L’Internationale proposes a space for art within a non-hierarchical and decentralised internationalism, based on the value of difference and horizontal exchange among a constellation of cultural agents, locally rooted and globally connected.

Comprising six major European museums, Moderna galerija (MG, Ljubljana, Slovenia); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS, Madrid, Spain); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, Barcelona, Spain); Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium); SALT (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey) and Van Abbemuseum (VAM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands). L’Internationale is working together with complementary partners such as Grizedale Arts (GA, Coniston, United Kingdom), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU, Liverpool, United Kingdom), Stiftung Universität Hildesheim (UH, Hildesheim, Germany) and University College Ghent School of Arts (KASK, Ghent, Belgium) and associate organisations from the academic and artistic fields.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The new abduction of Europe: debt, war, democratic revolutions

This encounter reflects on the formation of a new type of European political and cultural agency following the exhaustion of a union based on the market economy and on the precarious geopolitical balance of the States.

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.      

Exhibition. Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and globalisation: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s

In this selection of works from its Collection, the Museo Reina Sofía takes a close look at art produced in Spain and abroad during the 1980s and 1990s.