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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.    

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  • César Oiticica Filho. Hélio Oiticica. Film, 2013
    23 and 29 May, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Premiere of the recent documentary about Hélio Oiticica. Put together as a living archive of numerous unpublished documents, from the artist’s thoughts as a narrative guide to unexplored audiovisual fragments, the film looks to articulate a complex and multiple narrative of the artist and the post-war Avant-garde movement in Brazil.

  • Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi. Pays Barbare. Film, 2013
    7, 8 and 14 May, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Encounter Screenings

    As part of the Intervalos programme, Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s latest work is screened, with both film-makers also participating at an encounter. Joining film practices based on found footage, documentary and experimental cinema, Pays Barbare is a complex tale about historical memory, fascism and colonialism.

  • Amos Gitai. Ana Arabia. Film, 2013
    17 March, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    This is the premiere of the film-maker’s most recent production, which coincides with the exhibition and film program devoted to his work. Shot in one single take, Ana Arabia demonstrates the utopian coexistence of a community of Jews and Muslims as they withstand urban speculation.

  • Zum Vergleich © Harun Farocki, 2009. Dibujos de Andreas Siekmann.
    May 16 and 17, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Screenings

    With his films, Harun Farocki (Czech Republic, 1944) dissects the control, representation and value systems derived from capital and its images. This event, the first of the Intervalos program, shows two recent works, one of which was produced by Museo Reina Sofía, and also includes a lecture by Thomas Elsaesser. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Steve McQueen. Hunger , 2008
    1 october, 2009 - 2 october, 2009
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Hunger (2008) is the first feature-length film directed by the British artist Steve McQueen (London, 1969), one of the most influential directors in the United Kingdom. The film depicts life in Maze Prison in Northern Ireland during the IRA hunger strike led by Bobby Sands in 1981. With an epic sense of detail, the film offers an opportune exploration of what happens when both mind and body are taken to the limit.

  • Lillian Ball. Ballhorses, 2008
    18 march, 2009
    Cinema and video Screenings

    Lillian Ball, an artist and environmental activist who has received numerous awards from institutions like the Guggenheim Foundation and the United States National Endowment for the Arts, has dedicated a large part of her work to protecting the wetlands.

  • Kirby Dick y Amy Ziering Kofman. Derrida, 2002
    22 may, 2003 - 24 may, 2003
    Cinema and video Screenings Conference
  • Beryl Korot. The Cave, 1994
    15 june, 1994 - 11 july, 1994
    Cinema and video Screenings

    The Cave is a multi-channel video installation by Beryl Korot (New York, 1945) with music by Steve Reich (New York, 1936) inspired by the multimedia opera The Cave (1994), the first collaboration between the two artists, made up of music, video and theatre for 13 musicians and four singers. The title of The Cave comes from the only site in the world that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims: the Cave of the Patriarchs where Abraham is buried with his descendents. The piece tells the biblical story of Abraham and his family from a contemporary perspective. Beryl Korot and Steve Reich studied the common roots of Judaism, Islam and Christianity in a series of interviews with members of these religions, asking them: Who is Abraham? And Sarah? And Hagar? Ishmael? Isaac? The answers, collected in testimonials from Israelis and Palestinians living in Jerusalem and inhabitants of New York and Austin in the United States, were recorded by the artists on video and audiotapes and provide the framework for the reflections on modern culture, religion and human relationships presented in this work.