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





  • 20 may, 2002 - 15 july, 2002

    Miquel Barceló (Felanitx, 1957) is one of the most internationally renowned Spanish painters. His participation in the Biennale of Sao Paulo in 1981 and in Kassel Documenta VII the following year marks the beginning of an artistic path which rapidly consolidates during this decade, especially when he is awarded the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas en 1986. Barceló starts from the Art Brut and Action Painting of artists like Jackson Pollock and finds himself under the influence of Spaniards like Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró or foreigners such as Lucio Fontana and Mark Rothko. However, Barceló defines a unique style rooted in the organic: terrestrial textures and marine inspiration from his homeland.

  • Cover of the catalogue of Archivos 1971-2002
    1 may, 2002 - 1 june, 2002

    The Archivos de la Literatura Latinoamericana collection is a literary dissemination project on the masters of Latin American literature. More than fifty titles in Spanish, Portuguese, but also in French and English Caribbean review the panorama of literature on the American continent. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía celebrates this exhibition, which overlaps with the general repertoire of Archivos, where all published titles are displayed and the great diversity of Latin American literature can be admired as a whole. The first author to become part of the Archivos is the Guatemalan Miguel Ángel Asturias; he is also the writer who has published the most books in this collection, a total of nine works.

  • Exhibition view. Nan Goldin. El patio del diablo, 2002
    25 april, 2002 - 30 june, 2002

    Nan Goldin (Washington DC, 1953) is one of the most renowned contemporary photographers internationally. Her work forms the centrepiece of many large exhibitions, for instance the one entitled I'll Be Your Mirror held in the Whitney Museum in New York, confirmation of her work as a reference point in the current art scene.

  • Exhibition view. Jessica Craig-Martin. Los elementos del estilo, 2002
    23 april, 2002 - 2 june, 2002

    The photographic work of Jessica Craig-Martin (Hanover, USA, 1963) represents an iconographic portrayal of high society, mainly American, based on and identified by the expression and exhibition of luxury.

  • Dario Urzay. A negative view-observator virtual, 2002. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    19 april, 2002 - 30 june, 2002

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales present in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin this exhibition of sixteen artists belonging to the emerging Spanish art scene. The exhibited works mostly come from the Museo Reina Sofía collection and include some pieces made specifically for this occasion, as is the case of installations by Jesús Palomino and Alberto Peral.

  • Exhibition view. La pasión por el libro: una aventura editorial, 2002
    9 april, 2002 - 15 may, 2002

    La pasión por el libro: una aventura editorial brings together the last twenty years of publications from the publisher Círculo de Lectores, books which link their pages to prestigious writers, translators, editors and illustrators.

  • Exhibition view. Burt Barr. Obra reciente, 2002
    5 march, 2002 - 10 april, 2002

    Burt Barr’s (New York, USA, 1938) video art uses film and television as a means of inspiration. The modern spectator is accustomed to narratives, film and television resources. They are able to recognise and interpret ellipses, transitions, assembly chains, subjective shots, etc. and manage to understand the message the director wants to convey while arriving at their own conclusions. Barr uses the same tools that we are used to to create his videos. Through very intense images and minimalism for the final effect, the American artist has achieved a highly recognisable style.

  • Exhibition view. Los humoristas del 27, 2002
    28 february, 2002 - 18 april, 2002

    Pedro Laín Entralgo’s statment, "There is a Generación del 27, the one of poets, and another Generación del 27, those of the "reformers” -the creators rather- of contemporary humour" is a reflection that frames this exhibition on those artists who devoted their creative efforts to what Ramón Gómez de la Serna -intellectual father of this generation and protagonist of an exhibition dedicated to him at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía- calls "humourism".

  • Exhibition view. Xul Solar, 2002
    26 february, 2002 - 9 may, 2002

    Óscar Alejandro Agustín Schulz Solari (Buenos Aires, 1887 - Tigre, Argentina, 1963) known as Xul Solar, is a precursor to the avant-garde in his native country and an emblematic figure in the Argentine cultural development during the Twenties and Thirties.

  • Henri Laurens. Femme à l'eventail (Woman with a Fan), 1919. Sculpture. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    12 february, 2002 - 16 april, 2002

    Between 1909 and 1918 figurative sculpture becomes a constructive syntax, which denies perspective and a unique point of view. Cubism, characterised by a deep reflection on the values of flat plane and volumes, makes the leap into three-dimensional objects. Pablo Picasso’s 1909 piece, Cabeza de mujer (Fernande) is considered the first Cubist sculpture, and introduces a new style of work that many other artists follow. Its appearance is due to the spirit of a new order, which was already present in painting. For Picasso, this sculpture is a further innovation, in addition to those from his early production. However, other artists develop their work after this piece, as did Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Alexander Archipenko, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz and Umberto Boccioni, which gives way to new sculptural forms in cubist patterns.

  • Andy Warhol y Jean-Michel Basquiat. Socialite, 1984. Painting. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    5 february, 2002 - 24 april, 2002

    Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, United States, 1928 - New York, United States, 1987), Jean-Michel Basquiat (New York, United States, 1960-1988) and Francesco Clemente (Naples, Italy, 1952) produced an artistic collaboration together during 1984 and 1985 at the suggestion of gallerist Bruno Bischofberger on this universal triad. The idea originally came up during a visit by Basquiat to the gallery owner and dealer’s home in St. Moritz. Basquiat -and Clemente- had painted in the past with Cora, Bischofberger's daughter in the family guestbook. The New Yorker had even painted an acrylic on canvas with the little girl who at that stage was not even four years old, in this way the gallerist proposed a collaboration with Warhol, whom Basquiat admired, and another artist.

  • Exhibition view. Ramingining: arte aborigen australiano de la tierra de Arnhem, 2002
    31 january, 2002 - 31 march, 2002

    Museums have often mixed Aboriginal art works with disparate objects in their collections, producing taxonomies that are not very faithful to the reality of those people. It is also frequent that these museums’ scientific focus treats objects produced by non-Western peoples as part of the history of nature rather than of their culture.

  • Exhibition view. Gao Xingjiang, 2002
    22 january, 2002 - 11 april, 2002

    The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Gao Xingjian (Ganzhou, China, 1940) in 2000, in recognition of his career as author of novels, plays and essays; his most famous title is 灵山 (Soul Mountain). However, like Federico García Lorca and Rafael Alberti, Gao has a double vocation, for him image and word have always been inseparable.

  • Exhibition view. Panamarenko, 2002
    17 january, 2002 - 5 april, 2002

    The artist Henri Van Herwegen (Antwerp, Belgium, 1940), better known as Panamarenko, exhibits his work for the first time in a solo exhibition in Spain, although his piece Noord Zee, was previously exhibited in the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion in 1997. The Palacio de Cristal del Retiro hosts this artist’s work, which falls under the banner of post-minimalism and focuses primarily on the creation of flying machines, large sculptures where the artist trials scientific principles.

  • Exhibition view. Alejandro Corujeira. La tarea del paisaje, 2002
    15 january, 2002 - 24 february, 2002

    Alexander Corujeira’s (Buenos Aires, 1961) work is regularly exhibited from 1992 in different exhibition halls and galleries around Spain. On this occasion it is Espacio Uno at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía which hosts the exhibition entitled La tarea del paisaje, a reflection on the construction and pictorial composition of natural elements in abstract key.