We all know how important art is to the Spanish and this is directly reflected by the abundance of museums honouring it. Whenever we hear of Spain, we immediately start associating it with grandmasters like Salvador Dalí or Pablo Picasso and we are happy to tell you that the country does a brilliant job to protect its legacy. Let us explore some of its most scintillating establishments – see how many of them you’ve actually known before reading about it here!
1. Albacete Provincial Museum:
Known officially as “Museo Provincial de Albacete”, the establishment was first inaugurated in 1927. Both an archaeological and a fine arts museum, it is located in Albacete (within the bounds of the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha). What’s interesting to know about it is that it has been designated a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest in the year of 1967. Also, be sure to pay attention how seamlessly the two main topics of the museum are blended together – if you are perceptive, you will catch the subtle depictions of art history.
2. Museum of the Asturian People:
If you are a fan of open-air museums then we have just the thing for you. Gijón’s (Principality of Asturias) Museum of the Asturian People is a vast establishment formed in 1968. What’s interesting about it is that it digs deep into the meaning of ethnographic items. In fact, the whole institute seems to be shaped around that very aspect of history. Thus, the artistic creations of people subtly emerge and create a grandiose atmosphere around the viewers. The museum has three buildings (sections): Casa de los Valdes (a temporary exhibition space that ever changes), Casa de los González de la Vega (where the International Bagpipe Museum can be found), and the Asturian Pavilion. Definitely a must-see.
3. Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias:
We can’t seem to be able to get away from the Asturias, now, can we (wink)? This time, we are visiting Oviedo, a town of over 200,000 people, and its exquisite “Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias”. Established in 1980, the museum has a modest yet significant inventory of 10,000 art pieces. What you should know about it is that it only has about 350-400 pieces displayed at any one time. This makes it unique in terms of re-visitability. Most works displayed pertain to Asturian artists but there are some from Flemish-born and Italian painters as well (like Umberto Pettinicchio). Additionally, there is a small permanent collection of items that includes sculptures, glass objects and earthenware as well.
4. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía:
We could talk about a million museums but we could never leave out Madrid’s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (also known as the “Queen Sofía Museum” or simply as “The Sophia”). Visited by more than 3.5 million people each year, the establishment is considered Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art. Established in 1992, it was designated a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest in 1978. Notable artists whose works are displayed include: Gabriel Orozco, Paul Klee, José Gutiérrez Solana, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger and many others. Yet we cannot forget to whom the museum was fundamentally dedicated: why Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, of course!
5. Museo Nacional de Escultura:
You may have seen a couple of grandiose museums in your life but we assure you that Valladolid’s Museo Nacional de Escultura is going to amaze you in all possible ways. Dedicated to paintings and sculptures, the establishment was moved from the Palacio de Santa Cruz to the Colegio de San Gregorio in 1933. Designated a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest in 1962, it mainly houses works from the 13th to 19th centuries. Notable art pieces include The Raising of the Cross by Francisco del Rincon, The Way of Calvary by Gregorio Fernández and The Adoration of the Magi by Alonso Berruguete.
6. Museo de Málaga:
Located in Málaga, Andalusia, this fine establishment houses no more than 2,000 works of art and over 15,000 archaeological items. The museum was formed in 1973 by joining two former institutions: the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes (Provincial Museum of Fine Arts) and the Museo Arqueológico Provincial (Provincial Archeological Museum). Besides Pablo Picasso (the obvious star of all Spanish museums), the establishment houses works from Luca Giordano, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Antonio del Castillo, Alonso Cano, and many others as well.
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