11:30 am, October 1, 2014.
After a classic late night evening in Madrid, we slept in until 11:30 in the morning.
The first thing we did was head off to the Reina Sofia, the premiere modern art museum in Madrid, which Al later referred to as “that place you dragged me to”.
Al wasn’t all that impressed with the ‘modernness’ of the modern art, complaining that “everything in here has got to be at least a hundred years old”.
I was in my element, seeing the work of so many modern masters in person! Picasso showed up all over the museum, in the form of sculptures, drawings and paintings. This painting, called ‘Dead Birds’, shows Picasso’s foray into ‘Cubism’.
Juan Gris, another Spanish artist, showed up along with work by the Spanish artists Salvador Dali and Miro.
Modern artists of other countries were also well-represented. When we were there the biggest temporary exhibition was of the works of Richard Hamilton, a British artist in the forefront of the 50s pop art movement.
The graphic art section showed many works from a Spanish perspective.
The museum itself was interesting from an architectural point of view. A hospital in the 1700s, it had been renovated with a modern glass elevator running down the front and some unique architectural additions to the rear.I found it such a wonderful combination of old and new; something that is not often done that well.
- More about the Artworks in the Reina Sofia in my Elizabatz Gallery Blog.
- More about the Architecture of the Reina Sofia in my Elizabatz Gallery Blog
- More on our October 2014 trip to Northern Spain.