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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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  • Núria Güell and Levi Orta, Arte político degenerado, 2014. Photograph courtesy of Eva Carol
    November 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    After setting up a public limited company in a tax haven, the artists Núria Güell and Levy Orta will hand over the administration of one their company's bank accounts to a group of activists that are developing a company project on the fringes of capitalist dynamics.

  •  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.

  • Diego de Pozo, Whisperers, 2014
    October 28, 2014 - February 9, 2015
    Action Seminars and conferences Workshop Encounter

    A programme of actions and activities within the context of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, devised by the collective Subtramas (Diego del Pozo, Montse Romaní and Virginia Villaplana). These actions take place inside the galleries of the exhibition and feature participation from different social and cultural collectives.

  • Trevor Plagen and Jacob Appelbaum. Transmediale Festival
    October 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    Within the framework of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, artist Trevor Paglen and journalist and programmer Jacob Appelbaum debate the increase of government surveillance and the way in which this affects people’s freedom and their ability to act.

  • Juan Luis Moraza. Paragreenberg, 2010. Nickel-plated iron, wood. Artist's collection
    October 15, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the Juan Luis Moraza exhibition republic in the Museo (15 October, 2014 - 2 March, 2015), bringing together the artist and João Fernandes, the curator of the exhibition and deputy director of the Museo Reina Sofía, in a public conversation. 

  • Luis López Carrasco. El futuro. Film, 2013
    September 22 - October 22, 2014 - 7:00 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.

  • Richard Hamilton. Swingeing London 67. Lithography, 1968-69. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
    19, 26 and 30 September, 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. Ireland, 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.

  • Mike Kuchar. Sins of the Fleshapoids. Film, 1965
    6 - 28 August, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This programme presents pop confronting pop, recognising the seduction of consumer culture whilst also keeping it at a critical distance. In relation to the exhibition devoted to Richard Hamilton, this series approaches the popular as subversion and as an investigation into the characteristics of a new society that emerged between the 1950s and 1970s.

  • Performing Gender Madrid, 2013. © Bárbara Velasco Ghisleri
    18 - 19 July, 2014
    Live Arts Performance art

    Performing Gender is a European project that takes a critical look at the politics of gender and sexuality using dance and performance tools. Bodies and their multiple gender inscriptions are the subject of exploration and experimentation by a group of artists that, over the course of one year, have carried out their research by touring around different European institutions.

  • Black Audio Film Collective. Handsworth Songs. Film, 1987. Courtesy of the Black Audio Film Collective and LUX, London
    2, 3, 9, 10 and 16 July 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Active in the UK between 1982 and 1997, the Black Audio Film Collective symbolised a radical attempt to transform education, institutions and the representation of black identity in independent film, with their work condensing a complex palimpsest of voices that, found between nascent politics of representation, put forward a language of diaspora.

  • Kerry James Marshall, Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994. Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken Heller, Jan and Frederick Mayer, Beverly and Bernard Rosen, Annalee and Wagner Schorr, and anonymous donors, 1995.77 © Kerry James Marshall Photograph courtesy of the Denver Art Museum
    13 June, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This activity introduces the artist’s first individual exhibition in Europe, Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff (13 June – 26 October, 2014), as he presents his work as an analysis of Afro-American racial identity and the space of the black subject, both in the current social context and in official history.

  • Ciudad Escuela
    9 and 11 June 2014 - 7 p.m.

    Within the framework of the Museo Reina Sofía 2013-2014 residencies, the collective 15Muebles presents urban teaching based on an open code: Ciudad Escuela, a gateway and invitation to ways of discovering, learning about and making a city.

    Study center
  • César Oiticica Filho. Hélio Oiticica. Film, 2013
    23 and 29 May, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Premiere of the recent documentary about Hélio Oiticica. Put together as a living archive of numerous unpublished documents, from the artist’s thoughts as a narrative guide to unexplored audiovisual fragments, the film looks to articulate a complex and multiple narrative of the artist and the post-war Avant-garde movement in Brazil.

  • Sad Playground, as found by Peter Fischli on the World Wide Web
    Eight sessions, from 19 May to 11 June 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

    Playgrounds

    Reinventing the Square

    Seminars and conferences Workshop

    This workshop sets out from the discourse and works that articulate the exhibition Playgrounds in order to relate them to experiences of urban intervention in Madrid; a three-way exercise in active dialogue between the Museo, the participating audience and contemporary playgrounds.

  • Mastretta and his band
    18 May, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
    Live Arts Concert
  • International Museum Day, 2014
    17 and 18 May, 2014
    Live Arts Concert Modern dance Education Workshop

    Once again, the Museo Reina Sofía joins the annual celebration of International Museum Day (IMD) with two open days and a selection of activities that aim to take a deeper look at the dialogue between the collections and the public, as well as reinforcing the idea of the museum as a space for non-disciplinary education and collective learning.

  • Maia Villot. After talk the "Blue". Encounter, 2011
    15-19 May, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar forms part of a tri-annual project that explores expanded theatricalities in different areas: the public sphere, the city, the home, networks of affection, schools and educational spaces.

    Study center
  • 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. Take The Square. Installation, 2012
    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. In dialogue with the exhibition, 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

    The Association of Dance Professionals in the Madrid Community and the Cultural Association for Dance, together with the Museum, have organized a total of 10 performances with different dance styles coexisting alongside plastic arts.

  • 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

    The Museo welcomes the choreographer and dancer Simone Forti. The encounter is made up of a conversation between Forti and Tania Arias, with a presentation in the Nouvel Auditorium Hall of the results of some of the work produced by students in the workshop run by Forti in La Casa Encendida.

  • 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

    Portuguese choreographer Cláudia Dias presents her latest composition, Vontade de Ter Vontade, a solo inspired by two works by the writers and thinkers Tony Judt and Boaventura de Sousa Santos. Through this piece Dias prolongs her work on identity and territory.

  • 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

    A workshop based on the technique created by the Portuguese artist João Fiadeiro. Composition in Real Time is a method of investigation on different forms of encounter, and its use perpetually aims to be in relation with the other. Its utopia is collective experience, being together, whether in a social or artistic context.

  • 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. 

  • Image of 2nd Annual Conference of European and Latin American Museums
    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

    AIDS Anarchive began within the framework of the 2012-2013 research residencies at Museo Reina Sofía, as part of the production process of a “counter-archive” or an anarchive of AIDS policies, with attention being paid for the first time to practices occurring outside of the Anglo-Saxon or Western and Central European settings.

    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.