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  • Video
    October, 2015
    Exhibitions

    The Museo presents an exhibition devoted to the recent work of Ignasi Aballí, on a journey articulated around the Catalan artist’s aesthetic ideas, offering a conceptual reflection on the representation and perception of the artwork through mediums such as photographs, videos, installations, sculptures, paintings and collages, and an eclectic display of unconventional materials such as leaves, dust, rust, metals, newspaper cuttings and scraps of bank notes, which explore presence and absence, the material and immaterial, the visible and the invisible, transparency and opaqueness, appropriation and creation to relate the overabundance of images in modern-day society to the lack of meaning we can assign to them.

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    November, 2015
    Exhibitions

    In the work of visual artist Hito Steyerl (Munich, 1966) constructed texts and edited images enlarge the conditions of film essays, reflecting on and intervening in the systems that circulate information, and in those that present and represent the artwork. Her texts, lectures, films and audiovisual installations merge the philosophical and political reflection of critical activism inserted in the world of production and the circulation of the image and the word. Through this perspective the artist develops a critical body of work on modes of perception, control, surveillance, in addition to militarisation, migration, feminism and the political image – questions she feels have the capacity to create realities.

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    December, 2015
    Exhibitions

    The work of Juan Giralt (Madrid, 1940–2007) was initially self-taught in the Informalism that predominated the 1950s. A brief spell in Holland at the end of this decade enabled him to come into contact with the CoBrA group and saw him begin to shape a more personal and permeable pictorial language in a new interpretation of Figuration. This characterised his work in the 1970s and 1980s, turning him into a reference point of New Figuration in Madrid. In the years that followed, until his death in 2007, he would gradually incorporate abstraction, but without ever relinquishing figurative elements that were present in the constant use of collage and the painted word.

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    Alexandre Estrela

    Pockets of Silence

    December, 2015
    Exhibitions

    Alexandre Estrela (Lisbon, 1971) uses film and video as the core mediums in his artistic practice, which questions the materiality of the image, dialoguing with a history of experimental film, video and photography, which finds some of its symbolic evidence in the films of Marcel Duchamp, in photographs by Man Ray or cut-up narratives from Burroughs, for example.

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    November, 2015
    Exhibitions

    Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957) is, despite his short life, one of the most important Polish artists of the 20 th century. This exhibition, the first retrospective held outside his country, enables his work to be contemplated in a way that goes beyond the reductionist clichés of socialist realism or Outsider Art, through which art from countries in the Soviet sphere of influence has been studied until recently. Wróblewski was an artist that could work on the borders between abstraction and figuration, combining formal invention with the analysis of daily life and its limits – the degradation of war and dictatorial politics – by means of a profound human and political commitment.

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    October, 2015
    Exhibitions

    Constant Anton Nieuwenhuys (Amsterdam, 1920 – Utrecht, 2005), a key figure in Situationism and one of the founding members of the CoBrA group, developed his project New Babylon between 1956 and 1974. Through the project, regarded as the last great utopia in European art, the artist aimed to generate and mould a new urban environment to enable a “total fulfilment of life”. Everything sets out from the premise that, in a not-so-distant future, the growing automation of work driving technological progress would allow citizens to fully devote their time to meeting their leisure urges and thoroughly develop their creative potential.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Room view
    27 November 2014 - 12 April 2015

    Luciano Fabro (27/11/2014)

    Palacio de Velázquez
    Exhibitions

    The work of Luciano Fabro (Turin, 1936-Milan, 2007) expands the expressive possibilities of sculpture in the second half of the 20th century. His art associates the use of simple and common materials that redefine the nature of the object and its space with a constant poetic reflection on the practice of sculpture, evident in the numerous texts in which the artist has always related thought with experimentation in new practices.

    This anthological exhibition, the first to be held since the artist's death, gathers a constellation of works that are fundamental for an understanding of the singularity of Fabro's oeuvre and features over 60 artworks from diverse private collections and international public institutions.