TIZ 3. Political Matter

May - June 2022
A cromoactivation in Buenos Aires, May 2017. Photograph: Cromoactivismo. Courtesy of the artists
A cromoactivation in Buenos Aires, May 2017. Photograph: Cromoactivismo. Courtesy of the artists

Appealing to political matter involves naming coincidences between likeminded curatorial proposals — made visible over these months in the Museo — the manufacturing of which encompasses at once subject matter and care, form and delicacy, craftsmanship and communal living. These acts affect ostensibly old media, upholding an artisan understanding of technology, opening out towards a general public, delaying times and processes. Thus, the understanding of wood and linoleum used in etchings modulates a resistance to the rise of historical fascism, according to Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, in much the same way as the connection of presents and pasts in Latin American history via expanded forms in precarious and ephemeral supports running through struggles and movements, bodies and desires, in accordance with the research of the Southern Conceptualisms Network. It means to understand art-making as ways of loving, materialising in works which are genuinely mixed, and attempts to operate in the gaps, the spaces, the limits of what is and is not word, voice, body or human, in tune with Alejandra Riera’s exhibition proposal. Political matter requires a non-dissociation of art and politics with regard to artisan work, and modes of occupying time and the relationship it articulates.

Therefore, these learnings are the result of an expanded concept of graphic art — in relation to matter that wants to be political, form that wants to be time, work that wants to be care — and are connected via this third Temporary Intensity Zone (TIZ), discerning that which is minor, which falls under the radars of social life, requiring its own procedures for access. These are tools which put forward a sociology of ordinary culture, the intensities of which formalise the film-making of Gonzalo García-Pelayo, for instance, or the profusion of “graphic bursts” linked to the contemporary demands of movements and neighbourhoods, also linked to the matter of those voices with which their memories are entwined, and always placing the stress on the sensitive and the specific, as well as other undertakings included in this programme. 



Actividad pasada Saturday, 28, and Sunday, 29 May 2022 - 10am
Ordinary Times
Sociología Ordinaria Encounter #10

Sociología Ordinaria (Ordinary Sociology) is a transdisciplinary research group which sets out to explore daily knowledge considered ordinary, superficial or frivolous by traditional academic and intellectual views. Therefore, over the past decade the group’s members have sought to render an account of the complexity and power relations underlying diverse social and cultural phenomena such as the use of dating apps, language around COVID-19, the world of the cuplé, reality shows, pyjama parties, pop stars, TikTokers, club culture, and so on. In this tenth edition of the Sociología Ordinaria Encounters, an open, multidisciplinary space is facilitated to learn from daily culture.

Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía and the Sociología Ordinaria research group – Complutense University of Madrid (UCM)


Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200

200 people


Free, until full capacity is reachedDoors open 30 minutes before the activity




From Monday to Sunday (from 30 May 2022) - Check times
Moving Guernica
Visit for Adults Around Works from the Collection

The aim of this guided tour is for visitors to analyse the how and why of Guernica, by Pablo Picasso (Málaga, 1881–Mougins, 1973), becoming a symbol of the end of the Transition to democracy in Spain and a universally recognised icon. The mediators in these visits, each with their own personal approach, put forward new gazes at one of the most renowned artworks in the Museo Reina Sofía Collection. 

Meeting Point: Sabatini Building, Floor 1, Education desk

9 people


Free. With access via general admission to the Museo

Carried out at the Meeting Point, by strict order of arrival, from 30 minutes before the start of the visit