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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 410

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 410 – Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery showcases artworks that are on long-term loan to the Reina Sofia Museum. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Torção, 1958, by Willys de Castro
2. Metaesque, 1957, by Hélio Oiticica
3. (Untitled), 1959, by Lygia Pape

Image courtesy for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection was founded in 1970. The collection is focused on Latin American art and supports exhibition and research on the same.
  • Room 410 at the Reina Sofia provides us access to yet another crucial chapter in the history of art – and one that often goes unread.
  • While art historical canon generally focuses on art from Europe and America, Latin America, like many other parts of the world, is left out of the narrative.
  • After journeying through Room 409 – that introduces us to the rise of American modernism, we are invited to explore the impact and influence of artists from Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and several other cities.
  • Examples of Op Art, Neoconretism, Abstract Expressionism, Geometric Abstraction and other known and unknown visual vocabularies are presented to the keen viewer. While it is interesting to draw parallels between the art of Latin America and American Art, it is also important to independently enjoy the former in all its glory.

A Final Thought :

The Cisneros Collection has facilitated the exhibition of these artworks at the Reina Sofia as it is in line with their mission and vision for the promotion of Latin American 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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