Top 5 Spanish museums you need to visit

4 October 2016 0 Comments Category: blog, Just Landed

What if you were born in another place or another time period? Have you ever imagined yourself being part of an important revolution or seen yourself living in a world dominated by kings and princesses? We have.

Not every weekend break has to involve a beach, a party, or an adventure through the Spanish countryside. You can also take a tour of art and lose yourself in the most important Spanish museums, where you can enjoy the work of some of the most renowned artists in the world such as Picasso, Dalí or Andy Warhol.

Here are the top 5 museums you need to visit:

The Guggenheim, Bilbao

The American Frank Gehry is the responsible for this beautiful avant-garde architectural work that represents one of the most stunning pieces of the 20th century. Just standing in front of the museum you feel amazed by its magnificence.

Gehry made this impressive titanium building which has become a symbol of the city of Bilbao. Once on the inside you will be delighted by the curves and lines that form different types of walls making this place a piece of art in its own right.

One of the most important collections inside the museum is “The Matter of Time”, 8 steel sculptures by Richard Serra. This piece allows the visitors to enjoy the evolution of forms giving you the sensation that space itself is in motion.

You can also enjoy the work of Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Miquel Barceló, Darío Urzay, Clemente Bernard, Cy Twombly and many others.

The Reina Sofía, Madrid

Just stepping out of the Renfe (train) station in Atocha, you can find one of the most important museums in Spain. An enormous place filled with many white rooms where paintings, photographs and sculptures all seem to cry out for attention, and where you can get lost forever in the history of each and every one of them.

Over 4 floors and a beautiful terrace, The Reina Sofía holds different types of works from the final years of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century. You will find Picasso’s Guernica, one of the most important pieces of Spanish art.

This museum holds contemporary and modern art going through Modernism, Surrealism, Cubism and much more. The building was created by the prestigious architect Jean Nouvel.

Teatro-Museo Dalí de Figueres, Girona

This is a perfect reflection of the work and the personality of the artist. Dalí himself even supervised the first part of the construction of this museum. It is the biggest expression of surrealism in the world, according to some critics.

The museum was built over the previous municipal theatre of Figueres. You can find works like Port Alguer, The Spectre of sex-appeal, Leda Atomica, Basket of bread and many other important works by Dalí.

“I want my museum to be a single block, a labyrinth, a great surrealist object. It will be a totally theatrical museum. The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.” – Salvador Dalí.

Museo Nacional del Prado

The king of kings in Spain, with hundreds of paintings from some of the best artists in the world. It has the biggest collection of Spanish paintings in the country. There’s never enough time to see everything that’s inside of this enormous museum, so many tourists go two or three times to get the most out of it. The locals also go from time to time as part of a perfect cultural plan.

You’re going to find the real masters such as Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt and Las Meninas of Velázquez here. There’s also a new part of the museum where you can find some beautiful architecture.

IVAM

There’s much more in Valencia than the City of Arts and Science, the Albufera and the delicious paella. If you’re in town you have to pay a visit to the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern.

It has two different spaces, one called the Centre Julio González dedicated to the insights of the museum and temporary exhibitions. And the Sala Muralla which shows part of the fortification of ancient city of Valencia.

 

 

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