One part 1800s hospital, one part design by British architect Ian Ritchie, and one part expansion by French architect Jean Nouvel, even El Reina Sofía’s construction speaks to the tenets espoused by the 20th century art it holds. Both the dramatic and romantic old hallways of the hospital and new, starkly modern passages give way to art whose experimentation is a marriage of both worlds.
While the museum houses significant works by the likes of Picasso, Dalí, and Miró (including Picasso’s truly epic Guernica), it is the museum itself that impresses most.
And my personal favourite part, the library.
Like Madrid itself, El Reina Sofía is an effortless combination of old and new, managing to integrating and celebrate both without losing itself too much to one or the other.
For the Urchin in all of us, Museo Reina Sofía has free entry Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7-9pm and Sundays 3-7pm.