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Spanish queen inaugurates enlarged Reina Sofia art museum

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Madrid (dpa) - Spain's Queen Sofia on Monday inaugurated the enlarged Reina Sofia museum of modern art, which has increased its floor space by 60 per cent to 84,000 square metres.

The enlargement, which cost 92 million euros (111 million dollars), was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. It includes new exhibition rooms, an auditorium and a library.

The museum named after Queen Sofia forms an "art triangle" with the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemiszca art museums in central Madrid.

The Reina Sofia boasts works by artists such as Salvador Dali and Joan Miro as well as Pablo Picasso's "Guernica".

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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