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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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  • 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.