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





  • May 2014

    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 2015

    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.

  • March 2013

    The artist Mitsuo Miura in Imagined memories, his intervention in Palacio de Cristal, he delves into two of the aesthetic themes that give expression to his artistic vocabulary: geometric shapes and pure colours. For this building, one of Museo Reina Sofía's two secondary sites in Parque del Retiro, his proposal begins on the pictorial level and extends to the spatial level, through circles of colours distributed on the floor and suspended from the ceiling.

  • April, 2013

    Montse Aguer, one of the exhibition's curators, takes viewers on a tour of the Salvador Dalí show, putting forward a new vision of the artist as a thinker, writer and creator of a very particular vision of the world. The exhibition comprises approximately two hundred works and is organised into eleven sections that follow something of a chronological order. The works on display date from the early years of his career up through his religious and mystical phases, his period of experimentation with scenography and also the end of his career, which was closely linked to science and technology.

  • 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.

  • Exhibitions

    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.

  • April, 2013

    In this video the artist Cristina Iglesias explains the keys to her exhibition "Metonymy." This retrospective looks at her interest in sculpture as an expanded field in which to question objects and their relationship with space and architecture. Her sculptures integrate with the architecture of the places they occupy, and thus play with the interweaving of reality and appearances.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • August, 2013

    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.

  • September, 2013

    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.
  • 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.

  • June 2014

    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.

  • July 2014

    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.

  • 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.