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.
Wednesday, 17, and Saturday, 20 May 2023 - Check programme
In Memory of Carlos Saura. Double Screening
In memory of Carlos Saura (1932–2023), this programme screens two films: Las paredes hablan (The Walls Can Talk, 2022), the film-maker’s final work centred on artistic impulses that extend from pre-historic cave painting to contemporary graffiti, and Deprisa, deprisa (Hurry, Hurry! 1980), one of Saura’s early films and a major landmark in his oeuvre.
Tuesday, 16 May 2023 - 7pm
Documents 24. From Zaum to Punk
Radical Writing in Eastern Europe
The Documents programme explores the relationships between art and publishing. On this occasion, it presents a survey of the visual poetry and avant-garde sound of Eastern Europe by way of a lecture by Sezgin Boynik (Prizren, 1977), a theorist and the founding editor of Rab-Rab Press, an independent publisher specialised in authors and movements of forgotten or liminal currents of thought from the region which oscillate between art and politics.
Saturday, 13 May 2023 - Check programme
Omona! is an event which hosts K-pop choreographies and examines thought around this global phenomenon. K-pop, meaning Korean pop, is ever-present the world over, the fine detail of its choreographies, its frenzied music videos and its ultra-mastered sound production some of the hallmarks of this revision of boy bands and girl groups. The encounter sees choreographer and art historian Natalia de Val put forward an analysis of this cultural movement, followed by an event in which assorted dance groups will perform covers of their favourite bands.
Friday, 5, Saturday, 6, and Sunday, 7 May 2023 - Check programme
Utopias and Revolts
Composing Strategies from the Collective
Utopias and Revolts. Composing Strategies from the Collective is a series of encounters which, from a public round table and different work sessions, reflects upon strategies to deal with present-day challenges related to eco-social crises and sustaining life. Therefore, collectives and associations involved in social movements that include transfeminism, rights (domestic workers, housing, care, sexual rights), the struggles of migrant people, and other movements, are brought together here.
Thursday, 4 May 2023 - 8pm
A Conversation on Music Between Quico Cadaval and Pablo Castaño
This encounter pays tribute to Charlie Parker and Benny Harris’s classic Ornithology, and brings together two figures from Galicia who are both distinguished in their respective spheres: storyteller Quico Cadaval and jazz saxophonist Pablo Castaño.
From 3 to 13 May 2023 - Check programme
It Is Better to Be than to Obey
The Films of Narimane Mari
Museo Reina Sofía and Documenta Madrid bring into focus Narimane Mari (Algeria, 1969) in this film series, which includes the international premiere of her latest film S'il etait une fois (If Once Upon a Time, 2023), three live music sessions, presentations of different films and a conversation with the artist and film-maker.
Thursday, 27 April 2023 - Check programme
Epiphyte. Pollinating (Con)tact
Bioinspiration and Politics and Poetics of the Future
Epiphyte is a project, nurtured by the cultural association Side Thinkers and directed by Vanesa Viloria, which investigates new forms of facing the eco-social crisis by observing the plant world as a way to learn of other ways of life, community and future. On this occasion, the Museo Reina Sofía welcomes Pollinating (Con)tact, a programme structured around two artistic proposals and two conversations with agents and professionals linked to environmental humanities, artistic creation, science and climate activism.
Saturday, 22 April 2023 - 6pm
The Territorial Re-Existences Lab
Encounter with Lavinia Fiori and Libia Grueso
The Territorial Re-existences Lab is an encounter which, with Colombian researchers and activists Lavinia Fiori and Libia Grueso, and presented by Carmen Haro and moderated by Josimar Castillo and Elisa Fuenzalida from Redes por el clima (Networks for Climate), aims to pool the strategic visions, conceptual tools and narratives to deal with the climate crisis.
Saturday, 22 April 2023 - 10:30am
The History of the Lavapiés Neighbourhood on Wikipedia
Publishing Workshop on Wikipedia
The Museo Reina Sofía, alongside the Wikimedia España Association, seeks to incorporate Wikipedia’s philosophy of shared knowledge into different modes of making and rethinking the museum. Within the framework of this collaboration, the publishing workshop The History of the Lavapiés Neighbourhood on Wikipedia is organised with a collaborative network of neighbourhood collectives and associations from Madrid’s Lavapiés area.
Friday, 21 April 2023 - 5pm and 7pm
Spray Cocktail Party. Illustration Workshop with Olga de Dios
The Museo Reina Sofía’s Library and Documentation Centre, in collaboration with hablarenarte, put forward a family-oriented illustration workshop with Olga de Dios. Through the use of spray as a pictorial tool — combined with other more traditional tools like the paint brush — the workshop addresses issues such as creative fear, managing mistakes, the development of imagination and the experience of collective work.
Friday, 21 April 2023
World Book Day 2023
The Museo Reina Sofía’s Library and Documentation Centre bring forward World Book Day to 21 April to participate in the BookCrossing initiative of other Spanish museums and cultural centres. The initiative is about “freeing” a series of books in different public spaces, in this case in the Museo and its surrounding areas. Anyone can take these books home to, once read, repeat the action.
Thursday, 20, and Friday, 21 April 2023 - 5pm
Traces and Faces of Necropolitics
An Urgent Conversation
Anthropologists Francisco Ferrándiz and Rossana Reguillo engage in dialogue on the presence of necropolitics as a form of managing death and administering life in different territories and landscapes: from modern-day Mexico to Francoist Spain, passing through other places which, in being permanently subjected to extractivist violence, are known as sacrifice zones.
20 April - 6 July 2023 - Check programme
Militant Research: Sharing Knowledge from Struggles
Situated outside academic frameworks, these investigations pick up the legacy of workers’ co-research from the 1960s, feminist epistemologies and theories of research-action. Therefore, more than establishing a method, they seek to generate devices in order for social struggles to read each other and find causes that lead to action.
Thursday, 13 April 2023 - 6pm
Margarita Azurdia, Poet. That Was How I Flew
Encounter and Performance Lecture
In conjunction with the exhibition Margarita Azurdia. Margarita Rita Rica Dinamita, this encounter explores the Central American artist Margarita Azurdia’s (Guatemala, 1931–1988). The encounter in the Museo comprises a tour through the exhibition, led by its coordinator Beatriz Jordana, interweaving voices and echoes superimposed in the different rooms of the show, a selection of the artist’s poems chosen by the show’s curator.
Thursday, 13, Friday, 14, and Saturday, 15 April 2023 - Check programme
Queer L. E.
The First Queer Literature Encounter
Queer L.E. The First Queer Literature Encounter is a transversal programme which addresses issues that cross and shake transfeminisms and queer lives, advocating the sharing of a space and time of common reading, thinking and debate. The sessions are articulated from different places such as prose, research and critical thinking, a juncture for words to transcend books and reach bodies around a community of readers, activists, writers and LGTBIAQ+ people.
13 April – 25 May 2023 - Check programme
When Destiny Catches Up with Us
Desperate Actions Before the Sixth Extinction
This programme, which throws into relief the sixth mass extinction in which our world is currently submerged, gathers popular knowledge and scientific research, focusing on marine life and insects. It zooms in on those species which, in being outside the scope of human perception, do not have the same visibility in our collective imagination as other endangered animals.
From 12 to 29 April 2023 - 7pm
Xhanfise Keko. The World for Childhood (1973–1984)
A number of pre-eminent film-makers like Jean Vigo, François Truffaut and Abbas Kiarostami have made films about childhood, but few have forged such a coherent body of work as Xhanfise Keko (Albania, 1929–2007). Keko, a peerless film-maker who made eleven fictional features between 1972 and 1984 in Albania, explored the challenges, frustrations and aspirations of children. This retrospective, the first in Spain and one of the few organised internationally, includes four of her — recently restored — films, screened in double sessions.
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.
Thursday, 30 March and Saturday, 1 April 2023 - 7pm
Interval 37. Elena López Riera
Water and Entrails
This fresh edition of Interval presents El agua (Water, 2022), a feature film by Elena López Riera (Spain, 1982), accompanied by Las vísceras (Entrails, 2016), a short film on the ritual and attraction of daily rural life. López Riera, with a filmography straddling gruesome realism and magical thinking, has established herself as one of the most original voices in new Spanish cinema.
Wednesday, 29 March 2023 - 7pm
Guernica: The Last Exile
Screening and Conversation
Inside the Celebrating Picasso 1973–2023 programme, and in one unique session, Guernica: el último exiliado (Guernica: The Last Exile) is screened, a documentary film centred on the iconic mural’s arrival in Spain seven months after the coup d’état attempt in 1981. In this instance, it is presented by its director, Guillermo Logar, and features a conversation with Genoveva Tussell and Álvaro Martínez-Novillo.
Saturday, 25 March 2023 - 10:30am
Look Closely. Feminist Editathon by Women Creators
Wikipedia Publishing Workshop and the Presentation of Data Speak
Look Closely. Feminist Editathon By Women Creators is a workshop to address the substantial gender gap that exists on the platform in Spanish, both in terms of publishing and the nature of its content, as it looks to contribute to the creation of new entries by women creators.
Wednesday, 22 March 2023 - 7pm
Situated Voices 27
Healthcare Should Be Protected, Not Sold and Neglected
In recent months, citizen demonstrations have exposed the dismal situation felt, for a number of years now, in the rooms of hospitals and medical centres across the Spanish State: public healthcare is in danger. Its clear demise, resulting from the progressive neglect of the country’s public authorities since the economic crisis in 2008, has intensified since 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, ultimately damaging the pillars of a public model recognised the world over.
Friday, 17 March 2023 - 6pm
Project 30. Sketches of Heights
Project 30. Sketches of Heights is a site-specific performance which reflects, through a collective footprint and oral storytelling, on the memory of women during Franco’s dictatorship. It stems from research — conducted in Madrid during July of 2022 — into thirty women who explored the body at once as a wound and as a territory of resistance.
Thursday, 16 and Saturday, 18 March 2023 - 7pm
Interval 36. Charlotte Wells
Tuesday and Aftersun
The Museo Reina Sofía’s ongoing programme of film premieres, Intervals, shows recent works made either during the year in progress or the previous one. This fresh edition is devoted to Charlotte Wells (Scotland, 1987), 2022’s standout film-maker for her debut feature Aftersun (2022), a beautiful and melancholy reflection on family relationships, the real and imaginary dimension of memories and the passing of time.
10 March 2023 - 17 May 2023 - Check programme
From Malaise. Community Mental Health and Critical Institutionalism
In 2022, a group of people from Entrar Afuera, Nada Colectivo and Museo en Red embarked upon a research process on community mental health, critical institutionalism and the possibility of radio as a practice of collective communication. Therefore, the confluence of these three strands sets forth a hypothesis on cultural practice as a potential space for care and social transformation, inside the framework of structural forms of malaise rooted in the capitalist system.
Thursday, 9 March 2023 - 5pm
Between Optics and Ballistics
Setting out from the exhibition Evil Eye: The Parallel History of Optics and Ballistics, held at Tabakalera Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea (Donostia-San Sebastián), this seminar aims to trace a history of the development of modern technology, punctuating ideas around vision and cognition.
Thursday, 9, and Saturday, 11 March 2023 - 6pm
Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
The Museo Reina Sofía screens Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975), Chantal Akerman’s (Brussels, 1950 – Paris, 2015) classic and widely acclaimed film. The screening is presented by Laura Mulvey, an historian and feminist film theorist and author of the essay ‘Visual Pleasure and Film Narrative’, first published the same year as Akerman’s film was released.
Thursday, 2 and Saturday, 4 March 2023 - 7pm
Interval 35. Paz Encina
This latest edition of Interval presents Eami (2022), a film by Paz Encina (Paraguay, 1971) which, through magic realism, narrates the Indigenous conception of the world and the massacre of nature at the hands of financial exploitation. The film won the Tiger Award for Best Feature Film at the 51st International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Thursday, 23 February and Friday, 3 March 2023 - 7pm
Sambizanga and Miró, peintre
In conjunction with the restoration of Sambizanga(1973–1974), a key work among the political films made in Africa, this double session is structured around the French film-maker of African origins Sarah Maldoror (Gers, 1929 – Paris, 2020).
Thursday, 23, and Friday, 24 February 2023
24th Contemporary Art Conservation Conference
The 24th Contemporary Art Conservation Conference, organised by the Museo Reina Sofía’s Department of Conservation-Restoration, with the sponsorship of the MAPFRE Foundation, will be held on 23 and 24 February 2023. This international encounter sets out to share and debate experience and research, open new channels of study and reflect on conservation and the professional practice of restorers.
Friday, 3, and Saturday, 4 February 2023 - Check programme
The Militarisation of Political Communication and the Alternatives Today: Beyond Culture Wars
International Congress and Workshop
This congress analyses the different levels and dynamics of confrontation employed by forms of militarised communication on their path to permeating social life and manipulating the collective experience of the present.
February – June 2023
TIZ 8. Feminist Power
In conjunction with 8M, the Museo organises a transversal programme with a focus on feminisms which, intersected by new present-day demands — the right to health and housing, climate justice — continue to call out different forms of violence that persist in today’s society as they interweave complicities and affection to make new horizons possible.
Thursday, 19 January 2023 - 7pm
Ghost of the Social
Following the Traces of a Hispanism “to Come”
This conversation, open to the public, explores the tradition of literary analysis from a social perspective in a Hispanic context, welcoming three speakers and a moderator from university institutions and the sphere of publishing to discuss this key book in the tradition of Spanish literature.
20 December 2022 - 26 January 2023 - 5pm
Collective Mourning and Planetary Mourning
The Collective Mourning and Planetary Mourning Study Group is articulated around six sessions grouped into two blocks, whereby artists and researchers who work in different fields of knowledge — Alejandro Alonso Díaz, Marwa Arsanios, Rebecca Collins, María García Ruiz, Germán Labrador, José Antonio Sánchez, Alejandro Simón and Leire Vergara — are invited to share their investigations, readings, experiences and artworks, with the aim of cultivating a terrain of reflection and debate around mourning.
Tuesday, 13 December 2022 - 7pm
Situated Voices 26
Post-pandemic Mental Health. How Can We Care for Ourselves Amid Precarity?
This encounter, conducted by Sara Buraya, coordinator of Museo en Red in the Museo, and activist Rafaela Pimentel, brings together activist women over mental health as they reflect on these issues from their own experiences.
From 13 to 16 December 2022 - Check programme
Documents 23. Women Artists from Spain’s Comix Underground
Workshop and Round-table
This new edition of Documents recovers the work of female cartoonists such as Montse Clavé, Ana Miralles, Núria Pompeia and Mariel Soria, and serves as a prelude to a document-based show on the same theme, to be held in the Museo’s Library and Documentation Centre in 2023.
December 2022 - March 2023
TIZ 7. Healing Institutions
Since December 2022, via the programme Perturbable School II, seminars on political violence and institutions, the work of Margarita Azurdia, and other situated voices, this Temporary Intensity Zone raises questions around the illness and healing of the institutions that shape us and the bodies with which we traverse and make them.
Thursday, 1, and Friday, 2 December 2022 - Check programme
Picasso from Cultural Studies. The Dream and Lie of Spain (1898–1922)
This international congress is the first event to be held inside the framework of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s Death. Its title alludes to Picasso’s renowned prints under the title Sueño y mentira de Franco (The Dream and Lie of Franco, 1937), and investigates, from the field of Cultural Studies, Picasso’s relationship with the challenges, crises and transformations that shook Spain in the period stretching from the 1898 Disaster to the end of the Rif War in the 1920s.
Tuesday, 29 November 2022 - 7pm
Free Unions. Rosa Barba: Machine Murmur
Activities on the Collection
The programme Free Unions is structured around a series of events, surveys and activations in the rooms of Communicating Vessels. Collection 1881–2021, the new rehang of the Museo Reina Sofía Collection. This particular edition activates Room 103.11 devoted to artist Rosa Barba and her work Bending to Earth (2015), a 35mm film installation which explores nuclear waste and the way in which it radically transforms the landscape
Thursday, 24, and Saturday, 26 November 2022 - 7pm
Interval 33. Irene M. Borrego
La Visita y Un Jardín secreto
This fresh edition welcomes film-maker Irene M. Borrego’s film La Visita y Un Jardín secreto (The Visit and a Secret Garden), the winner of awards at the Málaga Film Festival, Documenta Madrid and Doclisboa in 2022. The film centres on Isabel Santaló, a Spanish painter whose career remains shrouded in obscurity. The screening is accompanied by a talk with the director and a special guest in each session: Lola Hinojosa and Antonio López, respectively.
Friday, 18, and Saturday, 19 November 2022 - 7pm
Eco-social Crisis: Definitions, Strategies and Strategic Proposals
A framework that encompasses successive crises which shape the present sociopolitical context and consequences that start to become embedded — constant price hikes, high temperature warnings, a dearth of resources, new and ever-closer military interventions — raises questions over the exact crisis we are facing. And if the current model is exhausted, what is our future?
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.
From 15 to 19 November 2022 - Check programme
Documents 22. The Artist’s Novel
Workshop with David Maroto
Participants will work together to create and produce a novel written collectively — customarily an individual endeavour — addressing not only the writing process but also other tasks such as editing, correcting and disseminating a text. By the same token, and in the form of a coda, the workshop will explore the performative nature of the collective novel with a public presentation in different spaces inside the Museo.