Of the major art museums in Madrid, only the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Raina Sofía is open on Mondays, our day off. We went there on Monday, May 28, 2012, in the afternoon (after doing our shopping, laundry, and cleaning).
The plaza in front of the main entrance to the museum:
One of the external, glass-covered elevators in the old building of the museum:
The huge entrance between the old and new buildings of the museum (notice the mammoth sculpture Brushstroke by Roy Lichtenstein at the end of the hall):
Some people think Brushstroke looks like a praying mantis. It really does.
If you like modern art (which we do), you'll love Museo Reina Sofía (Queen Sophia Museum). It specializes in 20th century Spanish art, and includes excellent works by Picasso, Miró, Goya, Dali, and others. We didn't have time to see a lot of the museum, but here are some of the wonderful works that we did see, and which we were able to photograph. (The most famous work here, and the one we enjoyed the most, is Guernica by Picasso, but we weren't allowed to take photos of it.)
Homage to St. John of the Cross by Eduardo Chillida, located in one of the gardens outside the old building:
Still Life by Salvador Dali (with Scott standing at its side):
Metrónomo by Man Ray (born Emmanuel Rutzitsky), with music teacher Beverly at its side (the sculpture actually moves):
Bust and Palette by Pablo Picasso:
Portrait of Joella by Salvador Dali:
We saw lots of other wonderful art, and want to see more when we return to that museum the next time.