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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 206

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia – Room 206 Guernica and the Thirties for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The Reina Sofia Museum was created by Royal Decree and is an autonomous organisation, under the purview and jurisdiction of the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Army Industry, Powerful Lever of Victory, 1936-1937, by Josep Renau
2. Landscape, 1935, by Artur Carbonell
3. Guernica, 1937, by Pablo Picasso

Image credit for artworks : Museo del Prado

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Guernica by Picasso was initially housed at the Prado Museum, which is a short walk away from the Reina Sofia, in Madrid. The painting was moved as it was more appropriately placed in the latter’s collection of modern and contemporary art.
  • Guernica is one of Picasso’s most famous works. The painting is reminiscent of a Nazi bombing on the Spanish town during the Civil War.
  • This gallery consists of a collection of paintings that reflect growing political tensions in Spain and around Europe in the years leading up to World War II. Nazism and Fascism had a deep impact on artistic output. While authoritarian leaders did all in their power to return to traditional art and aesthetics. Artists of the era continued to challenge the status quo and break the mould.

A Final Thought :

Standing in this gallery and meditating upon the works here, the social and political tension is almost palpable. Artists of the era created these works with great gusto, challenging authority in silent yet potent ways.

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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