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Seminars and Lectures

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.

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  • Jean-Marie Straub. Kommunisten. Film, 2014
    October 7 - November 25, 2016

    Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet

    To Make the Revolution Also Means to Put Back Into Place Things that Are Very Ancient But Forgotten

    Cinema and video Film series

    Museo Reina Sofía will present, in collaboration with Filmoteca Española, a comprehensive retrospective on the film-makers Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. The series, comprising works spanning from 1962 to the present day, reflects one of the most cohesive and relevant film projects in the 20th century, whereby cinema is both an artistic form and a way of politically bursting forth in the present. Engaging in dialogue with Jean-Marie Straub, the series includes new translations of the vast majority of the films, original format screenings, remastered copies, a significant number of premieres in Spain, and a new publication featuring essays on the film-makers.       

       

  • YOCOCU 2016
    September 21 - 23, 2016
    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    The Museo Reina Sofía’s Department of Conservation-Restoration and the YOCOCU (YOuth in COnservation of CUltural Heritage) association organises the fifth edition of the international conference on Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, to be held from 21 to 23 September.

    Restoration
  • 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
  • Walter Benjamin
    May 11 - 13, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Conference

    At the present time, Humanities have lost the Renaissance concept stemming from the linguistic, social and philosophical-historical disciplines that were at every level of the formal education still taught a few decades back. The processes of globalisation inscribed in capitalist systems have prioritised education as a field of pragmatic knowledge at the expense of those disciplines engaged in the formation of civilised social coexistence and the role of citizenship understood from responsibility.  

    Study center
  • Compañía La Veronal, 2015
    April 28 - 29, 2016
    Music, Dance and Performance Encounter Modern dance

    The Museo Reina Sofía once again takes part in the activities that mark International Dance Day, organising two sessions that aim to grant visibility to and assimilate inside its spaces an artistic practice that is becoming increasingly prominent in the Museo’s programming, lines of research and Collection.

  • Carlos Arévalo. Rojo y negro [Red and Black]. Film, 1942
    April 28 - May 27, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This film series, organised in conjunction with the exhibition Campo Cerrado. Spanish Art 1939–1953, focuses on post-war Spanish cinema, moving beyond the clichés that have buried it for a number of decades to present a dark yet fascinating filmic and historical labyrinth displaying conflicts, searches and objectives from the main narratives in a melancholy, wounded and confrontational period.

  • Josh Zakary. Arrival of Syrian refugees to Vienna. 2015
    April 4 - 13, 2016
    Seminars and Lectures Seminar Conference

    Inside the framework of Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy, the Museo Reina Sofía will hold the second session in the programme of lectures and seminars, on this occasion conducted by Wolfgang Streeck.

    Study center
  • Diana Vázquez. Conceptual Map of Domesticities. 2016
    April 2, 2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    Domesticities

    Ways of inhabiting, institutions that inhabit us, and schizophrenic subjectivities

    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    Within the context of the networks in which the Museo Reina Sofía participates alongside collectives, organisations and independent research groups, the Museo’s Study Centre welcomes the conference Domesticities, organised by the Las Raras collective.

    Study center
  • Yes to the Constituent. Photography by José Luis Durón
    March 14 - 21, 2016
    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    The Museo Reina Sofía will host a lecture and seminar by Portuguese sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, to take place within the context of the programme Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy, jointly organised with the Commons Foundation, and in collaboration with Intermediae.

    Study center
  • Art and Education
    March 9, 2016 - 6:00 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 de 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.

  • Adolfo Senbra. Popular assembly in Valencia, 2011
    October 22, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.

    The Way of the World: Neoliberal reason vs. common reason

    Encounter with Christian Laval and Pierre Dardot

    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    This encounter, within the framework of the project Redes, from the Museo’s Study Centre, sees sociologist Christian Laval and philosopher Pierre Dardot set out a reflection of “the common” as a strategic paradigm for considering new socio-economic and political concepts of use in the design of new forms of democratic organisation that go beyond the categories of representation and political sovereignty that are consubstantial with modernity.

  • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Otello 1887. Film, 2015
    October 14 and 17 octubre - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster employs literature to explore the relationship between fiction and reality, and theatre to juxtapose an imaginary narrative of the present. This Intervalos session sees three of her films screened, including Otello 1887, a cinematic opera filmed in the Palacio de Cristal and co-produced by the Museo.

  • Exhibition view. Danh Vō. Banish the Faceless / Reward your Grace, 2015
    October 2, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter with Danh Vō

    In conversation with Patricia Falguières

    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    Iconoclasm, desire, vulnerability, migration and cultural translation are some of the themes that impress particular intensity upon the work of Danh Vō. This encounter, also held in the Palacio de Cristal, sees the artist enter into conversation with Patricia Falguières, professor at the École des hautes etudes in social sciences in Paris, and author of essays such as Les Chambres de merveilles (Bayard, 2002).

  • Cristina Iglesias. Tres Aguas (Three Waters). 2014
    September 30, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Presentation of Tres Aguas (Three Waters)

    Cristina Iglesias in conversation with James Lingwood and Manuel Borja-Villel

    Seminars and Lectures Book presentation

    The presentation of Cristina Iglesias’ book and project could be seen as an epilogue to the exhibition Metonymy, a 2013 retrospective on the artist held in the Museo. Tres Aguas (Three Waters) is a sculptural intervention in the city of Toledo that joins nature, history and landscape.

  • Nasreen Mohamedi. Untitled, ca. 1970. Drawing. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
    September 23, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the retrospective devoted to Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (Karachi, 1937 – Baroda, 1990), an exhibition that looks to acknowledge the specific nature of her work, beyond the canonical accounts that have systematically placed it within minimalist abstraction.

  • Colectivo Armadillo. 66 Exercises. Stage work, 2015
    September 17 and October 1, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.
    Music, Dance and Performance Theatre Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    The Museo marks the 55th anniversary of the OuLiPo group with two activities: The presentation of the work 66 Exercises in Style by Colectivo Armadillo, and a discussion which revolves around the group, which includes participation from illustrious specialists and certain members of this historic literary experiment.

  • Kleber Mendonça Filho. O som ao redor (Neighbouring Sounds). Film, 2012
    July 16 - August 13, 2015 - 10:00 p.m.

    Scene Games

    Contemporary Cinema in Latin America

    Cinema and video Film series

    This film series presents a panoramic view of recent independent film from Latin America, while also introducing a new screening area in the Museo – the transformation of the outdoor terraces into a new open-air cinema. Scene Games offers an interpretation of the latest films from Latin American cinema, barely seen in Europe, where theatricality is the key element in approaching reality.