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Seminars and Lectures

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.

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  • Equipo Crónica. El realismo socialista y el Pop Art en el campo de batalla (Socialist Realism and Pop Art in the Battle Field) (detail), 1969. Painting, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía collection. Long-term loan of Manuel Valdés, 2010
    September 5 - 7, 2016

    Cold Atlantic

    Cultural War, Artistic Dissent, Networks and Contact Zones during the Iron Curtain Period

    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    The international conference Cold Atlantic will examine the artistic, cultural and aesthetic exchanges produced between the USA, Europe, Africa and Latin America during the Cold War. The aim is to highlight the axes of alignment and artistic exchange between the geopolitically minor actors that were trapped inside the huge theatrical strategy from this period.

    Study center
  • Constant. New Babylon Nord, (detail). Plan, 1958
    February 17, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.

    New Babylons

    Constant and the Right to the City

    Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    New Babylon (1956–1974) is a networked city project conceived by the Dutch artist and architect Constant Nieuwenhuys for the “total fulfilment of life”, an approach to urbanism based on the freedom of the individual through the power of play and creativity. This activity, which marks the end of the retrospective in the Museo devoted to Constant, examines this total artwork’s place in the utopian urbanism that followed World War Two through a lecture by Anthony Vidler and a round-table discussion featuring participation from José Miguel Prada Poole, Izaskun Chinchilla, José Pérez de Lama and Ethel Baraona.

  • Andrzej Wróblewski. Muzeum (Museum).Drawing, 1956
    February 11 - 12, 2016 - 7:00 h

    Luc Tuymans and Andrzej Wajda

    Two Readings of Andrzej Wróblewski

    Cinema and video Screenings Seminars and Lectures Seminar

    The conversation between the painter Luc Tuymans and the curator Ulrich Loock, and the film Wróblewski According to Wajda, premiered by the film-maker Andrzej Wajda in the Museo Reina Sofía, represent two reflections on the painting of Andrezej Wróblewski, who still challenges the interpretative frameworks of 20th-century art history today. A realist and at the same time abstract, an individualist whilst also an advocate of collective artistic practice, experimental yet socially committed, Wróblewski considers a series of ambivalences through his work that call into question key aspects of both his own epoch and the present.

  • Alexandre Estrela. Cápsulas de silencio, 2015
    December 16, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and Lectures Encounter

    Alexandre Estrela (Lisbon, 1971) belongs to a generation of artists, like Laure Provost, Florian Pumhösl, Rosa Barba and Francisco Tropa, who have explored diverse perceptive, mental and cultural themes of cinematic devices in a museum space. This conversation with João Fernandes presents the works in his exhibition Pockets of Silence, set within the Fisuras (Fissures) programme.

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

  • 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 Lectures 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 Lectures 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.

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

  • 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 Lectures 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.

  • 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 Lectures 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 Lectures 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 Lectures 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.