“To speak of the present time through the critical study of the common past”.
This is what the Reina Sofía Museum of Madrid has made itself a central objective by reordering and expanding its permanent collection with the exhibition “Communicating vessels. Collection 1881-2021”.
Without conforming to a simple chronological order, works of art from the late nineteenth century to the most recent, are presented and grouped thematically. Together with considerable bibliographic and archival documentation, the purpose is to encourage and encourage collective reflection and dialogue. According Manuel Borja Villel, Director of the Reina Sofía Museum, this exhibition “It is a work that reflects with enough precision what the 20th century has been”.
The new collection, made up of some 2,000 works of art, is grouped in different spaces and spread over more than 12,000 square meters. Around the 70% of the pieces had never been exhibited before in the Museum.
Its integration into the collection has allowed us to examine new themes: as the current situation of migration, colonialism, ecology and gender identity, among others. The Museum has also expanded the representation of women, as well as architecture, and the role of photography and film, which has been enhanced with the inclusion of hundreds of videos and photos.
The new collection includes works by artists such as Francis Bacon, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dalí, Maruja Mallo, Marta Minujín, Joan Miró, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Remedios Varo, among many others.