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  • 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)

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    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)

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    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.

  • Charles Ray, The New Beetle [El nuevo escarabajo], 2006
    November 26th, 2013 – March 31st, 2014

    Biographical forms. Construction and individual mythology (26/11/2013)

    Main site

    History of the art is not only done by historians, but by the own artists. The aim of this exhibition is to examine the biographical forms in the modern art and will assemble 275 works (paintings, sculptures, photos, extracts of movies, etc.) from Gérard de Nerval, Edvard Munch, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Claude Cahun, Francesca Woodman, Phillip Guston or Jeff Wall, Frank Kafka, Tadeusz Kantor or Robert Bresson.

  • The exhibition join together works by Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Ángel Campano, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, Juan Navarro Baldeweg and Manolo Quejido
    November 5th, 2013 – May 18th, 2014

    Idea: Painting-Force. On the hinge between the 70s and the 80s (05/11/2013)

    Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro

    Idea: Painting-Force presents a set of works produced in Spain between the years 1976 and 1984, a historical period of profound social and cultural transformations. The exhibition looks at a specific situation of the Spanish artistic scene, in which the crisis of the avant-garde and of the idea of modernity becomes visible through the pictorial practice, understood as a territory for thought and the production of creative strategies, of the five artists represented: Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Ángel Campano, Ferran Garcia Sevilla, Juan Navarro Baldeweg and Manolo Quejido.

  • Fischli y Weiss. La mínima resistencia, 1980-1981. Filmación DVD. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
    Starting on October 15th, 2013

    Minimal resistance. Between late modernism and globalisation: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s (15/10/2013)

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    The Collection Exhibitions

    The Reina Sofia presents a selection of important works from its Collection in order to bring the public into closer contact with the artistic languages that developed during the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibition, curated by the Museum’s Director Manuel Borja-Villel, Head of Collections Rosario Peiró and Art Historian Beatriz Herráez, was orgnaized by the Museum as part of the “Uses of Art” project by the European museums network L’Internationale.


    For further information and multimedia, please check Minimal resistance. Between late modernism and globalisation: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s.

  • Chris Killip, Youth on Wall, Jarrow, Tyneside. Serie: North East, 1976. Silver bromide gelatin copy. Vintage. 43,4 x 52,7 cm. © Chris Killip
    October 1st, 2013 – February 24th, 2014

    Chris Killip trabajo/work (01/10/2013)

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    This exhibition reviews Chris Killip's work (Douglas, Man's Island, United Kingdom, 1946), fundamental figure of the documentary photography, where, since the 70’s initiates a new route: the portrait of the working classes in full process of disappearance of the great industry that had created and supported them from beginning of the 19th century. The exhibition includes 107 pictures that gather daily scenes of the life in the North of England between 1968 and 2004. For the artist it is not a question of showing the historical experience, but to reflect the real life.           

  • Manuel Saiz, One True Art - 16 Responses to the Question What Art is, 2013
    September 28th, 2013 – January 6th, 2014

    Manuel Saiz. One True Art - 16 Responses to the Question What Art is (28/09/2013)

    Main site


    The exhibition is an invitation to reconsider the notion of art from several perspectives. On September 28, 2013 there will be held a unique event where 16 artists, critical and theoretical will be assembled in a concentrated program of interviews. The audio-visual material ensued from this meeting is the principal element of the project.