Housed in a former hospital, the world-famous Reina Sofía Art Center is a modern art museum with a diverse and fascinating collection of 20th century Spanish artwork, from Picasso to Solana.
Remodeled and converted into a museum in 1992, this 18th century hospital houses the most important collection of contemporary art in Madrid. The centerpiece is Picasso’s Guernica, possibly the most famous work of art in Spain. The Spanish government commissioned Picasso to create a piece for an exhibition in Paris and he chose this moving plea against the war. The work is credited with attracting international attention to the Spanish Civil War. According to Picasso’s wishes, it was not exhibited in Spain until democracy was established. He was transferred to the Prado in 1981, and later to this museum in 1992.
The Reina Sofía also houses works by other titans of 20th century Spanish art, such as Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. The collection mainly covers the 20th century until the 1980s. There are some works by foreign artists, including Francis Bacon’s Lying Figure, but the center of the collection is undoubtedly Spain.
In addition to paintings, the museum also boasts an impressive collection of sculptures, including some colorful and distinctive works by Miró and a Picasso bust by Pablo Gargallo.
The jewel in the crown of the Reina Sofía is, without a doubt, Picasso’s Guernica located in room 206, on the second floor. But some paintings change places from time to time, and it can be more difficult to find them. Queen Sofia organizes the works by theme, so to see all of Dalí’s works, you may have to visit a large part of the museum.
If you are looking for a particular Miró or Picasso, it is best to go to the information desk located outside the main entrance and take the most recent map of the museum. There are no specific paintings, but the rooms in which each artist appears are listed.
Show your digital ticket at the entrance.
Cancellation may be possible depending on the chosen ticket.