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



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.    


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

    Eduardo Coutinho


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Costa-Gavras. Z, 1969
    April 23 and 26, May 3, 7, 10, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 and June 4, 2012

    The Turbulent Screen

    Histories of cinema. Collection 3 (1962-1982)

    Cinema and video Film series

    The presence of film in the successive re-readings of Museo Reina Sofía Collection alludes to the crisis in the distinction between hierarchies and artistic narrations, but it also points to the idea that a collection involves a network of stories, memories and times that are inseparable from film practice.

  • Julie Dash. Daughters of the dust. 35 mm, 1991
    March 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 21, 23, 24, 26 and 28, 2012
    Cinema and video Film series

    How to give feminist film its own voice against the conventions of classic film and how to maintain the subaltern nature of this voice?

  • Frau Diamanda. Tr@nsversiva Post Andina Revolucionaria, 2011. Fotografía de César Delgado Wixan
    15 november, 2011 - 19 november, 2011
    Cinema and video Festival

    This series presents a number of videos and performances that have arisen out of contemporary feminist, queer/cuir and "transmarikabollo" (Spanish slang term for LGBT) practices situated within the tradition of guerrilla video: exercises in appropriation of lightweight mass media as counter-information media, but also as dissident gender and sexuality production techniques.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Antoni Mercader. En torno al vídeo, 1980
    24 may, 2011 - 27 may, 2011
    Cinema and video Film series Conference
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bruce Conner. Easter Morning, 2008
    10 november, 2010 - 18 november, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    In a career that spanned more than half a century, Bruce Conner (Kansas, 1933-San Francisco, 2008) worked in nearly every medium of the fine arts.

  • Suzanne Lacy. El Esqueleto Tatuado I, II y III, 2010
    4 november, 2010 - 27 november, 2010
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Suzanne Lacy (California, 1945), an American visual artist, is a pioneer in using political activism to denounce violence against women. Her early works prefigure many of the themes found in current debates on contextual and community practices, defending the role of an engaged public and the active role of the artist in the design of public policies.

  • Cecilia Barriga. Ojo eje, 2009
    28 october, 2010
    Cinema and video Encounter

    The work of Cecilia Barriga (Concepción, 1957), a Chilean filmmaker residing in Madrid since 1977, maintains a keen commitment to questions of social equality and reflections on gender, questioning the way in which our individual and group identities are constructed and represented, whether through the image impulse of what is most intimate or through the changing cultural and political circumstances that surround us.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives, 2010
    14 october, 2010 - 27 october, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents four premieres of films that have not been screened in Spain despite their formal and discursive value and the international recognition they have received.

  • Antoni Miralda y Benett Rossell. París, La Cumparsita, 1972
    4 october, 2010 - 7 october, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    To mark the occasion of the exhibition Miralda. De gustibus non disputandum (24 June -11 October 2010), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is presenting three video programmes by the artist Antoni Miralda (Tarrasa, 1942) that explain his view of art in the context of the exhibition.

  • Jenny Marketou. Red Eyed Sky Walkers, 2008
    30 september, 2010
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Jenny Marketou (Athens, 1954) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work clamours for public participation at the same time that it questions the systems that structure how we live with respect to the limits of public space and our freedom.

  • Jeremy Deller y Mike Figgis. The Battle of Orgreave, 2002
    13 september, 2010 - 26 september, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Storyteller presents a group of international artists who use stories as a way to understand and convey political and social events. All of the works in The Storyteller revolve around situations that are either in the process of unfolding or that continue to impact the lives of the artists or protagonists.

  • Joan Jonas. Songdelay, 1973. Cortesía Electronic Arts Intermix, Nueva York
    9 june, 2010 - 24 june, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    During the 1970s, a time of intensive de-industrialisation and the transition to an information economy in New York, artists found new ways to use the city. The creative use of abandoned and peripheral spaces intensified, especially in Lower Manhattan, which was becoming a centre of the commercial art world. Action Behind the Margins combines debates, performances pieces and film screenings to reveal a city where public and private spheres intermingle and marginal subjects assert their right to the city.

  • Abigail Child. Mayhem, 1987
    31 may, 2010
    Cinema and video Encounter

    Abigail Child (San Francisco, 1948) explores the possibilities inherent in mixing genres and narrative strategies to engage public space through memory and history.

  • Iván Zulueta. Arrebato, 1980
    19 may, 2010 - 28 may, 2010
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Since the 1950s, Spain has been home to an important tradition of experimental film cut off from conventional exhibition spaces. This series was designed to give this unknown branch of film the visibility it deserves. From more than a thousand films, forty-three were chosen to be screened at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in six sessions. In order to spark a dialogue between the different eras, this vastly diverse group of seminal films was shown out of chronological order, blazing a trail through the almost unknown history of Spanish cinema.