The music, dance and performance activities that feature in the Museo Reina Sofía programme are closely linked to the theoretical discourse in the organisation of the exhibition programme and the narrative in the Collection. Along with its own activities, the Museo also produces other shared activities that are the result of ongoing dialogue with a number of established collaborators. These activities include festivals, theatre performances, music conservatories, independent spaces, etc.
From 28 September to 1 October 2023 - Check programme
The Expanded Theatricalities Chair
Forced Entertainment. Things That Go Through Your Mind When Falling
This third edition is articulated around the artistic and discursive trajectory of Tim Etchells and his work with Forced Entertainment, a collective founded in Sheffield, England, in 1984 and made up of Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor and Etchells as artistic director.
Thursday, 13 July 2023 - Check programme
Rap, Tapes and Photocopies
Maximum Respect. Rap, Tapes and Photocopies sets forth a collective reflection on the origins and pathways of rap in Spain, and also serves to present the research project Proposals, Archives and Communities in the Origins of Rap in Spain, which aims to study, document and catalogue activities related to the self-management and self-release of Spanish rap from its beginnings.
Friday, 30 June 2023 - 7pm
I Declare Myself a Transvestite on Four Stages
Multimedia Performance by Frau Diamanda
In this multimedia stage piece, straddling monologue, confession and the activation of body and music, artist Frau Diamanda looks to explore the mutation of transvestite identity, punctuated by questions of class and race and affected by (neo)colonisation and hyperbolic exaltation.
30 June - 16 December 2023
The Institute of Suspended Time
Exhibition at the Office of the Instituto del Tiempo Suspendido and Activations
The Instituto del Tiempo Suspendido (Institute of Suspended Time, ITS) is a project by Javier Bassas and Raquel Friera which came into being as a fictitious (non)institution seeking to revise temporal regimes established in society.
30 June - 16 December 2023 - Check programme
Notes for a Time Apart
Notes is a new Museo Reina Sofía project which aims to explore other formats and methodologies to accommodate devices and projects which transversally make disciplines hybrid and ensure they are capable of working on processes from erraticism as a possibility.
June - December 2023 - Check programme
Phobia: Politics of Hate and Fear in and towards LGBTIAQ+ Collectives
LGBTIAQ+ Programme 2023
This fresh edition of the LGBTIAQ+ programme looks to explore the possibility of imaginatively and politically turning around the logics of hate and fear that run through us, socially raising questions around who personifies a non-normative sex-gender or body position.
Monday, 19, Tuesday, 20, and Wednesday, 21 June 2023 - Check programme
The Aníbal Quijano Chair
Roots, Time and Place
The Aníbal Quijano Chair is a space of thought which pays homage to the memory of the great Peruvian thinker, a critic of the coloniality of power, and seeks to open a channel of collective reflection-action to incorporate it into the multiple viewpoints that today discover modernity deprived of its primal pledges. This fifth edition, on the relationship between coloniality, memory and space, constitutes an enquiry on friendship and roots, drawing from Aníbal Quijano’s life and human experience.
Friday, 16 and Saturday, 17 June 2023 - Check programme
El Hierro Will Once Again Be the Centre of the World
El Hierro is not any volcanic island. For centuries, it was considered prime meridian before being replaced by Greenwich Mean Time at the International Meridian Conference in 1884. This occurred after the United Kingdom had standardised the measurement of time for the rest of the planet in 1840 via the Great Western Railway company. El Hierro, sitting halfway between Africa, Europe and South America, is a metaphor for music that circumvents Western media’s powerful grid, which rules the taste, presence and even fees of musicians from the experimental scene. El Hierro will once again be the centre of the world.
Thursday, 18 May 2023 - Check programme
International Museum Day 2023
Museums, Sustainability and Well-being
Diversity, art and music come together on this day of festivities and vindication, in which Radio 3 sets up in the Nouvel Building Courtyard to offer a line-up of artists who will perform live —streamed on the Radio 3 website — without interruption from 7am to 10pm. The day will conclude with upbeat music in the Sabatini Building Garden from 9pm to midnight.
Saturday, 13 May 2023 - Check programme
Omona! is an event which hosts K-pop choreographies and examines thought around this global phenomenon. K-pop, meaning Korean pop, is ever-present the world over, the fine detail of its choreographies, its frenzied music videos and its ultra-mastered sound production some of the hallmarks of this revision of boy bands and girl groups. The encounter sees choreographer and art historian Natalia de Val put forward an analysis of this cultural movement, followed by an event in which assorted dance groups will perform covers of their favourite bands.
Thursday, 4 May 2023 - 8pm
A Conversation on Music Between Quico Cadaval and Pablo Castaño
This encounter pays tribute to Charlie Parker and Benny Harris’s classic Ornithology, and brings together two figures from Galicia who are both distinguished in their respective spheres: storyteller Quico Cadaval and jazz saxophonist Pablo Castaño.
13 April – 25 May 2023 - Check programme
When Destiny Catches Up with Us
Desperate Actions Before the Sixth Extinction
This programme, which throws into relief the sixth mass extinction in which our world is currently submerged, gathers popular knowledge and scientific research, focusing on marine life and insects. It zooms in on those species which, in being outside the scope of human perception, do not have the same visibility in our collective imagination as other endangered animals.
April - July 2023
TIZ 9. Relational Ecologies
This TIZ addresses the problem areas that approach ecology from relationality. Interactions, relations of intimacy and mutual support, forms of collective intelligence, shared knowledge, involvement in protesting against climate change and community learning are some of the concepts that define the activities, activations, investigations and accompaniments from April through to July in the Museo.
Friday, 17 March 2023 - 6pm
Project 30. Sketches of Heights
Project 30. Sketches of Heights is a site-specific performance which reflects, through a collective footprint and oral storytelling, on the memory of women during Franco’s dictatorship. It stems from research — conducted in Madrid during July of 2022 — into thirty women who explored the body at once as a wound and as a territory of resistance.