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Guernica at the Reina Sofia

museum

A showcase of modern and contemporary art at the Reina Sofia, reconfigured in 2006 by architect Jean Nouvel.

Inaugurated in 1992 by the King and Queen of Spain, this museum is mainly dedicated to Spanish art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The building is easy to recognise: it's a former Royal Hospital and now a historical monument, with three glass and steel elevators.

It was designed by architects José Luis Iñiguez Onzoño Vázquez and Antonio de Castro, and an extension was added by Jean Nouvel. The museum now occupies more than 84,000 square metres and contains an extensive collection of works by Salvador Dalí, Juan Miró, and Pablo Picasso. The jewel of the collection is Picasso's Guernica.

Commissioned by the Spanish Republic for the 1937 Paris World Exhibition, it was kept in the United States during the Franco years, and returned to Spain in 1981.

Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofia
Calle de Santa Isabel, 52
28012 Madrid

+34 917 741 000

www.museoreinasofia.es

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