Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 403 – Art for the Franco Regime, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
This gallery focuses on art that was created during the dictatorial rule of Francisco Franco. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Heads & Masks, circa 1943, by José Solana
2. Bread and Cheese Still Life, 1940, by Godofredo Ortega Muñoz
3. The Tower of the Seven Hunchbacks, 1944, by Edgar Nevill
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- The Reina Sofia Museum also houses an extensive library of art and art related books. About 10,000 volumes and 1,000 periodicals can be found here. Making it the perfect place to deep dive into the world of art history.
- The Museum is open to visitors on all days of the week apart from Tuesdays and special holidays. If you visit the Museum on a Monday, or any day between Wednesday to Saturday, you might be able to score free tickers, if you’re lucky! Note that the free-ticket entry is only between 6pm to 8 pm on these day.
- In case you’re visiting the Museum for the first time : Atocha-RENFE Train Station is within walking distance. If you’re using the Metro, you can use Line 1 Estación del Arte, or Line 3 Lavapiés station.
- Also, don’t forget to visit the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Both are within walking distance of the Reina Sofia and art definitely worth the trip. We recommend you plan your visit depending on how much time you would like to spend at each Museum. The Prado predominantly houses art from 16th century Europe. Whereas the Reina Sofia has a modern & contemporary collection.
A Final Thought :
If you’re an art lover and are ever lucky enough to find yourself in Madrid, be sure to set aside at least 2-3 days to do justice to these 3 iconic museums of art.
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.