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In the live arts, the Museum establishes a meeting point between its propositions in this realm and the proverbial white cube so often used in art exhibitions, but from which the live arts have been artificially expelled. By doing so it reveals that the genealogy of the live arts has been closely linked to that of the plastic avant-gardes since their very origins. The Museum's live arts programming, which includes theatre, music and sound art, is thus seen to bear a close connection to the Museum's theoretical discourse. Museo Reina Sofía also collaborates with the most important contemporary festivals in Spain, providing a venue for some of their performances. The Museum engages in continuous dialogue with them and plays a role in the formation of their discourses.

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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. 

    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. 

  • Zum Vergleich © Harun Farocki, 2009. Dibujos de Andreas Siekmann.
    May 16 and 17, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    With his films, Harun Farocki (Czech Republic, 1944) dissects the control, representation and value systems derived from capital and its images. This event, the first of the Intervalos program, shows two recent works, one of which was produced by Museo Reina Sofía, and also includes a lecture by Thomas Elsaesser. 

  • 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
  • Image of Dance Attacks
    April 28, 2013

    International Dance Day

    Dance Attacks at Museo Reina Sofía

    Live Arts Modern dance

    On Sunday, April 28, Museo Reina Sofía will be the host of a series of Dance Attacks. An initiative of the Association of Dance Professionals and the Cultural Association for Dance of Madrid, working in collaboration with Museo Reina Sofía, this activity is held in celebration of International Dance Day, which is April 29.

  • Daría de Benedetti. Fall-Out, 2010
    18 April 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

    This conference is organised by the art research group Otros Criterios, which is linked to the History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture master's program and to the complementary action program of the Faculty of Fine Arts, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. The event is an attempt to examine the artistic phenomenon using the subject of creation - the artist - as its point of departure. 

    Study center
  • 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
  • Rabih Mroué. The Inhabitants of Images. Performance, 2009. Photograph: Ernesto Donegana
    April 12, 2013 - 8:30 p.m.

    Rabih Mroué

    The Inhabitants of Images

    Live Arts Conference Performance art

    Three mysterious occurrences in a city haunted by images, of people known to me, and others unknown. Images abandoned by their occupants; some have become ruins. An image is invaded, a new face moves in—sometimes an ally, sometimes an old foe. One vanishes, while another travels from one picture to another

    Rabih Mroué.

  • 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.

    Study center
  • 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.

    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
  • 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.

  • Eduardo Coutinho. Babilônia 2000. 2000. Copia proporcionada por Videofilmes, Brasil
    February 23 – April 12, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    Eduardo Coutinho

    Retrospective

    Cinema and video Film series

    Eduardo Coutinho (São Paulo, 1933) is an essential name in Latin American documentary film. His work is shaped by political issues but manages to avoid propaganda, as he addresses the everyday lives and subjectivities of marginal majorities with a sensibility not altered by melodrama. This retrospective, the most extensive to date, presents a body of work that ranges from the context of Cinema Novo to the analysis of fiction in contemporary film.

  • 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.

    Study center
  • Expanded theatricalities Gestural models and dissident repertoires
    Course 2013

    Expanded theatricalities

    Gestural models and dissident repertoires

    Live Arts Theatre Workshop Modern dance

    Over the past thirty years, the social sciences have highlighted some aspects of contemporary social life that appear to be incompatible with traditional forms of representation and theatricality: nomadism, liquidity, ongoing identity construction, virtual communication, hyperexhibition, etc. The replacement of a theatre paradigm by a performative paradigm can be understood as a sign of transformation and liberation.

    Study center
  • Rafael Saar. Homem-ave, 2010. Photograph: Angelo Zolini
    January 9 - February 15, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.

    The friction of bodies

    Film and video about the 1980s in Latin America

    Cinema and video Film series

    The friction of bodies is a film and video series that presents a broad panorama of different artistic and political manifestations from the 1980s, which arose during and co-existed with the years of repression in Latin America. Many of these videos and films, most of which have never been shown publicly outside of their original contexts, demonstrate the emergency of new political subjects and forms of subcultural participation. The program also includes recent film proposals that look back at the agitated times of the 1980s in this context, to offer different readings or to activate a memory still throbbing within us.

  • Somatheque 2013. Living and resisting in the neoliberal condition
    2013 course program

    Somatheque 2013

    Living and resisting in the neoliberal condition

    This research and teaching program intends to examine the body as a political and cultural archive, critically distancing itself from approaches that consider the body a corpus, temple, nature, seat of sovereign power, sheath, place of residence, or property. In philosophical terms, it can be said that the modern body (healthy or sick, normal or pathological) does not have an ontological status but rather, a biopolitical and performative status.

    Study center
  • Urban transformations. From the Paris Commune to the Madrid Commune
    2013 Course program

    Urban transformations

    From the Paris Commune to the Madrid Commune

    The city, the metropolis, has been presented on numerous occasions (always from the viewpoints of power and knowledge) as a living organism, a body made of physiological functions regulated according to the ideal of a harmonious composition of its parts. This course, however, sets out with the inverse hypothesis: the urban realm as an incoherent multiplicity, as a series of dynamic balances that remain unstable. 

    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.

  • 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.

  • Subtramas. Diagram. drawing, 2012
    November 16, 23, 28 and 30; December 13, 14 and 21, 2012

    The Open Research Zone Subtramas is a series of activities programmed in connection with an art research project exploring the processes and methodologies involved in collaborative audiovisual creation. The program features a review of past experiences, from the 1970s up through current practices. In all of them, images take part in the formation of symbolic spaces that are conducive to the collective production of emotions, subjectivities and autonomous forms of relationality.

    Study center
  • January, 2012 or The apotheosis of Isabella the Catholic (Los Hijos)
    November 5 - December 5, 2012

    New forms of documentary in Spain

    The urgencies of contemporeneity

    Cinema and video Film series

    This collection offers a broad vision of how some of the audiovisuals now being made in Spain and produced outside of the industry are responding to today's situation of change and structural crisis. It also shows how documentary images constitute one of the most lively spheres for formal experimentation and essay film in the new systems of production and distribution.

  • Traces of El Periférico de Objetos
    October 27, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Performance art

    El Periférico de Objetos is a theatre group with a dramaturgical style capable of conjuring up the trauma, fear and collective unconscious of the Argentine dictatorship. With both the doll and its manipulator playing a prominent role, its dramatic works, in allusion to Antonin Artaud, Witold Gombrowicz or Heiner Müller, explore the return and liberation of a repressed body. This performance reflects the importance of El Periférico and engages in a dialogue with the exhibition Losing the human form.

  • Ral Veroni. La Muestra Nómade, 1990-1991. Afiche
    26 - 27 October 2012

    Losing the human form

    Conversations about the 80s in Latin America

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    One of the primary aims of this seminar is to facilitate testimony and oral discourse as a stimulant and as a counterpoint to exhibition discourse and, at the same time, to produce a debate between the artists and agents that were involved and a new generation of historians and critics that are rewriting Latin American art practices as they overflow toward a context that has more social and political activism, but that is also more subjective, identitary and sexual.