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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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  • Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi. Pays Barbare. Film, 2013
    7, 8 and 14 May, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Encounter Screenings

    As part of the Intervalos programme, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s latest work is screened, with both film-makers also participating at an encounter. Joining film practices based on found footage, documentary and experimental cinema, Pays Barbare is a complex tale about historical memory, fascism and colonialism.

  • View of the Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200, Museo Reina Sofía
    6, 7 and 8 May, 2014 - 19:00 h
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Presented as the culmination of the course on critical practices developed by Observatorio Metropolitano in the Museo, this seminar addresses the recent waves and movements of democracy, from Latin America to the Arab Spring. Over three days the sociologists Asef Bayat and Luis Tapia Mealla will debate the new international constituent situation.

    Study center
  • Oliver Ressler. In the Red. Film, 2014
    30 April - 27 June, 2014
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Course

    The exhibition Playgrounds takes a historical and political approach to space for play and its socialising and transgressive potential. The dialogue of this course and seminar debates the expansion of art towards spheres of institutional experimentation and intervention in public space, ultimately endeavouring to highlight the role of play in new modes of contemporary subjectivation.

  • Melanie Olcina, performing choreography by Antonio Ruz, in front of Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke, Nouvel Patio, Dance Attacks. © Jesús Vallinas
    27 April, 2014

    International Dance Day

    Dance Attacks in the Museo Reina Sofía

    Live Arts Modern dance
  • Edward Krasiński, Interwencja, 1990. Acrilic on fiber panel, wood and blue ribbon. © Grażyna Kulczyk Collection. Photography: Bartek Buśko
    11 and 12 April 2014 - 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 noon
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Conference

    The transformations in Europe over the past three decades challenge national historical/critical narratives, and those based on apparent global continuity. This debate explores how art practices have influenced these situations in constant flux, calling into question these narratives and imagining possible alternatives.

  • Exhibition view of Francisco López. Untitled #223. Museo Reina Sofía, 2010
    3-4 April, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Conference

    With regard to the acknowledgement of research networks in different fields and new methods of collection and dissemination stemming from archive practices, the Museo Reina Sofía presents this project. MASE is a collective of researchers, critics and artists connected to sound art and an innovative online archive and platform in a traditionally ignored field.

  • Simone Forti. Image courtesy of Jason Underhill
    28 March, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Workshop Encounter
  • Djibril Diop Mambéty. Touki Bouki. Film, 1973
    24 March - 30 April, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Cinema is a privileged medium in the narrative construction of biography, yet, in the face of narcissism from the mythologies of self, this film series shows life in its temporary form, both fragile and precarious, and presents a programme that spans from Neorealism to recent post-colonial cinema.

  • Amos Gitai. Ana Arabia. Film, 2013
    17 March, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    This is the premiere of the film-maker’s most recent production, which coincides with the exhibition and film program devoted to his work. Shot in one single take, Ana Arabia demonstrates the utopian coexistence of a community of Jews and Muslims as they withstand urban speculation.

  • Comba y Rico. Opening of the Philippines Exhibition. Opening Contest chaired by H.M. Queen Regent . Print, 1887. Courtesy of Biblioteca Nacional, España
    13 March, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Artist and writer engage in conversation, dialogue that coincides with the opening of SPLENDIDE-HOTEL, a site-specific project carried out by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in the Palacio de Cristal. Fiction within reality, compulsive reading or literature as a tool for understanding the world, these are elements shared by both and mark an ongoing collaboration.

  • Vontade de ter vontade by Cláudia Dias. Photography by Margarida Ribeiro
    6 March, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Modern dance
  • Vontade de ter vontade by Cláudia Dias. Photography by Margarida Ribeiro
    3-7 March, 2014 - 10:00- 2:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Workshop Modern dance
  • Rembrandt. The Rape of Europe. 1632. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program, The Paul Getty Museum
    February 27 – March 1, 2014
    Seminars and conferences Workshop Seminar

    This encounter reflects on the formation of a new type of European political and cultural agency following the exhaustion of a union based on the market economy and on the precarious geopolitical balance of the States.

  • Aki Kaurismäki. Dogs have no hell. Film, 2002
    February 21 - March 22, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

    After the Shipwreck

    The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki (1983-1996)

    Cinema and video Film series

    With a filmography that contains theatrical parody and documentary realism in equal proportions, Kaurismäki’s cinema is based on the paradoxes and fault lines of contemporaneity. This retrospective, the first to be held in a modern art museum, is complemented by a master class and a carte blanche program chosen by the filmmaker. 

  • February 18 - 20, 2014
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Part of the ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair, this meeting will bring together professionals from museums and private collections around the theme Private collecting and common heritage: proposals for a discussion.

  • Hildegarde Rosenthal. Untitled (urban scene in Sao Paulo). Photography, c. 1940
    7 February, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

    The times of photography

    A talk with Boris Kossoy

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    The author of a variety of works that are barely known by the Spanish-speaking world, the Brazilian Boris Kossoy is one of the key historians in the recent approaches to photography. His work, now in Spanish translation for the first time, places this medium between the historical document and the art object.

  • Amos Gitai. House. Movie, 1980
    5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 24 and 26 February, 2014

    Biography, history, territories

    Nine films by Amos Gitai

    Cinema and video Film series

    The cinema of Amos Gitai is that of an architect-filmmaker, but it is also that of a biographer-filmmaker. Organised in connection with the exhibition The Biographies of Amos Gitai, this series spans over 30 years of activity and points to the historical strata underlying the conflict between Israel and Palestine.   

  • Rafael França. Prelúdio de uma morte anunciada. Video, 1991
    December 11, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Anarchivo sida es un proceso de producción de un “contra-archivo” sobre políticas del sida en las prácticas artísticas en España y América Latina.

    Study center
  • December 4 and 5, 2013

    Cities in revolt

    Producing common knowledge in Madrid

    Seminars and conferences Workshop Seminar

    This activity presents the research conducted by Pulska Grupa, a Croatian collective of architects and urban planners who have been research residents at Museo Reina Sofía in 2012-2013.

    Study center
  • Library and Documentation Centre, Museo Reina Sofía
    December 2, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference Encounter

    This activity brings together a group of writers and theorists representative of the return to the essay as a type of writing that is both prospective and interrogative.

  • Claire Tenu. Exhibition view. Saint-Ouen, 2011
    November 27, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Conversation on Biographical Forms

    Jean-François Chevrier, Ahlam Shibli and Claire Tenu

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This event serves as an introduction to the exhibition Biographical forms with a lecture by its curator, Jean-François Chevrier, followed by a colloquium with two of the artists represented.

  • November 27 and 28, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Conference

    This project is conceived as a plural space for reflection and debate, the aim of which is generate proposals based on a critical diagnosis of the contemporary art system in Spain.

  • Exhibition view. Idea: Pintura Fuerza, 2013
    November 15, 2013 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Conference

    With the participation of Armando Montesinos, Mariano Navarro and Juan Pablo Wert, this activity presents the exhibition Idea: Painting-Force

  • Performance: Vaslav (1989). Gelabert-Azzopardi Companyia de Dansa. Photography: Ros Ribas
    November 13, 20, and December 4, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

    Dance in the 80s

    The first steps of contemporary dance in Spain. Conferences

    Live Arts Conference

    Through the gaze of three curators, this lecture series inquires into different topics such as feminism, video dance and the diversity of languages present during these years.

  • Matt Mullican. Untitled (Matt Mullican under hypnosis: Zürich). Performance, 2004
    November 12, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Conference Performance art

    In this performative lecture, in parallel with the presentation of Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and Globalisation: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s, Mullican reviews and comments on some of his performances under hypnosis, in which he recreates, as he does in his visual works, the logic of an unstable and irrational world.

  • February, June and November 2013
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This series of three seminars is an interuniversity partnership project based on the collaborative work of a diverse group of researchers. The debate platform, with the participation of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Universidad de Navarra and the Museo Reina Sofía, analyses art education at a time in which academic teaching hovers between the creative industry and the specificity of the artist's role.

  • David Cronenberg. Videodrome. Film, 1983. Courtesy of Video Profilmar
    November 11, 14, 18, 24, 25, 28 and December 2, 5, 12, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. except for November 24

    The image is a virus

    Histories of cinema (1980-1990s)

    Cinema and video Film series

    This audiovisual series looks at the 1980s, and that decade’s prolongation into the 1990s, as a genealogy of much of the dialectics that explain contemporary, as a time period and cultural category.

  • Cesc Gelabert Accio-I La vida i la mort. Photography: Viki Sánchez
    October 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and October 26, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

    Dance in the 80s

    The first steps of contemporary dance in Spain

    Live Arts Seminar

    In parallel with the presentation of the new section of the Collection: Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and Globalisation a seminar is to be held, entitled Dance in the 80s: the first steps of contemporary dance in Spain. It includes two round tables, lectures and the display of archival materials in the Collection’s interpretation areas.

  • Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Crisis and possible revolutions. Lecture at Museo Reina Sofía, October 2011
    October 18, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

    Michael Hardt

    Imagining and performing the constitution of the common

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    At this lecture, organised by Fundación de los Comunes and MACBA, Michael Hardt puts the concept of the common at the centre of a renewed contemporary political project.

  • View of the exhibition hall alighiero boetti. game strategy (Museo Reina Sofía, October 2011- February 2012), with global maps tissues in Afghanistan
    October 10 - 11, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Hans Belting

    Two preliminary views of a global era in art history

    Seminars and conferences Lecture

    This event is part of the Museo Reina Sofía master lectures series, a public program that began in 2010 as an attempt to better understand the methodological tensions that have transformed art history in recent years. At the same time, the annual master lecture serves as the inauguration to the Museum's academic year, which consists of numerous activities related to its multiple University master's programs, independent study programs, debate forums and research residencies. In addition to these initiatives, this public activity introduces a new facet of the contemporary museum: a place for training and research.