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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 001.07

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 001.07 – Luis Gordillo, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery showcases the works of eminent Spanish artist Luis Gordillo. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Mr Soft in Solid Places, 1971, by Luis Gordillo
2. Soft Series a, 1934, by Luis Gordillo
3. Payseyes, 1979, by Luis Gordillo

Image credit for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The Museum houses some important pieces of art by Luis Gordillo. Gordillo was born in Seville in 1934. He was associated with the New Figuration movement that gained popularity in Madrid in the 70s.
  • Breaking away from traditional modes of creation, Gordillo adopted the process of automatic drawing quite early in his career. This involved the artist giving up any conscious effort to create specific visuals or allude to specific subjects in his work. He simply allowed his hand to trace along on the paper without making any controlled efforts. These spontaneous drawings were later converted to paintings.
  • Gordillo gained much international recognition and popularity during his own lifetime. Much of his fame may be attributed to his unique style of creating art. He was also known to psychoanalyse himself in a bid to create deeper and more meaningful art.

A Final Thought :

Gordillo’s works may seem simple and accessible at first glance. But they are in fact very complex and layered. His paintings often tend to oscillate between abstraction and figuration. It is definitely worth spending some extra time in this particular gallery, to soak in the works and their hidden meaning.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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