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





  • Exhibition view. Museo de museos. 25 Museos de arte contemporáneo en la España de la Constitución, 2003
    03 december, 2003 - 23 february, 2004

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales (State Society for Cultural Commemorations) are joining together to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Spanish Constitution with an exhibition dedicated to the new generation of Spanish museums of modern and contemporary art. This exhibition provides an overview of experimental changes in Spain in terms of cultural infrastructure since 1978, the year when the Spanish Constitution was adopted. For this exhibition, twenty-five museums have been chosen and are represented by models of their buildings, pieces from their collections and information about their mission and exhibition programmes.

  • Alexander Calder. Constellation, 1944. Sculpture. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    27 november, 2003 - 16 february, 2004

    Calder: La gravedad y la gracia, is the first retrospective exhibition that the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicates to Alexander Calder (Lawnton, Pennsylvania, United States, 1898 - New York, United States, 1976). Painter, printmaker, but above all sculptor, Calder’s priority interest is the kinetic potential of art and he experiments with various materials for his pieces. The artist captures movement in a series of structures that offer radical alternatives to the languages of Abstraction and existing concepts on sculpture which, in turn, have a profound impact on the history of art in the twentieth century.

  • Exhibition view. Juan Gris, dibujante de prensa: de Madrid a Montmartre, 2003
    04 november, 2003 - 19 january, 2004

    Juan Gris, pseudonym of José Victoriano González, (Madrid, 1887 - Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, 1927) is one of the most representative Spanish artists of the twentieth century. The present exhibition shows an important facet of his most unknown work which was an essential part in his later career as a painter. Accordingly, a hundred drawings made between 1904 and 1912, mainly illustrating the initial periods of the artist's production, are exhibited together with the ninety publications that they were drawn for. Along with them, other unpublished drawings, as well as general documents related to the facet of Gris as press illustrator are also exhibited.

  • Juan Uslé. Líneas Replicantes, 1992-1993. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    16 october, 2003 - 12 january, 2004

    John Uslé (Santander, 1954) is one of the leading protagonists of a generation of painters who, from the late eighties, accounts for much of the international critical attention. His work is recognised as one of the most evocative of his generation, with a very personal style linked to abstraction.

  • Exhibition view. Jeremy Blake. Winchester, 2003
    02 october, 2003 - 04 january, 2004

    The exhibition at the Espacio Uno at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía on digital artist Jeremy Blake (Ford Still, United States, 1971 - New York, 2007) consists of two projections from his Winchester series. The keys that underpin this series work on several levels. Technology is only one facet among others that give it the possibility to play with superimposed images of diaphanous immateriality.

  • Exhibition view. Martín Chirino. Memoria, 2003
    01 october, 2003 - 15 december, 2003

    Among numerous solo exhibitions dedicated to Martín Chirino (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1925), the retrospective the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicated to him in 1991 at the Palacio de Velázquez in Madrid stands out. Now, the Abbey de Santo Domingo de Silos is hosting an exhibition comprising of five Cangrafías, etchings especially made for the occasion, entitled Viento (2003), in addition to five wrought iron sculptures made between 1968 and 2003 and entitled: Espiral (1968), Mi patria es una roca (1987), Alfaguara III (2000), Espiral la rosa (2002) y El sueño de Canarias (2003). In these works, the Canary Islands are a common leit motiv, in addition to the theme of spiral and wind, African and Atlantic, so present in Canarian life.

  • Exhibition view. Joan Rebull. Años 20 y 30, 2003
    30 september, 2003 - 19 january, 2004

    This exhibition, which focuses exclusively on the critical period of sculptor Joan Rebull’s (Reus, 1899 - Barcelona, 1981) production, shows in all its conceptual and material diversity the work of a modern sculptor, demonstrating a clear political, aesthetic and artistic commitment in tune with his time. The exhibition focuses on Rebull’s production before the Civil War and there is a section dedicated to his drawings which are of a certain Abstraction linked to Surrealism.

  • Joan Miró. Femme sur la place d'un cimetière (Woman at the Square in a Cemetery), 1981-1983. Sculpture. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    25 september, 2003 - 11 january, 2004

    The personal adoption of Surrealism by Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893 - Palma de Mallorca, 1983), combined with his original conception of Abstraction, means he becomes a unique example of creativity. Despite considering himself a painter, Miró also displays his genius through his extensive output of sculptures and etchings, which in turn lead him to be classified as one of the most relevant artists of the 20th century.

  • Exhibition view. Martin Parr. Fotografías 1971-2000, 2003
    23 september, 2003 - 08 december, 2003

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicates this retrospective to the photographic work of Martin Parr (Surrey, United Kingdom, 1952) produced between 1970 and 2000. It explores the ways in which the artist has revitalised social and documentary photography over three decades, which has led him to become one of its most influential and innovative figures. This exhibition displays a project that documents conclusively the changes and problems suffered by British society in the Seventies and Eighties. Additionally, you can view pictures taken during the Nineties, when Parr joins the Magnum agency and which are the best known of the artist.

  • Exhibition view. Per Barclay, 2003
    18 september, 2003 - 16 february, 2004

    In Per Barclay’s (Oslo, 1955) work the concepts of tension and in some cases drama coexist, in which the artist incorporates influences of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. After studying art history in Bergen in 1979 Barclay leaves Norway to find new artistic references in Italy where Arte Povera still dominates the art scene.

  • Maruja Mallo. Tierra y excrementos (Earth and Excrement), 1932. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    16 september, 2003 - 24 november, 2003

    La Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales (SECC) (The State Society for Cultural Commemorations) and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía celebrate the centenary of the birth of Rafael Alberti (Puerto de Santa Maria, 1902-1999) with this major exhibition on one of the most universal Spanish poets. The exhibition is the largest project among the scheduled to commemorate the centenary of the poet’s birth, being the first exhibition on the writer that completely defines his life and his art. Peeking into the life of Rafael Alberti is to participate in the turbulent twentieth century that influenced the life course and literary career of one of the most prominent members of the Generation of 27. To recreate this scenario, close to a thousand pieces have been selected, including manuscripts, first editions and translations of his books, personal objects and photographs, as well as correspondence with Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca and Manuel Altolaguirre.

  • Juan Gris. La bouteille d'anis (The Bottle of Anis ), 1914. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    10 september, 2003 - 09 november, 2003

    José Victoriano González Pérez, known as Juan Gris (Madrid, 1887 - Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, 1927) moves to Paris at the age of nineteen, and comes into contact with the pioneering Cubist circles, including figures such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob and André Salmon. His output reaches maturity between 1914 and 1918, the period he forms part of Synthetic Cubism.

  • Exhibition view. Tras el espejo: moda española, 2003
    17 june, 2003 - 29 september, 2003

    This exhibition aims to publicise the work developed by a group of Spanish fashion companies and professionals working in design, materials innovation and process, production, distribution, branding and marketing of products generated by the textile industry. The symbolic values brought into play in the field of fashion make up the cultural, aesthetic and vital universe of a new era that uses technology and scientific advances to produce innovative creations. Spanish fashion in recent decades has projected a steady image of high quality and its influence extends beyond our borders, thanks to a group of brands and creators with international impact. Also, fashion is an indicator of the dynamism and the structural integrity of a society in terms of its capacity for progress, innovation and adaptation to changes and technologies.

  • 13 june, 2003 - 23 august, 2003

    Jusep Torres Campalans is a character invented by writer Max Aub (Paris, 1903 - Mexico City, 1972). Despite not having existed beyond fiction, Aub invents a full biography for Campalans and creates more than thirty books and several drawings by him, which have even be exhibited twice in the Excelsior gallery in Mexico in 1958 and at the Bodley Gallery in New York in 1962. Aub conceives Campalans to be a cubist painter, a son of peasants who migrate to Paris. In this city he contacts and befriends avant-garde artists such as Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani and Piet Mondrian. After the outbreak of the Great War, Campalans moves to Mexico to finish his days in a remote region in Chiapas.

  • Exhibition view. Jesse A. Fernández, 2003
    10 june, 2003 - 01 september, 2003

    The artist Jesse A. Fernández (Havana, 1925 - Paris, 1986) is internationally known for his photographs but, along with his famous portraits of various personalities, he also creates at the same time drawings, paintings and box-objects. A selection of his work is on display in this exhibition which the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicates to one of the most charismatic Cuban artists.