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 museum tour is the perfect choice you can make if you are an art lover. It simply is the best way that you can use to know two of the most important museums located of Madrid.
MUSEUMS IN MADRID
If you come to Madrid, your visit should include some of the world’s best art and history museums around here that have extensive collections and some wide galleries.
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.
THE THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA MUSEUM
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum gives you the opportunity to see more than 1000 works of art starting from medieval and gothic and getting to avant-garde works, cubists and impressionists. This way you will understand better the art of the 20th century.
While visiting this museum in Madrid, you can have your private guide to pay attention to the those works of art that you mostly like.
This private tour is personalized to fit your needs
Come to see works of art by artists like: Picasso, Dalí, Monet, Matisse, Rembrandt, Rubens or Van Gogh amongst others.
After visiting the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, your private guide will lead you towards the Reina Sofia Museum. The walk between these 2 museums takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
THE REINA SOFIA MUSEUM OR MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA
Reina Sofía Museum is the perfect place if you want to discover some of the Spain’s finest artists. Our guide will lead you to many great artworks. This museum in Madrid has a large number of works of art created by Spanish artists in the 20th century.
Here you can see works of art from Joan Miró, Julio Gonzalez, Antoni Tàpies, Francis Bacon, Georges Braque and much more…
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Joaquin Sorolla was a Spanish artist who lived in Madrid and later on his Chamberi neighborhood home was turned into one of Madrid’s most enchanting small museums. Sorolla museum is known for his colorful Spanish landscapes which you can relate to Andalucia’s gardens.
Come and admire some landscape paintings that show Sorolla’s talent for expressing light. You can see it in a visit between shopping excursions along Gran Via or Salamanca and take a tour to Templo de Debod.
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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.
Known as probably Picasso’s most famous work of art, Guernica is a powerful political statement. This masterpiece was painted as a reaction to the Nazi’s bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Guernica is a town placed in the Basque Country. At the time of the Spanish Civil War, this place was considered the northern bastion of the Republican resistance movement and at the same time the center of the Basque culture.
During April of 1937 the Germans bombed Guernica for about two hours. Hitler took advantage of the situation to test out new weapons and some tactics of battle.
Guernica painting is the perfect icon of the modern art, some sort of the Mona Lisa of our times. Guernica may be the interpretation that Picasso had on what art can apport to set free every human being and at the same time on how to protect the individual against some overwhelming forces like political crime, war, or death.
Guernica is a painting that reflects how a war affects the innocent people. This painting is a reminder of the tragedies of war, some sort of an anti-war symbol, and at the same time 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 covers an entire wall in the 2nd floor of the Sabatini Building placed in Reina Sofia’s museum.
MADRID ART GALLERY
Madrid is home to many art sites. Actually, about half of the art spaces of Spain can be found in Madrid.
This is because some of the private collections owned by aristocrats in Barrio de Salamanca became available to the public after the war. After a while, the art galleries have extended along Paseo de la Castellana.
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.
Due to some art galleries many artists got the chance to show their work or in some cases make a living. Some of the most important Spanish contemporary artists – Chillida, Canogar, Millares, Saura, or even Barceló – would have never got where they are today if there were no art dealers or 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 museum tour, inform your guide if you want to tailor what you see to your interests and then enjoy the ride!