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Reina Sofía National Art Museum

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  • Sabatini building © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Sabatini building © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

  • Partial view of Room 206 in the museum, with 'Woman with a vase' and 'Guernica' by Picasso. ©Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Partial view of Room 206 in the museum, with 'Woman with a vase' and 'Guernica' by Picasso. ©Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

  • Nouvel building © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Nouvel building © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

  • Garden in the Sabatini building  © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Garden in the Sabatini building © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

  • Miró, «Hombre con pipa» © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Miró, «Hombre con pipa» © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

  • Garden in the Sabatini building  © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Garden in the Sabatini building © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

  

Category

Contemporary art, Fine Arts

Owner

State
Calle Santa Isabel 52
28012 Madrid
Madrid

Telephone+34 917741000

Fax+ 34 917741056

E-mailinfo@museoreinasofia.es

Websitehttp://www.museoreinasofia.es

Temporary exhibitions

An original setting

The museum is located in the old General Hospital built by the architect Sabatini under the orders of Charles III of Spain, and was designated a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1977. It is home to one of the world’s most highly-prized permanent collections.

The museum’s collections come from two sources, the old MEAC (Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art) collections and acquisitions made by the museum itself, in addition to works bequeathed by the Catalan artists Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. The permanent collection is located on the second floor, divided into rooms dedicated to Nonell, Anglada Camarasa, Iturrino, Zuloaga, Solana and María Blanchard, among other early 20th-century Spanish painters; the Cubist movement, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, and a room entitled "Ideas". Temporary exhibitions are held in the museum’s main venue, the Velázquez Palace and the Crystal Palace. The latest trends by the newest up-and-coming artists are on display in the area called "Espacio UNO", which occupies the ground floor of the main building. Picasso's "Guernica" is one of the most important works exhibited here.

The museum was enlarged in 2005 to create new exhibition areas. The area devoted to the permanent collection has been increased by over 50%, making the Reina Sofia one of the largest contemporary art museums in the world today. The extension comprises three buildings, mainly dedicated to temporary collections. There is also an auditorium seating 500 people and another smaller one with 200 seats, along with a large arts and humanities library.

Essential works

  • Lucio Fontana. ‘Concetto spaziale. La fine di Dio’. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Spatial concept. The end of God

    With pieces like this one, Lucio Fontana seeks a new definition of space by the dematerialisation of the work.

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  • Jean Dubuffet. ‘Dialogue aux oiseaux’ (Dialogue of the Birds). Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Dialogue of the birds

    The artist, Jean Dubuffet, is a key figure in the European avant-garde of the post-World War II period.

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  • Eduardo Chillida. ‘Wind Comb I’. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Wind comb I

    This sculpture by Chillida is the opening piece in his well-known series of works entitled “Wind comb”.

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  • Agustí Centelles i Ossó. ‘Assault Guards in the Calle Diputació, Barcelona». Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Assault guards in the Calle Diputació, Barcelona

    This photograph by Agustí Centelles was published in numerous foreign media, and became one of the most emblematic images of the Spanish Civil War.

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  • Pablo Ruiz Picasso. ‘Guernica’. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Guernica

    This vast canvas by Picasso is an indictment of war, and has become a universal emblem.

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  • Antonio Tàpies. ‘Superposition de matière grise’. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Superimposition of grey matter

    Work by Tàpies for the 3rd Spanish-American Art Biennial in Barcelona. In this piece he uses the canvas as if it were a real wall, the protagonist of the end production.

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  • Antoni Muntadas. ‘The Last Ten Minutes II’. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    The Last Ten Minutes II

    It is a video installation made for the "Documenta 6" international contemporary art exhibition in Kassel. It is one of Antoni Muntadas's most important works.

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  • Francis Picabia. ‘Totalisateur’. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía . Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Totalisateur

    In 1922, Picabia distanced himself from the Dadaist movement in which he had been an active militant, and presented his new style of painting –of which this work is a prime example– in the Dalmau Gallery in Barcelona.

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  • Salvador Dalí. ‘Visage du Grand Masturbateur’. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Madrid © De las reproducciones autorizadas, VEGAP, 2011

    Face of the Great Masturbator

    This painting is the supreme symbol of Dalí's sexual obsessions and was mentioned even by the artist himself in his literary work 'The secret life of Salvador Dalí'.

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  • ‘Bambino malato’ © Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Sick child

    This piece by Medardo Rosso belonged to Louis Vauxcelles, the critic who coined the term “Cubism”.

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Temporary exhibitions

  • Exhibition: Photos & books. Spain 1905 – 1977.  Reina Sofía National Art Museum © Joaquín Cortés / Román Lores

    Exhibition: Photos & books. Spain 1905 – 1977

    The Reina Sofía National Art Centre, in Madrid, offers a look at the history of photography in Spain with an important collection of photograph books.

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  • Juan Luis Moraza. Anormatividad (torsiones legales). (2009). Coloured methacrylate © Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Exhibition: Juan Luis Moraza: Republic

    Artist and professor Juan Luis Moraza has chosen the Reina Sofía Museum as the place to complete three series of works carried out in recent years.

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  • Art Is Political, 1975, Carole Condé + Karl Beveridge © Cortesía de los artistas

    Exhibition: Really useful knowledge

    The Reina Sofía National Art Centre hosts this exhibition comprising historical and other more recent works to explore the issue of what could today be considered "really useful knowledge".

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  • Patricia Gadea. CIRCUS series, 1990 - 1996. 100 x 70 cm © Patricia Gadea

    Exhibition: Patricia Gadea

    The Reina Sofía National Art Centre hosts the first retrospective of the artist Patricia Gadea, one of the leading lights in the Madrid figurativist movement of the 80s and 90s.

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  • Room at the exhibition 'The return of the snake. Mathias Goeritz and the invention of emotional architecture

    Exhibition: The return of the snake. Mathias Goeritz and the invention of emotional architecture

    The sculptor Mathias Goeritz and his work take centre stage at the Reina Sofía National Art Centre.

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  • Detail of the exhibition in the Crystal palace, Madrid © Joaquín Cortés/Román Lores. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

    Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. The puppet maker

    The Crystal Palace hosts a new project by the Canadians Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures Miller.

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  • Luciano Fabro. Foot, 1968-1972. Murano glass and pure silk shantung. 330 x 100 x 80 cm. Reina Sofía National Art Museum © Silvia Fabro-Archivo Luciano e Carla Fabro

    Exhibition: Luciano Fabro

    The Reina Sofía National Art Museum presents a journey into the work of Luciano Fabro.

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Come and visit

Timetables

Wednesday to Saturday and Monday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Sunday

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Closing days: Tuesday

Closed: 1 and 6 January, 1 and 15 May, 9 November and 24, 25 and 31 December.

Rates

General: €8

Reduced: €4

Free admission: Monday to Friday, 7-9 pm; Saturdays, 7-9 pm; Sundays, 3-7 pm; 18 April, 18 May, 12 October and 6 December; and for under 18s, students up to 25 years, Youth Card holders, over 65s, large families, disabled persons and ICOM members (International Council of Museums), with ID.

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