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The new and the old Reina Sofia


Monday, December 27, 2010

Reina Sophia is one of the only museums in Madrid open on a Monday.  Although we had been here several times before, we had never seen the new extension.

The extension is great, with Lichtenstein’s sculpture installation “Brushstroke” right in the middle of the buildings, merging the old with the new.

The new extension allows you to go all the way to the top, giving you nice views of the museum buildings as well as of Atocha and the surrounding neighborhoods.

From the inside you can feel the history of this building… once a general hospital in the 18th century.

Picasso’s iconic Guernica still surprises and the crowds prove it.  Room 206 is the only room in which you cannot take photographs.  But the room right next to Guernica is full of more Picasso masterpieces.  Here are a few of our favorites.  We also love Salvador Dali’s  Retrato de Luis Bunuel and Man Ray’s Indestructible Object. As for the temporary exhibits, we really liked the work of Jose Val del Omar, described as an “extraordinary camera artist”.  Our favorite films were those about his native Granada.  We also enjoyed the temporary exhibit of conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann, whose 100 Years is a series of 101 photographic portraits, where each photo depicts a person (his family and friends) aged between 8 months and 100 years.  His installation 9/12 records the reaction of Sept. 11 in 150 newspapers worldwide.

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