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  • Prensa
    Museo Reina Sofía. Sabatini building. Facade

    The Museum

    The Museum

    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, Robert Delaunay, Georges Braque, Yves Klein, Robert Motherwell, Francis Bacon, Richard Serra, Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Gerhard Richter, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sol LeWitt or Marcel Broodthaers, among many more. The centerpiece is Guernica (1937), by Pablo Picasso.

  • Prensa
    Collection 1. The Irruption of the 20th Century: Utopias and Conflicts (1900-1945)

    Collection 1. The Irruption of the 20th Century: Utopias and Conflicts (1900-1945)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 2
    The Collection

    The Collection of Museo Reina Sofía starts with the end of the 19th Century, addressing the conflicts between a dominant Modernity, understood as progress, and its multiple discontents, as an ideology under constant challenge both in the social and the political fronts, and the cultural and artistic ones. The avant-garde, in its reinvention of the subject, of the public and of the art world, becomes the symptom of the new 20th Century. While Cubism defines the modern, ephemeral and multiple gaze, Dada and Surrealism free the subject from the moral and social repression, giving free reign to desire and to the social and individual unconscious.

  • Prensa
    Collection 2. Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)

    Collection 2. Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 4
    The Collection

    On the fourth floor, the Collection covers the artistic transformations occurring in the post-war period, during the development of the tension-ridden international geopolitical scenario involving two different worlds and two antagonistic systems, the United States and the Soviet Union.

  • Prensa
    Richard Hamilton. Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, 1956/1992. Collage. 26 x 25 cm. Private collection. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
    June 27 - October 13, 2014

    Richard Hamilton (25/06/2014)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 3
    Exhibitions

    By virtue of more than 250 works produced between 1949 and 2011, this exhibition offers a comprehensive retrospective look at the work of Richard Hamilton (London, 1922 – 2011), a key figure in Pop Art and one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

  • Prensa
    Hicham Benohoud-The class. Serie. Artist and Galerie VU courtesy.
    29 October 2014 - 9 February 2015

    Really useful knowledge (29/10/2014)

    Sabatini Building. Floor 1
    Exhibitions

    The notion of "really useful knowledge" was originated from the workers' awareness of the need for self-education in the early 19th century. In the 1820s and 1830s, workers' organizations in United Kingdom introduced this phrase to describe 'unpractical' knowledge like politics, economics and philosophy, as opposed to what factory owners proclaimed to be “useful knowledge”. Some time earlier capitalists began investing in advancement of their businesses through funding the education of workers in 'applicable' skills and disciplines such as engineering, physics, chemistry or math.

    Through this reference to the beginnings of struggle against exploitation and the early efforts towards self-organized education of workers, the exhibition “Really Useful Knowledge” looks into issues around education from contemporary perspective.

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  • Publicación
    Elly Strik. Ghost, brides & other Companions. Fantasmas, novias y otros compañeros

    Elly Strik. Ghost, brides & other Companions. Fantasmas, novias y otros compañeros

    Authors Carlos Gamerro, Victoria Noorthoorn, Beatriz Preciado, Bart Verschaffel, Ben Okri, Jean-Christophe Ammann

    Year: 2014
  • Publicación
    photobooks. Spain 1905-1977

    photobooks. Spain 1905-1977

    Authors Horacio Fernández, Javier Ortiz-Echagüe, Concha Calvo, Rocío Robles, Mafalda Rodríguez, Angélica Soleiman, Laura Terré, Manuel Borja-Villel, Rosario Peiró

    Year: 2014
  • Publicación
    139 Spring Street, NYC. 1973-1975

    139 Spring Street, NYC. 1973-1975

    Authors Gesine Tosin

    Year: 2014
  • Publicación
    Playgrounds. Reinventing the Square

    Playgrounds. Reinventing the Square

    Authors Manuel Borja-Villel, Teresa Velázquez, Tamara Díaz Bringas, Lars Bang Larsen, Linda Nochlin, Lady Allen of Hurtwood, Rodrigo Pérez de Arce, Beatriz Colomina, Aldo van Eyck, Constant, Robert Filliou, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Marcelo Expósito, Graham St. John

    Year: 2014
  • Publicación
    Kerry James Marshall: painting and other stuff

    Kerry James Marshall: painting and other stuff

    Authors Dieter Roelstraete, Nav Haq, Okwui Enwezor, Bart De Baere, Manuel Borja-Villel, Jacob Fabricius, Laurence Rassel

    Year: 2014
  • Publicación
    Richard Hamilton

    Richard Hamilton

    Authors Benjamin H.D. Buchloch, Hal Foster, Mark Godfrey, Richard Hamilton, Alice Rawsthorn, Paul Schimmel, Fanny Singer, Victoria Walsh

    Year: 2014
  • Publicación
    really useful knowledge

    really useful knowledge

    Authors What, How & for Whom, Marina Garcés, Raqs Media Collective, Luis Camnitzer, Trevor Paglen, Jacob Appelbaum, Fred Moten & Stefano Harney, G.M.Tamás

    Year: 2014
  • Vídeo
    June, 2013
    Exhibitions

    The curator of the Cildo Meireles exhibition, João Fernandes, along with the artist himself, discuss the relationship between this artist's work and the spectator's sensorial experience, the critical use of ideological and economic circulation systems, and the ethical connection with the world. The exhibition comprises works and installations being presented for the first time and also others that are among the artist's lesser known creations.

  • Vídeo
    September, 2013
    Exhibitions

    In this video Manuel Borja-Villel, the director of the Museum, explains the works created by Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Maria Loboda, Alejandra Riera and Manuel Saiz specifically for the Fisuras program.

    The project Paranormal Citizen, by Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, makes use of televised stories about paranormal experiences to analyse and create narratives about the intermediate space between institutions and individual subjectivity. Maria Loboda, in The Beasts, engages in a kind of contemporary archaeology that starts with the recontextualization of objects containing various strata of meaning, in such a way that what is shown - even though it is inscribed in a place of safety such as a museum - has a potentially threatening dimension. Poétique(s) de l’inachèvement [Poetics of incompleteness] initiated by Alejandra Riera is the title chosen by the artist for a project that lingers in certain experiences so dense that film cannot take them in, although it does accompany them. Finally, One True Art - 16 Responses to the Question What Art is, by Manuel Saiz, is a performative artistic experiment the aim of which is to formulate a definition of art or to reflect on the reasons that such a definition is impossible.