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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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  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Marcel Broodthaers. Panel with Eggs and Stool, 1966. Assemblage. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    June 9 - 10, 2015

    Benjamin Buchloh

    Master Lecture

    Seminars and Lectures Lecture

    Started in 2010, the Museo Reina Sofía’s programme of master lectures marks the beginning, or end, of the annual academic activity conducted in the Museo, comprising a series of MAs, study programmes, debate groups and research residencies, run in collaboration with different universities.

    Study center
  • Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400
    20 May, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

    Conversations. Néstor García Canclini

    Creative, precarious and intercultural

    Seminars and Lectures Conference

    What are innovation and originality in diverse times? How does the precarious artist participate in the so-called economies of creativity? This lecture sees the Argentinian philosopher and cultural critic Néstor García Canclini analyse the redistributions and alternatives to creativity that come together in a new contemporary framework of institutions, movements, audiences and networks.

  • 13 May, 2015 - 7 p.m.

    Conversations. Claudia Zaldívar

    Museum of Solidarity

    Seminars and Lectures Conference

    Founded by intellectuals such as Mario Pedrosa, Dore Ashton, Carlo Levi and the Spanish critic José María Moreno Galván, this institution represented a brief experience that, while connecting Chile and Palestine, Senegal and the spaces of resistance in the Western world between 1971 and 1973, was used to seek alternative references during the Cold War. This talk by its director, Claudia Zaldívar, introduces its history and recovery. 

  • Andreas Seltzer & Dieter Hacker. Volksfoto: Foto kaput. Installation, Museum Bochum (Germany). Reconstruction in Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, Museo Reina Sofía, 2015
    May 11 - 26, 2015 - 19:00 h
    Seminars and Lectures Conference

    In relation to the exhibition Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, this series of lectures offers a context for the discussion on the reframing of documentary culture in the 1970s and 1980s. The programme brings together international scholars to debate some of the key aspects of the exhibition from different perspectives.

  • Carl Andre, Magnesium Copper Plain, 1969. Sculpture. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    May 4, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.

    Encounter centred on Carl Andre

    Yasmil Raymond in conversation with João Fernandes

    Seminars and Lectures Conference

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the exhibition in the Museo devoted to North American artist Carl Andre (Quincy, Massachusetts, 1935) and looks to provide perspective on an artistic career that spans the second half of the 20th century and which has been historiographically defined by its generational affiliation with the time Minimalism embarked upon the redefinition of sculpture.

  • 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.

  • Exhibition view. Federico Guzmán. Tuiza. The Cultures of the Bedouin Tent, 2015
    April 16 - August 21, 2015
    Music, Dance and Performance Concert Cinema and video Film series Seminars and Lectures Conference Poetry reading

    This programme of activities, which relates Sahrawi culture to a broader social and cultural framework, aims to become tuiza, a space that reimagines an alternative possible geography, where its centres are not metropolises of financial power, but narrations and accounts of a periphery that lives on in expressions of identity and cultural contamination.

  • 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.

  • Theaster Gates. The Black Monks of Mississippi. Performance, 2014
    February 17, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Conference Encounter

    This activity introduces conversations, a new series of twice-monthly dialogues and lectures that open up a new space aside from the research conducted by the Museo. In this first instalment, Thelma Golden and artists Theaster Gates and Glenn Ligon debate the recent shift in the politics of race and representation in the United States.

  • Exhibition view. If You Lived Here…, Dia Art Foundation (New York, 1989)
    February 11, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter with Martha Rosler

    In conversation with Jorge Ribalta

    Seminars and Lectures Conference Encounter

    This encounter brings together Martha Rosler (New York, 1943) and the historian and theorist of photography Jorge Ribalta. The activity signals the start of the exhibition Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernity and looks to debate some of the question marks it raises.

  • Daniel G. Andújar. Not Found, 1000 casos de estudio, 2014. Courtesy of the artist
    January 21, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter with Daniel G. Andújar

    In conversation with Manuel Borja-Villel and Iris Dressler

    Seminars and Lectures Conference Encounter

    This encounter sees Daniel G. Andújar engage in conversation with the curator of the exhibition, Manuel Borja-Villel, and a critic with extensive knowledge of his output, Iris Dressler, to look at some of the key aspects of the artist’s work. The role of the artist in the new cultural ecosystem and the Internet as a utopian, and also repressive, space are some of the themes touched upon.

  • Núria Güell and Levi Orta, Arte político degenerado, 2014. Photograph courtesy of Eva Carol
    November 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures 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.

  • Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller. The Marionette Maker, 2014
    20 November, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the site-specific installation The Marionette Maker (Palacio de Cristal, from 19 November to 16 March, 2015), and the work of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as a whole, with both artists engaging in conversation with João Fernandes, the curator of the project and deputy director of the Museo Reina Sofía.

  • Mathias Goeritz. Pirámide de doce cajas apiladas (Pyramid of Twelve Boxes Piled Up), 1961. Wood and metal leaf. Collection Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. D.R. © MATHIAS GOERITZ, 1961. USE UNDER LICENSE BY L.M. DANIEL GOERITZ AND GALERÍA LA CAJA NEGRA, MADRID
    November 11, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.

    Encounter centred on Mathias Goeritz

    Lecture held by Francisco Reyes Palma

    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    This lecture offers a journey through the work of Mathias Goeritz as it introduces the expansive retrospective exhibition the Museo is devoting to the artist. The creator of both syncretic and original work, after 1940 Goeritz would reformulate European geometric abstraction through ancestral pre-Hispanic tradition and a new sense of the public sphere.

  • Diego de Pozo, Whisperers, 2014
    October 28, 2014 - February 9, 2015
    Action Seminars and Lectures 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 Lectures 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 Lectures 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 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.

  • 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 Lectures 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 Lectures 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.