morning or afternoon.
Nearest tube Atocha
An 18th. Century building that was renovated during the 1980's to house Spains National modern art collections. Probably its most famous painting is Picasso's 'Guernica', but many other pieces of his work, as well as the works of many other popular Artist's such as Dali and Miro. It is located very close the Prado Museum and Atocha railway station.
The Reina Sofia Museum holds spanish contemporary art from the 20th century. The building, formerly the General Hospital, was constructed between 1776 and 1781, holds one of Picasso's most great artwork, and that has made this museum one of the most important in Europe: the Guernica.
You won't realize the size of it until you see it. It's absolutely amazing. If you're not into art and museums, you should visit this only one just to contemplate this great piece of art. It will take your breath away...
The building that houses this art museum is huge with glass and steel lift shafts which was designed by British designer Ian Ritchie. In the centre is a courtyard that is very green and quite peaceful. A few sculptures are dotted around.
Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Picasso are just some of the artists on display here. Picasso being the most popular. The most famous and most popular painting is Guernica by Picasso. This represents Picasso's impassioned denunciation of war and fascism. It commemorates the 1937 destruction of the Basque town of Guernica by German bombers supporting Francoist forces in the Spanish civil war. Because it is so popular, you may have to wait to get near it.
Picasso refused to allow the painting to be displayed in Spain under the Franco regime. It was finally brought to Spain in 1981. Arriving at the Reine Sofiain 1992 under controversy. Picasso apparently wanted it to be in the Prado .His family opposed the change of location. The conflict continued, Bilbao which is the capital of the Basque province of Vizcaya, which contains the town of Guernica, has staked a claim on the picture for its Guggenheim museum. Since it belongs to the Spanish state it isn't going anywhere.
There are several rooms with Picasso's work as well as Dali, including The Great Masturbator and the Enigma of Hitler.
There are temporary exhibitions, see part 2 for more. Open Mondays 10am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays. Wednesday-Saturday 10am-2.30pm. Free on Saturdays from 2.30pm-9pm and free all day Sunday. Atocha metro was closed when we were there.
This is a great museum that has a large collection of Spanish art. There are Picassos, Dalis, Miro’s, and much, much more. The most famous painting here is Guernica, by Picasso. It is an amazing representation of the Spanish civil war and seeing it in person (it’s huge) is a must. The building has 4 floors, with the first floor carrying temporary exhibits. Entrance is 6 euro (3, with a student ID) and the building is open until 9 pm (another reason why it’s a great museum).