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  • Exhibition view. Peter Fischli/David Weiss. Are Animals People?, 2009
    30 april, 2009 - 31 august, 2009

    The exhibition of Swiss artists Peter Fischli (Zurich, Switzerland, 1952) and David Weiss (Zurich, Switzerland, 1946) is a selection of pieces made by the artists themselves. Peter Fischli/David Weiss Are animals people? focuses on the protagonists of their early works, Bear and Rat. These characters are present at different moments of their artistic career for over thirty years, they have served to question art as an alternative system of knowledge and to position themselves at a distance and with irony from the fine line between fiction and reality.

  • Exhibition view. Juan Muñoz. Retrospective, 2009
    21 april, 2009 - 31 august, 2009

    Juan Muñoz

    Retrospective

    This exhibition on the work of Juan Muñoz (Madrid, 1953 - Ibiza, 2001) is the most comprehensive retrospective to date on the artist, which precedes Juan Muñoz. Monólogos y diálogos dedicated to him by the Museum in 1996.

  • Susan Philipsz. Upper Part of the Relief of the Tree of Jesse. Cloister of the Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey (Burgos). Photography: Manuel Labrado
    10 march, 2009 - 29 april, 2009

    Susan Philipsz

    Appear to Me

    Susan Philipsz (Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1965) creates atmosphere using sound, with which she proves her inherent ability to define the architecture. Her creations, conceived as musical developments created expressly for empty spaces, make up a different piece for each spectator, upon establishing different relationships between it and the architectural space that surrounds it. Philipsz defines her creations from memory, references and emotions that sound cannot produce and with them she invites reflection, introspection and silence.

  • Exhibition view. Julio González, 2009
    10 march, 2009 - 28 may, 2009

    Julio González (Barcelona, 1876 - Arcueil, France, 1942) is considered the father of iron sculpture and one of the key artists in the development of twentieth-century art. This retrospective exhibition exposes his process of finding a new sculptural syntax through a wide variety of registers and is an addition to those Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía dedicated to him in 1986 focused on Las Colecciones del IVAM and in 1995 focused on his drawings.

  • Alia Syed. Swan, 1989. 16mm transferred to DVD, silent. Image: Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery. New York / New Delhi
    11 february, 2009 - 11 april, 2009

    Alia Syed

    Imagine your own history

    The work of the English artist of Indian descent Alia Syed (Swansea, United Kingdom) is on display for the first time in Spain at this exhibition. Her work Eating Grass (2003), is a succession of sequences in public and private spaces of three cities (London, Karachi and Lahore), assembled as a collage. The parts that standout in the 22 minutes that the film lasts are the super-saturated colours, the total freedom of movement and sibilant voices reciting lines written in English and Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. It is about allusions to the five daily prayers prescribed by Islam. Syed reflects in this work the influence of collagists and other experimental filmmakers of the 1960s.

  • Exhibition view. Paul Thek, 2009
    6 february, 2009 - 16 april, 2009

    With a selection of over 300 works, mostly from private collections, this exhibition is the most comprehensive retrospective dedicated to Paul Thek (New York, United States, 1933-1988). Among the selected pieces are paintings and photography, as well as objects of collective works that the artist produced for various European institutions. Thek considered the key to the relationship between man and the world was in continuous wandering, and spent much of his career in voluntary exile in Europe. The artist lived in different cities, fuelling a distinctly cosmopolitan art.

  • Exhibition view. Eulàlia Valldosera. Dependences, 2009
    4 february, 2009 - 13 april, 2009

    This exhibition reviews Eulalia Valldosera’s (Vilafranca del Penedes, 1963) career, since its inceptions in the late eighties. Her work is characterised by installations and actions that project light where her intention is not to create an object to be observed, but to interact with the spectator.

  • Exhibition view. Josiah McElheny. A Space for an Island Universe, 2009
    28 january, 2009 - 29 march, 2009

    Josiah McElheny

    A Space for an Island Universe

    The Palacio de Cristal at the Parque del Retiro hosts the sculpture Island Universe (2008) consisting of five chromed aluminium and blown glass elements. For its creation the artist Josiah McElheny (Boston, USA, 1966) has based himself on current theories about the origin of the universe, what cosmologists call the multiverse, multiple possible universes in constant expansion, replacing previous ideas about the Big-Bang.

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

    Zoe Leonard

    Photographs

    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
    4 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 - 4 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 - 5 january, 2009

    Nancy Spero

    Dissidances

    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
    1 october, 2008 - 4 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 - 8 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 - 8 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
    3 june, 2008 - 6 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
    3 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.

  • Exhibition view. Magdalena Abakanowicz. King Arthur’s Court, 2008
    13 march, 2008 - 12 june, 2008

    Magdalena Abakanowicz

    King Arthur’s Court

    Magdalena Abakanowicz (Falenty, Poland, 1930) is one of the Polish artists with the biggest international presence. The universe that Abakanowicz has created is inhabited by groups of human figures, fragments of humans or plants that occupy a geography between reality and dreams, mythical memories, literary characters that are evocations of her childhood world. Her work is also marked by the experience of a country ravaged by war and living in a totalitarian regime under the Soviet orbit. A compendium of images that the artist channels through a work full of mystery and power.

  • Chen Chieh-Jen. Military Court and Prison, 2007-2008
    4 march, 2008 - 9 may, 2008

    Chen Chieh-Jen

    Military Court and Prison

    Chen Chieh-Jen (Taoyuan, Taiwan, 1960) is one of the most important Asian artists on the contemporary international scene. In his work he presents a critical reflection on the strategies of power, with which he explores the recent history of his country and rescues specific situations that highlight control devices, violence, subjugation and alienation, while exploring with artistic languages the complex relationships between visual image and power.

  • Exhibition view. Mascaró at Silos, 2008
    27 february, 2008 - 28 april, 2008

    The quality, diversity and uniqueness of Xavier Mascaró’s (Paris, 1965) sculptures, drawings, installations and stage designs make him one of the most important Spanish artists on today’s art scene. Mascaró graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona in 1988. His sculptural career includes numerous experiences, works and exhibitions, both at a national and international level. Although his career began in the late eighties in the field of painting, his interests soon extended into volumetric and spatial sculpture. Initially, the material chosen to flesh out his work was cast iron, as can be seen in many of the pieces in this exhibition; a noble and ancient material, which he has managed to turn into a source of new sculptural solutions making it a typically Spanish tradition, alongside sculptors like Julio González, Oteiza, Chillida, Cristina Iglesias, Juan Muñoz and Susana Solano, while maintaining a personal language. Later Mascaró incorporates new elements and procedures into his works, such as stone, ceramics, resins, glass, bronze, textiles, plaster, tin, fibre, and even video, in this way extending the registers of its timeless and spiritual sculptural syntax.

  • Exhibition view. José Damasceno. Coordenadas y apariciones, 2008
    8 february, 2008 - 16 may, 2008

    José Damasceno

    Coordenadas y apariciones

    José Damasceno (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1968) is one of the most internationally recognised artists on the current Brazilian art scene. Damascus has become the epitome of the role that sculpture and installation has had in Brazil compared to other art forms over the last forty years. Damascene belongs to a generation of Brazilian artists that has managed to create their own language without abandoning the influence of predecessors such as Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica and Cildo Meireles by knowing how to fuse the very same sensory and interactive poetry with a personal universe where nods to surrealism and humour are frequent. Since the early nineties, Damasceno's work has been exhibited in such important institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Museu de Arte Moderna in São Paulo as well as in the Venice, Sydney and São Paulo Biennales.

  • Exhibition view. The Collection from the Musée National Picasso Paris, 2008
    5 february, 2008 - 30 april, 2008

    Picasso

    The Collection from the Musée National Picasso Paris

    The exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía of part of the Musée Nacional Picasso in Paris Collection, from whose archives over four hundred pieces have been selected, transcends the dimension of a conventional exhibition. It is the most comprehensive and ambitious collection of Pablo Picasso’s (Malaga, 1881 - Mougins, France, 1973) career that has been shown until now in Spain. The result of the confluence of the pieces from both museums is a collection of essential creations of Picasso paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and a selection of documentary photographs from the archive of the painter, exhibited on the occasion of a major renovation and expansion of the Parisian site. The Musée Nacional Picasso in Paris was opened in 1985 in order to present the collection of works donated by Picasso's heirs to the French State in 1979, they gave the state the right of 'first choice' between the different works that were held at the artist’s workshops. It therefore includes his most prized pieces which the artist did not want to give away, the "Picassos" by Picasso, and were later joined by a second donation, after the death of Jacqueline Picasso in 1986 and subsequent successions by more heirs, united in the Museum by an active policy of acquisitions.

  • Exhibition view. The Spanish Night. Flamenco, Avant-Garde and Popular Culture 1865-1936, 2007
    20 december, 2007 - 24 march, 2008

    Both flamenco, conceived as modern popular culture, and the artistic avant-garde arise during the late nineteenth century. The aim of this exhibition is to review for the first time the position of flamenco within the frame of visual culture, especially its relationship of mutual influence with avant-garde art and modernity.

  • Exhibition view. Ester Partegàs. Invaders, 2007
    18 december, 2007 - 18 february, 2008

    Ester Partegàs’ (La Garriga, 1972) career began to take shape outside Spain with good critical reception, a momentum which facilitated the presentation of her projects in our country. Since her first exhibitions in the late nineties, Partegàs has developed a theme that explores the urban landscape of the consumer society. A multidisciplinary artist, she easily moves between drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, although in the formal development of her work, volumetric and spatial aspects persist which lead to a definition of the artist as a sculptor. In many of her pieces, Partegàs expresses her interest in the power of the word and its confrontation with the realm of the image. In this way the artist rearranges advertising messages and proposes an unnerving reading of public billboards or covers the heads of passers-by with branded bags, nullifying their identity. At other times she places the spectator in the waiting room of an airport and thus represents a 'no place' to nowhere.