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



Live Arts

In the live arts, the Museum establishes a meeting point between its propositions in this realm and the proverbial white cube so often used in art exhibitions, but from which the live arts have been artificially expelled. By doing so it reveals that the genealogy of the live arts has been closely linked to that of the plastic avant-gardes since their very origins. The Museum's live arts programming, which includes theatre, music and sound art, is thus seen to bear a close connection to the Museum's theoretical discourse. Museo Reina Sofía also collaborates with the most important contemporary festivals in Spain, providing a venue for some of their performances. The Museum engages in continuous dialogue with them and plays a role in the formation of their discourses.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • John Mcllduff. Motion Sickness. Ireland, 2012
    19 September, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

    Short Dance Films

    At the border between genres

    Live Arts Modern dance

    Short Dance Films is a touring programme that includes a selection of forty-five short dance films produced in Europe in recent years. It is curated by Núria Font/NU2’s, commissioned by the European Dancehouse Network, a network with the participation of 20 dance houses from 16 countries.

  • Performing Gender Madrid, 2013. © Bárbara Velasco Ghisleri
    18 - 19 July, 2014
    Live Arts Performance art

    Performing Gender is a European project that takes a critical look at the politics of gender and sexuality using dance and performance tools. Bodies and their multiple gender inscriptions are the subject of exploration and experimentation by a group of artists that, over the course of one year, have carried out their research by touring around different European institutions.

  • Mastretta and his band
    18 May, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
    Live Arts Concert
  • International Museum Day, 2014
    17 and 18 May, 2014
    Live Arts Concert Modern dance Education Workshop

    Once again, the Museo Reina Sofía joins the annual celebration of International Museum Day (IMD) with two open days and a selection of activities that aim to take a deeper look at the dialogue between the collections and the public, as well as reinforcing the idea of the museum as a space for non-disciplinary education and collective learning.

  • Melanie Olcina, performing choreography by Antonio Ruz, in front of Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke, Nouvel Patio, Dance Attacks. © Jesús Vallinas
    27 April, 2014

    International Dance Day

    Dance Attacks in the Museo Reina Sofía

    Live Arts Modern dance

    The Association of Dance Professionals in the Madrid Community and the Cultural Association for Dance, together with the Museum, have organized a total of 10 performances with different dance styles coexisting alongside plastic arts.

  • Simone Forti. Image courtesy of Jason Underhill
    28 March, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Workshop Encounter

    The Museo welcomes the choreographer and dancer Simone Forti. The encounter is made up of a conversation between Forti and Tania Arias, with a presentation in the Nouvel Auditorium Hall of the results of some of the work produced by students in the workshop run by Forti in La Casa Encendida.