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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 409

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 409 – North America & the Reinvention of Modernity, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery takes us on a journey to America in the post-war era. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Black Plus White, 1960, by Adolph Gottlie
2. Untitled (orange,  plum, yellow), 1950, by Mark Rothko
3. Elegy to the Spanish Republic ciii, 1965, by Robert Motherwell

Image courtesy for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • In Room 409, we are taken on a journey outside of Spain. The collection showcased herein shows the rise of America as an important centre for art in the era after World War II.
  • Until before the war, Europe had been an unchallenged global centre for arts and culture. However, at the onset of the war and with the rise of Nazism, many artists were either forced to or chose to flee the country, or go in to hiding. America provided refuge to many at the time.
  • At the same time, local artists in New York and throughout the country began reacting to the war through their art. The impact of a second global war was devastating. Artists channelled their rage, confusion and sense of loss towards the creative act.
  • One of the first big movements to be born from in this era was Abstraction. Abstraction is further divided into Colourfield Abstraction as seen in the works of Mark Rothko. And Abstract Expressionism as seen in the works of Jackson Pollock.
  • Following this, a new generation of artists was born. America, and especially New York became the new hub for cultural evolution. Art movements such as Minimalism and Pop were soon to follow.

A Final Thought :

The room marks an important period in art history, when there was a notable shift away Europe as the centre for 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. 

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