Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid
The Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid opened its doors in 1990 to show the contemporary Spanish art in relation to the international context. Its collection consists of more than 20,000 works from the late nineteenth century to the present, five percent of which is exhibited at the Museum and includes works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Robert Delaunay, Georges Braque, Yves Klein, Robert Motherwell, Francis Bacon, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Gerhard Richter, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sol LeWitt or Marcel Broodthaers, among many more.
The Collection presents intertwined micro-narrations, cosmologies that help the understanding of the relations between the works. El Guernica by Picasso, is displayed in the Reina Sofía Museum (MNCARS) and could be described as a synthesis of the avant-garde movements. Put on display by the government of the Spanish Republic at the International Exhibition in Paris, the mural conveys the pain of the victims that were bombed in Guernica on April 27, 1937.
It is constituted as a space for discussion and research through seminars and university programs born of the relationship between education and exhibitions, collection, and activities.
The Reina Sofía has recently increased its efforts to network with numerous institutions within and outside Spain, to coordinate and share audiences. Its goal is also to lead a network of information exchange, co-production activities, promotion of joint research and publications, providing at the same time, the ability to create a large network archive.
The Reina Sofía museum (MNCARS) aims to promote contemporary art with its collection, public library and a vast programme of shows, conferences, performances, projections and concerts. As a continuation of the Prado Museum, the MNCARS picks up where the former leaves off, displaying artworks from the late 19thcentury to today. The Museum’s programme features all types of artistic disciplines, set out in three collections.
The Former Madrid General Hospital, designed by Francisco Sabatini, became the Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art in 1992. Since then, the Reina Sofia National Museum has undergone several refurbishments to adapt the space to the growing collection and activities it hosts.
Jean Nouvel’s extension was inaugurated in the middle of 2005. The auditorium, the library and the new galleries are independent areas that are housed under a large red canopy made of aluminium and zinc located behind the old Sabatini hospital. Without overshadowing any of the emblematic buildings in the area, the Reina Sofia National Museum (MNCARS) has become a genuine symbol of modern Madrid, a dynamic construction that respectfully coexists with History. All info on the official webpage of the museum.
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