Research Residencies

Through its research residencies, the Museo Reina Sofía provides a platform and support for independent artists and researchers, both individuals and collectives, whose work revolves around the different force lines of the Museo’s programme, thus fostering reflection and dialogue between the residency occupants and the Institution’s different areas.

Open Call

Our Many Europes

Madrid, ca. 1990 years. ¿Archivo Queer? Project, Museo Reina Sofía

Madrid, ca. 1990 years. ¿Archivo Queer? Project, Museo Reina Sofía

The period for application submissions will be extended 15 days after the end of the state of alarm on June the 21st 2020.
The new deadline for application submissions is on July 6th, 2020, inclusive

The project Our Many Europes - Europe’s Critical ‘90s and the Constituent Museum (OME) was selected on 17 July 2018 to receive a Call for Proposals from the European Union’s Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (hereinafter, EACEA) — (EACEA 32/2017: Support for European Cooperation Projects 2018).

The programme itself spans four years and revolves around the 1990s. It is organised by the L’Internationale confederation of European museums and features the collaboration of the National College of Art and Design (Dublin, Ireland) and Valand Academy (Gothenburg, Sweden).

The Research Residencies — the subject of this Call — constitute one of the activities (Activity 15. Research Grants: Rethinking the ‘90s) included in the project and for which MNCARS has received a specific grant for its implementation and development.     

This Call is for three Research Residencies at MNCARS, to take place from the period spanning 4 May 2020 to 30 April 2021. The common goal of such Residencies is to foster research and participation in a process of reflection by making available MNCARS’ bibliographical and documentary resources, in addition to participation in research hubs linked to the project “Our Many Europes” and in research communities organised around the MNCARS Study Centre.

The three main research lines proposed for this Call are:

  • Research or the critical activation of archives linked to artistic and/or activist practices carried out in the 1990s.
  • Research or artistic production related to critical culture articulated inside and outside Europe at the heart of the 1990s, taking as its framework dimensions such as the AIDS crisis, processes of transition and historical memory, post-‘89 activist practices and globalisation, configurations of the post-internet world, etc.   
  • An exploration of performance practices in the 1990s, and processes of contemporary archiving, transmission and activation.