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





  • Exhibition view. Zoe Leonard. Photographs, 2009
    02 december, 2008 - 16 february, 2009

    Zoe Leonard


    The work of photographer Zoe Leonard (New York, USA, 1961) is exhibited for the first time at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Leonard's work is based on observation and memory, through the portrait of maps and anatomical models, shop windows, museums and shops from his neighbourhood. The artist rejects photography as a neutral document, in favour of what she calls a "subjective truth". Leonard distances herself from the protocols and conventions of photography, even using printing processes that are virtually obsolete. She works with the images for a long time, she copies them into different sizes and on different types of paper, but never retouches them, accepting the imperfections that may occur in their developing, such as dust or scratches.

  • Exhibition view. Leandro Erlich. The Tower, 2008
    26 november, 2008 - 23 november, 2009

    Leandro Erlich’s (Buenos Aires, 1973) installations question the vision of reality through simulations and optical effects. Erlich manipulates everyday spaces and situations to establish a parallel reality that connects with unique and objective truth.

  • Exhibition view. Deimantas Narkevičius. The Unanimous Life, 2008
    13 november, 2008 - 28 may, 2009

    Deimantas Narkevičius

    The Unanimous Life

    Considered the best known Lithuanian artist on the international art scene, Deimantas Narkevièius (Utena, Lithuania, 1964) has developed his career mainly through cinema and video, although he has casually approached sculpture. His work is an investigation of how history is perceived and what the mechanisms are that transform it from various utopias and ideologies.

  • Exhibition view. The Invention of the 20th Century. Carl Einstein and the Avant-garde, 2008
    12 november, 2008 - 16 february, 2009

    The Invention of the 20th Century

    Carl Einstein and the Avant-garde

    Carl Einstein (Neuwied, Germany, 1895 - Lestelle-Betharram, France, 1940) is probably the least classical art historians of the twentieth century. Einstein was one of the most relevant and multifaceted personalities of the twentieth century artistic avant-garde. His books, articles and essays were key pieces to the critical study of the avant-garde and the fostering of the study and promotion of art history in the past century. Einstein worked as a novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, art and literature critic as well as the author of a screenplay. However, it is in the field of art history that he is found to be among the most interesting innovators; Apollinaire said he had "one of the most perceptive minds." In his numerous texts he gave expression to the introduction of African art in the West, or the approval of Cubism as a full movement.

  • Exhibition view. Alberto García-Alix. From Where There Is no Return, 2008
    04 november, 2008 - 23 february, 2009

    Alberto García-Alix

    From Where There Is no Return

    Alberto García-Alix (León, 1956) is one of the most representative photographers of the Spanish artistic scene in recent decades. National Photography Prize in 1999, his thirty-year career is a history of the social and cultural changes experienced since the Eighties in Spain, taken from an autobiographical point and opposed to stereotypes.

  • Exhibition view. A. C. The GATEPAC magazine (1931-1937), 2008
    29 october, 2008 - 04 january, 2009

    This exhibition traces the routes taken by the protagonists of GATEPAC, the Grupo de Artistas y Técnicos Españoles (Group of Spanish Artists and Technicians for the Progress of Contemporary Architecture) which was founded in 1930 in Zaragoza. Its purpose is to highlight the international approval and prestige of both the group and its magazine, A. C. Documentos de Actividad Contemporánea (A. C. Documents of Contemporary Activity), from whose pages innovation in European modernism in art and architecture spread.

  • Exhibition view. Nancy Spero. Dissidances, 2008
    14 october, 2008 - 05 january, 2009

    Nancy Spero


    This first major retrospective of Nancy Spero (Ohio, USA, 1926) carries the suggestive title: Dissidances. She is one of the most radical artists linked to feminist art, both in her proposal as in her political discourse. The choice of the title refers to dance, a central motif of the artist's work that extends into both social and cultural commitments. In this way, Spero approaches her work from a critical stance towards the contemporary political situation and does so from an exploration of the body as a tool that formulates her discourse. For this she produces a graphical language, specifically female, representing the capacity of women to transform their own space.

  • Miquel Barceló, Dinosaure fossile II (Fossil Dinosaur II), 2000. Sculpture, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection
    01 october, 2008 - 04 january, 2009

    To summarise so far the exhibitory history of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía at the Abbey de Santo Domingo de Silos, this exhibition shows the work of each of the twenty-four Spanish artists who have participated until now. This project started in 1998 through the collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, the Monastery of Santo Domingo Silos and the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burgos. Entitled Silensis, this exhibition is a unique opportunity to discover the excellent relationship that has developed over all these years between the many contemporary artworks exhibited here and the historical space of the Abbey de Silos itself.

  • Exhibition view. Evaristo Bellotti. escultura, 2008
    19 september, 2008 - 08 december, 2008

    Sculptor, painter, illustrator and writer, Evaristo Bellotti (Algeciras, 1955) has consolidated a personal sculptural language over the past three decades. By not being subject to stylistic boundaries but open to the exploration of new possibilities he has been placed in the front line of the sculptural language renewal. Bellotti expresses an interest in Greco-Roman archaeological references and in the Mediterranean collective memory which manifest in pieces that embody the idea of fragment or ruin. With escultura, Bellotti establishes his sculptural assertion and it is a tribute, in clear contrast to the vertical, to the "endless column" of his admired Brancusi.

  • Exhibition view. Machines & Souls. Digital Art and New Media, 2008
    26 june, 2008 - 13 october, 2008

    The exhibition Machines & Souls. Digital Art and New Media explores the convergence between science, art, technology and society at the beginning of the twenty-first century to reflect on the transformations that underlie the practices carried out by the artists that are part of this exhibition. The collection includes the work of 17 artists who have the use of digital technology as a tool in common, along with a long and distinguished artistic career. Some of them, like Antoni Muntadas, Daniel Canogar and Antoni Abad have already been part of previous exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

  • Exhibition view. Edward Steichen. Lives in Photography, 2008
    24 june, 2008 - 23 september, 2008

    Edward Steichen

    Lives in Photography

    Edward Steichen (Luxembourg, 1879 - Umpawa, USA, 1973) is one of the most prolific and influential figures in the history of photography. In this first major posthumous retrospective of the artist in Europe his many contributions to various photographic fields are shown. The nearly 300 original photographs of this retrospective include the extraordinary diversity of his work, the result of a seventy-year career, over which the artist covered the main genres of this medium.

  • Exhibition view. Francesc Ruiz. The Guided Visit, 2008
    19 june, 2008 - 31 august, 2008

    Francesc Ruiz

    The Guided Visit

    Francesc Ruiz (Barcelona, 1971) narrates through comics, stories that occur in the same place where the story he narrates happens. Ruiz lives and works between Barcelona and Berlin. His work focuses primarily on drawings, which he moves to the field of comics and cartoon to narrate stories and perform actions with multiple groups of people in different scenarios at street level. In this way a complex and evocative visual universe unfolds which opens multiple critical readings of a connected narrative with specific urban areas.

  • Exhibition view. Javier Riera. Noche áurea, 2008
    13 june, 2008 - 08 september, 2008

    Javier Riera

    Noche Áurea

    Javier Riera (Avilés, 1964) has an extensive career in which he explores the possibilities of artistic practice through a side that is as similar to sublime poetics as the geometries that pluck at the internal order of nature. Landscape is the main reference in his paintings and he is interested in non-visual aspects; he tracks with an introspective look man's connection with nature and stimulates reflection on their presence in the universe.

  • Exhibition view. Leonardo Cantero. La dehesa del hoyo, 2008
    03 june, 2008 - 06 october, 2008

    Leonardo Cantero

    La dehesa del hoyo

    This exhibition on Leonardo Cantero’s (Bilbao, 1907 - Madrid, 1995) photographs includes a selection of pieces that come from the Museum’s Collection. Cantero's works reflect his peaceful and everyday rural life from an anthropological scope. He studies architecture, but very early on is introduced into the world of photography and he joins the Royal Photographic Society in 1950. Cantero especially photographs his family farm La Dehesa del Hoyo, in the province of Ávila, between the Forties and Seventies. The property was a self-sufficient world where the photographer portrays his extensive family as well as the workers and their children.

  • Exhbition view Robert Smithson. Hotel Palenque, 2008
    03 june, 2008 - 27 july, 2008

    Robert Smithson

    Hotel Palenque

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is holding a solo exhibition of Robert Smithson (New Jersey, USA, 1938 - Texas, USA, 1973) as part of their collaboration with PHotoEspaña'08. Smithson began his career very young as a sculptor and experimental artist and at only 21 had his first solo exhibition. From his early death at age 35, his work has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions at places such as the Whitney Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Venice Biennale.

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