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  • May 2015
    Exhibitions

    The work of Ree Morton (Ossining, New York, 1936 – Chicago, 1977) can be found in the specific art scene in the USA in the early 1970s, characterised by a strong reaction to post-war Abstract Expressionism, reflected in Minimal art, on the one hand, and Conceptual Art and Pop Art on the other. Nevertheless, her work is more akin to the art strategies that emerged around movements such as Pattern and Decoration, Fiber Art or, in Lucy R. Lippard’s definition, “Eccentric Abstraction”.

  • May 2015
    Exhibitions

    Curator Yasmil Raymond and Manuel Borja–Villel talk about this retrospective of Carl Andre, that features around 200 sculptures and works on paper produced over the past 50 year. This selection help us to understand his progressive concept of “sculpture as form, sculpture as structure, sculpture as place” and, in addition the exhibition focuses on the key role of language in Andre’s artistic practices via a large number of visual and concrete poetry series, textual collages and works on paper and, for the first time in 20 years, an exceptional group of works entitled Dada Forgeries, expounding his jocular relationship with Duchamp’s readymades.

  • April 2015
    Exhibitions

    Actively working since the mid 1980s, Federico Guzmán (Seville, 1964) has always viewed artistic practice as a commitment to his environment. As a part and consequence of his personal experience in the Sahara, Federico Guzmán has erected a huge Bedouin tent to enter into dialogue with the Palacio de Cristal. In Hassaniya Tuiza means solidary collective work: coming together, participating and building something jointly. Therefore, this tent is presented as a space for hospitality and conversation between cultures, holding workshops and other collective activities. This programme of activities endeavours to become tuiza, a space to decolonise the imagination and articulate knowledge and sensibility circulating from south to south, without stopping at the homogenisation of the centre or the Western narrative.


  • March 2015
    Exhibitions

    Coinciding with the work to expand the Kunstmuseum Basel, a selection of over one hundred masterpieces from its twentieth-century collection are on show in the Museo Reina Sofía. This ensemble aims to offer a broad panorama of the transition of modern and contemporary art, including examples of such diverse movements as Expressionism, Cubism, Purism, Abstraction, Constructivism, Minimalism, German Post-expressionism, Post-war American Abstraction and Pop Art. Also, two standout art collections from early modernism are brought together, and today form part of the holdings of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Switzerland), the Im Obersteg Collection and the Rudolf Staechelin Collection, that look to delve deeper into the catalysing phenomenon of collecting at the start of modernism and emphasise its central position in the framework of modern art, together with the work of artists, critics and curators.

  • February 2015
    Exhibitions

    Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism approaches the debates that took place in the 1970s and 1980s surrounding the photographic document as a critique of modern art and institutions. A new generation of artists came on the scene at the time, and, in recovering the political origin of worker photography from the 1920s, began the reinvention of documentary practices, understood in parallel to the critique of the forms of modernism inherited from the Cold War.

  • January 2015
    Exhibitions

    From public space, using the city as the main point of reference and the territory of the Internet, Daniel G. Andújar builds a cultural discourse through digital media and technologies. Using irony and strategies to present new media technologies, he questions, reviews and reflects on the democratic and egalitarian promises of this media, whilst also criticising the will to control concealed behind its apparent transparency.

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  • November 2014
    Exhibitions

    A generation of artists, grouped together under the term "Arte Povera", emerged in Italy in the second half of the 20th century who, influenced by Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana’s artwork, and turning to the use of simple, everyday materials, realised a series of works that, without relinquishing a kind of poetic awareness of the world, were profoundly critical of industrialisation and consumer society. Of these artists, Luciano Fabro was the one with a more emphatic connection to the emergence of a new and revised approach located in the tradition. Thus he explored the creative possibilities and perspectives that, in a country like Italy, continued to open the ruins of the past.

  • November 2014
    Exhibitions

    In the installation designed specifically for the Palacio de Cristal, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller appeal to our voyeuristic condition, urging us to move closer and peer into a solitary caravan. Inside it we come across a woman that appears to be sleeping along with a series of marionettes and puppets in the process of being created and the figure of an old draughtsman that appears to be pondering how to breathe life into them. The scene is replete with metaphorical connotations that prompt a reflection on themes such as the passing of time, the humbling power of the imagination (both individual and collective) and the servitudes and limitations of the creative impulse.

  • November 2014
    Exhibitions

    The exhibition analyse Goeritz’s stints in Spain and North Africa in the 1940s, along with the international expansion of his career, which, in a Cold War context, occurred in the wake of his return to Mexico and which saw him become one of the key figures in the cultural landscape of that country.

  • November 2014
    Exhibitions

    The exhibition Really Useful Knowledge endeavours to position the notion of critical pedagogy as a crucial element in collective struggles, and explore the tension between individual and social emancipation through education with examples that are both historical and current, and their relation to organisational forms capable of leading unified resistance to the reproduction of capital. In doing so, the exhibition highlights the collective utilization of public resources, action and experiments, either forgotten or under threat of eradication, taking the museum as a pedagogical site devoted to the analysis of artistic forms interconnected with actual or desired social relations.

  • November 2014
    Exhibitions

    Virginia Torrente, curator of the exhibition Patricia Gadea. Atomic- Circus, talks about the work of a key artist to understand the cultural situation of our country during the eighties and nineties. The core of this exhibition revolves around the most productive period of Patricia Gadea's work, on his return from New York, where he formed the group Estrujenbank with the painter Juan Ugalde and the poet Dionisio Cañas. At this stage emphasizes the Circus Series (1991-1996), which summarizes the events of that decade in Spain as a clairvoyant messages of great forcefulness. Imbued with irony, like the rest of her work, to date they still have an overwhelming clarity and modernity.

  • October 2014
    Exhibitions

    republic is an exhibition by Juan Luis Moraza (Vitoria, 1960), assembling a broad selection of his works and structuring them in areas that examine the museum as a system of conventions and possibilities of citizenship. Moraza has always constructed, in a mutual interaction with his artistic output, a conceptual discourse, where language and ideas also denote a place inhabited by the artist, along with the forms and characteristics of objects and situations put forward in each project.

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    Reinventing the square
    9 june, 2014
    Exhibitions
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    La cultura popular es anterior al pop
    27 june, 2014
    Exhibitions
  • November, 2012
    Exhibitions

    Losing the human form evokes an image of the 1980s in Latin America that establishes a counterpoint between the effects of violence on bodies and the radical experiments in freedom and transformation which impugned the repressive order. Stricken bodies / mutant bodies. Between horror and festivity, the materials gathered show not only the consequences of mass disappearances and massacres under dictatorial régimes, states of siege and internal wars, but also various collective urges to devise modes of existing in a permanent state of revolution.

  • July 2014
    Exhibitions

    This video on the set-up process of the exhibition Richard Hamilton (27 June – 13 October 2014) in the weeks prior to its opening shows the coordination between different teams in the Museo – from the curators to the conservators and assembly technicians – to install this complex and extensive exhibit. The piece by Juan Rayos, commissioned by the Museo, reflects the wide variety of mediums, genres and themes the artist used in over 250 works.

  • June 2014
    Exhibitions

    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. It was the last project Hamilton directly participated and includes, among more than 250 works, the recreation of a number of the exhibition installations Hamilton designed (and actively participated in) during the 50's.

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    The Museo Reina Sofía pays homage to the figure of Richard Hamilton by means of an eponymous exhibition, held between 27 June and 13 October 2014. The piece, produced by Javi Álvarez, explores the most unique aspects of Hamilton’s work, reinterpreting many of the artist’s techniques, such as appropriation and collage, to convey them in the sphere of contemporary video.

  • June 2014
    Exhibitions

    In this interview, artist Kerry James Marshall (Birmingham, Alabama, 1955; currently resident of Chicago), talks about the reasons why he chose to address themes related to life, culture and Afro-American history, until that moment barely represented, approached through multiple lenses to provide new visions of issues connected to racial politics, cultural representation and social emancipation.

  • May 2014
    Exhibitions

    The Exhibition photobooks. Spain 1905-1977 presents a journey through the history of the photobook in Spain, setting off at the beginning of the 20th century and ending in the mid seventies, via a selection from the Museo Reina Sofía Collection, contextualised and accompanied by an assortment of complementary material. Curated by Horacio Fernández, the exhibition photobooks. Spain 1905-1977 is in collaboration with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) to present part of the line of investigation and acquisition carried out by the Museo Reina Sofía concerning photobooks.

  • May 2014
    Exhibitions

    With some 300 works, the exhibition recounts a different history of art, from the end of the 19th century to the present day, in which artists and activists play a part in redefining public space by exploring the city as a game board, questioning modern-day carnival and holidays, vindicating the right to laziness, reinventing the square as a place of revolt and discovering the possibilities of a new world through its waste. The exhibit takes the playground model as an ideological interrogation of an alienated and consumerist present.

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    Splendide Hotel
    15 april, 2014
    Exhibitions
  • March, 2014
    Exhibitions

    Hanne Darboven is an artist that has delved into the languages of conceptual art and minimal art, which have opened new formal possibilities for expression in the second half of the century. Her numerical series and series of drawings have filled the rooms of many exhibitions and many museums, but her serialism is very different from the one found in the work of other minimalist artists who have also used numerical progressions, such as Sol LeWitt. In this exhibition we are going to find a set of series related to Darboven's everyday life, at home and at work.

  • 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.

  • March, 2014
    Exhibitions

    The year of construction of the Palacio de Cristal, 1887, is also the year of many events such as the construction of the Eiffel Tower, the birth of Le Corbusier, the invention of the gramophone ... a century in which the production conditions change, industrial production starts, and objects, that start losing their specificity because of the mass production, led to the emerge of some ideas like inner monologue, free verse or more open forms of theater.

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    Cosmos and Street
    20 march, 2014
    Exhibitions
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    The Biographies of Amos Gitai
    24 february, 2014
    Exhibitions
  • 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.

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  • February, 2014
    Exhibitions

    For Amos Gitai, the documentary is human archaeology, whereas fiction is architecture. In this exhibition, the Middle East, his parents, and his family memories intermingle with his oeuvre, transcending into physical, audiovisual space, as well as dealing with the multilayered reality which conforms the current sociopolitical landscape.

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    Construction and individual mythology
    6 february, 2014
    Exhibitions
  • January, 2014
    Exhibitions

    Artist Elly Strik talks in this video about the influence of Goya and Freud in her work, as well as the personal connection between her artistic production, her memories and her body. The exhibition Elly Strik. Ghosts, Brides and other Companions, conceived specifically for the galleries of Museo Reina Sofía explores, through drawings on paper with graphite and oil, the potential of physical metamorphosis processes in parallel with the artistic creation process.

  • December, 2013
    Exhibitions
    In the following video the curator of the exhibition, Jean-François Chevrier, and the Director of the Museum, Manuel J. Borja-Villel, explain the ways in which artists endeavoured to transform the idea of the biographical account and broke with the conventions of biographism to elaborate freely on the basis of certain elements taken from their own life history.
     
    The exhibition Biographical forms. Construction and individual mythology reviews the narrative dimension of art in its relationship with literary manifestations. The selection of works analyses the binomial “life and work” as well as the identity and biography construction mechanisms that operate throughout 20th century artistic activity.
  • 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.

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    8 november, 2013
    Exhibitions
  • October, 2013
    Exhibitions

    In this video, Manuel Borja-Villel, the director of the Museum, explains how this exhibition takes a close look at art produced in Spain and abroad during the 1980s and 1990s. Minimal Resistance centres on the search by artists of new spaces for resistance in a globalised world and it examines a series of dualities that polarized the period covered: from the global economic crisis to financial capitalism, from the potential of the collective to the recovery of the myth of the artist, from actions claiming public space to discourses around memory and the body, from a kind of theatricality emphasising scenography and architecture to performative languages and relational models and from the restoration of traditional genres to the appropriation of images from mass media and mass culture.

  • October, 2013
    Exhibitions

    In this video the artist Chris Killip explains his work in the field of photography and talks about his artistic influences. An essential figure in documentary photography, Killip’s work reflects the fascination and respect he feels for ordinary life and people, finding a form of expression that underscores the social and cultural peculiarities that characterised the period.
    The exhibition contains a selection of over a hundred images taken between 1968 and 2004.

  • 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.

  • September, 2013
    Exhibitions

    In this video, the curator of the exhibition João Fernandes and the artist Roman Ondák explain this work generated specifically for the Palacio de Cristal (Parque del Retiro), characterized by its questioning of the work of art in relation to the conventions generated by the place and space in which it appears

    The artist here adds a new architectural element to the existing building that takes material form in an elevated walkway running all around it. This walkway, accessed from inside the building, offers all its visitors the opportunity of a new perception of the space, for the Palacio de Cristal can now be looked into from the outside in a way not previously permitted by its architecture.
  • August, 2013
    Exhibitions

    All of the poetic suggestions and all of the plastic possibilities presents Dalí as an omnivorous and visionary artist who used himself as an object of study, and whose actions in the public sphere, whether they were calculated or improvised, made him an essential figure in the sphere of contemporary representation. The exhibition focuses primarily on his surrealist period. Special attention is devoted to his paranoid-critical method, which he developed as a mechanism for the transformation and subversion of reality, allowing the final interpretation of a work to depend totally on the viewer.