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





  • Exhibition view. Elizabeth Aro. Otro en el espejo, 2004
    10 november, 2004 - 02 january, 2005

    Throughout her career, artist Elizabeth Aro (Buenos Aires, 1961) has participated in numerous collective and individual exhibitions around the world. Among the first of these, the most noteworthy include the one held in 2000 in the Instituto de América (Santa Fe, Granada), the exhibition in the Spazio Erasmus Brera (Milan, Italy), in 2002, and the one in the Centro Cultural de España (San José, Costa Rica), in 2003.

  • Exhibition view. Daniel Vázquez Díaz, 1882-1969, 2004
    02 november, 2004 - 10 january, 2005

    Daniel Vázquez Díaz (Nerva, 1882 - Madrid, 1969) is one of the key figures of the artistic culture that develops in Spain in mid-twentieth century. Vázquez Díaz was the direct master and reference for many of the artists who made up the avant-garde and the renewal movement of the Twenties and was the paradigmatic example of those who, between 1920 and 1970, fought for a compact alliance between modernity and tradition in Spanish art. Between the late 1910s and the early 1920s Vázquez Díaz was one of the artistic creators associated with the most radical early avant-garde movements in Spain. In the early twenties, along with Gabriel García Maroto and Aurelio Arteta he lays the groundwork for an alternative construction of a "modern social realism". "Neocubism", developed from this triple sharing of experiences, begins to be spread by Vázquez Díaz in 1924, and who, in 1925, signs the Iberian Artists Society manifesto. From that point onwards his painting was erected in the very centre of aesthetic gravity for this group of artists. An expert portrait and landscape artist, he painted portraits of the most well-known personalities of the time. In 1929, Vázquez Díaz paints his most famous work, the frescoes of the "Poem of Discovery" at the monastery of La Rabida. The Franco regime would often take these paintings as an example for the consolidation of a "national aesthetic", however this work is actually in harmony with the aesthetics of the Italian Novecento and the epic realism of the Hispanic social muralism. Vázquez Díaz’s painting continues to develop a streak of measured modernity after the war. Now his painting would exist with the phobias the Franco regime manifested towards the radical avant-gardes and from the Fifties he gives himself entirely to the role of mentor and guide of a new horizon of artistic regeneration.

  • Antoni Tàpies. Mur (Wall), 1991. Sculpture. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    26 october, 2004 - 17 january, 2005

    This exhibition commemorates the Velázquez Visual Arts Prize awarded to Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, 1923-2012) in 2003 and is added to the exhibitions that the museum has dedicated to him in 1990 Antoni Tàpies. Extensiones de la realidad and in 2000, Tàpies en Silos. This time we present Tàpies’ work in ceramic, an artist best known for his pictorial role.

  • Exhibition view. Javier Pérez. Mutaciones, metamorfosis, 2004
    21 october, 2004 - 17 january, 2005

    Artist Javier Pérez (Bilbao, 1968) trains in the Basque Country and in Paris and produces his first works in the early nineties, when he breaks into the art scene with a special twist on the trend from those days: the aesthetics of the body.

  • Vista de sala de la exposición. Colección Taschen, 2004
    20 october, 2004 - 10 january, 2005

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents a representative selection of art works from the collection of German publisher Benedikt Taschen that he has gathered over the past two decades. Such a private collection as this one allows for an overview of art at a historic moment from an unprecedented point of view, given the very nature of personal choice which the collector himself has conducted as a general artistic overview. Thus a more institutional and objective vision on art proper to the museum itself is extended upon showing the public other aspects that allows them to amplify their diversity.

  • Exhibition view. Martin Kippenberger. Pinturas, 2004. Photo: Estudio Enguita & Lasso de la Vega‏
    18 october, 2004 - 10 january, 2005

    Martin Kippenberger (Dortmund, Germany 1953 - Vienna, 1997) is one of the most unruly and significant German artists. He made a mark in the Eighties by challenging the most serious artistic conventions by using his devastating irony. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents hundreds of his works at the first solo exhibition of this artist in a Spanish museum.

  • José Manuel Aizpúrua. Sol y sombra con mano, 1930
    07 october, 2004 - 27 december, 2004

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía unveils the photographic work of architect José Manuel Aizpúrua (San Sebastian, 1902-1936). Despite his short life, Aizpurua is one of the most representative figures of Spanish architecture in the interwar period. A good example of his work is the building of the Real Club Náutico de San Sebastián (1928), considered one of the few good examples of the rationalist movement in Spain and which has been studied from its construction until the present.

  • Sergio Belinchón. Silos, 2004. Installation. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    06 october, 2004 - 12 december, 2004

    Sergio Belinchón (Valencia, 1971) is the first photographer to have participated in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía’s exhibition project at the Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos. Belinchón is one of the most important young photographers on the Spanish art scene. After training at the School of Fine Arts in Valencia and studying on a scholarship at the School of Spain of in Paris, the artist has worked for the architect Santiago Calatrava and later received another scholarship from the Academy of Spain in Rome. Belinchón’s work has developed in successive series such as Metropolis around Paris or the series Roma. In Ciudades Efímeras, he approaches the chaotic development of the Spanish Levante coast, while in Desierto de Atacama constructions and other elements are the waste of a rural landscape uninhabited from a long time ago.

  • Exhibition view Vicente Blanco. Algunas veces pasa cuando estáis dormidos, 2004
    21 september, 2004 - 31 october, 2004

    Vicente Blanco (Santiago de Compostela, 1974), featured artist in the field of videocreation, presents his latest work entitled Alguna vez pasa cuando estáis dormidos, specifically conceived for Espacio Uno. Since his first exhibition in 1995, Blanco participates in various projects, among which the collective exhibition Monocanal stands out, organised at the Museum in 2003.

  • Sean Scully. Land, Sea, Sky, 1999. Photography. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    14 september, 2004 - 04 december, 2004

    Thirty-nine photographs from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía collection, produced during the Eighties and Nineties, are displayed at the exhibition Nueva Tecnología, Nueva Iconografía, Nueva Fotografía which is presented by the Juan March Foundation at the Museu d’Art Espanyol Contemporani in Palma and will afterwards exhibit at Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca. A total of thirty-six artists are present due of the diversity coming from a single medium: photography.

  • Exhibition view. Cecily Brown, 2004
    13 july, 2004 - 12 september, 2004

    Cecily Brown’s (London, 1969) paintings revisit some of the great moments of universal artistic tradition with references to and influences of well-known artists such as Francisco de Goya, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, and Francis Bacon. In this way, Brown shares with André Masson an interest in the ferocity of the sexual instinct and the tragedies inherent in nature as well as the representation of genitalia as natural ornaments. With an expressionistic appearance, they are pieces in which desire seems like something that is uncontrollable, or which has its own orders and laws. However, on other occasions Brown paints small animals or figures that appear to come from comics, where humour becomes the dominant tone. This mixture of pop with expressionism places the artist’s work in the realm of the fantastic. In Brown’s landscapes illusion disappears and there is no perspective: in them everything happens on the surface. It is a world made up of the history of painting, the indescribable engine of desire and artistic language itself, transformed into an authentic hedonist garden, in which images and brushstrokes merge without any hierarchical criteria. In the last ten years, Cecily Brown has exhibited her work at major galleries and museums in Europe and America.

  • Óscar Domínguez. Retrato de la pianista Roma (Portrait of the Pianist Roma), 1933. Painting. On loan
    06 july, 2004 - 18 october, 2004

    The exhibition Huellas Dalinianas reflects Salvador Dalí’s (Figueras, 1904-1989) influence on the Spanish avant-garde, from 1929 until after the Civil War. This exhibition is part of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía’s programme celebrating the centenary of the birth of Catalan artist, which is accompanied by another almost simultaneous exhibition at the Museum, Dalí. cultura de masas.

  • Exhibition view. Dalí. Cultura de masas, 2004
    28 june, 2004 - 30 august, 2004

    In the early twentieth century art expresses a rejection of the rules on which Western mimetic representation had been built while also absorbing the techniques and themes that arose with the advances of the Industrial Revolution. These two trends are developed in parallel; they intertwined and influenced each other.

  • Exhibition view. Roy Lichtenstein. All about art, 2004
    25 june, 2004 - 27 september, 2004

    The fascination which Roy Lichtenstein (New York, USA, 1923-1997) felt during his whole life for the image is the focus of this retrospective exhibition on the artist. Lichtenstein was, along with Andy Warhol, the most prominent representative of Pop Art, he captivated the American art scene in the early sixties which grew out of, to a certain extent, a reaction against Abstract Expressionism.

  • Anish Kapoor. Madonna, 1989-1990. Sculpture. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    15 june, 2004 - 06 september, 2004

    Far from the conventional chronological order, the works in the exhibition Monocromos: de Malevich al presente are installed for this installation in series corresponding to colour environment. The dual-origin of monochrome art (the mystical and the specific) in its evolution during the twentieth century illustrates the division between the spiritual quest of a transcendental experience and the desire to emphasise the physical presence of the object as a concrete reality and not an illusion. The two opposite meanings -the specific object and mystical icon- blend into the first monochrome paintings of Kasimir Malevich, created on the eve of the Russian revolution.

  • Julian Schnabel. Al pueblo de España (To the People of Spain), 1991. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    03 june, 2004 - 13 september, 2004

    Over fifty paintings by Julian Schnabel (New York, United States, 1951) make up the exhibition at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicated to this creative American. A Czech immigrant father and a mother from New York, in 1965 the Schnabel family moves to Brownsville (Texas, United States), a town near the Mexican border. His life as a teenager in this city is replete with violence, weapons and drugs, which strongly shapes the artist’s character and psychology. After studying Fine Arts at the University of Houston, Schnabel returns to New York in 1973 and studies a “critique and curator of museums” programme at the Whitney Museum. During 1976 he spends several months in Europe, visiting Italy and the work of Giotto, Fra Angelico and Caravaggio.

  • Exhibition view. Sergi Aguilar. Perimetrías, 2004
    28 may, 2004 - 25 july, 2004

    Sergi Aguilar (Barcelona, 1946) is a leading Spanish sculptor from the last few generations. His creations, rooted in Minimalism, marked a milestone for Spanish sculpture during the transition years. Bought up in a family with a strong tradition of arts and crafts, a trip to Paris in 1965 brought him into contact with the work of Brancusi, Julio González and the Russian Constructivists. This experience orientates him towards sculpture, to which he gives himself up to completely in 1972.

  • 27 may, 2004 - 04 october, 2004

    Javier Campano (Madrid 1950) teaches himself photography and begins professionally in 1975. His beginnings are linked to the magazine Nueva Lente, a publication that sought to break with the previous vision of clear and documentary photography, to approach a more conceptual one. Both the magazine and the school Photocentro, were the seed from which a new generation of photographers in Madrid sprouted, including, apart from Campano, Alberto García-Alix and Ouka Leele, with marked stylistic differences between them, but with a common interest to portray nearby worlds. In this way this group of photographers reflects on all the figures and scenes in the open Madrid they lived, in a close, friendly and creative relationship with other artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians.

  • Exhibition view. Isidro Blasco. Thinking about that place, 2004
    11 may, 2004 - 04 july, 2004

    The projects presented by Isidro Blasco (Madrid, 1962) at Espacio Uno in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, are based on photographs from rooms in which he has lived or worked. The artist creates a process of reflection or intimate conversation with the empty architectural space. From this exhibition an installation emerges which reflects the energy and dynamics of the site.

  • Exhibition view. Leiro, 2004
    01 april, 2004 - 31 may, 2004

    Francisco Leiro (Cambados, 1951) belongs to the group of twentieth-century artists who staged a turning point in Spanish art during the early eighties. The euphoria that surrounded the birth of the young Spanish democracy manifested in art in the shape of a plural explosion that included artists such as Ferrán García Sevilla, Juan Muñoz, Manolo Quejido, Susana Solano, Juan Uslé and Miquel Barceló.

  • Exhibition view. Blanca Muñoz. El universo transparente, 2004
    24 march, 2004 - 02 may, 2004

    Although Blanca Muñoz’s (Madrid, 1963) work has changed much over the last years of the twentieth century, the idea of astral projection is still relevant in her metal structures. In this exhibition distributed between Espacio Uno and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía’s Sabatini Gardens, Muñoz presents three sculptures whose titles refer to astronomical objects. In the same way as many other artists of the twentieth century, Muñoz is fascinated by astrophysics and the organisation of forms in empty space. So much so, that her interest in cosmological theories led her to join the Madrid Astronomical Association. These theories have a decisive influence on her work.

  • José Gutiérrez Solana. El circo, ca. 1917-1920. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    09 march, 2004 - 20 may, 2004

    José Gutiérrez Solana’s (Madrid, 1886-1945) artistic and literary tasks result in a deep knowledge of Spain, of its style and landscapes, its customs, its lights and shadows. Contemporary of generations of 98, 14 and 27, Solana is considered by the members of this last generation as a vital part of its development, the artist was one of the pillars of the Pombo tertulia (literary gathering) at the café in Madrid of the same name. This gathering was immortalised by Solana himself in one of his masterpieces, kept at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (link to piece).

  • Exhibition view. Juan Navarro Baldeweg. La copa de cristal, 2004
    25 february, 2004 - 28 april, 2004

    To his distinguished career as an architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg (Santander, 1939) adds an important activity as painter and sculptor which goes back to the late fifties. His numerous prizes and distinctions in the field of architecture -among which the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal awarded in 1998 stands out- is in addition to an equally accredited record as an artist which saw him win the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas in 1990.

  • Nicolás de Lekuona. Tactos sutiles (Subtle Touches), 1936. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    24 february, 2004 - 29 may, 2004

    Despite his short career (four years) Nicholas de Lekuona (Ordizia, 1913 - Frúniz, 1937) is known for a prolific artistic production to which the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicates this exhibition.

  • Exhibition view. Pierre Le-Tan, 2004
    19 february, 2004 - 03 may, 2004

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is the first museum to dedicate an exhibition to the work of Pierre Le-Tan (Paris, 1950), son of a Parisian mother and of the Indochinese painter Le-Pho Nam, who moves to Europe to see the work of the Flemish and Renaissance painters and who would eventually settle in Paris. In this way, in the drawings by Pierre Le-Tan, the Western world is seen through oriental coloured glasses with a refinement that sometimes contains a plot and a desolation that goes beyond the landscape. A great illustrator, the works of Le-Tan have been published in the last thirty years in numerous publications such as: The New Yorker, Vogue Decoration and The world of interiors, as well as in numerous literary texts, both his own and from other writers.

  • Exhibition view. Pertegaz, 2004
    17 february, 2004 - 31 may, 2004

    La Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales (SECC) (The State Society for Cultural Commemorations) in collaboration with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, honours Spanish fashion through a major exhibition dedicated to one of its references, Manuel Pertegaz (Olba, 1918). The exhibition coincides with the sixty-second anniversary of the first Pertegaz Couture House, Barcelona (1942). The exhibition includes seventy-five suits presenting creations by the designer especially from the Fifties to the mid-seventies, when Pertegaz and Cristóbal Balenciaga are the benchmark for fashion in Spain.

  • Sol LeWitt. From Derived from a Cubic Rectangle (steps), 1992. Graphic art. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    09 february, 2004 - 07 april, 2004
    Program: Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación

    The exhibition Galería Cadaqués (1973-1997) is part of the series of exhibitions dedicated to historical art galleries -the last one was dedicated to showing the Archivo de la Galería Juana Mordó in 2001- and is organised by the Documentation Centre of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

    Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación
  • Exhibition view. Axel Hütte. Terra incognita, 2004
    05 february, 2004 - 10 may, 2004

    Disciple of Hilla and Bernd Becher, Axel Hütte (Essen, Germany, 1951) is part of the generation of photographers who emerged from the Düsseldorf school. Together with colleagues such as Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky and Candida Höfer, the artist presents a body of work that defines the general outline of German "New Photography".

  • Exhibition view. André Masson (1896-1987), 2004
    29 january, 2004 - 19 april, 2004

    Contributions by André Masson (Balagny sur Thérain, France, 1896 - Paris, 1987) to the art of his time constitute the main axis of the exhibition: André Masson (1896-1987). The exhibition is the first retrospective dedicated to the author in the last twenty years. It highlights, in addition to a special emphasis on the artist's painting, the links of his work to the literary world and his own role as a writer as well as his deep relationship with Spain.