Treasures of Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum with Clara Nchama - Context Travel

Treasures of Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum with Clara Nchama


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The Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid is one of the most important museums in Spain, housing a fascinating collection of over 21,000 pieces. Together with the Prado and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museums, it forms what is known as the “Art Triangle”, the city’s cultural hub and a mecca for art lovers. This conversation will explore the historic building, the museum’s role in entering modernity, and the broad range of art within that tourists travel far and wide to admire.

The Museum, the former General Hospital of Madrid, houses works by international and Spanish artists linked directly to the artistic avant-gardes and international movements of the twentieth century. We will begin with an introduction to the works and artists that started modernity in Spain, inspired by international art. We will approach some of the first historical avant-gardes movements, like Cubism and Surrealism, with a special focus on the group of works by Salvador Dalí, beyond The Great Masturbator or The Enigma of Hitler.

The axis of the Museum is Guernica, painted by Pablo Picasso for the pavilion of the Second Spanish Republic of the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937. It has since become one of the greatest works of the twentieth century. We will talk about the interesting history of the arrival of this painting in Spain, its subsequent installation in the Reina Sofía Museum, and some of the works that are part of the “Picasso Legacy”.

We will end by analyzing the artists of the post-war period, in which we will see the differences between the international art of those times - with the increasing influence of American art - and Spanish art, which struggled to stay afloat in the middle of the dictatorship Franco, with the appearance of groups such as El Paso or Dau al Set.

Led by an expert in Spanish art history, Clara Nchama, this interactive seminar will explore Madrid’s iconic Reina Sofia Museum and both its highlight pieces, and lesser-known artistic gems. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding and appreciation of this cultural treasure.

Originally from Equatorial Guinea, Clara moved to Spain when she was 2 years old. She holds degrees in geography and history and a Master’s in art history from Sorbonne University in Paris. With more than fifteen years experience in museum education and and management of cultural projects and as a history and art history teacher. Clara has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (Italy), the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, and a number of institutions within the cultural department of the Ministry of Culture in Spain. She also has designed art and cultural tours for groups for more than 10 years. Since 2006, Clara is Assistant Curator of the Museums of the Ministry of Culture of Spain. And at the present, Works on her PHD on the culture of Spain after the Franquism, while working as Public Programmes and Communication Coordinator at the Museo del Traje (Costume Museum) of Madrid, organising events, lectures, group visits and educational programmes. Clara has been leading Context tours since 2012.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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An Excellent Tour

Clara Nchama is a lecturer whose spot-on scholarship and genuine enthusiasm treat learners to a splendid hour and a half!

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Interesting

It would be helpful if she can have the name of the artist and the year it was done in her slides

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Good but...

The presentation was well constructed, the slides are right on point plus there was some relevant political history. It was disappointing the the slides weren't labeled with each artist's name and date of the piece, but I feel it was a very good tour of the important pieces put into historical context, and I learned a lot about this museum.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
33%
(2)
33%
(2)
17%
(1)
0%
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17%
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N.J.G.
An Excellent Tour

Clara Nchama is a lecturer whose spot-on scholarship and genuine enthusiasm treat learners to a splendid hour and a half!

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A.

Guest did not leave comment

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M.
Interesting

It would be helpful if she can have the name of the artist and the year it was done in her slides

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E.
Good but...

The presentation was well constructed, the slides are right on point plus there was some relevant political history. It was disappointing the the slides weren't labeled with each artist's name and date of the piece, but I feel it was a very good tour of the important pieces put into historical context, and I learned a lot about this museum.

L
L.H.
Unfortunate Audio Issues

Guest did not leave comment