The Museo Reina Sofía opened its doors in 1990 to show the contemporary Spanish art in relation to the international context. Its collection consists of more than 20,000 works from the late nineteenth century to the present, five percent of which is exhibited at the Museum and includes works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, Yves Klein, Robert Motherwell, Francis Bacon, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sol LeWitt or Marcel Broodthaers, among many more. The centerpiece is Guernica (1937), by Pablo Picasso.
The Collection presents intertwined micro-narrations, cosmologies that help the understanding of the relations between the works.
It is constituted as a space for discussion and research through seminars and university programs born of the relationship between education and exhibitions, collection, and activities.
The Reina Sofía has recently increased its efforts to network with numerous institutions within and outside Spain, to coordinate and share audiences. Its goal is also to lead a network of information exchange, co-production activities, promotion of joint research and publications, providing at the same time, the ability to create a large network archive.