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Cinema and Video

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.    

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  • Equipo Crónica. El realismo socialista y el Pop Art en el campo de batalla (Socialist Realism and Pop Art in the Battle Field) (detail), 1969. Painting, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía collection. Long-term loan of Manuel Valdés, 2010
    September 5 - 7, 2016

    Cold Atlantic

    Cultural War, Artistic Dissent, Networks and Contact Zones during the Iron Curtain Period

    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    The international conference Cold Atlantic will examine the artistic, cultural and aesthetic exchanges produced between the USA, Europe, Africa and Latin America during the Cold War. The aim is to highlight the axes of alignment and artistic exchange between the geopolitically minor actors that were trapped inside the huge theatrical strategy from this period.

    Study center
  • Art and Education
    March 9, 2016 - 5:00 p.m.

    Art and Education

    Identities and Cross-border Relations

    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    The Museo Reina Sofía’s Education Department organises a conference to debate the contemporary reshaping of the relations between education and art, featuring participation from Mónica Romero and Oriol Fontdevila. In open dialogue with the speakers, we will discuss the friction and hybridisation between the identity of the artist, educator and curator at a time when the rise in notions of “education shift” and “mediation”has problematically displaced the relationships between these roles.

  • Constant. New Babylon Nord, (detail). Plan, 1958
    February 17, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.

    New Babylons

    Constant and the Right to the City

    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    New Babylon (1956–1974) is a networked city project conceived by the Dutch artist and architect Constant Nieuwenhuys for the “total fulfilment of life”, an approach to urbanism based on the freedom of the individual through the power of play and creativity. This activity, which marks the end of the retrospective in the Museo devoted to Constant, examines this total artwork’s place in the utopian urbanism that followed World War Two through a lecture by Anthony Vidler and a round-table discussion featuring participation from José Miguel Prada Poole, Izaskun Chinchilla, José Pérez de Lama and Ethel Baraona.

  • Andrzej Wróblewski. Muzeum (Museum).Drawing, 1956
    February 11 - 12, 2016 - 7:00 h

    Luc Tuymans and Andrzej Wajda

    Two Readings of Andrzej Wróblewski

    Cinema and video Screenings Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    The conversation between the painter Luc Tuymans and the curator Ulrich Loock, and the film Wróblewski According to Wajda, premiered by the film-maker Andrzej Wajda in the Museo Reina Sofía, represent two reflections on the painting of Andrezej Wróblewski, who still challenges the interpretative frameworks of 20th-century art history today. A realist and at the same time abstract, an individualist whilst also an advocate of collective artistic practice, experimental yet socially committed, Wróblewski considers a series of ambivalences through his work that call into question key aspects of both his own epoch and the present.

  • Alexandre Estrela. Cápsulas de silencio, 2015
    December 16, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    Alexandre Estrela (Lisbon, 1971) belongs to a generation of artists, like Laure Provost, Florian Pumhösl, Rosa Barba and Francisco Tropa, who have explored diverse perceptive, mental and cultural themes of cinematic devices in a museum space. This conversation with João Fernandes presents the works in his exhibition Pockets of Silence, set within the Fisuras (Fissures) programme.

  • Exhibition view. Daniel G. Andújar. Operating System, 2015
    December 11 - 12, 2015
    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    In this seminar, Fundación de los Comunes, Red de Conceptualismos del Sur and Museo Reina Sofía put forward a reflection on issues of social, cultural and political memory through the work of archives that guard, transmit and produce public memory generated by the current forms of social action conservation, which also shuts out major parts of collective experience from dominant discourse.

    Study center
  • Luis Gordillo. Payseyes, 1979. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía collection, Madrid. © Luis Gordillo, VEGAP, Madrid, 2015
    December 3, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

    The Evolving World of the Posthuman

    Encounter with Rosi Braidotti

    Seminars and Lectures Conference

    The Museo Reina Sofía Study Centre organises this encounter around the thinking of Rosi Braidotti, in reference to the publication of her book The Posthuman (Polity Press, 2013). The intervention sees Rossi Braidotti explore the “posthuman turn”, understood as an event based on the convergence of posthumanism and postanthropocentrism.

  • Poster of Informe general II. El nuevo rapto de Europa, 2015
    December 2-4, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    The premiere of Informe general II. El nuevo rapto de Europa (General Report II. The New Abduction of Europe), Pere Portabella’s latest film which addresses the political, economic, social and ecological dimension of the crisis from a perspective of networks and culture. The premiere will also be joined by the screening of a new restored version of Informe general sobre algunas cuestiones de interés para una proyección pública (General Report on Some Interesting Facts for a Public Showing), Portabella’s 1976 film that precedes Informe general II. The film-maker will be present on December 2.

  • Fabià Puigserver, drawing for the “Llibertat d’expressió” campaign, 1977 Centre de Documentació i Museu de les Arts Escèniques (MAE) del Institut del Teatre
    November 19 - 27, 2015
    Seminars and Lectures Seminar Conference

    Independent theatre groups in Spain revamped the stage from popular culture, university classrooms, alternative circuits and touring as a form of representation. As a whole, they represent a key chapter in the history of 20th-century theatre in Spain, and this seminar, integrated into a broader network project, looks to remedy the absence of debates and studies around this crucial subject.

  • Andrzej Wróblewski, Słońce i inne gwiazdy, 1948, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi © Cortesía Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation
    November 18, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter Andrzej Wróblewski

    Éric de Chassey and Marta Dziewańska

    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    The confrontation between abstraction-realism and artistic imagination-social commitment has polarised a major part of 20th-century art history, dividing fronts, periods and movements from both sides. Yet the work of Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957) constitutes an exceptional chapter; the painter imagined a universe that was free from Biomorphic Abstraction whilst, on the back of the same painting, he figuratively documented the opposite: the existential suffering in the Second World War. This conversation introduces his work.

  • Maya Deren. Meshes of the Afternoon. Film, 1943. Courtesy of Filmmakers Showcase
    November 12 - December 18, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Avid Eyes

    Masterworks from American Avant-garde Experimental Film (1920–1970)

    Cinema and video Film series

    Avid Eyes is an anthology of experimental American cinema curated by researcher Bruce Posner, who also oversaw the landmark film series Unseen Cinema, held in the Museo Reina Sofía in 2006. Avid Eyes features a selection of 37 recently remastered films that introduce the multiple pathways traced by American avant-garde cinema between 1920 and 1970.


  • Hito Steyerl. How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File. Video, 2013
    November 10, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
    Music, Dance and Performance Performance art Cinema and video Screenings Seminars and Lectures Conference

    This double performance serves as an introduction to the Hito Steyerl retrospective in the Museo. The studied disappearance of the image in modern surveillance technology is developed in a performance lecture by the artist, followed by an exploration into the new acoustic landscape of war – between military noise and sounds from consumer devices - by Kassem Mosse. Both performances are a posthumous homage to Harun Farocki.

  • View of the Falckenberg Collection at Phoenix Kulturstiftung, with works by General Idea
    November 3, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Harald Falckenberg

    The Falckenberg Collection. European and American Post-war Counterculture

    Seminars and Lectures Conference

    The Falckenberg Collection, built around the concept of art as a space of revolt, assembles one of the most salient historical ensembles of art criticism in post-war Germany and America. In the face of complacency over the market and its logics, this collection represents a counter-current to ways of understanding the role of and narratives that stem from collecting.

  • Ignasi Aballí, Rótulo (imagen-texto), 2014. Cortesía Galería Estrany de la Mota
    October 28, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter with Ignasi Aballí

    In conversation with João Fernandes

    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    This talk offers the chance to move beyond the exhibition and focus on the references and shifts that make up the work of Ignasi Aballí, a key artist since the 1990s. Literature, exploring language and time and alluding to Georges Perec and Raymond Queneau, and film, as a space of representation, enter into dialogue within an artistic practice realised in different mediums and infiltrated by reality and its margins.

  • Carlos Pazos. Artissimo. Película de citas (A Film of Quotes). Poster, 2015
    October 21 and 24, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Artissimo is a montage of film fragments based around the futility and stereotypes of the artist. Pazos’ film pieces together offcuts of mainstream cinema to show the artist as a fanciful and irate being beset with melancholy - a son of Saturn. He runs through all the clichés that still reside in the collective imagination, conveying what art is, or as Pazos himself puts it, that essential praise of the useless.