THE REINA SOFÍA MUSEUM CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A MAJOR EXHIBITION ABOUT MONDRIAN AND DE STIJL
The Museum opened in 1990 with the aim of becoming a leading art institution, in an event that was also the inauguration of the exhibition Memory of the future. Italian art from early avant-garde to post-war. The goals of the museum were to assemble an important collection of modern and contemporary art, to turn into a dynamic center of new tendencies and artists, to develop an academic network of research and education and to act as an active cultural promoter.
30 years later, the Museo Reina Sofía is one of the leading contemporary art institutions in Europe, being the 8th most visited museum in all the continent with 4,426,000 visitors in 2019 (TEA-AECOM Museum index). Its collection, that includes the internationally famous Guernica by Pablo Picasso, contains more than 23.000 works. In its 30 years of history, the museum has organized more than 700 hundred temporary exhibitions, including the successful Dalí. All of the poetic suggestions and all of the plastic possibilities (2013), and Pity and Terror. Picasso’s Path to Guernica (2017), commemorating the 80th anniversary of Guernica.
On the occasion of this 30th anniversary, the Museum will present Mondrian and De Stijl, a major exhibition about the Dutch painter and theoretician and the influential artistic movement and magazine that he created with Theo van Doesburg, Bart Van der Leck and Vilmos Huszár. The exhibition, organized by Museo Reina Sofía and Kunstmuseum den Hagg, and curated by Mondrian expert Hans Janssen, opens on November 11 and will show around 100 works, more than a third of them made by Piet Mondrian.