During the Richard Hamilton retrospective held in the Museo Reina Sofía in 2014, the works exhibited included two installations that now form part of the Museo’s Collection: Man, Machine & Motion, initially exhibited in 1955 in the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle and ICA, London, and An Exhibit, produced in 1957 and also exhibited in the Hatton Gallery, in collaboration with the artists Victor Pasmore and Lawrence Alloway.
For the purposes of the Playgrounds Exhibition, three works by Ángel Ferrant have been loaned to the Museo, corresponding to the set of wooden children's toys he produced for the Caño Roto Housing Development (1957-63). According to Antonio Vázquez de Castro, one of the architects in the aforementioned project, Ángel Ferrant took an interest in the experience of the housing developments and wanted to "make a generous contribution, charging what a carpenter or locksmith charges me" in designing these games.
One of the main interests of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is to present recent acquisitions to the public. In keeping with our policy of exhibiting and rotating the permanent collection as much as possible, we have installed Opera by Öyvind Fahlström for the first time since its incorporation into the collection. Created in 1952-53, it is the first significant work by the artist. An exhibition room has been designed for the sole purpose of exhibiting this work in a manner which highlights its theatricality and its relationship with musical language.
The rearrangement of the permanent collection made it necessary to move, in March 2010, the piece Toki-Egin (Homenaje a San Juan de la Cruz), created by Eduardo Chillida in 1990. It had been situated on the fourth floor of the Sabatini Building and its weight, over 9 tonnes, made moving it a very complicated process.
The initial results of the study of the work with visible light, x-ray, ultraviolet and infrared technology which, along with the state of conservation of the painting, shed new light on this work of art. The x-ray images show that Solana painted the La tertulia del café Pombo over a baroque altar. The four phases of the study can be navigated with the cursor.