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Live Arts

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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  • Mathias Goeritz. Dibujo ideográfico del Museo Experimental El Eco, 1952. Colección Luis Enrique Noriega
    Seminar: April 8 - 9, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Book presentation

    This seminar is the culmination of the exhibition The Return of the Snake. Mathias Goeritz and the Invention of Emotional Architecture and looks to generate a debate centred on the artist Mathias Goertiz as a unique case study with which to understand the phenomena of the translation, reinterpretation and survival of modernity in a new time in history, straight after the war.

  • Steve Paxton. Bound. Performed by Jurij Konjar. Photograph by Nada Žgank
    April 20 - 25, 2015
    Live Arts Workshop Performance art Modern dance Conference

    After organising activities with Merce Cunningham and Simone Forti, the Museo presents the choreographer and dancer Steve Paxton (USA, 1939), a central figure in the development of contemporary dance and the creator of contact improvisation. On this occasion Bound, a solo devised by Paxton, will be performed, for the first time in Spain, by the dancer Jurij Konjar, who will also hold a workshop.

  • Karel Appel. Figures. Painting, 1952. Museo Reina Sofía Collection. Temporary loan from the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneve, Switzerland, 2015
    April 29 - 30, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar sets out to rewrite the history of post-war art in Europe, traditionally presented as the disjointed amalgamation of art scenes divided into antagonistic blocks. By deconstructing national limits and articulating a transversal debate, this programme presents a divergent and collaborative history, whilst also identifying new voices and positions.

  • Andreas Seltzer & Dieter Hacker. Volksfoto: Foto kaput. Installation, Museum Bochum (Germany). Reconstruction in Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, Museo Reina Sofía, 2015
    May 11 - 26, 2015 - 19:00 h
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    In relation to the exhibition Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, this series of lectures offers a context for the discussion on the reframing of documentary culture in the 1970s and 1980s. The programme brings together international scholars to debate some of the key aspects of the exhibition from different perspectives.

  • Alex Mendizabal. Concert on the fronton of Eztegara in Bera. Ertz Festival, 2012. Photography: Asier Gogortza
    May 20 - June 24, 2015 - 7:00 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.

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