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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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  • Richard Hamilton. Swingeing London 67. Lithography, 1968-69. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
    22 September, 2014

    What is it that makes Pop so different, so attractive?

    Art and popular culture in a world undergoing a transformation

    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    "Young", "sexy", "low cost", but also "expendable", these were Hamilton's words to satirically define Pop that, nonetheless, still refuses to disappear. This seminar studies the reasons behind such persistence and considers the relationship between art and popular culture as a new space that redefines the role of the image and the relationship between the artist and mass society.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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.

  • View of the Sabatini Auditorium
    September 27 and 28, 2013

    After the margins

    A look at the other cinema in Spain

    Cinema and video Film series Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Film on the margins, from the peripheries, and the other cinema are among the terms used to refer to works that have been made outside the industry in recent years in Spain. Beyond this condition of existence, a number of additional criteria are fulfilled by these films, suggesting something of a group identity. More specifically: independent production and distribution platforms, the incorporation of the experimental language used in the field of art (exhibition video and film) and the liberal use of documentary techniques in the form of essay film are some of the features found throughout this other cinema.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Rabih Mroué. The Pixelated Revolution. Performance, 2012
    April 12 - 13, 2013
    Live Arts Performance art Seminars and conferences Seminar

    The new direction taken by political and social happenings in recent years has once again made public space an excellent place for manifestations by the community. In contrast with the situation during the last third of the 20th century, dissident action does not avoid urban spectacularization, hiding in private or clandestine spheres. Instead it transforms and is shown in public space. This seminar explores the use of “theatrical” gestures, behaviours and performances in social space for the purpose of expressing disagreement and dissidence, and it also examines the way that today's art, specifically theatre, has taken in and dialogued with these non-artistic theatricalities.

    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
  • Call for Papers. Transatlantic Encounters: avant-garde discourses in Spain and Latin America
    February 28, 2013

    Call for Papers

    Transatlantic Encounters: avant-garde discourses in Spain and Latin America

    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This program aims to explore the notion of avant-garde as it relates to the experience of modernity and to the shaping of the political and aesthetic vanguardia by post-war art and politics between 1920 and 1970. The specific nature of avant-garde and neo avant-garde practices, and the way in which transnational dialogue helped delineate artistic discourses in Spain and Latin America, will be the reflections guiding this event.

  • February 28 and March 1, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Simón Marchán Fiz

    From object art to concept art (1972-2012)

    Seminars and conferences Seminar Lecture

    The recent 40th anniversary of the book Del arte objetual al arte del concepto (From object art to concept art) affords an excellent opportunity to analyse the trajectory of a book that is both a history and a manifesto of the new artistic practices in the 1970s.

  • Eulàlia Grau. Temps de lleure (Etnografía), 1974. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Depósito temporal colección de la artista, 2010
    February 22 and 23, 2013
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar seeks to contribute to the discussion begun by the exhibition Feminist Genealogies in Spanish Art: 1960-2010 (MUSAC, León, 24 June 2012 - 23 February 2013). This exhibition, curated by Juan Vicente Aliaga and Patricia Mayayo, highlights the role of discourses concerning gender and sexual identities in contemporary Spanish art, a topic traditionally ignored by historiography. The project, in parallel with the successive rearrangements of the Museum's Collection, proposes a rereading of recent art history in Spain, with different eyes and from a different perspective, recovering the work of many female artists who have been unfairly disdained.

  • Subtramas. Diagram. Drawing, 2012
    January 11-12, 2013
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar studies audiovisual works that use methodologies and processes of a collective nature at different levels. This seminar juxtaposes three fundamental lines of work related to the politics of collaborative practices in the field of images: the audiovisual production of new imaginaries, the participatory experiences they undergo upon reception and a pedagogy of the collective image.

    Study center
  • María Blanchard. Woman with fan, 1916. Oil on canvas Museo Reina Sofía Collection
    19 december, 2012 - 18:00 h

    About María Blanchard

    Avant-garde and identity

    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Overshadowed by the orthodox histories of the avant-garde, the figure of María Blanchard has several aspects that have resulted in her being relegated to a secondary, and decidedly minor, position. These aspects include her condition as a woman and her distance from the prevailing cubist grammars. At this seminar Eugenio Carmona, Carmen Bernárdez, María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco, Xon de Ros and María José Salazar present some new frameworks for better understanding the artist and, at the same time, the historical avant-gardes.

  • Los nombres del pueblo
    21, 22 and 23 June 2012 - Time: 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Saturday
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar aims to reflect on new emerging political coordinates and their meaning in a globalised world. Jorge Alemán, Germán Cano and Ignacio Castro address these questions through different critical and diagnostic notions developed in recent political philosophy.

    Associated project
  • Nacho Criado. Trasvase, 1991. (Detail) Particular Collection
    14 june, 2012 - 6 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar brings together Juan Manuel Bonet, Fernando Castro Flórez and José Díaz Cuyás, with the idea of questioning the construction of the recent narrations of the last few decades of art in Spain. The seminar engages in a critique of the interpretations of Nacho Criado as an artist focused on the idea of the collapse of language and on the idea of art.

  • Miniature, s. XI.
    8 june, 2012 - 10 a.m. to 14:30 p.m. and 14 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This symposium brings together a group of art historians whose work is known for its interdisciplinary approach, its innovative methodology and its relevance in meditating on the way we think about, write about and imagine art history today.

    Associated project
  • La Familia Lavapiés. Artecontradicción. Poster, 1975
    March 16 - 17, 2012 - 10:30 a.m.to 20:00 h
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar comprises some of the diverse research projects that have emerged in recent years and are geared towards questioning the hegemonic narratives that envelop the complex process of Spain’s transition to democracy. It is the outcome of a collaboration between the Museo and Brumaria.

  • Gego. Proyecto Lausanne, ca 1975. Colección Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía ©Fundación Gego, all rights reserved. Gego is a registered trademark. Total or partial reproduction of this work is prohibited.
    March 2-3, 2012 - 10:30 a.m.and 16:30 h
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar intends to build a constellation of critical gazes regarding modern art in Latin America. It hopes to serve as the critical substratum that will help shape plans for the exhibition of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (CPPC) of modern art that Museo will be organizing in 2013.

  • Antoni Muntadas. Stadium, 1989
    23 november, 2011 - 11:30 a.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    At this round table, the artist, theorists and project participants debate the exhibition Entre/Between, from its narrative components up through its spatial arrangement and the way it speaks to the public.

  • Exhibition view
    18 november, 2011 - 11 a.m.and 17:00 h
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Guernica, a testimony and condemnation of the bombing by Franco's forces of the Basque town of the same name is considered a foundational work of 20th century art and it continues to be a universal symbol of the struggle against oppression. Its arrival in Madrid in September of 1981 was presented as the symbolic conclusion of Spain's transition to democracy following the dictatorship. The complicated diplomatic negotiations undertaken to bring about the painting's move were also the first important steps in cultural policy to be taken by the country's new government, and they highlighted the role that avant-garde art would play in the official culture of Spain's young democracy. With its arrival, it ceased to be the emblem of dissidence against the dictatorship and became the symbol of the healing of the fracture between the two historical factions in Spain: a sign of the reconciliation upon which the new democratic society would be based.

    Restoration
  • Is it possible to (re)think Latin America?
    14 november, 2011 - 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Five hundred years into the invention of America, and two hundred years after the birth of the first Latin American republics, a question appears, like an inescapable shadow, hidden in the very name comprising these countries: Is it possible to think about a thing called Latin America? Is it even possible to think of it as a unit that can be grasped? Evidently, the answer is no. However, the main issue eludes this contradiction inasmuch as the name given to this part of the world calls for general reflections that encompass the whole and also multiple reflections that go further and take into account particular questions relevant to each geographical area.

    Associated project
  • PAD/D: Political Art Documentation & Distribution, 1980-1988
    14-15 June 2011 - 6 p.m.

    Seminar with Gregory Sholette

    The boundaries of the artistic sphere

    Seminars and conferences Seminar