Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía : Michelin's recommendations
A suitable place had to be found to display Picasso's emblematic painting, Guernica, a symbol of the absurdity and cruelty of the Civil War. It was painted for the Paris World Fair (1937) then taken to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, where it was to await the return of democracy in Spain, in accordance with Picasso's wishes. The picture arrived in Madrid in 1981 and was exhibited in the Casón del Buen Retiro before finding a permanent home in this museum in 1992. The museum is housed in a former hospital, whose architecture is particularly grandiose and austere. The façade is embellished with outdoor glass lifts, while the vaulted halls lend themselves wonderfully to the modern art that now adorns their walls. Guernica, which is entirely black, white and grey, has considerable symbolic weight. As well as being Picasso's protest against the horrors of war, it is undeniably a pictorial masterpiece, bringing together all the artistic movements of the time. In addition, the Centre houses a number of works by Spanish artists who made their mark in the 20C, and demonstrate the ongoing vitality of Spanish art: Juan Gris, one of the most important Cubists, Joan Miró, represented by paintings and sculptures which form a real retrospective of his work, Julio González, Salvador Dalí, the Catalan movement Dau al Set, Abstraction (Pablo Palazuelo), the members of the Equipo Crónica, El Paso group (Saura, Canogar and others), Antoni Tàpies and Eduardo Chillida.
- Address : Santa Isabel 52 E - 28012 Madrid28012Madrid
- Phone : 917741000
- E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website : http://www.museoreinasofia.es
- Prices : 6 € (-18 years old free of charge)