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Seminars and conferences

Seminarios y Conferencias

Museo Reina Sofía, in its role as a vehicle of knowledge and reflection, as well as an impulse for new spaces for experimentation, creation and dissemination of contemporary art, sets in motion a number of diverse lines of thought and debate. The development of research, analysis and debate frameworks which can imbue the narrative of the Collection with an additional dimension, as well as the programming of exhibitions.The setting in motion of discussion forums on key issues of contemporary debate relevant to the museum as an institution dedicated to providing citizens with frameworks for the critical analysis of culture.The experimentation with alternative methods of mediation between the citizens and the museum's proposals, taking up as a starting point the experience of artists and of the agents with whom the museum establishes collaboration.


  • Exhibition view. Daniel G. Andújar. Operating System, 2015
    December 11 - 12, 2015
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    In this seminar, Fundación de los Comunes, Red de Conceptualismos del Sur and Museo Reina Sofía put forward a reflection on issues of social, cultural and political memory through the work of archives that guard, transmit and produce public memory generated by the current forms of social action conservation, which also shuts out major parts of collective experience from dominant discourse.

    Study center
  • Luis Gordillo. Payseyes, 1979. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía collection, Madrid. © Luis Gordillo, VEGAP, Madrid, 2015
    December 3, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

    The Evolving World of the Posthuman

    Encounter with Rosi Braidotti

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    The Museo Reina Sofía Study Centre organises this encounter around the thinking of Rosi Braidotti, in reference to the publication of her book The Posthuman (Polity Press, 2013). The intervention sees Rossi Braidotti explore the “posthuman turn”, understood as an event based on the convergence of posthumanism and postanthropocentrism.

  • Poster of Informe general II. El nuevo rapto de Europa, 2015
    December 2-4, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    The premiere of Informe general II. El nuevo rapto de Europa (General Report II. The New Abduction of Europe), Pere Portabella’s latest film which addresses the political, economic, social and ecological dimension of the crisis from a perspective of networks and culture. The premiere will also be joined by the screening of a new restored version of Informe general sobre algunas cuestiones de interés para una proyección pública (General Report on Some Interesting Facts for a Public Showing), Portabella’s 1976 film that precedes Informe general II. The film-maker will be present on December 2.

  • Fabià Puigserver, drawing for the “Llibertat d’expressió” campaign, 1977 Centre de Documentació i Museu de les Arts Escèniques (MAE) del Institut del Teatre
    November 19 - 27, 2015
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Conference

    Independent theatre groups in Spain revamped the stage from popular culture, university classrooms, alternative circuits and touring as a form of representation. As a whole, they represent a key chapter in the history of 20th-century theatre in Spain, and this seminar, integrated into a broader network project, looks to remedy the absence of debates and studies around this crucial subject.

  • Andrzej Wróblewski, Słońce i inne gwiazdy, 1948, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi © Cortesía Andrzej Wróblewski Foundation
    November 18, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter Andrzej Wróblewski

    Éric de Chassey and Marta Dziewańska

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    The confrontation between abstraction-realism and artistic imagination-social commitment has polarised a major part of 20th-century art history, dividing fronts, periods and movements from both sides. Yet the work of Andrzej Wróblewski (1927–1957) constitutes an exceptional chapter; the painter imagined a universe that was free from Biomorphic Abstraction whilst, on the back of the same painting, he figuratively documented the opposite: the existential suffering in the Second World War. This conversation introduces his work.

  • Maya Deren. Meshes of the Afternoon. Film, 1943. Courtesy of Filmmakers Showcase
    November 12 - December 18, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Avid Eyes

    Masterworks from American Avant-garde Experimental Film (1920–1970)

    Cinema and video Film series

    Avid Eyes is an anthology of experimental American cinema curated by researcher Bruce Posner, who also oversaw the landmark film series Unseen Cinema, held in the Museo Reina Sofía in 2006. Avid Eyes features a selection of 37 recently remastered films that introduce the multiple pathways traced by American avant-garde cinema between 1920 and 1970.

  • Hito Steyerl. How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File. Video, 2013
    November 10, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
    Live Arts Performance art Cinema and video Screenings Seminars and conferences Conference

    This double performance serves as an introduction to the Hito Steyerl retrospective in the Museo. The studied disappearance of the image in modern surveillance technology is developed in a performance lecture by the artist, followed by an exploration into the new acoustic landscape of war – between military noise and sounds from consumer devices - by Kassem Mosse. Both performances are a posthumous homage to Harun Farocki.

  • View of the Falckenberg Collection at Phoenix Kulturstiftung, with works by General Idea
    November 3, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Harald Falckenberg

    The Falckenberg Collection. European and American Post-war Counterculture

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    The Falckenberg Collection, built around the concept of art as a space of revolt, assembles one of the most salient historical ensembles of art criticism in post-war Germany and America. In the face of complacency over the market and its logics, this collection represents a counter-current to ways of understanding the role of and narratives that stem from collecting.

  • Ignasi Aballí, Rótulo (imagen-texto), 2014. Cortesía Galería Estrany de la Mota
    October 28, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter with Ignasi Aballí

    In conversation with João Fernandes

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This talk offers the chance to move beyond the exhibition and focus on the references and shifts that make up the work of Ignasi Aballí, a key artist since the 1990s. Literature, exploring language and time and alluding to Georges Perec and Raymond Queneau, and film, as a space of representation, enter into dialogue within an artistic practice realised in different mediums and infiltrated by reality and its margins.

  • Carlos Pazos. Artissimo. Película de citas (A Film of Quotes). Poster, 2015
    October 21 and 24, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Artissimo is a montage of film fragments based around the futility and stereotypes of the artist. Pazos’ film pieces together offcuts of mainstream cinema to show the artist as a fanciful and irate being beset with melancholy - a son of Saturn. He runs through all the clichés that still reside in the collective imagination, conveying what art is, or as Pazos himself puts it, that essential praise of the useless.

  • Adolfo Senbra. Popular assembly in Valencia, 2011
    October 22, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.

    The Way of the World: Neoliberal reason vs. common reason

    Encounter with Christian Laval and Pierre Dardot

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This encounter, within the framework of the project Redes, from the Museo’s Study Centre, sees sociologist Christian Laval and philosopher Pierre Dardot set out a reflection of “the common” as a strategic paradigm for considering new socio-economic and political concepts of use in the design of new forms of democratic organisation that go beyond the categories of representation and political sovereignty that are consubstantial with modernity.

  • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Otello 1887. Film, 2015
    October 14 and 17 octubre - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster employs literature to explore the relationship between fiction and reality, and theatre to juxtapose an imaginary narrative of the present. This Intervalos session sees three of her films screened, including Otello 1887, a cinematic opera filmed in the Palacio de Cristal and co-produced by the Museo.

  • Exhibition view. Danh Vō. Banish the Faceless / Reward your Grace, 2015
    October 2, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter with Danh Vō

    In conversation with Patricia Falguières

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    Iconoclasm, desire, vulnerability, migration and cultural translation are some of the themes that impress particular intensity upon the work of Danh Vō. This encounter, also held in the Palacio de Cristal, sees the artist enter into conversation with Patricia Falguières, professor at the École des hautes etudes in social sciences in Paris, and author of essays such as Les Chambres de merveilles (Bayard, 2002).

  • Cristina Iglesias. Tres Aguas (Three Waters). 2014
    September 30, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Presentation of Tres Aguas (Three Waters)

    Cristina Iglesias in conversation with James Lingwood and Manuel Borja-Villel

    Seminars and conferences Book presentation

    The presentation of Cristina Iglesias’ book and project could be seen as an epilogue to the exhibition Metonymy, a 2013 retrospective on the artist held in the Museo. Tres Aguas (Three Waters) is a sculptural intervention in the city of Toledo that joins nature, history and landscape.

  • Nasreen Mohamedi. Untitled, ca. 1970. Drawing. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
    September 23, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the retrospective devoted to Indian artist Nasreen Mohamedi (Karachi, 1937 – Baroda, 1990), an exhibition that looks to acknowledge the specific nature of her work, beyond the canonical accounts that have systematically placed it within minimalist abstraction.

  • Colectivo Armadillo. 66 Exercises. Stage work, 2015
    September 17 and October 1, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Theatre Seminars and conferences Encounter

    The Museo marks the 55th anniversary of the OuLiPo group with two activities: The presentation of the work 66 Exercises in Style by Colectivo Armadillo, and a discussion which revolves around the group, which includes participation from illustrious specialists and certain members of this historic literary experiment.

  • Kleber Mendonça Filho. O som ao redor (Neighbouring Sounds). Film, 2012
    July 16 - August 13, 2015 - 10:00 p.m.

    Scene Games

    Contemporary Cinema in Latin America

    Cinema and video Film series

    This film series presents a panoramic view of recent independent film from Latin America, while also introducing a new screening area in the Museo – the transformation of the outdoor terraces into a new open-air cinema. Scene Games offers an interpretation of the latest films from Latin American cinema, barely seen in Europe, where theatricality is the key element in approaching reality.

  • Eduardo Arroyo. Los cuatro dictadores (The Four Dictators), 1963. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    June 18 - 20, 2015
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    The international conference Politics, State Power and the Making of Art History in Europe after 1945 explores the ways political power seeks to shape and influence the activities of art historians, art critics, museum professionals and cultural institutions in order to control the understanding of art and artistic heritage from 1945 to the present.

  • Poster of The Limitless Place
    June 14 - July 5, 2015 - Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:00 p.m.

    The Limitless Place

    Dramaturgy in Movement

    Live Arts Theatre Conference

    The Limitless Place is the first collaboration between Museo Reina Sofía and the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Drama Centre) and Teatro Pradillo, with the latter conducting a programme of performances, lectures and encounters. It comes about from the desire to question the forms and language of the stage with the will to think about the theatre we actually want; what is, in short, the world we strive to build our society upon.

  • Marcel Broodthaers. Panel with Eggs and Stool, 1966. Assemblage. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    June 9 - 10, 2015

    Benjamin Buchloh

    Master Lecture

    Seminars and conferences Lecture

    Started in 2010, the Museo Reina Sofía’s programme of master lectures marks the beginning, or end, of the annual academic activity conducted in the Museo, comprising a series of MAs, study programmes, debate groups and research residencies, run in collaboration with different universities.

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  • Videoframe of Dance or Exercise on the Perimeter of a Square (Square Dance), 1967-1968 de Bruce Nauman. © Bruce Nauman, VEGAP, Madrid 2015. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
    June 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29; July 1 and 2, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Displaced bodies

    Audiovisual traces between dance and performance, 1963–1986

    Cinema and video Film series

    A debate runs through a whole century of images of bodies in movement: that which refers to the correspondence between these bodies in live performance (on stage, in the gallery or museum) and in film. Through this question, the aim is to elucidate whether the audiovisual record of practices in which the body is at the centre – contemporary dance and artistic performance – “faithfully” reflects its apparent inherent truth.

  • Sabatini Building floorplan indicating the different sound interventions
    May 20 - June 24, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
    Live Arts Concert

    Resonance is a series of sound interventions for a specific site, activating the acoustic and historical space in the Museo Reina Sofía’s Sabatini Building. The programme refrains from using the auditorium and electronic amplification, which means guest artists, musicians and composers will present a series of pieces that set in motion alternative contexts for sound and contemporary music.

  • Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400
    20 May, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.

    Conversations. Néstor García Canclini

    Creative, precarious and intercultural

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    What are innovation and originality in diverse times? How does the precarious artist participate in the so-called economies of creativity? This lecture sees the Argentinian philosopher and cultural critic Néstor García Canclini analyse the redistributions and alternatives to creativity that come together in a new contemporary framework of institutions, movements, audiences and networks.

  • Restoration process of the work Portrait of Joella by Salvador Dalí and Man Ray
    May 16 - 18, 2015
    Live Arts Concert Modern dance Education Workshop

    The Museo will once again be taking part in the celebration of International Museum Day (IMD), held on 18 May, contributing, on 16, 17 and 18 May, with dance activities, workshops and a programme of guided tours that aim to offer plural viewpoints of its Collection and temporary exhibitions like the remarkable White Fire. The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection.


  • 13 May, 2015 - 7 p.m.

    Conversations. Claudia Zaldívar

    Museum of Solidarity

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    Founded by intellectuals such as Mario Pedrosa, Dore Ashton, Carlo Levi and the Spanish critic José María Moreno Galván, this institution represented a brief experience that, while connecting Chile and Palestine, Senegal and the spaces of resistance in the Western world between 1971 and 1973, was used to seek alternative references during the Cold War. This talk by its director, Claudia Zaldívar, introduces its history and recovery. 

  • Andreas Seltzer & Dieter Hacker. Volksfoto: Foto kaput. Installation, Museum Bochum (Germany). Reconstruction in Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, Museo Reina Sofía, 2015
    May 11 - 26, 2015 - 19:00 h
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    In relation to the exhibition Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism, this series of lectures offers a context for the discussion on the reframing of documentary culture in the 1970s and 1980s. The programme brings together international scholars to debate some of the key aspects of the exhibition from different perspectives.

  • Carl Andre, Magnesium Copper Plain, 1969. Sculpture. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    May 4, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.

    Encounter centred on Carl Andre

    Yasmil Raymond in conversation with João Fernandes

    Seminars and conferences Conference

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the exhibition in the Museo devoted to North American artist Carl Andre (Quincy, Massachusetts, 1935) and looks to provide perspective on an artistic career that spans the second half of the 20th century and which has been historiographically defined by its generational affiliation with the time Minimalism embarked upon the redefinition of sculpture.

  • Colliers Magazine, Preview of a War We Don’t Want, 1957
    April 29 - 30, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    This seminar sets out to rewrite the history of post-war art in Europe, traditionally presented as the disjointed amalgamation of art scenes divided into antagonistic blocs. By deconstructing national limits and articulating a transversal debate, this programme presents a divergent history, whilst also identifying new voices and positions.

  • Nouvel Building, Courtyard
    April 29, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.

    International Dance Day

    Open session. Reinterpreting Rosas danst Rosas by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker

    Live Arts Modern dance

    To mark International Dance Day, the Museo calls on all those interested in taking part, for 10 minutes, in the reinterpretation of one of the most emblematic pieces in the history of contemporary dance: Rosas danst Rosas.

  • Dance Attacks 2014. Museo Reina Sofía. Photograph by Ignacio Urrutia
    April 29, 2015

    International Dance Day

    Dance Attacks in the Museo Reina Sofía

    Live Arts Modern dance

    Once again, the Museo joins in with the activities held to mark International Dance Day, to take place on Wednesday 29 April, with a view to giving an artistic practice that is becoming increasingly more prominent in the Museo’s Collection and activities visibility and integrate it into its spaces.

  • Eric Baudelaire. Letters to Max. Film, 2014
    April 21, 22 and 25, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Intervalos is a film programme showing contemporary audiovisual works, Museo's own productions and works that, between the performative and the cinematic, show the new directions of the moving image. This new edition of Intervalos presents Letters to Max, the latest film by Eric Baudelaire

  • Steve Paxton. Bound. Performed by Jurij Konjar. Photograph by Nada Žgank
    April 20 - 25, 2015
    Live Arts Workshop Performance art Modern dance Conference

    After organising activities with Merce Cunningham and Simone Forti, the Museo presents the choreographer and dancer Steve Paxton (USA, 1939), a central figure in the development of contemporary dance and the creator of contact improvisation. On this occasion Bound, a solo devised by Paxton, will be performed, for the first time in Spain, by the dancer Jurij Konjar, who will also hold a workshop.

  • Exhibition view. Federico Guzmán. Tuiza. The Cultures of the Bedouin Tent, 2015
    April 16 - August 21, 2015
    Live Arts Concert Cinema and video Film series Seminars and conferences Conference Poetry reading

    This programme of activities, which relates Sahrawi culture to a broader social and cultural framework, aims to become tuiza, a space that reimagines an alternative possible geography, where its centres are not metropolises of financial power, but narrations and accounts of a periphery that lives on in expressions of identity and cultural contamination.

  • Mathias Goeritz. Dibujo ideográfico del Museo Experimental El Eco, 1952. Colección Luis Enrique Noriega
    Seminar: April 8 - 9, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Seminar Book presentation

    This seminar is the culmination of the exhibition The Return of the Snake. Mathias Goeritz and the Invention of Emotional Architecture and looks to generate a debate centred on the artist Mathias Goertiz as a unique case study with which to understand the phenomena of the translation, reinterpretation and survival of modernity in a new time in history, straight after the war.

  • James Benning. Natural History. Film, 2014
    8 April – 11 May, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This series explores how the museum has been conceived, represented and questioned in different film poetics. Filming the museum institution entails not only a discussion on how art is exhibited and its mechanism of interpretation, but also how other past times in the present are inserted and reactivated, articulating an amalgamation of transience, inside and outside the present, that is specific to the museum and its narrations.

  • Daniel García Andújar. Not Found, 1000 casos de estudio, 2014. Courtesy of the artist
    March 26 - 27, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Workshop Seminar

    The Internet has produced new behaviours, subjectivities and institutions linked to another way of being and doing. This seminar debates how these changes throw established categories of art, the author and the circulation of unique work off balance, whilst also forming profound contradictions – from creativity as an economic value to indistinct work time. Is considering another artistic ecosystem possible from these ambiguities?


  • Lucas Ospina. El agente triple. Photomontage, 2007. Made for Luis Ospina. Un tigre de papel. Film, 2007
    26, 27 February 2, 3 March, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Luis Ospina has directed some of the most incisive and critical films on the identity stereotypes that are still prevalent in Colombia and, by extension, Latin America. Setting out from the term “porno-misery”, his films explicitly speak out against the use of violence and poverty as representation and spectacle. This series, with the film-maker present, serves as an introduction to his work.

  • View of the Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200, Museo Reina Sofía
    February 25-26, 2015

    4th Meeting of European and Latin American Museums

    Travelling Exhibitions: The Production of Circuits, Routes and Collaborative Networks

    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Organize with the occasion of ARCOmadrid, this meeting aims to provide a space for reflection where art professionals working in museums and contemporary art centres can exchange ideas about the possibilities that this exhibition format offers to their institutions.

  • Theaster Gates. The Black Monks of Mississippi. Performance, 2014
    February 17, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference Encounter

    This activity introduces conversations, a new series of twice-monthly dialogues and lectures that open up a new space aside from the research conducted by the Museo. In this first instalment, Thelma Golden and artists Theaster Gates and Glenn Ligon debate the recent shift in the politics of race and representation in the United States.

  • Exhibition view. If You Lived Here…, Dia Art Foundation (New York, 1989)
    February 11, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter with Martha Rosler

    In conversation with Jorge Ribalta

    Seminars and conferences Conference Encounter

    This encounter brings together Martha Rosler (New York, 1943) and the historian and theorist of photography Jorge Ribalta. The activity signals the start of the exhibition Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernity and looks to debate some of the question marks it raises.

  • Gregory J. Markopoulos. The Illiac Passion. Film still, 1964-1967
    February 6-10, 2015
    Cinema and video Film series

    This film series presents a selection of work by Gregory J. Markopoulos (1928-1992), who made some of the most subjective and allegorical film poetics in post-war experimental cinema. With four sessions screened in both La Casa Encendida and the Museo Reina Sofía, Film as Film explores the keys to a sensual and excessive body of work, in which homosexual identity, initiation rites and allegory circle around complex editing techniques.

  • Daniel G. Andújar. Not Found, 1000 casos de estudio, 2014. Courtesy of the artist
    January 21, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

    Encounter with Daniel G. Andújar

    In conversation with Manuel Borja-Villel and Iris Dressler

    Seminars and conferences Conference Encounter

    This encounter sees Daniel G. Andújar engage in conversation with the curator of the exhibition, Manuel Borja-Villel, and a critic with extensive knowledge of his output, Iris Dressler, to look at some of the key aspects of the artist’s work. The role of the artist in the new cultural ecosystem and the Internet as a utopian, and also repressive, space are some of the themes touched upon.

  • Núria Güell and Levi Orta, Arte político degenerado, 2014. Photograph courtesy of Eva Carol
    November 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    Can strategies of capital be replicated to build horizontal social dynamics? As part of an action in the Really Useful Knowledge exhibition, artists Núria Güell and Levi Orta donate bank accounts in tax havens to a group of activists, who will use this route to attack the system that produces it. The project culminates in this seminar, which is organised by both artists.

  • Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller. The Marionette Maker, 2014
    20 November, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the site-specific installation The Marionette Maker (Palacio de Cristal, from 19 November to 16 March, 2015), and the work of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as a whole, with both artists engaging in conversation with João Fernandes, the curator of the project and deputy director of the Museo Reina Sofía.

  • Arto Lindsay at the Moers Festival, 2010
    November 18, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Concert

    Eclectic, poppy, sophisticated, the music of Arto Lindsay evokes reverse trajectories and unexpected influences. Educated in Brazil during the emergence of Tropicália in the 1970s, Lindsay added the references and characteristics of this broad cultural movement in Brazil, focused on diluting art in a multifarious and impalpable experience, to the No Wave scene in the USA.