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Cinema and Video

The audiovisual programs are intended to counteract the predominant model of the black cube, even at a time in which both film and video have become fully integrated and dissolved into contemporary art museums. Their aim is to explore the projected image using different formats and discourses: historical series that broaden – and question – the narrations told by the Collection, retrospectives that draw attention to other stories in the audiovisual history and programs that examine the close links that film and video have with contemporary artistic practices. At the same time, this programming seeks to define a space for film and video outside of the usual circuits, describing itineraries distinct from the spectacle and its derivatives.    

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  • Curro González. El hombre que soñó que se caía de la cama, 2006
    6 september, 2009 - 27 september, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series

    In the words of Gilles Deleuze, everyone has his south - it doesn't matter where it is. In the imaginary cartography of the global order, the idea of south presents itself as a powerful metaphor that acts on two fronts.

  • Pablo Helguera. Performances, 2009
    18 june, 2009
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is an artist based in New York whose work emphasises socio-political reality and delves into the nature of memory. He uses language and historical narrative, availing himself of theatrical and literary resources that he then transposes into conceptual language.

  • Glauber Rocha. O Patio, 1958
    18 may, 2009 - 15 june, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Visionaries - Audiovisual Works in Latin America is an eclectic exhibition that is full of vitality and deeply committed to audiovisual creation in Latin America. The series looks at Latin American experimental video and film from Mexico to the countries of the Southern Cone in a combination of screenings and conferences that put everything from pioneers in experimental film to more recent productions under the historical lens. Organised by Brazil’s Instituto Itaú Cultural, the series consists of 73 works grouped into nine programmes.

  • Sanja Iveković. Personal Cuts, 1982
    13 april, 2009 - 15 april, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Fragments of the East. Performance Art and Feminist Discourse (1968-1989) is a video and conference series on the origin of feminist discourse in the artistic practice in three historical contexts with no public sphere. As artists beginning within the framework of the communist dictatorships of Romania, the former Yugoslavia and Poland, Geta Brătescu (Ploiesti, 1926), Sanja Iveković (Zagreb, 1929) and Ewa Partum (Grodzisk, 1945) created works that question artistic specificity and autonomy at the same time that they allude to repressive contexts and the subject’s capacity for transformation and representation in works of art.

  • Hannes Schüpbach. Verso, 2008
    1 april, 2009
    Cinema and video Encounter

    The films of the multifaceted Swiss artist Hannes Schüpbach (Winterthur, 1965) start from a direct encounter with a place or person and take the depiction to the limits of the metaphor. His latest works, Verso (2008) - starring his father - and L’Atelier (2007), are being screened along with Spin (2001), an earlier film with the artist’s mother.

  • Hitomi Steyerl. Lovely Andrea, 2007
    23 march, 2009 - 5 april, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series

    Film has made its way into museums and galleries at the same time that art has opened up avenues in the world of film. Exhibition spaces often host multimedia installations, experimental film sessions and even narrative films. In their quest to integrate image, sound and movement, more and more artists are turning to cinema as a means of expression, exploring experimental abstraction, documentary and narrative fiction.

  • Lillian Ball. Ballhorses, 2008
    18 march, 2009
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Lillian Ball, an artist and environmental activist who has received numerous awards from institutions like the Guggenheim Foundation and the United States National Endowment for the Arts, has dedicated a large part of her work to protecting the wetlands.

  • Glòria Martí. Cuando la Tierra Tiembla, 2006
    19 january, 2009
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Cuando la tierra tiembla (2006) is a visual document of the human drama of exile, migration and displacement. The video draws on the circumstances of the Mexican community residing in New York to look at the situation of emigrants on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Their testimonies, along with those of members of associations who work with ‘illegals,’ form the central thread that runs through the story.

  • Robert Gardner. Forest of Bliss, 1986
    2 january, 2009 - 23 january, 2009
    Cinema and video Film series

    India is a place of abundant contrasts: part of the population lives in full post-modernity, modernity can still be found in another, while another segment - perhaps the majority of the population - lives anchored in feudalism. From a western standpoint, Indian film is a complex thing that breaks with the aesthetic codes and parameters established in the West in its themes and forms. Understanding it means delving into the culture and idiosyncrasy of its peoples.

  • Gabriela y Sally Gutiérrez Dewar. Tapologo, 2008
    15 december, 2008
    Cinema and video Encounter

    In Freedom Park, a squatter settlement in South Africa, a group of HIV-infected women created a network called Tapologo. Working with nurses from their community, they transformed misery and degradation into resistance and hope. Catholic bishop Kevin Dowling helped them, raising doubts about the sexual and moral doctrine of the Church in this context.

  • Pere Portabella. Films 59, 1959
    4 december, 2008
    Cinema and video Encounter

    The camera never stops moving while it follows the operation of emptying the Huerta de San Vicente of all of its contents - paintings, furniture, rugs, flowerpots, knickknacks, a piano - leaving it clean and bare, and accompanying the objects wrapped in semi-transparent plastic to a storage site where they are placed in a pile.

  • Marina Abramović. Cleaning the Mirror II, 1995
    10 november, 2008 - 1 december, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents a selection of works from the Colección Pi Fernandino in Madrid, one of the few private collections that concentrates on works done in audiovisual format from recent decades.

  • 28 october, 2008 - 30 october, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series

    The concept and evolution of television ads produced by political organisations and parties during electoral campaigns have changed noticeably since they first appeared in the United States in the 1960s. Today, campaign ads have become a hybrid genre, the product of the convergence of different television formats ranging from advertisements, to fiction, documentaries, news reporting, music videos, political propaganda, parodies and sports and music events.

  • Jack Smith, foyer de la película Flaming Creatures, 1963. Cortesía The Plaster Foundation
    22 september, 2008 - 23 october, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    New York, February 1963. Jack Smith (Columbus, 1932 - New York, 1989), Tony Conrad (Concord, 1940), and Henry Flynt (Greensboro, 1940) protest outside the Met, MoMA and Lincoln Center carrying signs that read: “Demolish Serious Culture! Demolish Art Museums! Demolish Concert Halls!” “Making art was never supposed to be easy. It really has to be very boring. It must become very, very boring.”

  • Constanze Ruhm. X Love Scenes / Pearls Without a Strings, 2007
    15 september, 2008
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Constanze Ruhm (Vienna, 1965) is an artist and filmmaker whose work looks at the relationship between film and the new media from the viewpoint of the ideas of feminist film theory, representation and identity. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents, for the first time in Spain, her film X Love Scenes (2007), the fifth in the X Characters series, which she began in 2001.