This is an extreme case of you had to be there. The original is easily the largest painting I have ever seen. It utterly dominates a very large gallery. The dimensions are about 25 feet wide by 11 feet high. Probably not the biggest painting ever done, but certainly one of. I think I would like to do a critical examination of the work at some later time, after some research, so I won't talk about it here.
The Reina Sofía is an impressive place. As you approach, the first thing you notice is the two large external glass elevators, that also serve as a signboard for the museum:
You get a pretty good view going up:
I didn't go to every gallery, I find that after an hour I need to take a break, but there are a lot of Picassos. This is Seated Woman Resting on Elbows from 1939:
There are a lot of artists I have never heard of. This is the Danish artist Asger Jorn's The Detested Town from 1951/52:
But lots I have, like Vassily Kandinsky. This is his Centre Circles:
There are a zillion Spanish artists I don't know like Manuel Millares. His Picture from 1957 uses various materials:
I think my favourite of everything I saw was this stark painting by Luis Feito titled Number 179:
But this Mark Rothko was quite nice too. It is Untitled (Orange, Plum, Yellow) from 1950:
Perhaps the oddest item was these three little bronzes by Marcel Duchamp titled Dart-Object, Female Fig Leaf and Wedge of Chastity. One wonders if they are in the right order:
One very large and interesting painting relating to Duchamp was the next. Titled Live or Let Die or the Tragic End of Marcel Duchamp (1965) it consists of eight large panels and is a collaboration between Eduardo Arroyo, Gilles Aillaud and Antonio Recalcati from Spain, France and Italy respectively. Even standing as far away as I could, the extreme ends were clipped a bit:
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So there you have it. A quite impressive museum and well worth a visit.
Some appropriate music by someone who is the rough equivalent of Picasso in music, Igor Stravinsky. This is his Symphony of Psalms, from the same decade as Guernica: