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.
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.
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.
From 16 to 19 November 2022 - Check programme
Tides and Disasters
Critical Ecologies Encounter
The sinking of the Prestige in 2002 demonstrated how the majority of contemporary environmental disasters give rise to significant mobilisations of mutual aid and demands in the places where they occur. In this four-day encounter, different researchers, artists, activists and citizens reflect on the relations between ecology, memory and democracy today. The programme revolves around four axes: environmental traditions stretching from the anti-Francoist struggle to the present; memory and citizen creativity following the Prestige oil spill; authoritarian threats that loom from the depletion of fossil fuels; and controversies around imaginable futures.
October 2022 - April 2023
TIZ 6. Planet A: Green World
Twenty years on from the sinking of the Prestige, this Temporary Intensity Zone calls upon the collective potential of a self-organised citizenry facing the life-threatening side of environmental disaster.
Wednesday, 21, Thursday, 22, and Friday, 23 September 2022 - Check programme
Collecting the Present
This seminar reflects on how performative artistic practices are inserted inside a collection and its institutional framework. To spark this debate, an approach is set forth from different perspectives — theory, practice and ethics — convening voices from inside and outside the museum as an institution. A series of lectures and events with different artists, theorists, curators and researchers brings together different viewpoints and reflections around working conditions with performative works of art.
September – November 2022
TIZ 5. Phantasmata
This TIZ reflects on ghostly relationships, the relationships of events with history, of citizens with politics, of inhabitants with the home or of the missing with those still waiting for them. In the month of the dead, we think about mourning and lamenting, memory and forgetting, and forms of presence and disappearance from the unique spectrality which the same idea of a museum imposes upon us.
TIZ 4. Slumil K’ajxemk’op (Rebel Land)
Slumil K’ajxemk’op — which means “rebel land” in Tzotzil, a Mayan dialect — is how the Zapatista delegation renamed Europe during its visit to the continent in 2021. A gift for being aware of and recognising ourselves as part of another Europe “abducted” from itself, and which invites us to reinvent our ties to the past in an emancipatory mode of expression, to the point of returning our otherness to us: the non-suppressed condition.
Wednesday, 18, and Thursday, 19 May 2022 - Check programme
Graphic Action Art, Revolt and Anti-Fascism
International Encounter on Graphic Turn
This international encounter, setting out from Graphic Turn. Like the Ivy on a Wall, a collective exhibition stemming from a long research process driven by the Southern Conceptualisms Network, brings together researchers, artists and activists as it looks to foster exchanges to examine art and political graphic action art in Latin America, as much in its recent history as a present characterised by the return of authoritarianism and the loss of civil liberties.
From 1 to 6 February 2022 - Check programme
Archives of the Commons IV
Archives to Come
Over the past six years, the Southern Conceptualisms Network and Museo Reina Sofía have joined forces to arrange this periodic encounter, which stems from the common sentiment of the need to urgently strike up a dialogue between spaces where memory gestates. This fourth edition, under the title Archives to Come, calls upon imaginative powers underlying archive practices and thought and the way in which they are capable of proposing alterations to the dominant temporalities limiting the construction of other chronologies, the seed of different futures.
22 June – 1 July 2021 - (check programme)
(Dissident) Sexualities in the Time of Cholera
LGTBIQ+ 2021 Programme
Forms of sexual dissidence have always inhabited dislocated spaces and strange times, yet they still connect life paths in seemingly diverse places and temporalities. The programme through which the Museo Reina Sofía contributes to LGTBIQ+ 2021 Pride seeks to address the violence, complexities and contradictions of the present by hearing multiple voices and acting as a platform and speaker for bodies in struggles.
Sunday, 16, Monday, 17, and Tuesday, 18 May 2021
International Museum Day 2021
The Future Is Behind
Once again, the Museo Reina Sofía participates in the annual International Museum Day —celebrated internationally since 1977 — under the 2021 slogan proposed by ICOM (the International Council of Museums) of “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”, and thus prompts a reconsideration of the idea of a living, open institution.
Sunday, 28 February 2021 - 12pm
They Wanted Arms but People Arrived
A Radio Series on Migration and Domestic Work
They Wanted Arms but People Arrived is a radio series and theatre piece on migration and domestic work, written and performed by women from the Territorio Doméstico (Domestic Territory) association and featuring the participation of sound artist Susana Jiménez Carmona and the work cooperative Pandora Mirabilia.
February – September 2021
Together and Rising Up
The programme Together and Rising Up assembles a series of activities, exhibitions, rooms from the Collection, study groups, guided tours and digital projects inside the Museo, to be presented over the course of 2021, and thus reflecting the plural nature of transfeminist struggles and the complexity of new challenges for feminism.
Thursday, 28 January 2021 - 6pm
The Night of Ideas
Close. A Live Planet
Night of Ideas is an annual event propelled since 2016 by the Institut français in Paris and occasions a reflection on the major challenges of our times. The sixth edition of the event in 2021 is held under the title Proches (Close) and sets out to rethink the relations between living beings and new forms of solidarity.
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 – 10am
ESTUDIO in Conversation
ESTUDIO in Conversation is an encounter which makes up part of the second edition of ESTUDIO, “Half Said, Unsaid”, a programme which brings together the enquiries of artists and researchers whose practices are tied, either directly or dialogically, to the sphere of choreography and performance, voice and word.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020 - 7pm
We Will No Longer Be Slaves
A Choreographed Reading of Guyotat’s Eden, Eden, Eden
Eden, Eden, Eden could be seen as a dramaturgy, in which characters’ movements are sketched on a feverish set. Everything seems to be there for somebody to choreograph the type of unique phrase which happens in a seemingly unique stage space. The Choreography is executed with reading.
Thursday, 5 March 2020, 6pm
Situated Voices 11
The Cost of Strawberries. Twenty-first-century Female Slaves
In a proposal by Red Solidaria de Acogida (The Refuge Solidarity Network), Museo Situado, a network of collaboration between different collectives from Madrid’s Lavapiés neighbourhood and Museo Reina Sofía, has organised this new edition of Situated Voices as part of the 8 March demonstrations.
Friday, 25 October 2019 - 6:30pm
Encounter with Susan Bee, Charles Bernstein and Ron Silliman
This encounter, organised by the Museo Reina Sofía, welcomes poets Charles Bernstein and Ron Silliman and artist Susan Bee, all with close ties to the Language poetry movement, to perform readings and present their past and present work, as well as engage in conversation with the attending audience.
From 17 October to 4 December 2019
Return to the Future?
Eighty Years on from the End of the Spanish Civil War
The 1936 coup d’état and the ensuing civil war splintered reality, the pieces scattering across complex [in]exiles, disappearances, silences… faltering and inconclusive narratives, fertile, multifocal and widespread memories that pulse and throb today, cross-examining the present and managing to distort a univocal, hegemonic gaze.
Monday, 13 May, 2019 - 6:30pm
Gaucho Poetry’s Impact on Contemporary Music
The Museo Reina Sofía presents a performance lecture and poetry recital on gaucho poetry and its relationship to contemporary music, conducted by Argentinian musician Martín Bauer.
31 October 2018 (Laboratory), 4 April, 2019 (Performance lecture) - 11am, 4pm and 7pm (check programme)
Performance lecture: The Living Museum and Laboratory
The transdisciplinary collective Mapa Teatro explores the mechanisms that build history, myth and fiction. Their theatre pieces, halfway between installations and new dramaturgies, dissect the violence which has so dominated Colombian society in recent years and dismantle the imaginaries created by colonial reason. In conjunction with the unveiling of the exhibition Of Lunatics, or Those Lacking Sanity, inside the Fissures Programme framework, Mapa Teatro will present a twofold laboratory comprising a guided tour around the show in the morning and an encounter later in the day with José Antonio Sánchez, an Art History lecturer from the Fine Arts Faculty at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Cuenca) and theorist whose work centres on the relationship between performing and visual arts. The program will be completed with the performance lecture The Living Museum on 4 April 2019.
From 11 to 15 February 2019 - from 5 to 8:30pm (check programme)
Hanne Darboven Reinterpreted by EVOL
Throughout her life, German artist Hanne Darboven (1941–2009) produced different compositions with scores stretching across – in much the same way as her installations – large-scale numerical tables on paper. According to Darboven, her “systems are numeric concepts that work according to the laws of progression and/or reduction in the manner of a musical theme with variations”.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 7pm
The Jazz Age in Paris
Serge Guilbaut and René Urtreger
This encounter, which opens the exhibition Lost, Loose and Loved. Foreign Artists in Paris, 1944–1968 in the Museo Reina Sofía, sets out to examine the complex fabric of post-war national identity and cultural politics through jazz and the relationship it bears to modern art. The encounter comprises a short lecture by art historian Serge Guilbaut, the exhibition’s curator, and a concert by bebop pianist René Urtreger.
28 June – 6 July 2018 (check programme)
A Possible Strength: Towards a Poietics of Living Together
Round table, performance, conference, and film screening series
This program emerges out of the need to bring together ideas on the illnesses we suffer from, at a time when the welfare state has given way to a type of governance centered on the proliferation of new disorders, diseases, and medications.
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - 7:30pm
Energy, Art and Sound
A lecture by Douglas Kahn and a listening session with Peter Blamey’s Five Fertile Exchanges
Since 2000, certain universities, chiefly in the English-speaking world, have developed multidisciplinary studies, which include visual studies and others with the generic title Sound Studies. Initially, the specialised historiography in this field analysed the presence of sound and music in the arts, before focusing on vibrational force, broadening its field of analysis to literature, painting and, naturally, music.
31 october, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.
William Kentridge. Enough and more than enough
A performative lecture about drawing
On the occasion of the exhibition William Kentridge. Enough and more than enough (November 1, 2017 - March 19, 2018), the artist gives a performative lecture that analyzes his relationship with the drawing and the creative process.
September 9, 2017 - 12 p.m.
Doing Things with Objects
Encounter centred on Franz Erhard Walther
As a culmination of the exhibition Franz Erhard Walther. A Place for the Body, the Museo Reina Sofía will hold an encounter with the artist Franz Erhard Walther (Fulda, 1939), featuring the participation of Elena Filipovic, Christian Rattemeyer and João Fernandes. The conversation also serves as an accompaniment to a series of activations performed by Walther.
April 27, 2017 - 7 p.m.
Congresso Internacional Extraordinário dos Críticos de Arte, 1959
In Brazil, in 1959, the International Congress of Art Critics was held, a symposium where artists, architects, art and architectural historians were brought together to debate the role of modernity in a new world surfacing in the post-war period. This new reading of the minutes sets out to activate the document, understood as a performative exercise of a past utopian episode that still has huge potency and resonates in a present time in which art history and critique have been displaced from their role and public influence.
December 1, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Toni Jodar explains modern and contemporary dance
The dancer Toni Jodar, a representative of contemporary dance in Catalonia, puts forward this “dancing” lecture, in which he explains the history of dance, illustrated with his own body, across the 20th century.
November 10, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Hito Steyerl. Eye Explosion and Kassem Mosse. Combat Zones that See
This double performance serves as an introduction to the Hito Steyerl retrospective in the Museo. The studied disappearance of the image in modern surveillance technology is developed in a performance lecture by the artist, followed by an exploration into the new acoustic landscape of war – between military noise and sounds from consumer devices - by Kassem Mosse. Both performances are a posthumous homage to Harun Farocki.
September 17 and October 1, 2015 - 8:00 p.m.
OuLiPo. 55th Anniversary
The Museo marks the 55th anniversary of the OuLiPo group with two activities: The presentation of the work 66 Exercises in Style by Colectivo Armadillo, and a discussion which revolves around the group, which includes participation from illustrious specialists and certain members of this historic literary experiment.
June 14 - July 5, 2015 - Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:00 p.m.
The Limitless Place
Dramaturgy in Movement
The Limitless Place is the first collaboration between Museo Reina Sofía and the Centro Dramático Nacional (National Drama Centre) and Teatro Pradillo, with the latter conducting a programme of performances, lectures and encounters. It comes about from the desire to question the forms and language of the stage with the will to think about the theatre we actually want; what is, in short, the world we strive to build our society upon.
April 20 - 25, 2015
After organising activities with Merce Cunningham and Simone Forti, the Museo presents the choreographer and dancer Steve Paxton (USA, 1939), a central figure in the development of contemporary dance and the creator of contact improvisation. On this occasion Bound, a solo devised by Paxton, will be performed, for the first time in Spain, by the dancer Jurij Konjar, who will also hold a workshop.
April 16 - August 21, 2015
Activities in the Tuiza
This programme of activities, which relates Sahrawi culture to a broader social and cultural framework, aims to become tuiza, a space that reimagines an alternative possible geography, where its centres are not metropolises of financial power, but narrations and accounts of a periphery that lives on in expressions of identity and cultural contamination.
November 13, 20, and December 4, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Dance in the 80s
The first steps of contemporary dance in Spain. Conferences
Through the gaze of three curators, this lecture series inquires into different topics such as feminism, video dance and the diversity of languages present during these years.
November 12, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
Interval 3. Matt Mullican
In this performative lecture, in parallel with the presentation of Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and Globalisation: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s, Mullican reviews and comments on some of his performances under hypnosis, in which he recreates, as he does in his visual works, the logic of an unstable and irrational world.
October 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and October 26, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
Dance in the 80s
The first steps of contemporary dance in Spain
In parallel with the presentation of the new section of the Collection: Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and Globalisation a seminar is to be held, entitled Dance in the 80s: the first steps of contemporary dance in Spain. It includes two round tables, lectures and the display of archival materials in the Collection’s interpretation areas.
April 12 - 13, 2013
There is no other poetry than action
The new direction taken by political and social happenings in recent years has once again made public space an excellent place for manifestations by the community. In contrast with the situation during the last third of the 20th century, dissident action does not avoid urban spectacularization, hiding in private or clandestine spheres. Instead it transforms and is shown in public space. This seminar explores the use of “theatrical” gestures, behaviours and performances in social space for the purpose of expressing disagreement and dissidence, and it also examines the way that today's art, specifically theatre, has taken in and dialogued with these non-artistic theatricalities.
April 12, 2013 - 8:30 p.m.
The Inhabitants of Images
Three mysterious occurrences in a city haunted by images, of people known to me, and others unknown. Images abandoned by their occupants; some have become ruins. An image is invaded, a new face moves in—sometimes an ally, sometimes an old foe. One vanishes, while another travels from one picture to another
March 22, 23 and 24, 2012
Sound situation. Aural drift
Sound situation: Aural Drift is a program of activities focusing on the connection between sound and drift, psychogeography and aurality, including the anthropological level and the analysis and discussion of the influence and repercussions of situationist concepts (drift, construction of situations anddétournement) in the area of sound production.
January 12- March 30, 2012 - 7:30 PM
Theatre and performative practices in contemporary art museums
Reactivate/reinterpret brings together a varied group of specialists from different fields with the idea of analysing the place of performative practices within the realm of contemporary art museums. The series is comprised of various public lectures, workshops with the students of the Study Centre and two art interventions, by Jerôme Bel and Falke Pisano.