September 9, 2017 - 12 p.m.
Doing Things with Objects
Encounter centred on Franz Erhard Walther
As a culmination of the exhibition Franz Erhard Walther. A Place for the Body, the Museo Reina Sofía will hold an encounter with the artist Franz Erhard Walther (Fulda, 1939), featuring the participation of Elena Filipovic, Christian Rattemeyer and João Fernandes. The conversation also serves as an accompaniment to a series of activations performed by Walther.
30 June, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Slavoj Žižek. Lessons from the ‘Airpocalypse’
Within the context of the exhibition NSK from Kapital to Capital. Neue Slowenische Kunst: An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, Slavoj Žižek’s intervention will reflect on the deaths and resurrections of the fascist ghost, setting out from an analysis of contemporary fascism. The focus will be placed on the appeal of new forms of authoritarism, at a time in which fascist traces are re-emerging and seem to be on the cusp of shaping a new ideological landscape of Europe post-Brexit and during the refugee crisis.
May 16 - June 26, 2017
The Utopia of Form
Abstraction and Construction Between Latin America and Eastern Europe
This seminar, comprised of a series of lectures, addresses the transformations and surveys of modern utopia in post-war abstraction between Latin America and Eastern Europe.
May 13 - December 12, 2017
Readings on War, Exile and Iconoclasm
How to rethink Guernica without reaffirming a canon linked to the universal and ahistorical condition of an icon? Scholars from different fields of knowledge - feminism, political theory, criticism and history of literature, cultural studies and history of art - will examine the work in its 80th anniversary from different concepts and references. Juliet Mitchell and Mignon Nixon, Chantal Mouffe, Lucy Lippard, José-Carlos Mainer, Dario Gamboni and Maurizio Lazzarato and Eric Alliez are part of this series of lectures which seeks to understand and challenge the current influence of the mural.
April 27, 2017 - 7 p.m.
Congresso Internacional Extraordinário dos Críticos de Arte, 1959
In Brazil, in 1959, the International Congress of Art Critics was held, a symposium where artists, architects, art and architectural historians were brought together to debate the role of modernity in a new world surfacing in the post-war period. This new reading of the minutes sets out to activate the document, understood as a performative exercise of a past utopian episode that still has huge potency and resonates in a present time in which art history and critique have been displaced from their role and public influence.
5, 18, 24 April and 4 May 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
Pity and Terror. Picasso at War
En estas conferencias se analizarán y ampliarán las ideas claves de la exposición Piedad y terror en Picasso. El camino a Guernica. En concreto, se atenderá a cómo la guerra –a través de sus imágenes, su tecnología y la progresiva aniquilación de una serie de valores hasta entonces estables-, dejó su impronta en la obra de Picasso, conduciendo a la transformación de la misma idea de arte moderno. El ciclo contará con intervenciones de TJ Clark, Anne Wagner, Rosario Peiró, Charlie Miller, Nancy Berthier y Eugenio Carmona.
October 13, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Art, Words and Memory in the Texts of Gómez de Liaño
The programme Documentos, which revolves around themes related to the Museo Reina Sofía Documentation Centre, presents its first activity: Art, Words and Memory in the Texts of Gómez de Liaño, a round-table discussion which looks at the output of Ignacio Gómez de Liaño.
September 19 - 20, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Crisis, the Construction of Hegemony, a Critique of Civilisation and New Historical Blocs
Lectures by Bob Jessop and Ngai-Ling Sum
The Interventions by Bob Jessop and Ngai-Ling Sum will analyse two interrelated problems. On one side, the production processes of hegemony in the current crisis scenario by the new social blocs emerging in Europe, and on the other, the cultural political economy related to current debates on the civilising change the human species is currently undergoing.
June 30, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
J. M. Coetzee
J. M. Coetzee is regarded as a writer of ideas. His literary work bears a distinctly philosophical imprint that is often woven around allegory, yet his stark, analytical view of racial conflict in South Africa, his country of origin, has not stood in the way of a broader horizon and an interest in other universally ethical and pressing causes, for instance the suffering and exploitation of animals, conceived as fragile and dispossessed beings, an issue which takes prominence in his intervention in the Museo.
May 30 - June 1, 2016
The Workforce, Precariousness and Super-Exploitation in Global Capital Circuits
Sociologist Jan Breman, whose research focuses on labour conditions in different international contexts, will hold the upcoming session of the programme Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy, organised by the Museo Reina Sofía Study Centre.
May 30 and June 10, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
For Expanded Poetics. Readings and talks with Raúl Zurita and Cecilia Vicuña
Within the framework of the exhibition Colectivo Acciones de Arte (C.A.D.A.), 1979-1985, on display in the Museo’s Library and Documentation Centre, two readings and talks are organised with poets who were either part of or collaborated with C.A.D.A. Since it was founded, this Chilean collective set forth productive dialogue between visual art, literature and sociology, whereby poetics were conceived in both expanded and expansive terms.
May 11 - 12, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
At the present time, Humanities have lost the Renaissance concept stemming from the linguistic, social and philosophical-historical disciplines that were at every level of the formal education still taught a few decades back. The processes of globalisation inscribed in capitalist systems have prioritised education as a field of pragmatic knowledge at the expense of those disciplines engaged in the formation of civilised social coexistence and the role of citizenship understood from responsibility.
April 4 - 13, 2016
Europe’s Dilemmas: Austerity, Democracy, Capitalism
Inside the framework of Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy, the Museo Reina Sofía will hold the second session in the programme of lectures and seminars, on this occasion conducted by Wolfgang Streeck.
December 3, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
The Evolving World of the Posthuman
Encounter with Rosi Braidotti
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.
November 19 - 27, 2015
Independent Theatre in Spain: 1962–1980
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.
November 10, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Hito Steyerl. Eye Explosion and Kassem Mosse. Combat Zones that See
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.
November 3, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
The Falckenberg Collection. European and American Post-war Counterculture
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.
20 May, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
Conversations. Néstor García Canclini
Creative, precarious and intercultural
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.
13 May, 2015 - 7 p.m.
Conversations. Claudia Zaldívar
Museum of Solidarity
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.
May 11 - 26, 2015 - 19:00 h
Documentary and Neo-avant-garde. Photographic Practices in the 1970s
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.
May 4, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Encounter centred on Carl Andre
Yasmil Raymond in conversation with João Fernandes
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.
April 16 - August 21, 2015
Activities in the Tuiza
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.
February 17, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
Conversations. Theaster Gates and Glenn Ligon, in dialogue with Thelma Golden
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.
February 11, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
Encounter with Martha Rosler
In conversation with Jorge Ribalta
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.
January 21, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
Encounter with Daniel G. Andújar
In conversation with Manuel Borja-Villel and Iris Dressler
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.
November 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Degenerated Political Art. Ethical Protocol
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.
October 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Trevor Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum in conversation
Within the framework of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, artist Trevor Paglen and journalist and programmer Jacob Appelbaum debate the increase of government surveillance and the way in which this affects people’s freedom and their ability to act.
11 and 12 April 2014 - 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 noon
Contemporary Art in Poland: Beyond East and West
Flux and Permanence
The transformations in Europe over the past three decades challenge national historical/critical narratives, and those based on apparent global continuity. This debate explores how art practices have influenced these situations in constant flux, calling into question these narratives and imagining possible alternatives.
3-4 April, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
MASE project presentation
With regard to the acknowledgement of research networks in different fields and new methods of collection and dissemination stemming from archive practices, the Museo Reina Sofía presents this project. MASE is a collective of researchers, critics and artists connected to sound art and an innovative online archive and platform in a traditionally ignored field.