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.
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.
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 - 6pm
Encounter with Carme Nogueira
This second edition sees artist Carme Nogueira share her art-making as she revisits, with a group of Museo Reina Sofía workers, her project Tenerife (2020), in which she engages in dialogue with the homonymous 1932 film by Yves Allégret and Eli Lotar, who both worked with Luis Buñuel on the documentary Las Hurdes. Land without Bread (1933).
Tuesday, 13 April 2021 - 7pm
Situated Voices 19
Reproductive and Sexual Rights. Struggles for the Right to Decide
Women’s right to decide and the struggles for reproductive and sexual rights have formed one of the channels of articulation for feminisms, and are currently configured as a driving force that imbues debates with vitality and generates new energies. This debate looks at different political, organisational, technological and mutual support strategies for feminist movements, as well as contributing to reflecting and constructing feminist thought by activisms in different territories; namely, in Argentina, Poland, Italy, El Salvador and Spain.
Thursday, 8 April 2021 - 6pm
Documents 17. Souffles (1966-1971)
An Art, Culture and Politics Magazine from Morocco
This new edition analyzes the Moroccan cultural journal Souffles — directed by poet Abdellatif Laâbi, it brought together the most relevant voices in poetry, art and thought from post-colonial Maghreb from 1966 until it was banned at the beginning of 1972.
Wednesday from 7 to 28 April 2021 - 6pm
In Enemy Territory
Thinking About Contemporariness in a Post-Pandemic World
In this Humanities Series, Marco Baravalle, Ferran Barenblit, Manuel Borja-Villel, Timothy Morton, Nelly Richard and Hito Steyerl all outline their reflections around rethinking forms of cultural production and institutions as spaces that extend beyond representation is inescapable.
Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 6pm
Among So Many
Encounter with Safaa Erruas, Abdellah Karroum, Karim Rafi and Younes Rahmoun
In conjunction with the exhibition Moroccan Trilogy 1950–2020 (from 31 March to 27 September 2021), the Museo Reina Sofía organises Between So Many, a conversation between artists Safaa Erruas, Karim Rafi and Younes Rahmoun and the show’s curator, Abdellah Karroum, who will moderate and activate the debate.
March – September 2021
In the Meantime
In the Meantime seeks to offer diverse possibilities for thinking about and placing context around the Moroccan Trilogy 1950–2020 show, organised inside a framework of cultural cooperation between Spain and Morocco in the sphere of Museums and promoted by the National Foundation of Museums from the Kingdom of Morocco and the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Culture and Sport, in collaboration with Mathaf: the Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar.
Tuesday, 16 and Wednesday, 17 March, 2021
22nd Contemporary Art Conservation Conference
On March 16 and 17, 2021, the 22nd Contemporary Art Conservation Conference will be held, organized by the Department of Conservation-Restoration of the Reina Sofía Museum, with the support of the Mapfre Foundation.
Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 6pm
Aesthetics and Efficiency
The Graphic Design of Carlos Cruz-Diez
A lecture by art historian Ariel Jiménez, the curator of the exhibition The Weight of Form. The Graphic Design of Carlos Cruz-Diez, will shed light on one of the artist’s most prolific but lesser-known sides: his output in the field of graphic design, where he played a key role in the development of Venezuela’s publishing industry.
Friday, 5 March 2021 - 6pm
Situated Voices 18
Trans* Law. Lives and Rights
This conversation between people with first-person trans* experiences, their families and their environments seeks to situate the specific demands of the collectives involved, and to understand the key parts to this future law and the problems underlying the controversies it provokes.
Thursday, 4 March 2021 - 6pm
Documents 16. “It’s Just a Joke, Love!” Is it a Joke?
Misogyny and Symbolic Violence in Graphic Humour
On the basis that humour is never neutral, as well as its capacity to question the established order and work as a powerful normalising force, this encounter interrogates supposedly humorous images which instead instil prejudice and normalise stereotypes.
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.
Friday, 26 February 2021 - 6pm
Exile. Feminism. Essay Film: The Body as a Remnant
This edition of the Chair, comprising a master lecture and a seminar, sees Margarita Ledo set forth a reflection on the body as a remnant, as a point of arrival after tracing an invisible thread that extends across film based on memory, anti-establishment practices, the marginalisation of women in public spaces, the estrangement of their own bodies and the power of essay films as an artistic practice.
25 February – 3 June 2021 - 4:30pm
For a Care Statute. A Collective Writing Proposal for a Legal Fiction with Real Effects
What would happen if we thought of care as a job? What is stopping us from thinking that way? What is gained and what is lost? Why don’t those who provide care have the right to rest, retire and receive payment? Why does this activity remain marginalised from the productive, the public and the visible? And what if we thought and wrote about rights, payment and the relationships of bodies that gestate and support?