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.
29 and 30 November 2018 (check programme)
Wide Audiences and the Visual Arts from 1950 to the Present: Agencies, Politics and Discourses
This international conference examines the media, narratives and practices which have sought to make contemporary visual arts accessible to wide audiences from 1950 to the present.
26 March - 28 November, 2018 - (check programme)
Six Contradictions and the End of the Present
This seminar of public lectures, film screenings and research workshops explores how contemporary capitalism, in its galloping escalation and capacity to assimilate and produce aspects of private life, works through contradiction as a mechanism of regulation and adaptation.
27 and 28 November 2018 - 10am and 7pm (check programme)
Six Contradictions and the End of the Present. Paul Mason
Postcapitalism. A Guide to the Present Future
Theories on the crisis of capitalism have swamped social, political and economic analyses in recent years, with all interpretations, although hugely relevant, generally lacking a proposal for the future. Paul Mason, however, has formulated a theory about the transition to an alternative and impending system — a guide to postcapitalism.
12 and 13 September, 2018 - 7pm and 11am
Six Contradictions and the End of the Present. Trebor Scholz and Tiziana Terranova
Overexploited and Underpaid
In the fourth session of the seminar Six Contradictions and the End of the Present, Trebor Scholz and Tiziana Terranova will explore the radical transformation of labour in the digital economies. The session will include a public lecture and a debate workshop led by both theorists.
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.
Thursday, 7 June 2018 - 5pm
Beyond the Institution
Producing Knowledge and Training Artists between Museums and Universities
This conference is part of a collaboration set up between the Museo Reina Sofía and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (the Open University of Catalonia) for the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Oriented towards critical and reflective studies, it sets out from a contemporary and expansive notion of Fine Arts which questions the traditional limits of artistic practice.
May 30 - June 1, 2016
The Workforce, Precariousness and Super-Exploitation in Global Capital Circuits
Sociologist Jan Breman, whose research focuses on labour conditions in different international contexts, will hold the upcoming session of the programme Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy, organised by the Museo Reina Sofía Study Centre.
April 4 - 13, 2016
Europe’s Dilemmas: Austerity, Democracy, Capitalism
Inside the framework of Constituent Machines: Constituent Power, Biopolitics, Democracy, the Museo Reina Sofía will hold the second session in the programme of lectures and seminars, on this occasion conducted by Wolfgang Streeck.
November 19 - 27, 2015
Independent Theatre in Spain: 1962–1980
Independent theatre groups in Spain revamped the stage from popular culture, university classrooms, alternative circuits and touring as a form of representation. As a whole, they represent a key chapter in the history of 20th-century theatre in Spain, and this seminar, integrated into a broader network project, looks to remedy the absence of debates and studies around this crucial subject.
11 and 12 April 2014 - 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 noon
Contemporary Art in Poland: Beyond East and West
Flux and Permanence
The transformations in Europe over the past three decades challenge national historical/critical narratives, and those based on apparent global continuity. This debate explores how art practices have influenced these situations in constant flux, calling into question these narratives and imagining possible alternatives.
3-4 April, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
MASE project presentation
With regard to the acknowledgement of research networks in different fields and new methods of collection and dissemination stemming from archive practices, the Museo Reina Sofía presents this project. MASE is a collective of researchers, critics and artists connected to sound art and an innovative online archive and platform in a traditionally ignored field.
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.
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.
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.