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  • Txomin Badiola. Rêve sans fin (Endless dream), 2005
    September, 22, 2016 – February, 26, 2017

    Txomin Badiola (09/02/2016)

    Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro
    The Museum Exhibitions

    Next autumn, the artist Txomin Badiola (Bilbao, 1957) will be the subject of a wide-ranging retrospective at the Palacio de Velázquez. It will include a selection of his production of photographic works, drawings, sculptures and multimedia installations from the 1980s to the present day. (Read more)

  • Marcel Broodthaers. Tableau et tabouret avec oeufs (Picture and stool with eggs). 1966
    October , 4, 2016 – January, 9, 2017

    Marcel Broodthaers. A retrospective (09/02/2016)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 1
    The Museum Exhibitions

    The Museo Reina Sofía and the Museum of Modern Art in New York are jointly organizing a retrospective that will be one of the fullest yet dedicated to Marcel Broodthaers (Belgium, 1924 – Germany, 1976). Through a selection of works representative of his artistic practice, the show will explore the multiple facets developed by the artist throughout his life. His extraordinary production during the transformational decades of the 1960s and 1970s established him as one of the most important artists on the international scene, with an influence that continues today. (Read more)

  • Ulises Carrión in the performance Spanish Pieces, Zona, Florence, 1979
    March 15 - October 10, 2016

    Ulises Carrión. Dear reader. Don’t read (08/02/2016)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 3
    The Museum Exhibitions

    The retrospective devoted to Ulises Carrión (1941, San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz, Mexico – 1989, Amsterdam, Netherlands) explores the various aspects of a many-sided artistic and intellectual oeuvre, from the artist's beginnings as a successful and respected young writer in Mexico to his periods in France, Germany and England (1964-1972), when he sharpened his determination to innovate language, and finally to Amsterdam, where he settled definitively and became involved in a wide range of artistic and literary activities. (Read more)

  • Rémy Zaugg. About Death II 3, 1998-2002 / 2005
    March 31 - August 28, 2016

    Rémy Zaugg. Questions of Perception (08/02/2016)

    Palacio de Velázquez. Parque del Retiro
    The Museum Exhibitions

    Under the title Questions of Perception, the Palacio de Velázquez is hosting the first monographic exhibition in Spain on the Swiss artist Rémy Zaugg (Courgenay, 1943 – Basle, 2005). The show includes a selection of paintings and work on paper, with the accent placed on the exploration of language and perception as a means of activating the viewer. (Read more)

  • Wifredo Lam. Nativité, 1947
    April 5 - August 15, 2016

    Wifredo Lam (08/02/2016)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 1
    The Museum Exhibitions

    The retrospective on the Cuban painter Wifredo Lam (Sagua La Grande, 1902 – Paris, 1982) responds to a general desire to give an account of modernism in all its complexity, and aims to reinstate Lam's work in an international art history of which he is an essential player. The exhibition not only returns to the genesis of his work but also surveys the various phases and the conditions of the progressive reception and integration of an oeuvre patiently built up between Spain, Paris and Marseilles, and Cuba. (Read more)

  • Luis Quintanilla. Ruins, 1943
    April 26 - October 3, 2016

    Closed Field. Spanish Art 1939–1953 (08/02/2016)

    Sabatini Building, Floor 3
    The Museum Exhibitions

    Campo Cerrado (Closed Field), which takes its title from an eponymous novel by Max Aub, is a review of Spanish art during the complex 1940s, a period that has received scant attention. Despite their importance for the formation of modern sensibility in Spain, these years remain in a critical and historiographic vacuum. (Read more)

  • 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.

  • Richard Hamilton, Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? (¿Qué es lo que hace que las casas de hoy sean tan diferentes, tan atractivas?), 1956, reproducida por Richard Hamilton en 1992. Cibrachrome. 26 x 25 cm. Colección particular
    27th June — 13th October 2014

    Richard Hamilton (24/06/2014)

    Main site

    From June 27 to October 13, 2014, Madrid is to host the largest retrospective held to date on the British artist Richard Hamilton. The exhibition, organized by the Reina Sofía, was designed specifically for the Madrid museum by Hamilton himself, who became directly involved with the work when he visited the city in the early months of 2010.

  • 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.