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Centro de Arte Reina Sof?a

  Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
 Address 52 Santa Isabel Street, Madrid 28012(Atocha Metro).
 Telephone +34 917 741 000 & +34 917 741 056.
 Schedule Mon-Fri: 10am - 9pm; Sundays: 10am - 2:30pm; Closed in Tuesdays.
 Prices 6€ ($8.50) general, 3€ ($4) temporal expositions, free for children and
university students. Also free on Sun all days and on Sat from 2:00

The “Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía” is one of the most important museums not only in Madrid but in all Spain. It was found in the Sabatini building, in the year 1986 with the name “Centro de Arte Reina Sofia” in honor to the queen of Spain: Sofía. Two years later its name was changed to the actual one. Since its foundation, the museum only had temporal expositions; but it has had permanent expositions since 1992.

A few years after its opening, there were no space for the exhibitions; so, its directors started looking for proposals to remodel it. The winner was the architect Jean Nouvel. In his proposal the new building was constructed next to the principal one. This new building was called the Nouvel and it was inaugurated in 2005. There are also two more buildings that form part of the museum even when they are not in the same building: the “Palacio de Cristal” and “Palacio del Velasquez” have temporal exhibitions. Both buildings are located in “Parque del Retiro”.

The museum collections are separated into styles and eras, and each one has an exclusive room in the building. For example, in the second floor, there is an area for Cubism with samples of Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, etc. Another area is the Surrealism one, with works of Salvador Dali, and Juan Miro. On the same floor there is a special area dedicated to one of Picasso’s more important work “The Guernica”. In this floor, we only can find works made before 1930.

On the second floor, we can appreciate samples of Spanish artists only. All the samples in the area date from the year 1931 to 1960. On the first floor, we can appreciate samples of modern art; art that dates from 1961 until today.

In the museum besides the several rooms that are mentioned above, there are also two auditoriums, one holds 200 people and the other holds 400 people. These spaces can be rented for special events. There is also a free library where you can find magazines, CDs, DVDs, pictures, newspapers and more than 100 thousand books. And last but not least, the museum also has an interior yard where you can see a huge sample of the “Movil de Calder.”

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