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



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.    


  • 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 at both screenings.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vincent Meessen. Vita Nova. Film, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist and Argos Centre for Art and Media
    12 November - 10 December, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Specters: A Ciné-politics of Haunting gathers a selection of recent international film and video that conjures the hauntings of our collective cultural imaginary. Some phantoms arise from past injustices and political traumas, some apparitions, of catastrophic times to come.

  • Luis López Carrasco. El futuro. Film, 2013
    September 22 - October 22, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This film season continues a series of programmes that have addressed the change to structures, narrations and methods of film-making in recent Spanish cinema. With three editions to date, The Memory of Disrepute develops, through double sessions, how other cinema invents its own genealogy, exercising a discontinuous and partisan history of recent cinema.

  • Mike Kuchar. Sins of the Fleshapoids. Film, 1965
    6 - 28 August, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This programme presents pop confronting pop, recognising the seduction of consumer culture whilst also keeping it at a critical distance. In relation to the exhibition devoted to Richard Hamilton, this series approaches the popular as subversion and as an investigation into the characteristics of a new society that emerged between the 1950s and 1970s.