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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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  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Eduardo Arroyo. Los cuatro dictadores (The Four Dictators), 1963. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    June 18 - 20, 2015
    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    The international conference Politics, State Power and the Making of Art History in Europe after 1945 explores the ways political power seeks to shape and influence the activities of art historians, art critics, museum professionals and cultural institutions in order to control the understanding of art and artistic heritage from 1945 to the present.

  • Colliers Magazine, Preview of a War We Don’t Want, 1957
    April 29 - 30, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    This seminar sets out to rewrite the history of post-war art in Europe, traditionally presented as the disjointed amalgamation of art scenes divided into antagonistic blocs. By deconstructing national limits and articulating a transversal debate, this programme presents a divergent history, whilst also identifying new voices and positions.

  • Mathias Goeritz. Dibujo ideográfico del Museo Experimental El Eco, 1952. Colección Luis Enrique Noriega
    Seminar: April 8 - 9, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Seminar Book presentation

    This seminar is the culmination of the exhibition The Return of the Snake. Mathias Goeritz and the Invention of Emotional Architecture and looks to generate a debate centred on the artist Mathias Goertiz as a unique case study with which to understand the phenomena of the translation, reinterpretation and survival of modernity in a new time in history, straight after the war.

  • Daniel García Andújar. Not Found, 1000 casos de estudio, 2014. Courtesy of the artist
    March 26 - 27, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Workshop Seminar

    The Internet has produced new behaviours, subjectivities and institutions linked to another way of being and doing. This seminar debates how these changes throw established categories of art, the author and the circulation of unique work off balance, whilst also forming profound contradictions – from creativity as an economic value to indistinct work time. Is considering another artistic ecosystem possible from these ambiguities?

     

  • View of the Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200, Museo Reina Sofía
    February 25-26, 2015

    4th Meeting of European and Latin American Museums

    Travelling Exhibitions: The Production of Circuits, Routes and Collaborative Networks

    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    Organize with the occasion of ARCOmadrid, this meeting aims to provide a space for reflection where art professionals working in museums and contemporary art centres can exchange ideas about the possibilities that this exhibition format offers to their institutions.

  • 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 Lectures 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.

  • Maia Villot. After talk the "Blue". Encounter, 2011
    15-19 May, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures 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
  • View of the Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200, Museo Reina Sofía
    6, 7 and 8 May, 2014 - 19:00 h
    Seminars and Lectures 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 Lectures 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.