After having classes from 0900 to 1215, we visited the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía to learn about the Spain's collection of 20th century art. In 1992, the museum was named after the Queen of Spain, Dona Sofia. It is considered one of the most important museums in the world because it focuses on the work of modern art such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and many other great Spanish modern artists.
Luckily, I was fortunate enough to take art appreciation class this year and learn about some of these artists back at The Citadel. My personal favorite artist was Salvador Dali for one reason. Salvador Dali was unique and creative. Dali's art represented creativity and uniqueness to express his life and what he saw and believed. If you look at his art, you start to wonder what exactly he is trying to symbolize or represent. For example, one of his most famous piece is called The Great Masturbator, and it does not look normal at all. When I first saw this piece, I knew that it had to do something with sexuality but I could not figure out what it represented. I asked one of the guides and she said the painting deals with Dali's fear and loathing of sex because when Dali was a little kid, he accidently read his father's extremely graphic book on venereal diseases. Therefore, he created this art to show his negative feelings toward sex. The collection ranged from a lot of pieces that were interesting and unique, to several that were so abstract that you just have absolutely no idea what is it.
The Great Masterbator by Salvador Dali