Museo Nacional Reina Sofía


The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is an autonomous organization under the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. Our primary aim is to encourage public access to various manifestations in modern and contemporary art in order to broaden knowledge, promote education and foster social communication of the arts. In 2016 the number of visitors reached 3,744,722 visitors, an increase of 14.97% over the previous year, consolidating the upward trend of recent years.

When the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía opened its doors in 1990, it stood as a modern, contemporary Spanish museum on an international scale. Its collection consists of more than 20,000 works from the late nineteenth century to the present, five percent of which is exhibited at the Museum showing the transformation of Spanish art and its international context from the late nineteenth century to date. Includes works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Robert Delaunay, Georges Braque, Yves Klein, Robert Motherwell, Francis Bacon, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Gerhard Richter, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sol LeWitt or Marcel Broodthaers, among many more. The centerpiece is Guernica (1937), by Pablo Picasso.

It is constituted as a space for discussion and research through seminars and university programs born of the relationship between education and exhibitions, collection, and activities.

In addition, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía offers a wide and varied program of temporary exhibitions in modern and contemporary art, produced by the museum or in collaboration with other cultural, national and international institutions, including great exhibitions like Picasso.The Collection from the Musée National Picasso Paris (2008), Dalí. All of the poetic suggestions and all of the plastic possibilities (2013), Richard Hamilton (2014) and more recently White Fire. The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection; Collectionism and Modernity.Two Case Studies: The Im Obersteg and Rudolf Staechelin Collections (2015), Campo Cerrado. Spanish Art 1939–1953 and Wifredo Lam (2016), and Pity and Terror. Picasso’s Path to Guernica (2017).

At the moment a new way of working is being implanted, understanding that in a museum objects are not as important as the stories that these objects are able to generate. The Museo Reina Sofía has recently increased its efforts to network with numerous institutions within and outside Spain, to coordinate and share audiences.