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





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    Image of Welfare Wounded. State, Rights and the Struggle for the Common Good

    Welfare Wounded. State, Rights and the Struggle for the Common Good

    This course explores the role of the Welfare State in a desirable constituent process.  The successive crises occurring in capitalism have led to an interruption in this government model, which is being reformulated into a State of Debt not governed by the rule of law. Welfare wounded fuels the debate on how to shift from State institutions to institutions of the commons, understanding the latter as the institutional mortar with which to build a new political logic. 

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    Image of XY? Masculine Identity? Frontiers, bodies, education and violence

    XY? Masculine Identity? Frontiers, bodies, education and violence

    There are men's bodies and there are masculinities expressed in roles, attitudes, identities and profiles that encompass multiple bodies and sexual practices. But, there also are frontiers that define identities, bodies hyper-identified with “the masculine,” and social and cultural traditions in which the aforementioned, acts as an airtight compartment, at least in appearance. This course is dedicated to the understanding of what masculinity is, how it is constructed, what and whom it questions nowadays, and whether or not “other masculinities” are possible.

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    David Cronenberg. Videodrome. Film, 1983

    Cinema and video. The image is a virus. Histories of cinema (1980-1990s)

    This audiovisual series looks at the 1980s, and that decade’s prolongation into the 1990s, as a genealogy of much of the dialectics that explain contemporary, as a time period and cultural category. The 1980s have traditionally been considered in terms of market extension and as the articulation of a pensive, self-referential artistic sphere. So, appeals to the final moments of identity-centred historicism, appeals that are visible in the return to the pictorial in Europe, or to the theses of the end of history as a justification of global neoconservatism, have resulted in this decade being considered through the paradigms of spectacle and banalisation.      

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    Archivos en Uso (Archives in Use)

    This website disseminates digital archives resulting from the collective research the Red Conceptualismos del Sur and Museo Reina Sofía have promoted with regard to the archives of the CADA (Colectivo de Acciones de Arte) group, from Chile, the creative practices of the Human Rights Movement in Argentina and the work of the Argentinian sociologist and artist Roberto Jacoby. The project addresses the public dimension, not the patronage, of the document, putting forward an alternative way of considering and articulating a museum’s collection.

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    L’Internationale Online, new online research platform

    L’Internationale Online, new online research platform, resources and discussion is now available. L' Internationale Online is a joint initiative of the museum network L’Internationale and KASK / School of Arts of University College Ghent, where speculative texts, artistic projects and research papers will be published monthly, commisioned and inspired by the work and collections of the confederation

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    Adelita Husni-Bey. Postcards from the Desert Island, 2010-2011. Kaddist Art Foundation Collection

    Really Useful Knowledge

    The notion of “really useful knowledge” emerged at the beginning of the 19th century alongside the workers’ awareness of the need for self-education.

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    Trevor Plagen and Jacob Appelbaum. Transmediale Festival

    Trevor Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum in conversation

    The work of artist Trevor Paglen approaches the interferences between technology, power and the public sphere by using specific spaces in art. As part of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, Paglen invites Jacob Appelbaum to discuss the rise of government surveillance and the way in which this affects people’s freedom and their ability to act. Appelbaum is a computer security researcher and hacker and is part of the Tor Project, which advocates internet privacy. He also collaborated with Wikileaks in relation to the leaks involved in the Snowden case.

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    Diego de Pozo, Whisperers, 2014

    Public action for Really Useful Knowledge

    A programme of actions and activities within the context of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, devised by the collective Subtramas (Diego del Pozo, Montse Romaní and Virginia Villaplana). These actions take place inside the galleries of the exhibition and feature participation from different social and cultural collectives.

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    Núria Güell and Levi Orta, Arte político degenerado, 2014. Photograph courtesy of Eva Carol

    Degenerated Political Art. Ethical Protocol

    Can strategies of capital be replicated to build horizontal social dynamics? As part of an action in the Really Useful Knowledge exhibition, artists Núria Güell and Levi Orta donate bank accounts in tax havens to a group of activists, who will use this route to attack the system that produces it. The project culminates in this seminar, which is organised by both artists.

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    Equipo Crónica. El realismo socialista y el Pop Art en el campo de batalla (Socialist Realism and Pop Art in the Battle Field), 1969. Painting, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía collection. Long-term loan of Manuel Valdés, 2010

    Cold Atlantic. Cultural War, Dissident Artistic Practices, Networks and Contact Zones at the Time of the Iron Curtain

    The international conference Cold Atlantic will examine the artistic, cultural and aesthetic exchanges produced between the USA, Europe, Africa and Latin America during the Cold War. The aim is to highlight the axes of alignment and artistic exchange between the geopolitically minor actors that were trapped inside the huge theatrical strategy from this period. The conference, which will be conducted through round-table discussions, lectures and dialogue, organised through an open international process, looks to recover relatively unstudied nodes of cultural influence and dissemination in its aim to decentralise the Paris-New York axis that still dominates and is ubiquitous in studies on the Cold War and its artistic incarnations, thus fostering discussion that grants a voice to the forms of cultural expression that materialised outside official power structures.

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    Mário Pedrosa, archive image. Photography, 1960

    Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro and Michelle Sommer

    This activity introduces the thinking of the Brazilian intellectual inside the space of the retrospective dedicated to his work. The talk seeks to disseminate his main ideas in connection with the artists and works that accompany his reflections. Mário Pedrosa (Pernambuco, 1900 – Rio de Janeiro, 1981) was a tireless critic and historian and the author of a unique concept of modernity, whereby art, as he put it, is the “experimental exercise of freedom”.

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    Mário Pedrosa, Brazilian writer and art critic, Meudon (at Alberto Magnelli's home), 1969 © Alécio de Andrade, VEGAP, Madrid, 2017

    Mário Pedrosa. On the Affective Nature of Form

    Mário Pedrosa (Pernambuco, 1900 - Río de Janeiro, 1981) was one of the foremost 20th-century Brazilian and Latin American thinkers. A critic, politician and sociologist, Pedrosa embodied the paradigm of the public intellectual committed to the debate over the future of society, both politically and culturally, and was a spokesperson in the forming of Brazil’s modern culture.

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    Roberto Jacoby. 1968: el culo te abrocho. Cartel intervenido, 2008

    Populism. A Dialogue on Art, Representation and Institutions in the Crisis of Democracy. A Conversation between Chantal Mouffe and Didier Eribon

    This conversation takes place inside the public programme Dialogues, formulated by the museum confederation L’Internationale, and departs from four core areas, inviting different thinkers, artists and activists to address terms which resonate in the present. The activity sees political theorist Chantal Mouffe and the philosopher Didier Eribon debate the term populism in relation to citizen representation and cultural institutions.