National Museum of Art Reina Sofía!

Going over my old posts, came up with this oversight just mingle in a post about news of Spain. Huge oversize even if of the major 3 is the least visited. I like to write a bit more on the Reina Sofia museum of Madrid golden triangle. 

 Actually as the other more famous already with a post these two should have a post of their own.  I like to write a bit more on the Reina Sofia and Thyssen Bornemisza museums of Madrid golden triangle. Let’s continue with the National Museum of Art Reina Sofia museum and hope you enjoy it as I. It is one of the stops of the Spanish “Golden Triangle of Art”   with the others being the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bonermisza Museum (see posts).

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So here I am on a sunny cool day trying to write about museums. The museums takes a lot of detail information, they are usually big , and always little time to see them all. However, pershaps for its location I have not seen this one much maybe a brief couple of times.  I do go to them and even friends of some helping out financially and even volunteer work ,but they are so vast and difficult for a poor writer like to me to do.I do my best.

My Madrid is no exception, while living there as a young teen, museum was not in my mind but tapas and other things were, so hang around the Cason del Buen Retiro a bit now part of the Prado (see post), but on many others just went by thanks. As I grew older and realise the wonderful things in them and visiting the city I came to admire the others, still in Madrid they have the golden triangle!

The National Museum of Art Reina Sofía (in Spanish, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), simply called the “Reina Sofía” is a Spanish national Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art , which covers the period From 1900 to the present.

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The museum’s central building is the former San Carlos hospital built at the request of   king Carlos III in the late 18C. It is located in the Atocha district (near the train station of the same name). Metro station Estacion del Arte. It was named in honour of Sofia of Greece, (heir to the throne of Greece) Queen of Spain and wife of King Juan Carlos I who reigned between 1975-2014, when he abdicated in favor of his son, the present king Felipe VI. It is one of the largest museums in Spain, and is among the largest contemporary art museums in the world.

The permanent collection of the Reina Sofia museum highlights a nucleus of works by great Spanish artists of the 20C, especially Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró, widely represented and with some of their best works. The collections of surrealist art with works by Francis Picabia, René Magritte, Óscar Domínguez or Yves Tanguy, in addition to the aforementioned Miró and Dalí, of cubism which add names such as Juan Gris, María Blanchard, Georges Braque, Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger or Albert Gleizes, and the presence of artists from the New Figuration, such as Francis Bacon or Antonio Saura. Along with these authors there are many others of diverse tendencies as prominent as Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Diego Rivera, Alexander Calder, Roberto Matta, Mark Rothko, Antonio López García, Antoni Tàpies, Miquel Barceló or Sam Francis.

Chronologically, the collection takes up the temporal thread of that of the Prado Museum, covering the period from the end of the 19C to the present.  By Royal Decree it was reconsidered the State collections, marking the year of Picasso’s birth 1881 as the dividing line between the Prado and the Reina Sofía, a criterion that has been questioned as too rigid and that goes being diluted by the latest initiatives of this museum, such as the incorporation of examples by Goya and Sorolla.

The Reina Sofía Museum also houses an open access library specialized in art, with collections of more than 100,000 books, 3,500 sound recordings and nearly 1,000 videos. The library is located in the wing of the Jean Nouvel extension, open to the outside by large windows, and with a large crystal lamp from the Royal Factory of La Granja presiding over the reading room.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to this museum are

The official webpage of the Reina Sofia museum: https://www.museoreinasofia.es/en

The Madrid tourist office on the Reina Sofia museum: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/reina-sofia-museum

And there you go , a nice Reina Sofia museum to see in Madrid, for most a must. They are in beautiful buildings and nice surroundings. Hope you enjoy it as I. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “National Museum of Art Reina Sofía!”

  1. What a coincidence, I am just now writing an article about my visit to Madrid some years ago! Great city, isn’t it?

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