Reina Sofia Art Center National MuseumThe Reina Sofia Museum is located in an historic building from the XVIII century, that used to be a hospital. In 1988 it became a National Museum replacing the former Museo Espa├▒ol de Arte Contemporaneo. It is dedicated to XX century art. The permanent collection is on the second and fourth floor. On the second floor contemporary art can be seen and on the fourth historial pieces. The most important painting is, without a doubt, the Guernica by Pablo Picasso, but it also has works by Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Eduardo Chillida and Juan Gris among many others. This collection is almost completely dedicated to Spanish artists, although there are also a handful of works by international artists. The idea is to cover different periods and trends. The Museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 to 21:00, on Sundays from 10:00 to 14:30 and closed on Tuesdays.
On the last floor is the biggest art library of Spain. It contains an immense collection of documents, some from as early as 1900, but mainly on Spanish and international art from 1945 on. It includes more than 100.000 monographs and leaflets, magazines, videos, audio tapes, photographs, etc. It is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 21:00.
Some of the exhibitions are shown in the Palacio Velazquez in the Retiro Park. This building is from the XIX century and was originally built to house a mining exhibition.
But apart from the permanent collection, one of the main activities of this museum is its splendid contemporary art exhibitions.
It is located at Santa Isabel, 52, in the area of Atocha, near to the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum.
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