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  • 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.

  • Exhibition view. Janus. Photography's Double Face. Works from the Permanent Collection, 2007
    9 october, 2007 - 30 december, 2007

    During the last fifteen years, photography has gained a renewed vitality thanks in part to its use by many artists who do not call themselves photographers, but simply use this medium to build and develop a new artistic syntax. Since conceptual artists in the Sixties began to use photography to document and register, or as a contributing element, in their projects, actions and performances, this medium began to change the direction the discipline itself had imposed. In this way it freed itself from formal ties and orientated itself in other directions, until becoming a new artistic path along which different ways of critical thinking of reality circulated. The emergence in the mid-sixties of cibachrome, which introduced sizes and colour qualities hitherto unknown, and the recent shift from analogue to digital photography has opened technical possibilities reminiscent of the experiments that took place between 1834 and 1851, a key time in the origins of photography.

  • Exhibition view. Andy Goldsworthy (Inside the entrails of the tree), 2007
    2 october, 2007 - 21 january, 2008

    Andy Goldsworthy (England, 1956) is one of the most brilliant exponents of the generation after the emergence of Land Art. Since this trend emerged in the mid-sixties, Land Art takes on nature as sculptural material, interacting with landscape’s changing scene. The generation of artists to which Goldsworthy belongs have followed these channels to explore a natural poetry from a profound reflection on form, matter, energy, space and time.

  • Exhibition view. Paula Rego, 2007
    25 september, 2007 - 30 december, 2007

    Paula Rego (Lisbon, 1935) is one of the most important figurative painters on the international scene and one of the most lucid and combative artistic voices that has emerged in the second half of the twentieth century. Rego's artistic production is rooted in personal experiences and memories, in sinister fantasies and in the history of art and literature. In the early fifties she moves to England to study at the Slade School of Fine Art and adopts London as her primary residence.

  • Gustavo Torner de la Fuente. Sin título, Vesalio, el cielo, las geometrías y el mar, 1964-1966. Graphic art. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    11 september, 2007 - 16 december, 2007

    Gustavo Torner (Cuenca, 1935) is a self-taught artist. Deeply immersed in the world of culture, he stand out in the vast Spanish panorama during the Sixties by the wealth of material he uses in his work; full of formal and chromatic freedom. Along with Fernando Zóbel and Gerardo Rueda they establish the Escuela Conquense, one of the first initiatives in Spain, during the Sixties to introduce the new currents of modern art, with the founding of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca as a major initiative, Torner collaborated there since its creation.

  • Exhibition view. Amy Cutler. Alterations, 2007
    3 july, 2007 - 10 september, 2007

    Amy Cutler’s (New York, USA, 1974) work manifests in meticulous drawings and watercolours; with them she recreates a fascinating universe inhabited by women, in which -on an allegorical, surreal and feminist level- she plans certain founding ideas of a new world. Faced with the proliferation of digital drawing, Cutler has distinguished herself with manual work, increasingly polished, precise and conceptually more complex. The artist recreates female imagery made up of fantasy stories, similar to folktales that have been transmitted orally and written. In her work there is the intention of anthropological reconstruction with domestic heroines in a process of adaptation to the environment. Her protagonists are always women who appear in an organised group, working or in transit from a trip, pioneers or colonising powers of a world waiting to be discovered, achieving a very personal poetry, which circulates with an artistic greatness, either through prosaic or real scenes, or also through dreamlike scenes.

  • Exhibition view. Carlos Pazos. Don't tell me anything, 2007
    21 june, 2007 - 8 october, 2007

    Carlos Pazos’ (Barcelona, 1949) exhibition ironically traces over thirty years of an artist’s career whose work is inserted within the frame of aesthetics, silence and emptiness. This reality is included in Pazos’ work as emptiness, there is no reference of art and the object always refers to fiction; for this reason the tension between collage and the representation of emptiness is one of the most interesting contributions of this artist. Facing the failure of modern utopia and the questioning of any system of representation, Pazos chooses to hide behind the mask of Narcissus, escaping in the accumulation of objects and merging with the abject.

  • Exhibition view. Luis Gordillo. Tropical Iceberg, 2007
    19 june, 2007 - 15 october, 2007

    Luis Gordillo (Seville, 1934) begins to become known on the national art scene in the Sixties when he establishes himself as one of the pioneers in the restoration of the treatment of figuration and the use of colour, inventing an artistic language that becomes a reference to a later generation of artists. His aesthetic proposal questions itself on the reflection of the subject, the relevance of the process faced with the product and the theory of perception. His work and creative process define an open artistic journey, leaving traces of a continuous challenge with which he seeks clarity in the expression of his inner tensions.

  • Exhibition view. Le Corbusier. Museum and collection Heidi Weber, 2007
    5 june, 2007 - 3 september, 2007

    The last seven years of the life of Charles Édouard Jeanneret-Gris’, better known from the 1920s as Le Corbusier (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, 1887 - Provence, France, 1965), were bound by deep ties of friendship and cooperation with the Swiss Heidi Weber, owner of an interior design gallery in Zurich.

  • Man Ray. Les larmes (Tears), 1932 / posthumous print, 1982. Photography. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid
    30 may, 2007 - 22 july, 2007

    Coinciding with the festival of photography PHotoEspaña 2007, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía proposes a selective journey through photographs from its Collection. The selection of photographs shown in five different spaces and that have been established according to a reflexive link between the subjective perception of the spectator and the return of the look in the image.

  • Exhibition view. Carlos Franco. Graphic Art, 2007
    17 may, 2007 - 29 july, 2007

    Carlos Franco’s (Madrid, 1951) activity as an engraver has been carried out in a very restricted environment and produced through private commissions, which makes him not very well known by the general public, except for his etching illustrations for The Aeneid by Virgil. However nothing better explains the artist's technical strategy than this activity, with its different procedures and its endless potential for overlap and juxtaposition.