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Entry to the Queen Sofía Museum in Madrid
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover the Queen Sofía Museum in Madrid, one of the most important museums in the city and at an international level for modern art.
The Queen Sofía Centre of Arts is worldwide famous. It was restored and converted into the arts centre from an old hospital. It holds a varied and fascinating collection of Spanish Art from the twentieth century, from Picasso to Solana.
This hospital was transformed into a museum in 1992 and since then has been home to some of the most important contemporary art collections of Madrid. The main attraction is the Guernica by Picasso, of which you could say is the most famous work of art to originate from Spain. The Spanish government requested/commissioned Picasso to create a piece for an exposition in Paris and he chose this powerful declaration against the civil war. The piece was created to attract international attention to the civil war in Spain. It wasn’t shown in Spain until the fall of the dictatorship, during this period it was moved to the Prado and finally to its definitive home, in the Queen Sofía, in 1992.
The Queen Sofía also has works from other significant artists of the 20th Century, like Salvador Dalí to Joan Miró and other international pieces such as the Figura Mentirosa by Francis Bacon, however the majority of the collection is based on Spanish art.
In addition to the paintings, the museum also displays some impressive collections of sculptures, including some colourful and peculiar works of Miró and a sculptural bust of Picasso made by Pablo Gargallo.
The Queen Sofía organises the works of art by theme, so in order to see all of Dali’s pieces, you might have to view the whole museum. If you are solely searching for a Miró or Picasso the best option is to collect a map of the museum to help navigate yourself around, they can be found just inside of the main entrance. There is not a list of all the paintings but each room is numbered in association to which artist you will find there.
The Queen Sofía Museum also is open for dinner.
The entry is free for children under 18 years of age but proof of ID can be required. Entry is free for everyone during the visiting hours: 19:00 until 21:00 on Monday, Wednesday – Saturday and 13:30 until 19:00 on Sundays. Free entry on 18th April, 18th of May, 12th of October and 6th December. The ticket includes a visit to the Permanent Exposition and to the Temporary Expositions. You can’t enter without your ticket!
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