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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 209

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 209 – Noucentisme and New Art in Spain, Between Classicism and Superrealism,  for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Noucentisms of the early 1900s was focused on expressing the Catalan identity through art. New Art was an early name of Modernist tendencies that swept Europe around the time. This gallery creates space for a dialogue between these two distinct creative styles. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. The Smokers, 1923, by André Masson
2. The Port, 1922-1923, by Francis Picabia
3. Atocha, 1919, by Rafael Barradas 

Image credit for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Thought it may not seem like it at first, the art in this particular gallery is very politically inspired.
  • The Catalan artists were fighting – through their art – to preserve their national identity. Cubism and other forms of Modern art were being exported to Spain from other Europeans countries. Some Spanish artist of the 1910s saw this as a threat to the evolution of local trends and evolutions in art.
  • The space features important works by Alberto Sanches, Rafael Perez Gimenez, Joaquin Sunyer and many more.

According to the Reina Sofia Museum :

“The Noucentista approach entailed the conception of a new type of artist (in opposition to the turn of the century Bohemian) and demanded a clear implementation of the arts in every day spaces. Of transcendental importance in poetry and literature, Noucentisme also favored the integration of the arts, expanding them beyond the fine arts, to the realms of architecture, urbanism, the graphic arts, and the so called ‘popular arts’.”

A Final Thought :

The gallery showcases a period of great creativity in Spain and all around Europe.


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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