Exhibition. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. SPLENDIDE HOTEL

SPLENDIDE-HOTEL, View of the Palacio de Cristal

SPLENDIDE-HOTEL, View of the Palacio de Cristal

In 1887 the Palacio de Cristal was built as a pavilion-greenhouse for the General Exhibition on the Philippine Islands. In Lugano the very same year the Hotel Splendide was opened – its namesake in Évian-les-Bains was the holiday destination for Proust and his parents. Another establishment with the same name would appear around the same time in a Rimbaud poem, compiled in Illuminations.

Setting out from these literary connections, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Strasbourg, 1965) has temporarily transformed the Palacio de Cristal into the Hotel Splendide, a hotel with one sole, impenetrable room that replicates the original architecture of the building. In this recollection of spaces and time periods, where literature becomes a way of inhabiting the world, authors such as the Filipino writer José Rizal, Dostoyevsky, Rubén Darío, H. G. Wells and Vila-Matas become travel companions on a journey through time that Gonzalez-Foerster encourages us to share.

Date: 13 March - 31 August 2014
Location:
Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro
Organised by:
Museo Reina Sofía

 

Related Activity. Encounter with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Enrique Vila-Matas

Coinciding with the opening of SPLENDIDE-HOTEL, on 13 March, an encounter will be held between the artist and the writer Vila Matas, authors that share a penchant for compulsive reading and literature as a tool for understanding the world, which has marked ongoing collaboration between the two.

The encounter is divided into two parts: in the first, Enrique Vila-Matas will give a lecture on an unpublished text that, through the relationship between the artist and writer, comments on the multiple narrative collections of the installation; in the second, Gonzalez-Foerster and Vila-Matas enter into dialogue.

Date: 13 March 2014
Location: Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200
Time: 19.00 hrs.
Admission: Free, until full capacity is reached
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofia

 

Film Series. Moments in Life. Biography in Film Discourse (1960-2013)

Djibril Diop Mambety. Touki Bouki. Film, 1973

Djibril Diop Mambety. Touki Bouki. Film, 1973

In connection with the exhibition Biographical Forms. Construction and Individual Mythology, this film series shows the diversity of biographical, individual and collective situations addressed in cinema from 1960 to 2013. The programming, of an historical nature, links the transformation of biographical forms to a history of cinematic memory.

The ten films selected reflect three time periods, beginning with a film by Luchino Visconti, Rocco and His Brothers (1960), followed by Subarmarekha, by Bengali film-maker Ritwik Ghatak, Barren Lives by Brazil’s Nelson Pereira dos Santos and the legendary Touki Bouki (1973), by Senegalese film-maker Djibril Diop Mambety, which explores the lives of dispossessed youth.

The second period gets under way with the rupture between experience and militancy, featuring Milestones, a film by Robert Kramer and John Douglas, and Chantal Akerman’s News from Home (1976). Rithy Pahn, Amos Gitai and Pedro Costa make up the third historical sequence – life at the margin as a suspension of time – finishing with Mille soleils (A Thousand Suns, 2013) by Mati Diop, which recollects a film from the second period, Touki Bouki, in a retrospective exploration governed by a link to kinship.

Date: 24 March – 30 April 2014
Programme: Check website
Location: Sabatini Building, Auditorium
Time: 19.00 hrs.
Admission: Free, until full capacity is reached
Curatorship: Jean-François Chevrier
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía

 

Screening. Amos Gitai. Ana Arabia

Amos Gitai. Ana Arabia. Film, 2013

Amos Gitai. Ana Arabia. Film, 2013

To complement the series Biography, History, Territories and the exhibition The Biographies of Amos Gitai, there is the premiere in Spain of Amos Gitai’s latest film, Ana Arabia (2013), with the film-maker present at the screening.

Filmed in one sequence-long shot, the film captures a moment in the life of a marginalised community of Jews and Muslims in a place located on the border between Jaffa and Bat Yam, in Israel. The research of the journalist leading the story unearths the daily life, memories and desires of the inhabitants in this enclave, whilst also showing identity that is oblivious to stereotypes.

Date: 17 March 2014
Location: Sabatini Building, Auditorium
Time: 19.00 hrs.
Admission: Free, tickets now available at the Sabatini Building ticket offices
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía

 

Touring Exhibitions. Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff in Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Kerry James Marshall. Lost boys AKA Black Johnny, 1993. Courtesy of the artist. Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, and Koplin Del Rio, CA

Kerry James Marshall. Lost boys AKA Black Johnny, 1993. Courtesy of the artist. Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, and Koplin Del Rio, CA

Co-organised by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, together with three other institutions: Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), M HKA (Antwerp) and Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff is the first major presentation in Europe of the work of this American artist (Birmingham, Alabama, 1955). Through an array of formats (painting, sculpture, installation, drawings, photography…), Marshall explores themes of identity – national, gender, and especially racial identity– in an attempt to contextualise the Afro-American experience in today’s sociopolitical situation.

On 28 February the second part of this touring exhibition opened in Copenhagen and is due to arrive at the Museo Reina Sofía on 13 June.

Date: 28 February - 4 May 2014
Location: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, M HKA and Fundació Antoni Tàpies