MADRID, Spain, May 12, 2006 – Art lovers will want to put Spain on their travel wish list this summer. Beginning June 6, two of the country’s leading museums are mounting a major retrospective of the work of “Spain’s most important 20th century artist,” “Picasso: Tradition and Avant-garde.” Timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the return of Guernica to Spain and the 125th anniversary of the artist’s birth – more than fifty masterpieces by Pablo Picasso – many never before exhibited in Spain – will be on view at the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía through September 3. Every stage of Picasso’s career will be represented, allowing for an overview of the most important phases from the Blue and Pink Periods to Cubism and Surrealism and the difficult years between the Spanish Civil War and World War continuing up to the fertile last decades.
The Prado Museum is located on Paseo del Prado (www.museoprado.es) and is open daily, except Mondays, from 9 AM to 8 PM. Tickets are about $7.65 or 6 euros, except Sundays, when it is free. The Reina Sofía’s main building, at Calle Santa Isabel, 52, is open six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays from 10 AM to 9 PM and Sundays from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. (Closed Tuesdays.) A ticket costs about $7.65 or 6 euros and admission is free on Saturdays from 2:30 PM to 9 PM and on Sundays from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. (www.museoreinasofia.es) Children under 18 and seniors over 65 are admitted free to both museums.
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