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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Madrid | Modern and Contemporary Art
€4 - €10
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Located on the Art Walk, the Reina Sofía houses works by Dalí, Miró and Juan Gris as well as Picasso’s masterpiece: Guernica.

This passionate journey along the history of Spanish contemporary art is divided into three collections: ‘The Irruption of the 20th Century. Utopia and Conflict (1900-1945)’; ‘Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)’ and ‘From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982)’. The star piece of the museum is Guernica, one of Picasso’s most famous paintings. Exhibited by the Republican Government at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, this mural depicts the pain suffered by the victims of the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica on 27 April, 1937.

The crossroads between the 19th and 20th centuries, between modernity and tradition, are represented perfectly by the works of Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa, José Gutiérrez Solana and Medardo Rosso. The museum's permanent collection also includes pieces by Julio González, Pablo Gargallo and Juan Gris, artists that favoured the European avant-garde movements alongside Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, Sonia Delaunay and Francis Picabia, also part of the museum's collection.

World War II put an end to the first avant-gardes of the artistic scene, as the second section of the museum explains. Creators shifted towards discourses that were more cryptic and existential. This context gave way to groups like El paso or Equipo 57, which disseminated Informalist language in Spain. Some of the artists who appeared during those times achieved great international acclaim, such as Antoni Tàpies, Jorge Oteiza and Esteban Vicente. This period can be better understood in the context of the European panorama, which is why the museum also displays works by such artists as Francis Bacon, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Henry Moore and Yves Klein. This part of the collection displays examples of Lettrism and Brazilian Concretism.

10:00 - 21:00

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  • Name: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
  • Address: CalleSanta Isabel, 52 - 28012 - Madrid - Espagne
  • Phone: (34) 91 774 1000


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Getting there

  • By bus : lignes n°6, 14, 26, 27, 32, 34, 59, 85,102, C1
  • By metro : lignes n°1 (Atocha), 3 (Lavapiés)

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