MADRID Museo Reina Sofía Permanent Collection Picasso La Guernica painting cubism Spanish history

MADRID | Museo Reina Sofía | Permanent Collection

Spain • Madrid

MADRID Museo Reina Sofía Permanent Collection The Irruption of the 20th Century Utopias and Conflicts installation

Museo Reina Sofía, located in Madrid, is working to transform from a public institution into a common sphere.

The museum’s Collection comprises over 22,000 works.

The works are split into three collections that, together, are the reason the Museo Reina Sofía was named a top "museum to visit in your lifetime."

Collection 1, titled The Irruption of the 20th Century:

Utopias and Conflicts, addresses conflict at the end of the 19th Century between modernity and its discontents.

Pieces in the collection challenge political and social fronts as well as cultural and artistic ones.

A keystone piece in this collection is Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. 

Collection 2, titled Is the War Over?

Art in a Divided World, looks at the artistic transformations that occurred in the post World War II period from 1945-1968 when tensions were high between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The society of consumerism takes shape and political changes create a further contrast between the individualistic western world and the Soviet collective ideal.

MADRID Museo Reina Sofía Permanent Collection Is the War Over? abstract painting black white grey brush strokes

Collection 3, titled From Revolt to Postmodernity

This collection of pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, when political, social, cultural, and technological changes that shaped the contemporary global situation took place.

Popular culture and the art world expanded into many different areas of culture, social movements, and politics. Conventional definitions of art were expanded past painting and sculpture.

Additionally, the must-see museum has displays beyond exhibit rooms and in open areas and terraces.

This collection of artwork in public places is an important collection of Spanish and international art.

MADRID | Museo Reina Sofía | Permanent Collection outdoor patio art installations mobile sculpture


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