Art that I liked at the Museo Sofia Reina
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Spain’s official modern art museum (20th century, that is), and contains many famous works by Picasso. Guernica is probably the most well-known work, and it was displayed in it’s own room to great effect. Unfortunately photographs were not allowed there, but here is what it looked like from the next room. You can see that everyone was standing just outside the door to get around the prohibition on photos. You can also see how the light in that room differed from the others. I was not using flash in this photo, that’s just how bright the light was!
This is what Guernica looks like in its entirety (thanks wikipedia!) You can see that it is a complex work, with a lot of action and drama. The story behind the paining really moved me. Picasso painted the work after the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica in 1937 (during the Spanish Civil War). Unlike most military action at the time, this bombing killed civilians, and was documented by journalists. Picasso was so distraught by the senseless killings that he painted this. In his will, Picasso stipulated that Guernica could not return to Spain until after democracy had returned. When the painting finally arrived in Spain in 1981, it became a symbol for the country, and remains one of the most important pieces in the country’s collection.
This is a study that Pablo Picasso did for Guernica. It is displayed in the room outside Guernica, and I think adds a lot to the experience to be able to see the details that might get lost in the larger composition. I love how you can see even the hairs on the chin are standing up in horror, and the teeth are brilliant.
This green woman is also related to Guernica. This is one of the Postscripts that accompanies the larger piece. It’s called “Head of Crying Woman with Handkerchief (IIII). Alex really liked this one also, it seemed to jump off the wall.
But enough with Picasso! There were lots of other artists and sculptures at the Museo Sofia Renia, and here are a few more that I particularly liked. I don’t have info on them, so you’ll just have to appreciate as is!