Museo Reina Sofía

Madrid, Spain

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS, also called the Museo Reina Sofía) is Spain's national museum of 20th-century art. The museum was officially inaugurated in 1992, and is named for Queen Sofía.

The museum is mainly dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's two greatest 20th-century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Certainly, the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's painting Guernica. The Reina Sofía collection has works by artists such as Joan Miró, Eduardo Chillida, Pablo Gargallo, Julio González, Luis Gordillo, Juan Gris, José Gutiérrez Solana, Lucio Muñoz, Jorge Oteiza, Julio Romero de Torres, Pablo Serrano, and Antoni Tàpies.

International artists are few in the collection, but there are works by Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Robert Delaunay, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Damien Hirst, Donald Judd, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, René Magritte, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Nam June Paik, Man Ray, Diego Rivera, Mark Rothko, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Clyfford Still, Yves Tanguy, and Wolf Vostell.

Along with its extensive collection, the museum offers a mixture of national and international temporary exhibitions in its many galleries, making it one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art.

It also hosts a free-access library specializing in art, with a collection of over 100,000 books, over 3,500 sound recordings, and almost 1,000 videos.



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Founded: 1992
Category: Museums in Spain


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Kevin P (13 months ago)
Contemporary art lovers dream museum. A true treasure of modern and contemporary art. Each room is filled with new works and it is arranged quite well by movement and style. It truly let's you see what time period and what art was done where the artists were in their journey.
Aditya Dheer (2 years ago)
A wonderful experience to see works of artists who were pioneers of the modernist move, like Picaso, Dali, and many more! Also enjoyed their insightful temporary exhibits. A must visit when in Madrid. We managed to get free entry tickets, which is a great initiative by the museum to make art accessible to all. The building itself is intriguing, an amalgamation of historic and post-modernist architecture, with beautiful landscaping in their courtyard. Best part, you can spend the entire day in the building, or even just one hour, and feel enriched!
Monika Tesařová (2 years ago)
The museum has a huge and great collection of art, you can also go to the highest floor and to enjoy the view of Madrid. I really appreciate the opportunity to visit it for free. Unfortunately, the organization was a bit messy, many people and no signs where to start, which direction take etc. It is possible to miss the most important part of it because of the lack of signs. Never been to any museum where was so hard to orientate.
Jaga Wawszczak (2 years ago)
Museum collected an impressive part of world-renowned pieces of art. For me it was just fascinating and breathtaking! But I missed a sort of explanation or, so to Say, background for parts of the exhibition. The museum was full of foreign tourists and let's face the truth - not everyone is familiar with the stories that are well known to Spanish nation. Therefore, I do not think the museum plays such a big educational role for its visitors. What's more, many rooms were closed (maybe there was a reason for that...), and what made me confused - they close it at 2.30pm on Sundays! Besides the museum is closed on one day of the week - which is very typical for this kind of institution. But closing it in the middle of the day on Sunday? Come on Guys! So inconvenient! I have been to many museums in Europe and it is the first one I was kicked out on Sunday early afternoon :) :) :) funny and sad at the same time. To sum it up - I loved it but maybe u should think of changing the opening hours
Liu Cheh (2 years ago)
The exhibition is great! However, here has a lot of rules that other great museum don’t have (no photographs in some areas, water bottles in your pockets, etc) and a lot of impatient staff. I would not come if I had known this. In addition, many sections are closed. Therefore, unless there is an art work you must see in person, or you are a true art lover, I don’t recommend you come.
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