List of selected artworks. Maps for the tour in the museum





  • Inhabiting Painting

    Artist-led Workshop with Miren Doiz

    July, 2015

    The Artist-led Workshop, a collaborative project between artists and educators aimed at children aged between 8 and 11, and this year in its fifth edition, sets up a dialogue between the artistic career of Miren Doiz (Pamplona, 1980) and the works on display in the two temporary exhibitions from the Kunstmuseum Basel.

    Artist Miren Doiz explore both exhibitions with participants, not only to highlight the historical importance of collecting as a staple in the holdings of public collections, but primarily to put forward an overview of painting from contemporary practice. Miren Doiz’s surroundings-based works, which intervene through expanded painting, trigger experiences that directly pose a question to the viewer through sentience. Her concept of painting transgresses the frameworks that encapsulate it and includes diverse techniques, which allow the children participating to discover, over the five days the workshop is held, how this can generate inhabitable spaces.

  • Resonance

    Concerts for Another Listening

    June, 2015
    Activities Live Arts

    Resonance is a series of sound interventions for a specific site, activating the acoustic and historical space in the Museo Reina Sofía’s Sabatini Building. The programme refrains from using the auditorium and electronic amplification, which means guest artists, musicians and composers will present a series of pieces that set in motion alternative contexts for sound and contemporary music.

    This series lays out a set of interventions that work with unwanted echoes and resonances, developing the properties sound possesses, depending on where it is produced – a quality that the careful design of auditoriums, speakers and earphones have tried to make us forget.

  • July 2014

    Artist's Workshop is an initiative from the Education department conceived as a collaborative project between artists and educators with reference temporary exhibitions of the museum. The proposal for the summer of 2014 is based on Playgrounds, an exhibition focused on play and their urban and social impact. The Museum has Leonor Serrano Rivas to design an experience aimed at children aged 8 to 11 years to allow them to review the play spaces commonly used in parks and squares, and create new ones from a fun and critical point of view. During five days, the artist, children and educators, coexist three hours with the aim of developing a specific project that will eventually be visited by their parents.

  • September, 2014

    Acting in Shadows is an activity that aims to expand the artistic experience into a field of bodywork and theatricality. Created by Teatres de la Llum, this workshop seeks to explore the elements of theatricality in selected works from the collection of the Museo Reina Sofia, incorporating elements from the theater work, such as gesture, body language, scenographic composition and the expressive potential of light.

  • February 2014
    Seminars and conferences Centro de estudios

    With the title After the Shipwreck. The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki (1983-1996), The Museo Reina Sofia proposed in 2014 the first retrospective of the Finnish filmmaker in a museum of modern art. This interview, written as a conversation, reveals some of the keys to his films: the existential desolation mixed with parody and black humour, gritty realism revised by quotes and fable, an ethic but nihilistic gaze to society and above all, unwavering belief in cinema as a space of freedom.

  • January, 2014
    Exhibitions Live Arts

    Poetry lecture by Ben Okri on the opening of Elly Strik. Ghosts, Brides and other Companions, on January 22, 2014.

  • February, 2014
    Exhibitions Centro de estudios

    Guy Brett, the curator of the show Wols: Cosmos and Street, talks about this new approach to the work of the German artist, not only about his drawings and paintings, but also about his lesser known photographs.

  • What is the Anthropology of Images?

    Interview with Hans Belting

    October, 2013
    Seminars and conferences

    Author of some key studies in recent years in the field of art theory and visual culture, Hans Belting introduces in this video his influential anthropology of images project. It is defined as a methodology that takes part while distances itself from art history, while opening the discipline into the field of the analysis of images. The video of his interview, that includes related works in the Museo Reina Sofía Collection, was made on with the occasion of the fourth installment of the Master Lectures series.

  • November, 2013
    Activities Education

    One of Museo Reina Sofía’s objectives is to incorporate new strategies into its relationships with visitors: strategies that help visitors to understand and enjoy the content they see and also to conceive of the institution itself as a space for shared reflection. This will entail replacing the linear, one-way and exclusive narration with one that is more plural, in which the visitor’s contribution plays a decisive role and in which the art experience goes beyond mere contemplation.

    In order to move towards such a multiplicity of visions and to create this common space, the Museum has started a cultural education project. In this video, the team of cultural mediators explains the strategies, motivations, objectives and hopes of this innovative project that was launched just two years ago.

    The educational program has been made possible by the Fundación Banco Santander.

  • November, 2013
    Activities Live Arts

    This concert was organised in connection with the exhibition ± I96I. Founding the Expanded Arts. It is a performance of Inuksuit, a 1953 piece by John Luther Adams, conceived to be played by up to 99 musicians-percussionists, that took place on 6 October, 2013 in the patio of the Nouvel Building. The piece has been performed in New York, Melbourne, Canberra, Toronto, Berkeley, Ojai, Lisbon, the Hague and Belo Horizonte. 

  • November, 2013
    Exhibitions Centro de estudios

    Armando Montesinos, curator of the exhibition, explains in this interview the keys of Idea: Painting-Force. The works of Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Ángel Campano, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, Juan Navarro Baldeweg and Manolo Quejido, dating from 1978 to 1984, comprise the proposal put forward in the exhibition in Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro. They carried out this activity at the height of the crisis affecting the modern movement and the idea of the avant-garde. Plus, they were working in Spain, in a setting that, on the hinge between the 70s and the 80s, was experiencing some newly-arrived democratic liberties and whose artistic scene had derived from the dominant acritical formalism to the emergence of the market and the aesthetics of success.

  • July, 2013
    Activities Centro de estudios

    On June 19th, to mark the opening of the exhibition ± I96I Founding the Expanded Arts, the following performances were put on, with contribution from Simoni Forti: Huddle, Platforms, Slant Board, Accompaniment For Sound and Censor; all of them dating from 1961.

    ± I96I presents the first detailed analysis of the decisive year in the 1960s that led to the invention of the “expansion of the arts”. The exhibition looks at the origins of the change, the experimental activity and the earliest collective actions that pointed to the beginning of an unprecedented expansion of the notion of “composition” and soon generated a multidisciplinary project that took place in real time/simultaneously over the course of that year.

  • July, 2013
    Exhibitions Centro de estudios

    The curators of this exhibition, Julia Robinson and Christian Xatrec, explain in this video some of the keys to understand why 1961 was a decisive year that led to the invention of the “expansion of the arts”. The exhibition looks at the origins of the change, the experimental activity and the earliest collective actions that pointed to the beginning of an unprecedented expansion of the notion of “composition” and soon generated a multidisciplinary project that took place in real time/simultaneously over the course of that year.

  • The Collection Centro de estudios

    Produced on the occasion of the master lectures of 2011, this video offers a comprehensive theoretical introduction to modernism with the art historian TJ Clark. The author of Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica (2013) and Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism (1999), among other seminal studies, TJ Clark discusses the ideas that shaped modernism (the process of secularization, the loss of the aura or the disenchantment with the world) and how these notions survive or have been transformed throughout history, placing special emphasis on the Museum's Collection.

  • Eduardo Coutinho

    the documentary and the word

    March 2013
    Activities Cinema and video

    Eduardo Coutinho (São Paulo, 1933 - Rio de Janeiro, 2014) is an essential name in Latin American documentary film. His work is shaped by political issues but manages to avoid demagogy, as he addresses the everyday lives and subjectivities of marginal majorities with a sensibility not altered by melodrama. He was interviewed on the occasion of the film and video series Eduardo Coutinho. Retrospective, held at Museo Reina Sofía between February and April 2013.