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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Reina Sofia : Room 424

Today we arrive at Reina Sofia’s Room 424 – New Realisms, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

New Realism was an art movement born in post-war Europe, between the late 50s and early 60s. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. The Victory of Samothrace S 9, 1962, by Yves Klein
2. Like a Poem – Sound, 1960, by Mimmo Rotella
3. Stapler, 1961, by César

Image credit for artworks : Reina Sofia

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This gallery showcases the evolution of art in Europe after World War II.
  • While not the first movement of Realism in art, New Realism was decidedly a unique visual style in its own right.
  • Rejecting both figuration and abstraction, these artists dismissed the notion that art must have a deeper meaning or significance. In a world that had just witnessed two horrific wars, nothing seemed to have meaning anymore. Humanity seemed to be dead, and human greed, seen in the form of capitalism was at its peak. The value of human life was so little.
  • Much like their American counterparts were doing at the time, albeit through different visual vocabularies, the New Realists also gravitated towards assemblage art, rather than pure painting or pure sculpture. Assemblage of course, is the assembly of ready-made objects by an artist, to create a unique composition.

A Final Thought :

It is amazing to see how so much beauty can come from so much pain. And that creation can follow destruction. World War II left millions devastated and reeling from its impact – socially, economically and mentally. Yet, artists found inspiration even in such bleak times.


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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