List of selected artworks. Maps for the tour in the museum



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.


  • Javier Aguirre. Uts cero, 1970
    17 october, 2011 - 21 october, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series Seminar

    At the end of 1950, Jorge Oteiza concluded his investigations in the field of sculpture but, far from fading away, his aesthetic interests continued in a different sphere, one previously unexplored by him: film.

  • 7, 8 y 14 de octubre de 2011
    Cinema and video Film series
  • Alighiero e Boetti. Aerei (Blue), 1989. Carmignac Gestion Foundation
    5 october, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.

    alighiero boetti. game plan

    Lynne Cooke, Robert Lumley and Christian Rattemeyer in conversation

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This conversation serves as an introduction to the largest retrospective to be held to date on the Italian artist. alighiero boetti. game plan is co-produced by Tate Modern (London), MoMA (New York) and the Museo, and is curated by Lynne Cooke, Mark Godfrey and Christian Rattemeyer.

  • Hélio Oiticica. Agripina é Roma - Manhattan, 1972
    30 september, 2011 - 7 october, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series

    Brazilian cinema back then was not just film, it was something more: cinema of invention, Quasi-cinema, experimental cinema, barbaric cinema, bad taste cinema, Boca do Lixo, Cinema Marginal, udigrudi, pornochanchada. These are the expressions used by both critics and by the artists and filmmakers themselves to describe an important part of the film production of those years.

  • Espacio acústico #2
    September 14, 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.
    Live Arts Concert

    Acoustic Space is a music series featuring national and international artists that show the various facets of contemporary musical creation. Through this series, Museo Reina Sofía, in collaboration with Mahou and its program Afterwork by Mahou Premium Light, enables audiences to get to know new conceptions of jazz, electronic music derivations and the radical eclecticism that characterises today's music, as well as the points of contact between the classical music tradition and the popular tradition, the boundaries of which are becoming less and less defined.

  • Jeffrey Wolf. James Castle: Portrait of an Artist, 2008
    5 september, 2011
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Screening of Jeffrey Wolf’s documentary James Castle: Portrait of an Artist. The film is introduced by Ann Percy, curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and also curator of the exhibition James Castle: A Retrospective, and Lynne Cooke, assistant director at the Museo and curator of the exhibition James Castle: Show and Store.

  • Oliver Laxe. Todos vós sodes capitáns, 2010
    13 july, 2011 - 7 august, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series

    In the midst of many changes in the area of audiovisual screening, as commercial circuits undergo a constant narrowing process, Museo Reina Sofía and ICAA (Madrid's Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts) reformulate the former as a new space for film.

  • View ofSin título #223, sound installation by Francisco López at Museo Reina Sofía, 2010
    2 - 6 July 2011

    The museum as aural space

    JIEM 2011. 18th Conference on Computer and Electronic Music

    Seminars and conferences Festival

    Once again the Conference on Computer and Electronic Music offers a series of workshops on sound production and post-production, concerts dedicated to the aural perception of space and to live improvisation and sound projection, as well as a series of reflections, in a conversation and round table, about the artistic possibilities of radio and a fresh look at the Museum Collection from a new perspective, the auditory sphere.

  • Georgy Zelma.Se fotografía a los mejores mineros, 1930. Detail
    15, 17, 22 and 24 June 2011 - 7 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Room conferences
  • Espacio acústico #1
    September 14, 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.

    Acoustic Space #1

    Afterwork by Mahou Premium Light

    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.

  • PAD/D: Political Art Documentation & Distribution, 1980-1988
    14-15 June 2011 - 6 p.m.

    Seminar with Gregory Sholette

    The boundaries of the artistic sphere

    Seminars and conferences Seminar
  • Migraciones escénicas.
    June 8 - 12, 2011

    Stage migrations

    Experimental practice research laboratory

    Live Arts Workshop Seminar

    Migraciones escénicas is the second stage of a project on research in the performing arts, organised by Artea in collaboration with international groups in Germany, Brazil, Chile, Slovenia and Turkey.

  • Robert Beavers. Early Monthly Segments, 1968-2002
    June 6 - 22, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series

    The aspiration of this audiovisual series is to make meanings explode upon collision; it is an arranged disagreement between the sections and works that constitute the general program.

  • Maja Bajevic performance al Palacio de Cristal
    26 May - 3 October, 2011 - 5 to 9 p.m.
    Live Arts Performance art

    In this performance piece, Maja Bajevic uses gestures and situations to look at how ideology operates. The performance goes on for four hours a day, for two five-day periods. The tools used are also left on view to the public during the exhibition.

  • Antoni Mercader. En torno al vídeo, 1980
    24 may, 2011 - 27 may, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series Conference
  • Divisor. Performance of Lygia Pape
    24 may, 2011 - 7:30 PM
    Live Arts Performance art

    To mark the occasion of the exhibition Lygia Pape. Espacio imantado, there will be a performance of the artist's piece Divisor, in which audience participation plays a vital role. With Divisor, Pape wanted to create a collective work that could be repeated even when she was not present.

  • 24 may, 2011 - 29 may, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series

    Los Rencontres Internationales París/Berlín/Madrid ofrecen un espacio de encuentro entre diferentes ciudades europeas, artistas y crítica, mostrando tanto ciclos como las últimas realizaciones audiovisuales de carácter experimental.

  • Compañía Pont Flotant. Ejercicios de amor, 2010
    18 may, 2011 - 7:30 PM
    Live Arts Modern dance
  • Yayoi Kusama. Alice in Wonderland, 1968. Happening
    11 may, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    There is no possible separation between art and life with Yayoi Kusama (Matsumoto, 1928). She was an active member in the critical art scene during the Vietnam War in the 1960s in New York, where she was also connected to minimalism, happenings and pop art. In 1973, she returned to Japan, extending the boundaries of her work. Her heterogeneous production ranges from collage to musical compositions, design, novels and installation art. Kusama obsessively develops the idea of repetition and screentone, covering surfaces with polka dots, creating what she calls ‘infinity nets’, one of her trademarks.

  • Joris Ivens. Komsomolsk, 1932. 35 mm. Film
    11 may, 2011 - 19 may, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series

    This programme is presented in conjunction with the exhibition A Hard, Merciless Light. The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926-1939 (Museo Reina Sofía, 6 April to 22 August 2011), which analyses the history of amateur proletarian, documentary photography.

  • Leon Golub. Interrogatorio I (Interrogation I), 1981. Acrílico sobre Lino. © The Estate of Leon Golub, VEGAP, Madrid, 2011
    6 may, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Encounters is a programme with which the Museo looks to generate debate on its scheduled exhibitions. Temporarily coinciding with the public opening of the exhibitions, a dialogue is initiated between artists, curators, critics and historians in order to look ahead to and question the lines and set-up of each exhibition project.

  • Allan Sekula. The Forgotten Space, 2010
    4 may, 2011 - 5 may, 2011
    Cinema and video Conference Screenings

    This film highlights the invisibility of global labour even in the process of production. The sea, writes Allan Sekula, is forgotten until disaster strikes. The sea, formerly the object of romantic imagination, is examined from a new angle, that of the transport of merchandise in times of globalisation.

  • La isla de hidrógeno
    29 april, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    The artistic team PSJM, a duo formed by Cynthia Viera and Pablo San José based in Berlin, presents La Isla de Hidrógeno, a book in which a well-structured bunch of solid characters comes together in different organically related stories. The authors of the book will be joined by Miguel Cereceda, José Luis Corazón and Jesús Carrillo.

  • Programa de Prácticas Críticas
    29 april, 2011
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    The Critical Practices Seminar aims to nurture students’ capacity for critical judgement and encourage the adoption of a standpoint through the profound knowledge of currents of contemporary thought. The seminar is structured around the reading and analysis of documents and materials submitted by each of the participating professors.

  • Bailarín en acción
    29 april, 2011 - please check program

    Dance Attacks at Museo Reina Sofía

    Brief explosions of dance when least expected

    Live Arts Modern dance

    In celebration of International Dance Day, Dance Attacks is a series of dance actions held in different public spaces throughout Madrid. The performances, recorded and distributed through the social networks, create a set of brief choreographic actions and disruptions.

  • Viajes, paisajes, ciudades…
    27 april, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This gathering of writers and publishers is an opportunity to look at the forms of minor literature, from spaces such as Quebec, Montreal or Tangiers. Sonia García Soubriet, Jesús Egido and Madeleine Monette dialogue about landscapes of seduction and about literature as a universe of noise and silence, urban labyrinths and private refuges.

  • D'ací i d´allà, Portada del número extraordinario de Invierno. Imagen cubierta Joan Miró. Barcelona, 1934
    27 april, 2011 - 11 a.m.and 16:00 h
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar aims to show the variety and complexity in some of the debates on contemporary Spanish history. To this end, it compiles the latest research on aspects such as exhibitions, urbanism, magazines, photography and the relationship with totalitarian regimes and their outcome in the Spanish Civil War and Second World War.

  • Revista AIZ. Numero 48, 1931
    6 april, 2011 - 7 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Room conferences

    Jorge Ribalta, curator of the exhibition The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926-1939, exercises a first attempt in this presentation of the historical documentation of the worker photography movement. Beyond formulating an examination of artists and unique works, his aim is to recount the constitution of public spaces through the medium of photography.

  • Bruno Taut. Utopía. Dibujo, 1919
    22 march, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    In his book Expresionismo. El lenguaje y construcción de la forma arquitectónica, Javier Climent argues that there is another history behind functionalism, one that reflects the legacy of the Expressionist tradition in Modernism. The book shows the less uniform side of functionalism, in which expressionism and organicism blend with rationalism.

  • Archipiélago Val del Omar
    21 march, 2011 - 27 march, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Although they span the area between the avant-garde and the neo-avant-garde, the film and audiovisual activities of José Val del Omar have taken place in the territory of myth. Myth as something situated outside of history, that only leads to cult status.

  • silencio. Homenaje a las víctimas de la Guerra Civil y la represión franquista
    16 march, 2011 - 21 march, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    The film representation of the Spanish Civil War and its victims has changed over the different historical periods between 1936 and today.

  • Encuentros con los 30
    March 11 - 12, 2011 - 10:30 a.m.and 16:30 h
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Encounters with the 1930s is a symposium that begins with a line of questions about a decade that has haunted historic and contemporary ideas about art and politics, artistic autonomy, and the pressure of context on artistic production.

  • Ideas en fuga. Pasión, conocimiento y memoria en la teoría de la imagen de Aby Warburg
    March 4 and 5 - 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar is divided into four roundtables that attempt to interrogate the historical and intellectual coordinates of Warburg’s project, and then to discuss the primary questions about the nature of the image formulated in Atlas that resonate in current debates.

  • Memorias y olvidos del archivo
    3 march, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    This book, edited by Fernando Estévez González and Mariano de Santa Ana, seeks to broaden the debate regarding archives, taking it beyond its usual reduction to such technical and operational aspects. Derived from two seminars, this publication offers a space for critical reflection, starting with different epistemological presuppositions and theoretical orientations.

  • Roberto Jacoby. 1968, El Culo te Abrocho, 2008. Litografía
    25 february, 2011 - 7 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Co-occurring with the public opening of the exhibition Desire Rises from Collapse, an encounter is presented between Argentinian artist Roberto Jacoby and Ana Longoni, art historian and curator of the exhibition. The conversation looks ahead to and questions the lines and set-up of the exhibition project.

  • Father-transition and children chorus, 2008
    17 february, 2011 - 7:30 PM
    Live Arts Conference
  • Ixiar Rozas, Steve Paxton y Mal Pelo. Humano caracol (vol. 3 y 4)Mónica Valenciano / Vera Mantero. Impregnaciones en la señorita nieve y guitarraChus Domínguez. La danza de la codorniz. Primer movimiento, 2010Elena Córdoba y Sylvia Calle. Los museos de
    January 27 - February 13, 2011
    Live Arts Festival
  • Dorit Margreiter. 10104 Angelo View Drive, 200416mm, 6:57min, color, silent. Filmstill
    12 january, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    On the occasion of this exhibition, a conversation will take place between the artist Dorit Margreiter, Sabeth Buchmann, art historian and professor at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and Lynne Cooke, the curator of the exhibition and deputy director of the Museo.

  • Atlas. La imagen-historia
    15 december, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    The first Spanish-language publication of Atlas Mnemosyne, a decisive work in art historiography and the source of important trends in methodology, from Panofsky's iconology to the modern discipline of Visual Studies, serve as the framework for this debate on its author, Aby Warburg.

  • Juan Antonio Ramírez. La escena del arte.Dibujo publicado en Ecosistema y explosión de las artes.Barcelona, Anagrama, 1994
    13 december, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    El sistema del arte en España contributes to a better understanding of how the Spanish context has entered the international art system. It also contributes to forging intellectual paradigms that help describe the functioning of the new art systems appearing in other, emerging countries.

  • Repensar el espectador. Teoría y crítica de las prácticas performativas
    9 de diciembre de 2010 - 31 de marzo de 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    A seminar aimed at reconsidering the contemporary condition of the spectator, attempting to look over parallels that have often been drawn between audiences and society, as well as reflecting on the forms of participation that have subverted the simplistic dichotomies of identification and critical distance.

  • Los Hijos. Los Materiales, 2009
    9 december, 2010 - 17 december, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    The Limits of Cinema is a series of screenings, meetings and debates designed to provide a space to reflect on the nature of the cinema, its boundaries and its interactions with other forms of expression.

  • Hanna Höch. Álbum, 1925 –1933
    26 november, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Georges Didi-Huberman, the curator of the exhibition Atlas. How to carry the world on one's back?, introduces the implications of narrating history based upon the "survival" of images and how the anachronism is integrated into the exhibition of art, using analysis of and references to the ideas of Aby Warburg. 

  • Le désir attrapé par la queue (El deseo atrapado por la cola)
    26 november, 2010 - 9:00 PM
    Live Arts Performance art
  • babü
    24 november, 2010 - 8:30 PM


    Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus Dances

    Live Arts Concert Conference

    A concert and screening by C. Raman Schlemmer via the work undertaken by Oskar Schlemmer as the director of the Bauhaus performing arts workshop. The Bauhaus dances engage in an intimate dialogue with the spatial ideas of Walter Gropius and the experiments of Kandinsky, Klee and Itten on colour and form.