List of selected artworks. Maps for the tour in the museum





  • Room view
    27 November 2014 - 12 April 2015

    Luciano Fabro (27/11/2014)

    Palacio de Velázquez

    The work of Luciano Fabro (Turin, 1936-Milan, 2007) expands the expressive possibilities of sculpture in the second half of the 20th century. His art associates the use of simple and common materials that redefine the nature of the object and its space with a constant poetic reflection on the practice of sculpture, evident in the numerous texts in which the artist has always related thought with experimentation in new practices.

    This anthological exhibition, the first to be held since the artist's death, gathers a constellation of works that are fundamental for an understanding of the singularity of Fabro's oeuvre and features over 60 artworks from diverse private collections and international public institutions.

  • Hicham Benohoud-The class. Serie. Artist and Galerie VU courtesy.
    29 October 2014 - 9 February 2015

    Really useful knowledge (29/10/2014)

    Sabatini Building. Floor 1

    The notion of "really useful knowledge" was originated from the workers' awareness of the need for self-education in the early 19th century. In the 1820s and 1830s, workers' organizations in United Kingdom introduced this phrase to describe 'unpractical' knowledge like politics, economics and philosophy, as opposed to what factory owners proclaimed to be “useful knowledge”. Some time earlier capitalists began investing in advancement of their businesses through funding the education of workers in 'applicable' skills and disciplines such as engineering, physics, chemistry or math.

    Through this reference to the beginnings of struggle against exploitation and the early efforts towards self-organized education of workers, the exhibition “Really Useful Knowledge” looks into issues around education from contemporary perspective.

  • Richard Hamilton. Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, 1956/1992. Collage. 26 x 25 cm. Private collection. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
    June 27 - October 13, 2014

    Richard Hamilton (25/06/2014)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 3

    By virtue of more than 250 works produced between 1949 and 2011, this exhibition offers a comprehensive retrospective look at the work of Richard Hamilton (London, 1922 – 2011), a key figure in Pop Art and one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

  • Cildo Meireles, Abajur, 1997-2010. Lamp, cybachrome, dinamo and sound. Variables mesures. Artist Collection
    May 23 – September 29, 2013

    Cildo Meireles (23/05/2013)

    Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia presents in the Palacio Velazquez - Parque de El Retiro (Madrid), a new anthological exhibition of Cildo Meireles (Rio de Janeiro, 1948). The exhibition is a co-production with the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (Porto, Portugal) and HangarBicocca (Milan, Italy). João Fernandes, who is the Deputy Director of Museo Reina Sofia, is the curator of this exhibition.

  • Dalí, Autorretrato con cuello rafaelesco, 1920-1921 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VEGAP, Madrid, 2013
    April 27 - September 2, 2013

    Dalí. All of the poetic suggestions and all of the plastic possibilities (25/04/2013)

    Main site

    The Museo Reina Sofía presents a major exhibition dedicated to Salvador Dalí, one of the most comprehensive shows yet held on the artist from Ampurdán. Gathered together on this unique occasion are more than 200 works from leading institutions, private collections, and the three principal repositories of Salvador Dalí’s work, the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí (Figueres), the Salvador Dalí Museum of St. Petersburg (Florida), and the Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid), which in this way are joining forces to show the public the best of their collections.

  • Museo Reina Sofía. Sabatini building. Facade

    The Museum

    The Museum

    The Museo Reina Sofía opened its doors in 1990 to show the contemporary Spanish art in relation to the international context. Its collection consists of more than 20,000 works from the late nineteenth century to the present, five percent of which is exhibited at the Museum and includes works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Robert Delaunay, Georges Braque, Yves Klein, Robert Motherwell, Francis Bacon, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Gerhard Richter, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sol LeWitt or Marcel Broodthaers, among many more. The centerpiece is Guernica (1937), by Pablo Picasso.

  • Collection 1. The Irruption of the 20th Century: Utopias and Conflicts (1900-1945)

    Collection 1. The Irruption of the 20th Century: Utopias and Conflicts (1900-1945)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 2
    The Collection

    The Collection of Museo Reina Sofía starts with the end of the 19th Century, addressing the conflicts between a dominant Modernity, understood as progress, and its multiple discontents, as an ideology under constant challenge both in the social and the political fronts, and the cultural and artistic ones. The avant-garde, in its reinvention of the subject, of the public and of the art world, becomes the symptom of the new 20th Century. While Cubism defines the modern, ephemeral and multiple gaze, Dada and Surrealism free the subject from the moral and social repression, giving free reign to desire and to the social and individual unconscious.

  • Collection 2. Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)

    Collection 2. Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 4
    The Collection

    On the fourth floor, the Collection covers the artistic transformations occurring in the post-war period, during the development of the tension-ridden international geopolitical scenario involving two different worlds and two antagonistic systems, the United States and the Soviet Union.

  • Richard Hamilton, Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? (¿Qué es lo que hace que las casas de hoy sean tan diferentes, tan atractivas?), 1956, reproducida por Richard Hamilton en 1992. Cibrachrome. 26 x 25 cm. Colección particular
    27th June — 13th October 2014

    Richard Hamilton (24/06/2014)

    Main site

    From June 27 to October 13, 2014, Madrid is to host the largest retrospective held to date on the British artist Richard Hamilton. The exhibition, organized by the Reina Sofía, was designed specifically for the Madrid museum by Hamilton himself, who became directly involved with the work when he visited the city in the early months of 2010.

  • Kerry James Marshall. Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994. Acrílico y purpurina sobre lienzo sin estirar. 254 x 360,68 cm. Denver Art Museum
    12th June — 26th October 2014

    Kerry James Marshall: painting and other stuff (12/06/2014)

    Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro

    Kerry James Marshall: painting and other stuff is the first major presentation in Europe of the work of this American artist (Birmingham, Alabama, 1955). Marshall is the author of an important body of figurative work in which he explores the themes of identity – national, gender, and especially racial identity – in an attempt to contextualize the Afro-American experience in today’s sociopolitical situation. The exhibition has been co-produced by four european museums: M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhaguen, Denmark), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona) and Museo Reina Sofía.

  • VV.AA. Madrid. Barcelona, Industries Graphiques Seix i Barral, 1937; 96 p.; 31 cm. Archivo fotográfico del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2013
    27th May 2014 – 5th Januray 2015

    photobooks. Spain 1905-1977 (27/05/2014)


    photobooks. Spain 1905-1977 is a history of Spanish photography through a selection of its best photobooks, many of them little known. The exhibition, organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), is the result of a line of acquisitions and research undertaken by the Museum’s Department of Collections with the collaboration of Horacio Fernández, curator of the exhibition.

  • Fernand Léger, Les Loisirs - Hommage à Louis David, 1948-1949. Oil on canvas. 154 x 185 cm. Centre Pompidou, París. Musée National d'Art Moderne / Centre de création industrielle. Adquirido en 1950
    29th April — 22th September 2014

    Playgrounds. Reinventing the Square (29/04/2014)

    Main site

    The exhibition uses 300 artworks in very different formats (painting, sculpture, installations, video, photographie, graphic arts, film and papers) and the term playground to propose a historical-artistic look at play areas and their socializing, transgressive and political potential, from the beginning of modernity to our day. Making reference to the carnivalesque model as an irreverent and popular expression altering the established order, the exhibition explores the collective dimension of play as well as the social necessity of a space specifically for the construction of a new public sphere through artworks by Ensor, Goya, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Giacometti or Xabier Rivas. 

  • Inside view of Hanne Darboven's studio. Courtesy: Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburgo. Photographer: © Felix Krebs
    25th March — 1st September 2014

    The order of time and things. The home studio of Hanne Darboven (25/03/2014)

    Main site

    The exhibition The order of time and things. The home studio of Hanne Darboven brings together a large selection of pieces from the artist’s studio, showing, for the first time in a museum, the setting in which Darboven (Munich, 1941- Hamburg, 2009) worked.

  • Gallery view of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. SPLENDIDE HOTEL. Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro. Photographic Archive of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2014.
    13th March — 19th October 2014

    Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. SPLENDIDE HOTEL (13/03/2014)

    Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro

    The projects of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Strasbourg, France, 1965) invite the visitor on a journey through spaces and times where literature becomes a habitual practice of inhabiting the world. The artwork is redefined as a process beyond the concrete significance of objects. Literature and theatre constitute strategies for the configuration of an imaginary where physical space is no more than the tip of an iceberg traced out by the viewer on both real and fictional coordinates.

  • Wols, Sin título, Rep. 1976. Impresión a la gelatina de plata. 18,7 x 24 cm. Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., Stuttgart
    13th February — 26th May 2014

    Wols. Cosmos and Street (13/02/2014)

    Main site

    Wols is one of the most intriguing figures in 20th-century art. Wols: Cosmos and Street does not attempt a survey of Wols’s work, nor a retrospective with a chronological structure. Instead, the exhibition presents his work in terms of two distinct kinds of ‘graphism’: one of the light (photography) and one of the line (drawing).