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The audiovisual programs are intended to counteract the predominant model of the black cube, even at a time in which both film and video have become fully integrated and dissolved into contemporary art museums. Their aim is to explore the projected image using different formats and discourses: historical series that broaden – and question – the narrations told by the Collection, retrospectives that draw attention to other stories in the audiovisual history and programs that examine the close links that film and video have with contemporary artistic practices. At the same time, this programming seeks to define a space for film and video outside of the usual circuits, describing itineraries distinct from the spectacle and its derivatives.    

In the live arts, the Museum establishes a meeting point between its propositions in this realm and the proverbial white cube so often used in art exhibitions, but from which the live arts have been artificially expelled. By doing so it reveals that the genealogy of the live arts has been closely linked to that of the plastic avant-gardes since their very origins. The Museum's live arts programming, which includes theatre, music and sound art, is thus seen to bear a close connection to the Museum's theoretical discourse. Museo Reina Sofía also collaborates with the most important contemporary festivals in Spain, providing a venue for some of their performances. The Museum engages in continuous dialogue with them and plays a role in the formation of their discourses.

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  • Exhibition view. Federico Guzmán. Tuiza. The Cultures of the Bedouin Tent, 2015
    April 16 - July 2, 2015
    Live Arts Concert Cinema and video Film series Seminars and conferences Conference Poetry reading

    This programme of activities, which relates Sahrawi culture to a broader social and cultural framework, aims to become tuiza, a space that reimagines an alternative possible geography, where its centres are not metropolises of financial power, but narrations and accounts of a periphery that lives on in expressions of identity and cultural contamination.

  • Sabatini Building floorplan indicating the different sound interventions
    May 20 - June 24, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
    Live Arts Concert

    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.

  • Videoframe of Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance), 1967-1968 de Bruce Nauman. © Bruce Nauman, VEGAP, Madrid 2015. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
    June 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29; July 1 and 2, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Displaced bodies

    Audiovisual traces between dance and performance, 1963–1986

    Cinema and video Film series

    A debate runs through a whole century of images of bodies in movement: that which refers to the correspondence between these bodies in live performance (on stage, in the gallery or museum) and in film. Through this question, the aim is to elucidate whether the audiovisual record of practices in which the body is at the centre – contemporary dance and artistic performance – “faithfully” reflects its apparent inherent truth.

  • Poster of The Limitless Place
    June 14 - July 5, 2015 - Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:00 p.m.

    The Limitless Place

    Dramaturgy in Movement

    Live Arts Theatre Conference

    The Limitless Place is the first collaboration between Museo Reina Sofía and the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Drama Centre) and Teatro Pradillo, with the latter conducting a programme of performances, lectures and encounters. It comes about from the desire to question the forms and language of the stage: How can we talk about our present? What does it tell us right now? What vocabularies are we inventing? What words, sounds, music and dances are calling us? What is dramaturgy in motion? Essentially political questions that are born with the will to think about, alongside the most diverse range of citizens possible, the theatre we actually want; what is, in short, the world we strive to build our society upon.

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