Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 206 – The New Figuration, Between Classicism and Superrealism, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
The mission of the Reina Sofia museum is to “conserve, expand and exhibit its collections; to promote the general public’s knowledge of and access to contemporary art in its various manifestations; to hold exhibitions at the international level, and to offer training, educational and assessment activities related to its holdings.” Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. A World, 1929, by Ángeles Santos
2. Nude, 1932, by Roberto Fernández Balbuena
3. Self-Portrait, 1936, by Alfonso Ponce de León
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- Queen Sofia of Spain, after whom the Museum is named, was born in 1938. She was reigning queen from 1975 to 2014. She is mother of the current King of Spain, Felipe VI.
- Queen Sofia was born in Greece, to King Paul of Greece and Frederica of Hanover.
- At a young age, she and her family were exiled in South Africa. She returned to Greece in 1946, after the end of World War II.
- She married Juan Carlos of Spain in 1962. At the time, she converted to and adopted Roman Catholicism as her religion, leaving behind her Greek orthodox roots, as well as her rights to the throne of Greece. She became the Queen of Spain upon her husband’s ascension to the throne.
A Final Thought :
Queen Sofia is a Honourary Member of the prestigious San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She is an active philanthropist and is also the honourary president of the Royal Board of Education and Care of Handicapped Persons of Spain, and the Spanish Foundation for Aid of Drug Addicts.
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.