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  • Waiting Room I, The Queue Continues,1956. Andrzej Wróblewski
    November 17, 2015 – February 28, 2016

    Andrzej Wróblewski. Recto / Verso (08/02/2016)

    Palacio de Velázquez. Parque del Retiro
    The Museum Exhibitions

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents the exhibition Andrzej Wróblewski: Recto / Verso, focused on Andrzej Wróblewski (1927-1957), one of the most important Polish artists of the 20th century. This will be the largest Wróblewski retrospective outside of Poland.

    Wróblewski was a creator of formal experiments on the border of abstraction and figuration, an artist manifesting an unusually suggestive vision of war and human degradation, based on deep political commitments. His rich, diverse body of work was created over a very brief period (less than ten years), during a distinctly turbulent era. (Read more)

  • Constant.New Babylon / The Hague, 1964
    October 20, 2015 – February 29, 2016

    Constant. New Babylon (08/02/2016)

    Sabatini Building. Floor 1
    The Museum Exhibitions

    The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía present an exhibition dedicated to the figure of the Dutch artist Constant (Constant Anton Nieuwenhys, Amsterdam, 1920 – Utrecht, 2005). Under the title of New Babylon, the show focuses above all on the artist's most emblematic project, his concept of the city of the future. For nearly twenty years (1956-1974), Constant made models, paintings, drawings and collages that showed his idea of the planning of this new city, a large and complex labyrinth that transformed the world into a single network. The land would be collectively owned, work would be automated and carried out by robots, and people would be free to devote their time to creative play. (Read more)

  • Marc Chagall. Self-Portrait, 1914.
    March 18 - September 14, 2015

    Collectionism and Modernity.Two Case Studies: The Im Obersteg and Rudolf Staechelin Collections (16/03/2015)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 4

    This exhibition brings together two leading collections of early modernist art that now form part of the holdings of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Basel, Switzerland), the Im Obersteg Collection and the Rudolf Staechelin Collection, offering an opportunity to enjoy works by the most reputed early modernist masters, the vast majority of which have never before been seen in Spain.

    This is the first time these collections have been shown together outside Basle.The 62 paintings, which will be exhibited on the fourth floor of the Sabatini Building, will offer a unique opportunity to see acknowledged masterpieces in Madrid that have never before been shown in Spain. They include works by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Redon, Pissarro, Picasso, Manet, Modigliani, Monet, Cézanne, Chagall, Soutine, Jawlensky and Hodler.

  • Room view
    27 November 2014 - 12 April 2015

    Luciano Fabro (27/11/2014)

    Palacio de Velázquez

    The work of Luciano Fabro (Turin, 1936-Milan, 2007) expands the expressive possibilities of sculpture in the second half of the 20th century. His art associates the use of simple and common materials that redefine the nature of the object and its space with a constant poetic reflection on the practice of sculpture, evident in the numerous texts in which the artist has always related thought with experimentation in new practices.

    This anthological exhibition, the first to be held since the artist's death, gathers a constellation of works that are fundamental for an understanding of the singularity of Fabro's oeuvre and features over 60 artworks from diverse private collections and international public institutions.

  • Hicham Benohoud-The class. Serie. Artist and Galerie VU courtesy.
    29 October 2014 - 9 February 2015

    Really useful knowledge (29/10/2014)

    Sabatini Building. Floor 1

    The notion of "really useful knowledge" was originated from the workers' awareness of the need for self-education in the early 19th century. In the 1820s and 1830s, workers' organizations in United Kingdom introduced this phrase to describe 'unpractical' knowledge like politics, economics and philosophy, as opposed to what factory owners proclaimed to be “useful knowledge”. Some time earlier capitalists began investing in advancement of their businesses through funding the education of workers in 'applicable' skills and disciplines such as engineering, physics, chemistry or math.

    Through this reference to the beginnings of struggle against exploitation and the early efforts towards self-organized education of workers, the exhibition “Really Useful Knowledge” looks into issues around education from contemporary perspective.

  • Richard Hamilton. Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, 1956/1992. Collage. 26 x 25 cm. Private collection. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
    June 27 - October 13, 2014

    Richard Hamilton (25/06/2014)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 3

    By virtue of more than 250 works produced between 1949 and 2011, this exhibition offers a comprehensive retrospective look at the work of Richard Hamilton (London, 1922 – 2011), a key figure in Pop Art and one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

  • Kerry James Marshall. Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994. Acrílico y purpurina sobre lienzo sin estirar. 254 x 360,68 cm. Denver Art Museum
    12th June — 26th October 2014

    Kerry James Marshall: painting and other stuff (12/06/2014)

    Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro

    Kerry James Marshall: painting and other stuff is the first major presentation in Europe of the work of this American artist (Birmingham, Alabama, 1955). Marshall is the author of an important body of figurative work in which he explores the themes of identity – national, gender, and especially racial identity – in an attempt to contextualize the Afro-American experience in today’s sociopolitical situation. The exhibition has been co-produced by four european museums: M HKA (Antwerp, Belgium), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhaguen, Denmark), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona) and Museo Reina Sofía.

  • VV.AA. Madrid. Barcelona, Industries Graphiques Seix i Barral, 1937; 96 p.; 31 cm. Archivo fotográfico del Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2013
    27th May 2014 – 5th Januray 2015

    photobooks. Spain 1905-1977 (27/05/2014)


    photobooks. Spain 1905-1977 is a history of Spanish photography through a selection of its best photobooks, many of them little known. The exhibition, organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), is the result of a line of acquisitions and research undertaken by the Museum’s Department of Collections with the collaboration of Horacio Fernández, curator of the exhibition.

  • Fernand Léger, Les Loisirs - Hommage à Louis David, 1948-1949. Oil on canvas. 154 x 185 cm. Centre Pompidou, París. Musée National d'Art Moderne / Centre de création industrielle. Adquirido en 1950
    29th April — 22th September 2014

    Playgrounds. Reinventing the Square (29/04/2014)

    Main site

    The exhibition uses 300 artworks in very different formats (painting, sculpture, installations, video, photographie, graphic arts, film and papers) and the term playground to propose a historical-artistic look at play areas and their socializing, transgressive and political potential, from the beginning of modernity to our day. Making reference to the carnivalesque model as an irreverent and popular expression altering the established order, the exhibition explores the collective dimension of play as well as the social necessity of a space specifically for the construction of a new public sphere through artworks by Ensor, Goya, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Giacometti or Xabier Rivas. 

  • Inside view of Hanne Darboven's studio. Courtesy: Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburgo. Photographer: © Felix Krebs
    25th March — 1st September 2014

    The order of time and things. The home studio of Hanne Darboven (25/03/2014)

    Main site

    The exhibition The order of time and things. The home studio of Hanne Darboven brings together a large selection of pieces from the artist’s studio, showing, for the first time in a museum, the setting in which Darboven (Munich, 1941- Hamburg, 2009) worked.

  • Gallery view of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. SPLENDIDE HOTEL. Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro. Photographic Archive of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2014.
    13th March — 19th October 2014

    Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. SPLENDIDE HOTEL (13/03/2014)

    Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro

    The projects of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Strasbourg, France, 1965) invite the visitor on a journey through spaces and times where literature becomes a habitual practice of inhabiting the world. The artwork is redefined as a process beyond the concrete significance of objects. Literature and theatre constitute strategies for the configuration of an imaginary where physical space is no more than the tip of an iceberg traced out by the viewer on both real and fictional coordinates.

  • Wols, Sin título, Rep. 1976. Impresión a la gelatina de plata. 18,7 x 24 cm. Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., Stuttgart
    13th February — 26th May 2014

    Wols. Cosmos and Street (13/02/2014)

    Main site

    Wols is one of the most intriguing figures in 20th-century art. Wols: Cosmos and Street does not attempt a survey of Wols’s work, nor a retrospective with a chronological structure. Instead, the exhibition presents his work in terms of two distinct kinds of ‘graphism’: one of the light (photography) and one of the line (drawing).

  • Amos Gitai, Esther (1985). Rodaje entre las ruinas de Wadi Salib (Haifa). Fotografía: Thierry Nouvelle
    4 de febrero — 19 de mayo de 2014

    Biographies of Amos Gitai (04/02/2014)

    Main site

    Biographies of Amos Gitai can be regarded as a case study within the framework of inquiry proposed by the exhibition Biographical Forms. Construction and Individual Mythology. Amos Gitai, born in Haifa in 1950, recently devoted two films to his parents, Carmel (2009) and Lullaby to My Father (2011). His mo­ther, Efratia Munschik Margalit (1909-2004), was born in Jaffa to Russian parents. His father, Munio Weinraub Gitai, (1909-1970), an architect trained at the Bauhaus, fled from Nazi Germany in 1933.

  • Tracey Rose, La Nave Madre “Exterminate All the Brutes”, escena de La Nave Madre “Exterminate All the Brutes”, 2013-2014. @ Tracey Rose. Fotografía de Christopher Wessels. En la imagen: Tracey Rose y Javier Montero
    28th January — 26th May 2014

    Tracey Rose (x) (28/01/2014)

    Main site


    El Museo Reina Sofía acoge, dentro de su Programa Fisuras, el último trabajo de Tracey Rose (Durban, Sudáfrica, 1974), un proyecto inédito titulado (x) y que supone la primera incursión en solitario de la artista en España, conocida por sus instalaciones, performances y fotografías.

    La muestra consta de una videoinstalación y de un conjunto de piezas lumínicas, acústicas y cromáticas.

  • Elly Strik, Beaucoup de fleurs (Muchas flores), 2003. Óleo, laca, grafito y lápiz sobre papel. 240 x 160 cm. Colección FRAC Auvergne
    21st January — 26th May 2014

    Elly Strik. Ghosts, Brides and other Companions (21/01/2014)

    Main site

    Ghosts, Brides and other Companions is the first exhibition in Spain by the artist Elly Strik (The Hague, Netherlands, 1961). The show,which combines new work and earlier productions, is designed specifically for display at the Museo Reina Sofía. In her artistic career, Elly Strik has been particularly interested in those visionary artists who probe beyond the thresholds of human nature, such as James Ensor and Francisco de Goya.