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Seminars and conferences

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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  • 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

    Can strategies of capital be replicated to build horizontal social dynamics? As part of an action in the Really Useful Knowledge exhibition, artists Núria Güell and Levi Orta donate bank accounts in tax havens to a group of activists, who will use this route to attack the system that produces it. The project culminates in this seminar, which is organised by both artists.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Joaquín Torres-García. Círculo y cuadrado Magazine, n. 3, Asociación de Arte Constructivo, Montevideo, February 1937. Library and Documentation Centre, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
    July 11 – 13, 2013
    Seminars and conferences Conference Seminar

    This international event, which brings together researchers, artists and curators from both sides of the Atlantic, seeks to stimulate reflection about the notion of avant-garde in relation to the experience and discourse of modernity between 1920 and 1970.

  • Zemos 98. Copylove diagram
    June 28 - 29, 2013
    Seminars and conferences Conference Workshop

    Copylove is a research project begun in 2012 by Rubén Martínez, Txelu Balboa and Sofía Coca that attempts to analyse and represent the relationships and tensions that arise between the commons and love within communities, between emotions and community links. 

  • May 29, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Laurent Bonelli

    When the peripheries burn. Social change and uprisings in the French banlieues

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    French sociologist Laurent Bonelli investigates the economic insecurity, riots and police repression that define the backdrop of the existence of a large part of the youth in the banlieu, the metropolitan outskirts of France. This conference questions and analyzes the creation of the new frontiers (spatial and moral) of an emerging social order and the resistance it generates. 


    Study center
  • Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens. Green Image with Boots. Print, 2012. Graphic design by Kern Toy
    May 25, 2013 - 07:00 p.m.

    Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens

    Assuming the Ecosexual Position

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    In this performative lecture, artists Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens explore the realm of ecosexuality as an expanded field of queer politics. The ecosexual community is a rapidly growing community that includes artists, academics, sex workers and other entities from diverse walks of life. 

    Study center
  • Brian Holmes. Movements of Capital. Sketch, 2005
    May 20 and 21, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    Unleashing the event

    Seminar with Brian Holmes

    Seminars and conferences Conference Seminar

    When trying to understand the impact that artistic practices have on the public sphere, people usually speak of a confrontation between art and politics. In this seminar, comprised of a lecture and a workshop, Brian Holmes takes a step beyond this dichotomy, and situates art, once again, in relation to existential affections, forms of organisation, bodies and theory. 

  • Image of The City and the Commons. A Story of our Time
    6 May, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Peter Linebaugh

    The City and the Commons: A Story of our Time

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    In this conference, Anglo-American historian Peter Linebaugh explores the cycle of municipal occupations and urban encampments of recent years in cities including Cairo, Athens, London, New York and Madrid. Rather than discuss such events within discourses of citizenship or the public, Linebaugh considers them within the historical framework of the commons.

    Study center
  • Maruja Mallo. El canto de las espigas. Pintura, 1939. Colección Museo Reina Sofía.
    April 8 – May 14, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference Seminar

    This post-graduate course, associated with the research project "After the Republic: networks and two-way paths in Spanish art from 1931 to 1981" (National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation HAR2011-25864), is conceived as an introduction to the evolution, creation, promotion and historiographic fate of Spanish art, in times of peace and war and both within and outside the country, over a period of five decades. The period examined spans the Republic, the Civil War and dictatorship-exile.

    Study center
  • Beatriz Preciado. The Death of the Clinic?
    March 9, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

    Beatriz Preciado

    The Death of the Clinic?

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    In The Birth of the Clinic, Michel Foucault suggested that for each model of power there was a specific way of organising sexuality and reproduction and that this organisation was concentrated in institutions such as the school, the hospital or the factory. All of these are now in decline, so we must ask ourselves: What model of somatopolitial administration characterises contemporary neoliberal society, following the crisis occurring in Foucault's clinic? This lecture is the inaugural event of Somatheque 2013.

    Study center
  • Hans Haacke. Castillos en el aire. Instalación, 2012
    February 25, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Malcolm Bull. Decline and Decadence

    Narratives of Collapse in Art and Economy since 1950

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    This lecture looks at the interaction between narrations of social and economic recession and narrations of the visual arts crisis since the 1960s. Do these stories take place in parallel or are they a form of cultural critique? How does the economic recession shape the perception and production of contemporary art? Malcolm Bull teaches at Oxford University and is also editor of the New Left Review.

  • Installation view
    20 november, 2012 - 19:00 h
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    The Horizons of Contemporary Art in Spain is a research initiative by Museo Reina Sofía, Fundación Banco Santander and YGBArt (Rosina Gómez-Baeza and Lucia Ybarra). Conceived as a plural space for reflection and debate, its purpose is to engage in a critical diagnosis of the Spanish art scene, viewed from a variety of standpoints and bringing together many different voices.

  • Herbert Bayer. Things to come. Photomontage, 1939
    2 october, 2012 - 5:30 p.m.

    Reflections on Encounters with the 1930s

    Round table with the team of curators

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    This round table brings together the team of curators behind the exhibition Encounters with the 1930s (Museo Reina Sofía, 3 October 2012 - 7 January 2013), to give the audience the chance to learn about the research process and the dialogue that have arisen from this dynamic rereading of the 1930s, which reveals the links between the temporary exhibition and a broader reinstallation project involving the Museum's Collection, undertaken to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica.

  • Rosemarie Trockel. Dessert. Sculpture, 2007
    13 june, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    A lecture by Anne Wagner, a professor emerita in the Department of Art History at the University of California. In the conference she puts forward a guide to the cosmos of artist Rosemarie Trockel, setting out from the study of a number of recent works in relation to the exhibition Rosemarie Trockel: a cosmos.

  • Yann Moulier Boutang
    6 june, 2012 - 7 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    Presentation of the book La abeja y el economista (The Bee and the Economist), by Yann Moulier Bountang, co-editor of the magazine Multitudes and professor of political economy. He is one of the main people responsible for the design theory on the critique of the political economy of cognitive capitalism.

  • ames Coleman. Photograph (1998-1999).Proyección de diapositivas, 1999.
    25 april, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    Rachel Haidu, professor at the University of Rochester (New York), debates the importance of staging, dramatic narration and the role of the actor in James Coleman’s work and in that of other artists influenced by his slide-tape works. This conference marks the start of the individual exhibition on the artist inside the Museo.

  • Anónimo, The pope-ass, 1522.
    12 april, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    This first session of Somatheque. Biopolitical production, feminisms, queer and trans practices explores the changes in the governmental methods of body production and of sexual difference that took place after World War II, with the transformation of war techniques into techniques of somatic production and communication.

  • A survey of workers. Collective work by graduate students from the Reina Sofia Museum and Bojana Piskur, 2010-ongoing
    10 february, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    This conference presents recent examples of the work of the Radical Education collective, whose research deals with political imagination in art. The research process they put forward includes collective translations of Marx’s A Worker’s Inquiry, with the aim of questioning new modulations and regulations of work.

  • Francisco Franco and Dwight D. Eisenhower in official visit, Madrid, 1959
    January 13 (Conference), January 27 (guided tour of the collection) - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    The public presentation of the Julián Díaz Sánchez research residency. This project analyses Spanish Informalism in relation to the exhibition New Spanish Painting and Sculpture, held in New York’s MoMA in 1960.

  • Paris Universal Exhibition, 1937. Sovietic Pavillion, on the right, opposite to the Nacional Socialist pavillion
    29 november, 2011 - 1 december, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    This activity is divided into two sessions: a conference and guided visit through the rooms devoted to the Spanish Republic Pavilion. Both endeavour to contrast and draw connections between three exhibitions presented in Munich, Paris and New York in 1936 and 1937 in order to analyse the footprints of post-war art and the Museo’s Collection.

  • Yael Bartana. Mur i Wieża. Video, 2009
    October 29, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    This conference and screening explores the changes taking place in social formations and their contexts, revolving around the work of artist Yael Bartana (Israel, 1970). His work sheds light on the various forms of new communities and redefinitions of the idea of belonging.