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





  • Ola Simonsson y Johannes Stjärne Nilson, Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers. Cortesía de Kostr-film, Estocolmo.
    5 march, 2008 - 30 march, 2008
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Why not short films? is a series of screenings and a roundtable designed to put the spotlight on the short film format, a form that reveals the new relationships that artists and filmmakers have with the audiovisual medium and the world around them from the perspective of young, mainly Spanish creators who have come to short films from the cinema. The Great Ways agency, a specialist in cultural events for twelve years, collaborated on the selection.

  • Deimantas Narkevicius. Once in the XX Century, 2004
    5 november, 2007 - 19 december, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is holding its seventh Film and Almost Film series, an annual event created to showcase the most notable contemporary audiovisual trends. This year’s series is made up of 11 programmes with a total of 36 pieces, including most notably After Apocalypse Now: Martin Sheen (The Soldier) (2007), which Cabello (Paris, 1963)/Carceller (Madrid, 1964) are screening for the first time.

  • Jan Verbeek. Osmotic, 2006
    4 october, 2007 - 21 october, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    In 1984, a group of students in the city of Bonn founded the Videonale, a video festival that reflected the creative possibilities of the medium. After more than 20 years, this festival has become one of the most important and innovative international events dedicated to contemporary video. Despite its age, the Videonale remains faithful to its principles: the free participation of artists in the competition with a single-channel piece made during the two years before the call for entries, its international character, and selection by a jury of independent international experts.

  • Peter Downsbrough. 7 Come 11, 1980-1981
    19 september, 2007 - 29 september, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    This series spotlights the film work of Peter Downsbrough (New Brunswick, 1940), an artist better known for his pieces made with black tape and letters, the map pieces, his books and scale models. However, his audiovisual work was prolific between 1976 and 2006, during which time he produced 21 films and videos.

  • Dara Birnbaum. Technology / Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-1979
    9 september, 2007 - 30 september, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    The artist Perry Bard (Quebec, 1944), whose work draws on the use of electronic media, is presenting the audiovisual series In Perfect Disorder, a look at the ties between society, aesthetics and technology from the viewpoint of video creation. The programme, which includes pieces like Technology /Transformation: Wonder Woman (Dara Birnbaum, 1978-79), Feeling Free with 3D Magic Eye Poster Remix (Shana Moulton, 2004) and Escenario (Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, 2004), brings together ten artists who use different strategies to examine social, technological and aesthetic systems that are characterised by the repetition and regularity of their dynamics and by their methodical and constant use of internal logic to obtain predictable results. The videos use techniques including found footage, algorithms, rituals, performance pieces and a good dose of humour to call these results into question.

  • Jean-Luc Godard. Moments Choisis des Histoire(s) du Cinéma,2004
    13 june, 2007 - 17 july, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Film or cinematic essays - not to be confused with art-house cinema - is the film correlative to the long tradition of the literary essay. These films do not offer a dramatic narrative (like fictional films) or a representation of the historical world (like documentaries), but are a reflection on the medium. This programme constitutes the first presentation in Spain (and one of the first in Europe) of one of the least codified practices in the contemporary audiovisual field. The films selected make it possible to characterise the film essay and observe its evolution over the last decade by comparing works by filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard (Paris, 1930), the artist who has done the most to popularise this form, and Mariano Llinás (Buenos Aires, 1975); personal documentary makers like Ross McElwee (North Carolina, 1947) and Albertina Carri (Buenos Aires, 1973); avant-garde filmmakers such as Barbara Hammer (Hollywood, 1939) and Angela Melitopoulos (Munich, 1961); and video artists like Shelly Silver (New York, 1957), Sean Snyder (Virginia Beach, 1972) and Deborah Stratman (Washington, D.C., 1967).

  • Lucian Muntean. Punam, 2005
    13 june, 2007 - 17 june, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is organising a film series especially for children that offers an assortment of animation, fiction and documentary films from the international scene created just for them. The aim is to introduce children to audiovisual languages that differ from what they are used to seeing on television and in commercial films. The works in the programme, including films like La tête dans les étoiles (Sylvain Vincendeau, 2005), Punam (Lucian Muntean, 2005) and The Bread and Alley (Abbas Kiarostami, 1970), tell fictional stories using different artistic resources and rhythms, taking on topics like the ecology and social harmony and showing little ones how children live in other parts of the world.

  • Nadine Khan. One in a Million, 2006
    28 may, 2007 - 4 july, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    No Coverage (the title alludes to the proliferation of Arab television channels over the last few decades and how they have chosen to ignore the production of independent video, thus leaving it literally with no coverage) brings together independent experimental videos and documentaries by artists in order to shake up, discredit and reconstruct the limits of experimental video and documentaries in the Middle East. Comprised of videos that include autobiographical stories, testimonial interviews, archive footage and socio-political topics, the goal of the programme is to put Middle East independent video practices into context and explore the characteristics of their evolution. Although it is difficult to precisely define what constitutes ‘independent video’ and ‘experimental documentary’ in the region, the programme shows clearly that both encompass a broad spectrum of aesthetic perspectives and forms.

  • Mario García Torres. A Brief History of Jimmie Johnson's Legacy, 2006
    4 march, 2007 - 28 march, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    Since the night that Betty Boop was locked inside a museum (Betty Boop’s Museum, 1932) and the skeletons came to life and began to dance more violently than their old bones could have imagined - causing night watchman Ben Stiller to dream about them 74 years later (Night at the Museum, 2006), museums have been subject to numerous attempts to reactivate them and involve them in temporary media like film and video. When a video enters a museum - as an exhibition piece or the implement of some spy - the eternity of the space tends to give way to the fast cuts, fugues in real time and alternative chronologies found in audiovisual works, whether they are a product of Hollywood or come from the art world.

  • Malcolm Le Grice, Academic Still Life (Cézanne)
    22 february, 2007 - 28 march, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series

    During the 1970s, artists rebelled against painting and the prevailing formalism, embracing aspects like the theatrical dimension of artworks and the relationship between the public and the object: installations instead of paintings, sites instead of sculptures, performance pieces instead of images. Paradoxically, while reducing painting to its formal specificity ended up eradicating it, the application of the same principles to film endowed it with truly revolutionary potential. In their search for the characteristics intrinsic to the medium, artists like Malcolm Le Grice (Plymouth, 1940) rid themselves of the narrative and causality of traditional film to investigate the specific possibilities of the moving image.

  • Christoph Giradet y Matthias Müller. Beacon, 2002
    19 january, 2007 - 4 february, 2007
    Cinema and video Film series Performance art

    Continuous Movement highlights the importance of experimental cinema in the development of film as an independent art form and the evolution of film aesthetics and language, despite the marginal place that this type of film has historically filled with respect to the commercial structures of the audiovisual market. However, experimental film and, later, video have found their place among the visual arts where they share numerous links to the artistic uses of the audiovisual field, particularly with video installation and performance art.

  • Andres Duque. Paralelo 10, 2005
    17 may, 2006 - 24 june, 2006
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    Contemporary Madness was designed to clear up the hazy boundary separating the reality of perception from the rules of exception, featuring audiovisual creations that present the darker areas of the social order and the human mind using non-fiction and documentary work done in Spain. The works show the invisibility of the limits established by the discourses sanctioned by civil ordinances and medical and political convention.

  • Peter Hujar. Susan Sontag,1975
    17 april, 2006 - 28 april, 2006
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    The love that Susan Sontag (New York, 1933-2004) felt for the cinema (and showed with her participation on selection committees for festivals and programmes for film series around the world, as well as the creation of her own films) is especially manifest in her untiring defence of filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard (Paris, 1930), Chris Marker, Ingmar Bergman and Jack Smith, to name just a few, when their work needed to reach a broader, more appreciative audience (and in the case of Smith, be given legal protection). This series pays tribute to Sontag’s legacy to film culture, establishing a dialogue between films and documentaries by and about Susan Sontag with the works of some of these filmmakers.

  • Mika Taanila. Optical Sound, 2005
    9 april, 2006 - 30 april, 2006
    Cinema and video Film series

    Finland is experiencing an exceptional moment with respect to audiovisual production, both in quality, diversity and distribution. Specific political decisions, school curricula and distribution platforms have specifically contributed to this situation. Video Creation from Finland brings together a set of varied and different approaches to the medium which at the same time share a special relationship with their environment, a fragmented narrative and even a similar approach to images and shots that is disconnected from video tradition and much more akin to film.

  • Peggy Ahwesh. The Deadman,1989
    2 march, 2006 - 23 march, 2006
    Cinema and video Film series Conference

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is dedicating a retrospective to the work of Peggy Ahwesh (Pittsburgh, 1954), one of the most groundbreaking and irreverent filmmakers of the American underground. Ahwesh began to make films in the early 1980s, projecting all of the effervescence of punk into her work. According to Eileen Myles, the Kodak Company would return each roll of developed film to her with a patient explanation that that they “had done it wrong”. Like Andy Warhol, Ahwesh gave her actors complete freedom in the field, but did impose some cut-off limits never imagined by the creator of Sleep (1963), to whom Ahwesh paid tribute with The Fragments Project (1985-1995).