The Documents programme explores the relationships between art and publishing, and other subjects that include the effects of archive on narratives of art history, the artist’s book and publishing as an artistic practice. This new edition analyses the presence of architecture in the Museo Reina Sofía’s Central Archive, a repository of memory containing, in fragments, the history of the institution: its origins as a hospital of neoclassicism, its role during the Spanish Civil War as a field hospital, its transformation into an art centre and its expansion as an international museum. Various landmarks that enable a micro history of civil and public architecture to be traced from the 18th century to the present day, but without losing sight of the process of configuration and the idea of what a museum must be.
Documents 20 unfolds across two sessions. In the first, editor, critic and architectural historian, Moisés Puente, gives a lecture in which he analyses the prototypes of the different architect’s offices that participated in the International Architecture Tender to Expand the Museo Reina Sofía, organised in 1999. In the second, the Library and Central Archive team will conduct a visit around the Museo, focusing on documents created by this tender and preserved in the institution.
Moisés Puente is an architect, editor and translator of architectural subjects. He is the editor of the magazine 2G and founder of the independent publisher Puente Editores. Furthermore, he has edited books with texts by Alejandro de la Sota, Josep Llinàs, Jørn Utzon and Mies van der Rohe, among others, and is the author of monographs on the domestic work of Mies van der Rohe and the work of Alejandro de la Sota. In 2010, he won an FAD Award for Thought and Critique for his professional career as an editor. He has recently published Cháchara y otras historias de la arquitectura (Caniche editorial, 2021)