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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 401

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 401 – The Primordial & Primitive CoBrA Group, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Sarah, 1943, by Jean Fautrier
2. Three Lamb’s Heads, 1939, by Pablo Picasso
3. Portrait Cambouis, 1945, by Jean Dubuffet

Image credit for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The CoBrA group was active between 1948 to 1951. The capitalised letters in the name represent the cities that the group’s founding members resided in, namely, Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam.
  • The group had their first large-scale exhibition in Amsterdam at the Stedelijk Museum in 1949.
  • Members of the group included Asger Jorn, Jean-Michel Atlan, Karel Appel and several others.
  • After the end of World War II, certain artistic tendencies began to develop in and around Europe. These styles were directly influenced by the war and its aftermath. The CoBrA group sought to break away from these trends.
  • The art in this gallery is supported by Collection Foundation Gandur pour l’Art.
  • Based in Geneva, the foundation prides itself in having about 4 decades of experience in the cultural domain. Their main focus areas are antiquities, ethnology, fine and decorative arts, and African contemporary and diasporic art.

A Final Thought :

The Reina Sofia often collaborates with public and private institutions in order to organise long-term exchanges and loans of artworks for exhibitions. This ensures a fresh and new perspective, as well as keeps regular museum-goers loyal and interested.


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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