Museo Reina Sofía, in its role as a vehicle of knowledge and reflection, as well as an impulse for new spaces for experimentation, creation and dissemination of contemporary art, sets in motion a number of diverse lines of thought and debate. The development of research, analysis and debate frameworks which can imbue the narrative of the Collection with an additional dimension, as well as the programming of exhibitions.The setting in motion of discussion forums on key issues of contemporary debate relevant to the museum as an institution dedicated to providing citizens with frameworks for the critical analysis of culture.The experimentation with alternative methods of mediation between the citizens and the museum's proposals, taking up as a starting point the experience of artists and of the agents with whom the museum establishes collaboration.
November 27 and 28, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Horizons of Contemporary Art in Spain
This project is conceived as a plural space for reflection and debate, the aim of which is generate proposals based on a critical diagnosis of the contemporary art system in Spain.
October 18, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
Imagining and performing the constitution of the common
At this lecture, organised by Fundación de los Comunes and MACBA, Michael Hardt puts the concept of the common at the centre of a renewed contemporary political project.
July 11 – 13, 2013
Transatlantic Encounters: Avant-garde Discourses in Spain and Latin America
This international event, which brings together researchers, artists and curators from both sides of the Atlantic, seeks to stimulate reflection about the notion of avant-garde in relation to the experience and discourse of modernity between 1920 and 1970.
June 28 - 29, 2013
Copylove is a research project begun in 2012 by Rubén Martínez, Txelu Balboa and Sofía Coca that attempts to analyse and represent the relationships and tensions that arise between the commons and love within communities, between emotions and community links.
May 29, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
When the peripheries burn. Social change and uprisings in the French banlieues
French sociologist Laurent Bonelli investigates the economic insecurity, riots and police repression that define the backdrop of the existence of a large part of the youth in the banlieu, the metropolitan outskirts of
. This conference questions and analyzes the creation of the new frontiers (spatial and moral) of an emerging social order and the resistance it generates. France
May 25, 2013 - 07:00 p.m.
Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens
Assuming the Ecosexual Position
In this performative lecture, artists
Annie Sprinkleand Beth Stephensexplore the realm of ecosexuality as an expanded field of queer politics. The ecosexual community is a rapidly growing community that includes artists, academics, sex workers and other entities from diverse walks of life.
May 20 and 21, 2013 - 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Unleashing the event
Seminar with Brian Holmes
When trying to understand the impact that artistic practices have on the public sphere, people usually speak of a confrontation between art and politics. In this seminar, comprised of a lecture and a workshop, Brian Holmes takes a step beyond this dichotomy, and situates art, once again, in relation to existential affections, forms of organisation, bodies and theory.
6 May, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
The City and the Commons: A Story of our Time
In this conference, Anglo-American historian Peter Linebaugh explores the cycle of municipal occupations and urban encampments of recent years in cities including
Cairo, Athens, London, New Yorkand . Rather than discuss such events within discourses of citizenship or the public, Linebaugh considers them within the historical framework of the commons. Madrid
April 8 – May 14, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
From the Spanish Republic to Exile: The Networks of Spanish Art
This post-graduate course, associated with the research project "After the Republic: networks and two-way paths in Spanish art from 1931 to 1981" (National Plan for Research, Development and Innovation HAR2011-25864), is conceived as an introduction to the evolution, creation, promotion and historiographic fate of Spanish art, in times of peace and war and both within and outside the country, over a period of five decades. The period examined spans the Republic, the Civil War and dictatorship-exile.
March 9, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.
The Death of the Clinic?
In The Birth of the Clinic, Michel Foucault suggested that for each model of power there was a specific way of organising sexuality and reproduction and that this organisation was concentrated in institutions such as the school, the hospital or the factory. All of these are now in decline, so we must ask ourselves: What model of somatopolitial administration characterises contemporary neoliberal society, following the crisis occurring in Foucault's clinic? This lecture is the inaugural event of Somatheque 2013.
February 25, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
Malcolm Bull. Decline and Decadence
Narratives of Collapse in Art and Economy since 1950
This lecture looks at the interaction between narrations of social and economic recession and narrations of the visual arts crisis since the 1960s. Do these stories take place in parallel or are they a form of cultural critique? How does the economic recession shape the perception and production of contemporary art? Malcolm Bull teaches at Oxford University and is also editor of the New Left Review.