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Museums in Madrid: Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofia Museum

Madrid is not only the country´s capital. It is also Spain’s art capital. This is the impression you get when you discover its famous “Triangle of Art”.

There is no other place in this world with as many masterpieces placed in such a small area. The Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía National Museum are the stars of this unique route, which will take you on a complete tour of the history and evolution of painting. Here comes another reason to visit them: inside and out, you will find these museums a delight.

This private museum tour is perfect for all art lovers. It is the best way to know two of the most important museums of Madrid.

MUSEUMS IN MADRID

No visit to Madrid is complete without seeing some of the world’s best art and history museums with their extensive collections, wide galleries and top-notch facilities.

Many of Madrid’s museums are concentrated near Atocha train station (like Madrid’s three heavy hitters the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum), but you can find many other exceptional museums throughout the city, such as the Costume Museum, the Cerralbo Museum or the Museum of the Americas, as well as the delightful National Museum of Romanticism, and many others.

El Prado Museum un Madrid, Spain

THE THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA MUSEUM

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum will offer you more than 1000 works of art and it covers genres from medieval and gothic to experimental avant-garde works. You will also enjoy impressionists and cubists. All this will give you a great view of some of the most important works of art of the 20th century.

As you explore this museum in Madrid, you will have your private guide at your disposition as you can pay your attention to the works of art that you mostly like.

This tour is personalized to fit your needs

See works by artists like: Dalí, Picasso, Canaletto, Kandisky, Matisse, Monet, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Gogh amongst others.

Once your tour concludes in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, your guide will take you towards the Reina Sofia Museum. The walk towards the Reina Sofia Museum is around 15-20 minutes.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain

THE REINA SOFIA MUSEUM OR MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA

The Reina Sofia Museum is the ideal place to discovers Spain’s finest artists. Our guide will take you around the great and unique history of the many great artworks. The museum holds a large number of works created by Spanish artists from the 20th century.

Here you can see works of art from Joan Miró, Julio Gonzalez, Antoni Tàpies, Francis Bacon, Georges Braque and much more…

Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain
Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain

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SOROLLA MUSEUM

Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla lived in Madrid and his Chamberi neighborhood home was converted into one of Madrid’s most charming small museums. Sorolla museum is known for his colorful Spanish landscapes which you can relate to Andalucia´s gardens.

Admire the dozens of landscape paintings, where Sorolla’s talent for expressing light is on full display. You can see it in a visit between shopping excursions along Gran Via or Salamanca and take a tour to Templo de Debod.

Sorolla Museum in Madrid, Spain

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PABLO PICASSO AND GUERNICA

If you are wondering which artist painted the piece entitled Guernica you should know that it was the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso.

Probably Picasso’s most famous work, Guernica is his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi’s devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.

Pablo Picasso - Guernica

Guernica meaning

Guernica painting is an icon of modern art, the Mona Lisa of our times. Guernica should be seen as Picasso’s comment on what art can contribute to liberate every human being and to protect the individual against overwhelming forces such as political crime, war, and death.

Guernica is a town in Basque Country. During the Spanish Civil War, it was seen as the northern bastion of the Republican resistance movement and the epicenter of Basque culture.

In April of 1937 warplanes of the German Condor Legion bombed Guernica for about two hours. Germany, at this time led by Hitler, had lent material support to the Nationalists and used the war as an opportunity to test out new weapons and tactics.

Guernica’s symbolism

Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the effect it has upon individuals, particularly innocent people. This work has gained a monumental status, becoming a everlasting reminder of the tragedies of war, an anti-war symbol, and an expression of peace.

Where is Guernica painting now

Picasso’s Guernica can be seen in Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum of modern art. Guernica painting takes up an entire wall in room 206.06, on the 2nd floor of the Sabatini Building of this amazing museum.

MADRID ART GALLERY

Along some of the world’s top museums, Madrid is home to many other art venues. In fact, about half the art spaces of Spain can be found in Madrid.

This is due to the fact that in the heart of the elegant Barrio de Salamanca some of the private collections owned by aristocrats and bourgeois were made available to the public after the war. Later on, the art galleries extended to the west along Paseo de la Castellana, still within districts like Chamberí or Salesas.

Art Gallery in Madrid, Spain
Museums in Madrid, Spain

Finally, the search for new horizons and the magnetism of the Reina Sofía Museum, lit the art fuse in the Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) and in Doctor Fourquet, a small street in Lavapiés which has been revived and is devoted to galleries.

Something similar happened in the Conde Duque neighbourhood or the Carabanchel neighbourhood who joined this creative and bohemian movement that now boasts many workshops and creative spaces.

Thanks to art galleries many artists have been able to show their work or even make a living. Some of the key Spanish contemporary artists – Canogar, Úrculo, Chillida, Saura, Millares, Tàpies or Barceló, to name just a few – would have never earned recognition without the interest and efforts of art dealers and gallery owners.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Let yourself guided and discover Spain’s recent history, the secrets of Picasso’s Guernica or the surrealism of Dali’s paintings, in a private and exclusive tour, enlightened by the experience of our guides.

As this is a private tour, inform your guide if you want to tailor what you see to your interests and then enjoy the ride!

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