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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 407

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 407 – Oteiza and the Experimental Proposition, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery features the sculptural works by Jorge Oteiza. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Empty Box, 1958, by Jorge Oteiza
2. Homage to the Void Styleme of Cubism, 1959, by Modest Cuixart
3. From The Disoccupation of the Sphere Series, 1957, by Jorge Oteiza

Image credit for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This room at the Reina Sofia is dedicated to the abstract and experimental works of Spanish sculptor Jorge Oteiza.
  • Oteiza’s art and career has fascinated art historians for long. In 1958, he was awarded the first prize for sculpture at the Sao Paulo Biennial. Yet, the very next year, while at the height of his career, the artist announced that he was abandoning sculpture altogether.
  • Oteiza was a self- taught artist. His argument for abandoning the medium was that he was never able to become the sculptor he wanted to be. According to him, the creative process was not as much about the artistic output as it was about the evolution of the artist.
  • The artist’s sculptures therefore fill us with intrigue, as they are afterall representations of his personality.

A Final Thought :

As we navigate through the room we find that the abstract works demand us to view them from different angles and vantage points. Doing this allows the viewer to access a variety of different perspectives, as arguably intended by the artist. Oteiza died in 2003. But his influence in the sphere of art, specifically sculpture still remains. In fact, following his death, a museum dedicated to his career – called the Museo Oteiza – was opened in Alzuza, Navarra.


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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