The Reina Sofia, the Premiere Modern Art Museum in Madrid

If you love modern art and ever have a chance to visit the Reina Sofia in Madrid you’re in for a treat.A sculpture out front of the Reina Sofia in Madrid, SpainSo many of the modern masters are Spanish. One of the greatest, Picasso, shows up all over the museum and in all sorts of forms, such as this sculpture in the museum’s courtyard.
A Picasso sculpture, one piece of huge collection of modern art at the Reina Sofia in Madrid, SpainThere are many of his paintings as well. His most famous painting, Guernica, is the one area of the museum which is off limits to photography. Huge, covering an entire wall of the room, it’s powerful presence tells a moving story about the atrocities during the Spanish Civil War. The rest of that room show his many sketches along with photos of Picasso’s work in progress, and the Reina Sofia is worth seeing for this room alone.

(“PicassoGuernica” by PICASSO, la exposición del Reina-Prado. Guernica is in the collection of Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. Source page: http://www.picassotradicionyvanguardia.com/08R.php (archive.org). Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.)
Picasso's GuernicaHowever, much of Picasso’s work is available to take photos of.
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: a Painting by PicassoThis painting called ‘Dead Birds’ shows off Picasso’s foray into ‘Cubism’.
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: a Painting by Picasso Called 'Dead Birds' Juan Gris, another Spanish painter, with his elegant and subdued canvases, is often credited of being the co-founder of ‘Cubism’.
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: A Painting by Juan GrisOf course, when talking about famous Spanish artists one can never forget Salvador Dali and his surrealistic view of the world.
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: a Painting by DaliOn display were also many Spanish artists I wasn’t familiar with, such as Benjamin Palencia, a painter who worked around the same time as Picasso,
Benjamin Palencia, a modern Spanish artist at the Reina Sofia in Madridthese curious sculptures of ‘meat’,Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum Art: Sculpture of 'Meat'and another couple of Spanish modern artists, unfamiliar to me at least, although I liked their work. This piece is by Luis Gordillo…
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum Art…and this one by Carlos Alcolea.Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: a Painting by a Spanish ArtistI also liked these sculptures of vaguely amorphic red figures.
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: Red Vaguely Amorphic Sculptures
Neon numbers relating to the number of people in the photos of a little hole-in-the-wall café, made this an interesting conceptual piece.
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum Art: Neon NumbersAnd of course there are also many paintings from modern artists of other countries such as Max Ernst strange works,
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: a Painting by Max Ernst and Magritte’s Belgian surrealism.Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: a Painting by MagritteGraphic art is also well represented, often from a Spanish perspective.
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: Poster This poster is for a film by one of Spain’s best-known directors, Pedro Almodovar.
Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum: A Poster advertising a film by Spain's famed director Almodovar The museum itself was also interesting from an architectural view; a hospital in the 1700s, it has been renovated with a modern glass elevator running down the front and some unique architectural additions to the rear.Madrid's Reina Sofia Modern Art Museum Exterior Signage More on our 2014 trip to Northern Spain on my Albatz Travel Adventures Blog.

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