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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 423

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 423 – Vindication of Everyday Life in American Art in the Early 1960s, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery showcases works that are representative of American life in the 60s. America in the 60s witnesses a massive artistic revolution with the advent of art movements such as Performance Art, Conceptualism and Minimalism. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Ceiling and Light Bulb, 1980, by Robert Rauschenberg
2. Chantilly Meringue, 1964, by Claes Oldenburg
3. Laundry, NYC, 1980, by Robert Rauschenberg

Image credit for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • World War II had a devastating impact on most of Europe. During the war, several artists migrated to America in search of refuge and safety. By the end of the war, the United States had become the new international art hub.
  • A variety of revolutionary movements occurred especially between 1945-1990. Jackson Pollock combined art and motion to create works of Abstract Expressionism. Andy Warhol embraced capitalism and consumer-culture through Pop Art. Donald Judd reduced art to seemingly simple shapes through Minimalism. Robert Rauschenberg gave precedence to idea over object through his Conceptualist works. Marina Abramovic and Yoko Ono staged both spontaneous and planned performances through Performance Art and Fluxus. It was a period of heightened creativity that was a direct result of a need to heal, after having witnessed two global wars.

A Final Thought :

The end of World War II was the beginning of a new era in art. Today it is identified as the period of transitions from Modern to Post-war and Contemporary 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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