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.
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.
20 november, 2012 - 20 november, 2012 - 19:00 h
The Horizons of Art in Spain
The Horizons of Contemporary Art in Spain is a research initiative by Museo Reina Sofía, Fundación Banco Santander and YGBArt (Rosina Gómez-Baeza and Lucia Ybarra). Conceived as a plural space for reflection and debate, its purpose is to engage in a critical diagnosis of the Spanish art scene, viewed from a variety of standpoints and bringing together many different voices.
02 october, 2012 - 02 october, 2012 - 5:30 p.m.
Reflections on Encounters with the 1930s
Round table with the team of curators
This round table brings together the team of curators behind the exhibition Encounters with the 1930s (Museo Reina Sofía, 3 October 2012 - 7 January 2013), to give the audience the chance to learn about the research process and the dialogue that have arisen from this dynamic rereading of the 1930s, which reveals the links between the temporary exhibition and a broader reinstallation project involving the Museum's Collection, undertaken to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Guernica.
13 june, 2012 - 13 june, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Trockel's wonderland. Lecture by Anne M. Wagner
A lecture by Anne Wagner, a professor emerita in the Department of Art History at the University of California. In the conference she puts forward a guide to the cosmos of artist Rosemarie Trockel, setting out from the study of a number of recent works in relation to the exhibition Rosemarie Trockel: a cosmos.
06 june, 2012 - 06 june, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Yann Moulier Boutang
Presentation of the book La abeja y el economista (The Bee and the Economist), by Yann Moulier Bountang, co-editor of the magazine Multitudes and professor of political economy. He is one of the main people responsible for the design theory on the critique of the political economy of cognitive capitalism.
April 25 - 26, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Rachel Haidu. Notes on the question of theater in the work of James Coleman
Rachel Haidu, professor at the University of Rochester (New York), debates the importance of staging, dramatic narration and the role of the actor in James Coleman’s work and in that of other artists influenced by his slide-tape works. This conference marks the start of the individual exhibition on the artist inside the Museo.
12 april, 2012 - 12 april, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Beatriz Preciado. Somatheque. Presentation of the Critical Practices Program
This first session of Somatheque. Biopolitical production, feminisms, queer and trans practices explores the changes in the governmental methods of body production and of sexual difference that took place after World War II, with the transformation of war techniques into techniques of somatic production and communication.
10 february, 2012 - 10 february, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Radical education in a museum
This conference presents recent examples of the work of the Radical Education collective, whose research deals with political imagination in art. The research process they put forward includes collective translations of Marx’s A Worker’s Inquiry, with the aim of questioning new modulations and regulations of work.
January 13 (Conference), January 27 (guided tour of the collection) - 7:30 p.m.
The notion of artistic modernity in Spain. The 1950s
Julián Díaz Sánchez
The public presentation of the Julián Díaz Sánchez research residency. This project analyses Spanish Informalism in relation to the exhibition New Spanish Painting and Sculpture, held in New York’s MoMA in 1960.
29 november, 2011 - 01 december, 2011 - 7:30 p.m.
Irresoluble contradictions: art institutionalization policies during the 1930s
This activity is divided into two sessions: a conference and guided visit through the rooms devoted to the Spanish Republic Pavilion. Both endeavour to contrast and draw connections between three exhibitions presented in Munich, Paris and New York in 1936 and 1937 in order to analyse the footprints of post-war art and the Museo’s Collection.
October 29, 2010 - 7:30 p.m.
New communities. Conversation with Yael Bartana
This conference and screening explores the changes taking place in social formations and their contexts, revolving around the work of artist Yael Bartana (Israel, 1970). His work sheds light on the various forms of new communities and redefinitions of the idea of belonging.