Based on True Stories

November, 2013 - March, 2014
Secondary Education and Bachillerato students

Fundación Banco Santander

Organized by
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
In collaboration with
Rebeca París, Gemma García and Cristina Sánchez-Chiquito

The starting point for this activity is the exhibition Biographical Forms (November 26, 2013 to March 31, 2014). The exhibition’s focus is the various elements concurrent in any biographical construct or story, such as childhood and relatives, places and spaces one has lived in, travel, recollections and memory, expectations and the various relationships one is involved in over a lifetime. After a visit looking at the way that these elements are dealt with in selected works, the pupils will have the chance to develop their own creative processes based around biography and autobiography.

The exhibition provides an opportunity to get closer to the works of artists including Alberto Giacometti, Louise Bourgeois and Michelangelo Pistoletto, and to work on them through their connections with the students’ own life experiences. The activity is based on the fact that Secondary Education students, because of their age, are at a time in their lives when they can approach biographical narrative, since they have a past that they can remember and interpret as well as a future yet to be built, which can be planned and imagined.