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Seminarios y Conferencias

Museo Reina Sofía, in its role as a vehicle of knowledge and reflection, as well as an impulse for new spaces for experimentation, creation and dissemination of contemporary art, sets in motion a number of diverse lines of thought and debate. The development of research, analysis and debate frameworks which can imbue the narrative of the Collection with an additional dimension, as well as the programming of exhibitions.The setting in motion of discussion forums on key issues of contemporary debate relevant to the museum as an institution dedicated to providing citizens with frameworks for the critical analysis of culture.The experimentation with alternative methods of mediation between the citizens and the museum's proposals, taking up as a starting point the experience of artists and of the agents with whom the museum establishes collaboration.

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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  • Richard Hamilton. Swingeing London 67. Lithography, 1968-69. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
    19, 26, 30 September and 9 October, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

    What is it that makes Pop so different, so attractive?

    Art and popular culture in a world undergoing a transformation

    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Appropriating the theme raised by Richard Hamilton in his well-known 1956 collage, this seminar examines the crossover between artistic practices and popular culture that gave rise to multiple phenomena associated with Pop Art. With participation from Kerstin Stakemeier, Eloy Fernández Porta, Diedrich Diederichsen and Benjamin Buchloh.

  • John Mcllduff. Motion Sickness. United Kingdom, 2012
    19 September, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

    Short Dance Films

    At the border between genres

    Live Arts Modern dance

    Short Dance Films is a touring programme that includes a selection of forty-five short dance films produced in Europe in recent years. It is curated by Núria Font/NU2’s, commissioned by the European Dancehouse Network, a network with the participation of 20 dance houses from 16 countries.

  • Luis López Carrasco. El futuro. Film, 2013
    22 September-22 October, 2014 - 7 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This film season continues a series of programmes that have addressed the change to structures, narrations and methods of film-making in recent Spanish cinema. With three editions to date, The Memory of Disrepute develops, through double sessions, how other cinema invents its own genealogy, exercising a discontinuous and partisan history of recent cinema.

  • Exhibition view Richard Hamilton, 2014
    8 - 9 October, 2014
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Lecture

    Author of an exhaustive and powerful work that analyses the changing role of the Neo-avantgarde in post-war society and considers the critical possibilities of the art institution, Benjamin Buchloh conducts this latest edition of master lectures. This year’s format is made up of a research seminar and lecture.

  •  Zanny Begg and Oliver Ressler. The Right of Passage. HD Video, 2013. Image courtesy of the artists
    12 November - 4 December, 2014
    Cinema and video Film series

    The presence of the spectral keeps track of film, sound and literary representations and defines the poetics of repressed persistence, continuities between somewhere out of place and out of time. This series explores a selection of alterations in the recent image in movement, bearing the prints of a disturbing past, whilst also imagining a future that learns to live with such ghosts.

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