Friday, April 4, 2014

Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain

Situated at one end of the Paseo del Prado is the Reina Sofia, one of the three museums in Madrid 's golden triangle. Named after Queen Sofia, the Reina Sofia is dedicated mainly to Spanish art with its most famous painting - Pablo Picasso's Guernica. Created in response to the bombing of  Guernica, a Basque Country village in Northern Spain during the Spanish civil war, Guernica is now an anti-war icon that reflects the tragedies of war and suffering.  First displayed at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), it now finds a permanent place at the Reina Sofa. It was Picasso's desire that the painting should not be delivered to Spain until democracy has been re-established in Spain. 

The Reina Sofia houses a number of installation art - such as the luminious and acoustic art exhibit by Tracey Rose, a South African artist . Held in the dingy dark basement of the museum, it was beautiful in a dark mysterious way. The Reina Sofia had works of art that provoke as well as made me ponder (you wonder what and why). Art has always been subjective. 

Pablo Picasso's Guernica 

Xanadu - the Black Sun, Black Star and Moon by Tracey Gold (2014)

The Trumpets of Judgement by Michelangelo Pistoletto

Bust and Palette by Pablo Picasso  (1945)

Street Festival by Maruja Mallo (1927 )

Indestructible object by Ray Man

Study for Premonition of  Civil War (1935)

Face of the Great Masturbator by Salvado Dali 
The Invisible Man by Salvador Dali 

Portrait of Josette Gris

A World by Angeles Santos 

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