Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid
The Reina Sofia Museum is located close to the Prado and Thyssen museums, all three museums can be easily visited on the same day. The Reina Sofia Museum contains paintings by famous artists such as Picasso and Dali, and in general the museum houses one of the most famous painting collections.
The Reina Sofia Museum is a short walk from the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. This museum houses one of the most impressive collections of paintings from the 20th to 21st centuries. The works of many artists are exhibited on several floors, which can be climbed either on a shiny glass elevator or on the stairs. The museum is accessible for disabled people.
The museum hangs paintings by Miro and Dali. You can see how the style of Salvador Dali’s work changed in the 20s and 30s. In the halls dedicated to his talents, there are such famous paintings as The Small Remains (Cenicitas, 1928) and The Great Masturbator (El gran masturbador, 1929).
For me, the Reina Sofia Museum was full of surprises. It is more modern than other museums, and there at every step there is something interesting that you want to discuss with someone. In addition to paintings, the museum has sculptures, plus films by director Luis Bunuel, on which he worked together with Salvador Dali, are played there.
It is recommended to take a museum outline at the entrance. Schemes are at the information desk, right at the entrance. This diagram clearly depicts the various departments of the museum. Here are the themes of some exhibitions: the beginning of the 20th century, the emergence of the avant-garde, the poetics of surrealism, Spanish painting of the 20s and 30s, Spanish sculpture, the post-war years (Spanish Civil War), the emergence of abstract art in Spain, pop art and a look at contemporary trends in the art world .
Do not miss the opportunity to visit these exhibitions. It is possible to sign up for a free tour on Mondays and Wednesdays at 17:00 and Saturdays at 11:00.
Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid – history
Restaurant in the Reina Sofia Museum
Restaurant and bar outside
The museum building has a rich history, originally, in 1566, this building served as a hospital. Now this building belongs to architectural monuments, and picturesque gardens are located in its courtyard. All halls are connected by wide corridors with benches on each side, ideal for sitting and admiring the view of the gardens through the huge windows.
The bar is open during the same hours as the museum. The restaurant and bar are much better than you would expect from a museum, I suspect that those who have visited the museum once, then return exclusively for the restaurant.
In addition, the Reina Sofia Museum has an extensive library and archive. The library specializes in books on the art of the 20th century; more than 100,000 books are stored there. The library also has magazines, video discs and videos. The Reina Sofia Museum is open Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 21:00
The museum has a bookstore with a good selection of books, it is very difficult to deny yourself the pleasure of buying something there. The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid is a vibrant and informative place