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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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  • 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

    After setting up a public limited company in a tax haven, the artists Núria Güell and Levy Orta will hand over the administration of one their company's bank accounts to a group of activists that are developing a company project on the fringes of capitalist dynamics.

  • Diego de Pozo, Whisperers, 2014
    October 28, 2014 - February 9, 2015
    Action Seminars and conferences Workshop Encounter

    A programme of actions and activities within the context of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, devised by the collective Subtramas (Diego del Pozo, Montse Romaní and Virginia Villaplana). These actions take place inside the galleries of the exhibition and feature participation from different social and cultural collectives.

  • 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.

  • Juan Luis Moraza. Paragreenberg, 2010. Nickel-plated iron, wood. Artist's collection
    October 15, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the Juan Luis Moraza exhibition republic in the Museo (15 October, 2014 - 2 March, 2015), bringing together the artist and João Fernandes, the curator of the exhibition and deputy director of the Museo Reina Sofía, in a public conversation. 

  • 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 conferences 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.

  • Kerry James Marshall, Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994. Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken Heller, Jan and Frederick Mayer, Beverly and Bernard Rosen, Annalee and Wagner Schorr, and anonymous donors, 1995.77 © Kerry James Marshall Photograph courtesy of the Denver Art Museum
    13 June, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This activity introduces the artist’s first individual exhibition in Europe, Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff (13 June – 26 October, 2014), as he presents his work as an analysis of Afro-American racial identity and the space of the black subject, both in the current social context and in official history.

  • Sad Playground, as found by Peter Fischli on the World Wide Web
    Eight sessions, from 19 May to 11 June 2014 - 5:30 p.m.

    Playgrounds

    Reinventing the Square

    Seminars and conferences Workshop

    This workshop sets out from the discourse and works that articulate the exhibition Playgrounds in order to relate them to experiences of urban intervention in Madrid; a three-way exercise in active dialogue between the Museo, the participating audience and contemporary playgrounds.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Comba y Rico. Opening of the Philippines Exhibition. Opening Contest chaired by H.M. Queen Regent . Print, 1887. Courtesy of Biblioteca Nacional, España
    13 March, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Artist and writer engage in conversation, dialogue that coincides with the opening of SPLENDIDE-HOTEL, a site-specific project carried out by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in the Palacio de Cristal. Fiction within reality, compulsive reading or literature as a tool for understanding the world, these are elements shared by both and mark an ongoing collaboration.

  • 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.

  • Image of 2nd Annual Conference of European and Latin American Museums
    February 18 - 20, 2014
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Part of the ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair, this meeting will bring together professionals from museums and private collections around the theme Private collecting and common heritage: proposals for a discussion.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Claire Tenu. Exhibition view. Saint-Ouen, 2011
    November 27, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Conversation on Biographical Forms

    Jean-François Chevrier, Ahlam Shibli and Claire Tenu

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This event serves as an introduction to the exhibition Biographical forms with a lecture by its curator, Jean-François Chevrier, followed by a colloquium with two of the artists represented.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • View of the exhibition hall alighiero boetti. game strategy (Museo Reina Sofía, October 2011- February 2012), with global maps tissues in Afghanistan
    October 10 - 11, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Hans Belting

    Two preliminary views of a global era in art history

    Seminars and conferences Lecture

    This event is part of the Museo Reina Sofía master lectures series, a public program that began in 2010 as an attempt to better understand the methodological tensions that have transformed art history in recent years. At the same time, the annual master lecture serves as the inauguration to the Museum's academic year, which consists of numerous activities related to its multiple University master's programs, independent study programs, debate forums and research residencies. In addition to these initiatives, this public activity introduces a new facet of the contemporary museum: a place for training and research.  

  • Chris Killip. Helen and Her hula-hoop, Lynemouth, Northumberland. Serie: Seacoal, 1984. Courtesy of the artist © Chris Killip
    October 2, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This talk, organised in connection with the exhibition Chris Killip. Trabajo/Work, is a unique opportunity to learn about the work of one of today's most important documentary photographers. The artist himself leads the visit through the exhibition, in which his photography is shown as a real and poetic document of the living conditions of the British working class, within the tradition of direct photography. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Simone Forti, Huddle. Fotografía: Sally Stein
    June 19, 2013 - 5:30 p.m.

    About ± I96I

    Founding the Expanded Arts

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    At this program, the curators Julia Robinson and Christian Xatrec present the premises of the exhibition ± I96I. Founding the Expanded Arts, followed by an intervention by Simone Forti in the auditorium and concluding with the representation of several of her pieces in the exhibition galleries. 

  • 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. 


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  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Ignacio Gómez de Liaño. El juego del Correo, 11 VIII 1972. Photograph: José del Río Mons
    April 11, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Ignacio Gómez de Liaño

    In the network of time 1972 1977. Personal diary

    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    Closely connected to the Computing Centre, the visual poet, experimental artist, researcher, professor and writer Ignacio Gómez de Liaño is one of the essential references in Spanish art in the 1970s. This book of memories recounts that period's most important events and describes many of their protagonists. The book, the Spanish title of which is En la red del tiempo 1972 -1977, constitutes an indispensable document in any effort to understand contemporary art practices in the final years of the dictatorship.

  • 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.

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  • José Ignacio Linazasoro. Remodelled Escuelas Pías. Architectural intervention, 1996- 2004
    March 11, 2013 - 7 p.m.

    Collecting at the University

    The artistic and architectural heritage of the UNED

    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    The main purpose of universities is generally understood to revolve around teaching and research, but these institutions also have other important roles that tend to receive less attention. This event looks at the architectural and artistic heritage belonging to Spain's National University of Distance Education (UNED). The collection is brought together for the first time in this publication, which examines how contemporary art has been collected, exhibited and supported by the university as an institution.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • VV.AA. (Post-NN). España, aparta de mí este cáliz. Serigrafía, 1992. Cortesía Archivo Adolfo Cornejo
    February 14, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Affinities and contagion

    A possible glossary of the poetic-political practices of the 1980s in Latin America

    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    This presentation introduces the publication Losing the human form. A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America, conceived in connection to and in dialogue with the exhibition of the same name. The publication, unlike a conventional catalogue, does not enumerate the works and practices found in the exhibition but rather presents itself as yet another (possible) mechanism by which to activate these practices in a reflection about the present.

  • Image of 2nd Annual Conference of European and Latin American Museums
    February 13 and 14, 2013 - Roundtable debates, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., February 13th Conclusions, 12 noon - 3:00 p.m., February 14th
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Museum curators and international specialists gather to discuss the challenges faced by cultural institutions in their endeavour to activate and disseminate contemporary art. The seminar, designed to stimulate dialogue between Europe and Latin America, centers on the search for effective means of cooperation regarding production, research, memory and education.

  • 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.

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