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Live Arts

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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  • 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.

  • Bernardo Atxaga. Poetry Reading in front of Guernica
    October 25, 2012 - 7:00 p.m.

    Bernardo Atxaga

    Poetry Reading in front of Guernica

    Live Arts Dramatized readings

    Inspired by the tragic event that took place 75 years ago, Guernica is much more than a work of art. It has become a universal statement on the massacre. This condition, a synthesis of avant-garde pursuits and political engagement, has had a great influence not only on the visual arts but also on literature. The poetry reading, given in front of the painting by the writer Bernardo Atxaga (Guipúzcoa, 1951), includes poems by Luis Cernuda and Paul Éluard and traces the impact that the mural by Pablo Picasso has had on the written word.

  • Eric Andersen. Stories. Performance, 1985
    22 october, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.

    The event in the origins of Fluxus

    Encounter with Eric Andersen

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Eric Andersen (Antwerp, 1940) has been linked to Fluxus from practically the very beginning. In 1962, he had the idea of organising a festival in Copenhagen's Nikolai Church. Before that he was involved in setting up art-poetry networks throughout Europe. His participation in this Festum Fluxorum, as the most public and festive qualities of Fluxus were known, was the beginning of a long collaboration in an array of Fluxus events that continue to this day.

  • Efim Dzigan. We are from Kronstadt (My iz Kronshtadta), 1936. Copy provided by Arkeion Films, France. Courtesy of Mosfilm Cinema
    October 4 - 31, 2012 - 7 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    In his 1936 essay, The Artwork in the Age of Its Technical Reproducibility, Walter Benjamin uses the Blaue Blume—the romantic incarnation of unobtainable desire—to signify the artifice and perceived immediacy of film made possible through the concealment of the cinematic apparatus.

  • Herbert Bayer. Things to come. Photomontage, 1939
    2 october, 2012 - 5:30 p.m.

    Reflections on Encounters with the 1930s

    Round table with the team of curators

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    This round table brings together the team of curators behind the exhibition Encounters with the 1930s (Museo Reina Sofía, 3 October 2012 - 7 January 2013), to give the audience the chance to learn about the research process and the dialogue that have arisen from this dynamic rereading of the 1930s, which reveals the links between the temporary exhibition and a broader reinstallation project involving the Museum's Collection, undertaken to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica.

  • 26 september, 2012
    Seminars and conferences Film series
  • Espacio acústico #4
    September 26, October 24 and November 15, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.

    Acoustic Space #4

    Art Impressions Mahou

    Live Arts Concert

    Acoustic Space is a music series that brings together national and international proposals that reflect the various facets of contemporary musical creation.

  • Poster designed by George Maciunas for the Perpetual Fluxus Festival. Washington Square Gallery, New York, 1964/65. Courtesy of George Maciunas Foundation inc and Harry Stendhal
    September 21, 22 and 23, 2012
    Live Arts Concert Education Visit

    Fluxus to the People is a program of concerts, activities, guided tours, lectures and also a documentary exhibition, all of which explore the imagination of the collective, the idea of art as a community tool and the process of de-specialization of the artist figure that is at the heart of the Fluxus movement. This program has consciously been given the format of a festival. First of all, it defends the playful, participatory and even burlesque nature of many of the avant-garde manifestations from 1960 onwards. Secondly, it explores new ways of approaching contemporary art from public activity.

  • Tumakat en escena
    22 june, 2012 - 8:00 PM
    Live Arts Modern dance

    Once again the Museum is collaborating with Mov_s, an event directed by professionals of the moving arts, dance and contemporary creation. On this occasion the Museum provides a space in which to reflect on operations in the area of dance in Latin America today, and to share lines of thinking and experiences.

  • 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.

  • Rosemarie Trockel. Dessert. Sculpture, 2007
    13 june, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    A lecture by Anne Wagner, a professor emerita in the Department of Art History at the University of California. In the conference she puts forward a guide to the cosmos of artist Rosemarie Trockel, setting out from the study of a number of recent works in relation to the exhibition Rosemarie Trockel: a cosmos.

  • 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