We all dream of the Louvre, the MoMA of New York or the British Museum, but there are also many essential museums in Spain, with all kinds of artistic expressions and works that are part of the history of universal art. Do you want to know which?
Prado Museum (Madrid)
Possibly the Prado is the most important museum in Spain, with its collection of art from the 16th and 19th centuries and everything that means: Velázquez, Goya, El Greco and Murillo are here. But there are not only Spanish painters, the Prado also has works by Rubens, Tintoretto or Titian. An essential stop for lovers of classic art. Visit it ahead of time or plan ahead what you are most interested in seeing. It is a huge museum. If you are going to spend a few days visiting the Spanish capital and its museums, find here the best Hotels in Madrid.
National Museum Reina Sofia Art Center (Madrid)
For those who prefer the art of the last two centuries (XX and what goes of XXI), Reina Sofia is the place to go. In the building of a former hospital, this museum houses paintings by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dali , with large collections of works by each one, as well as many examples of the main names of artistic trends such as surrealism, cubism and expressionism. It is the place to see the Guernica (Picasso) or Girl in the window (Dali). Complete the visit to this wonderful city with a perfect stay in one of the best hotels in Barcelona.
Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao)
The Bilbao Guggenheim, opened since 2007, is interesting and starting simply by its building, designed by Frank Gerry’s architects’ office, it is highly recommended, in fact, to take the audio guide that explains everything about the building. As for the exhibitions that houses the museum, they tend to change frequently and focus on 20th and 21st century works. If you are one of those who do not understand that of “artistic installation” or step on it (or yes, to see the building), but if you like contemporary art, the Guggenheim of Bilbao is an essential stop. Find beautiful Hotels in Bilbao.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid)
All the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums are called the “Art Triangle “of Madrid. What is in this third angle? A little for all tastes. His collections range from Italian and German Renaissance, to Flemish painting (Rubens, the only Van Eyck in Spain, Rembrandt, Impressionism (Manet, Monet, etc.), Expressionism (Van Gogh, Munch) and several examples of the art of the avant-garde well into the twentieth century.
Picasso Museum (Malaga)
Picasso was from Malaga, so it makes sense that in the city there is not one, but two museums dedicated to the artist. The Picasso Museum, with 285 works, is perfect for deepening its trajectory and in all the artistic disciplines that it touched. In addition, the Museum usually hosts temporary exhibitions of both Picasso and other artists.
Dali Theater-Museum (Figures)
If you like Salvador Dali, travel to his native place, Figures, and visit this museum whose project was created by the artist himself, his last room and his tomb, in fact, are located inside the museum. As its name indicates, the building in which this great collection of Salvador Dali’s works is housed was before a theater, a place in which the painter first exhibited in 1918. Along with the Reina Sofia, the Dali Theater-Museum of Figures is one of the places with the largest collection of works by the artist.
National Museum of Roman Art (Mérida)
The building of this museum and center of investigation on the Roman art was one of the first great works of the architect Rafael Moneo and the one that did that it began to be recognized outside Spain. The museum itself is the dream of every fan of Roman culture: more than 36,000 pieces, archaeological finds from the city of Emerita Augusta, as well as lectures, courses, temporary exhibitions and other activities. It was opened in 1986.
Joan Miró Foundation (Barcelona)
Located in Montjuic, the collection of the Joan Miró Foundation has some of the most well-known and emblematic works of the Catalan painter. A total of more than 10,000 pieces (paintings, sculptures, tapestries, sketches) that serve as a guide to know and understand the trajectory of the artist, from his first sketches of youth to the great pictures he made at the end. The idea of this museum was Miró himself, to ensure that his work was always available to the general public.
Valencian Institute of Modern Art (Valencia)
The Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) is specialized in the artistic avant-gardes of the 20th century, making a quite complete journey through currents such as abstraction or pop-art and reaching European in formalism or new figuration. In addition to the permanent exhibition, it usually has temporary exhibitions. Among the paintings that are in its collections, there are works by international artists such as Paul Klee, Robert Delaunay or Frantisek Kupka.
Museum of Fine Arts of Seville (Seville)
An essential museum to know in depth the Sevillian Baroque, which included artists such as Zurbaran, Murillo or Valdés Leal. After the Museo Del Prado, it is the second most important gallery in Spain, and contains works by El Greco or Velázquez, as well as the painters already mentioned. It is also one of the oldest museums: it was opened in 1841.
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