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.