5_25_2012_sfo

5_25_2012_sfo, leaving for madrid, spain (time of day, morning)

The Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid holds not only an outstanding art collection of notable Spanish and international artists (including the wildly famed work of Picasso’s “Guernica” – (which is totally moving)) but also the architecture contains a fascinating blend of past/present and use of materials. This is the place to visit to see the Spanish artists Dali, Tapies, Picasso, Miro, Solana and of course many many more. This museum also houses exhibitions at the Crystal Palace and Velasquez Palace Retiro Park (Palacio de Velázquez y Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro) which in late May, contained installations/ a retrospective of Nacho Criado “Agentes colaboradores”. The museum has an excellent website http://www.museoreinasofia.es/coleccion/presentacion-coleccion_en.html…each collection takes you into the rooms with the corresponding exhibition pieces. Also on the website take time to note the excellent theoretical readings in upper right of most of the room pages – these are the same (or similar) to the wall text in each room and are a great assist in understanding/viewing the work within its own Spanish context and Spanish history. All museums should have websites like this – truly amazing!

More on the art will be discussed in a future post – spent all day there and that was not long enough – for now the architecture of Jean Nouvel (French) is the current focus. The museum originated as a hospital in the 1700s. Some of the passageways between exhibition rooms exemplify this. A few exterior elements such as the glass elevators and towers portray some similarity to Pompidou (Paris) were designed by Ian Ritchie (British). Also the museum contains a library, reading room, offices, bookstore, restaurant and 3 bar terraces, and more. The newer sections such as Restaurante-Café Museo Reina Sofía with sleek interior elements ring of the pods at Pompidou (Paris). Formal austere with organic shapes.

Passages of walkways, skywalks, piazzas (upper and lower), color and construction materials were intriguing to photograph.

Madrid Protest, "A Lot To Lose", May 26, 2012

Madrid Protest, “A Lot To Lose”, May 26, 2012, photo Kathryn Arnold

Interior atrium (courtyard) of Reina Sofia Museum

Interior atrium (courtyard) of Reina Sofia Museum, old hospital building across – taken from new, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Glass Elevator Towers at Reina Sofia, Madrid

Glass Elevator Towers at Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Reina Sofia

Reina Sofia, photograph by Kathryn Arnold

Restaurant at Reina Sofia, Madrid

Restaurant at Reina Sofia, Madrid, photo Kathryn Arnold

Reina Sofia view to street

Reina Sofia view to street, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Miralda's "Wheat and Steak" , 1981

Miralda’s “Wheat and Steak” , 1981, early public artwork/collaboration between the Spanish artist Miralda and Kansas City USA American Royal, Neslon Atkins Museum and more, photo Kathryn Arnold

Reina Sofia Museum hallway materials

Reina Sofia Museum hallway materials, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Restaurante-Café Museo Reina Sofía Restaurante-Café Museo Reina Sofía, photo Kathryn Arnold [/caption]

Restaurante-Café Museo Reina Sofía

Restaurante-Café Museo Reina Sofía, photo Kathryn Arnold

Restaurante-Café Museo Reina Sofía

Restaurante-Café Museo Reina Sofía, grid, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Museo Reina Sofía skywells

Museo Reina Sofía skywells, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Museo Reina Sofía grid from interior hall

Museo Reina Sofía grid from interior hall, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Museo Reina Sofía interior elevators

Museo Reina Sofía interior elevators, photo Kathryn Arnold

Museo Reina Sofía interior stairs

Museo Reina Sofía interior stairs, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Restaurante Cafe Museo Reyna Sofia

Restaurante Cafe Museo Reyna Sofia, magnificent curtain, photo Kathryn Arnold