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.
Friday, 2 July 2021 - 6pm
Documents 18. Skefkef Magazine
Opening Cracks in Morocco’s Cultural Scene
This new edition, an encounter, centres on Skefkef, an independent comic/magazine for adults that was created in 2013 in Casablanca and examines the social and cultural sides of contemporary Morocco via drawings, illustrations and satirical texts, and comprises a conversation with Salah Malouli, a founding member of the publication, and a visual and thematic analysis of the magazine’s different editions.
From 30 June to 2 July 2021 - 11am
Artivism and the Female Body
Fanzine Workshop with Zainab Fasiki
At the confluence of art and activism, this workshop looks to cast a critical gaze on the representation of bodies, sexuality and gender in a clear confrontation with restrictions imposed by society, laws and religions. Over the course of three three-hour sessions in the company of illustrator and activist Zainab Fasiki, participants will collectively produce a fanzine.
Friday, 25 and Monday, 5 July 2021
Painting with Nature
Encounter with Vivian Suter
The Museo Reina Sofía organises a visit to the exhibition Vivian Suter, led by the artist herself, which includes the screening of the film Vivian’s Garden (2017), directed by Rosalind Nashashibi.
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 - 6pm
The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Encounter with Charlotte Johannesson
This encounter gets under way with an artist-led guided tour around the exhibition Charlotte Johannesson. Take Me to Another World, ending in a conversation between Johannesson, Patricia Molins and Mabel Tapia.
Tuesday, 22 June 2021 - 7pm
The Situated Thought Collection
The Chair of Situated Thought is an itinerant programme curated by Ileana Diéguez and Ana Longoni, and co-organised by the Metropolitan Autonomous University (Cuajimalpa Campus, Mexico) and Museo Reina Sofía. The first edition of the Chair, in 2019, gave rise to the Situated Thought Collection, an editorial project resulting from a collaboration between the aforementioned institutions and the publishing house Ediciones DocumentA/Escénicas. This encounter sets out the first issue of the collection devoted to current debates around transfeminisms.
Wednesday, 16 June 2021 - 6pm
Still that Deep Despair, Still that Beauty
Criba , an artist’s book published by PEZPLATA Ediciones (2021), straddles the graphic and the poetic, the showing and the naming. This encounter sees artist Laura Lio and poet Ada Salas strike up a dialogue between the written image and the painted word, processes that sit at the centre of the publication, expounding their creative and publishing-based undertaking.
Saturday, 12 June 2021 - 6pm
A Medicine Cabinet for My City
To Heal and Re-captivate Our Urban Environment
As a medicine cabinet well stocked with first aid material, the project looks to delve deeper into the conception of care with the help of ideas and useful resources to identify what is good for us collectively and to open pathways that allow us to live differently. All of this is mutually understood with the knowledge, particularly migrant knowledge, and experiences of people who inhabit this collectiveness in the search for a multicultural community neighbourhood with shared future perspectives.
Saturday, 12 June 2021
The Joy of Being Together
El Picnic del barrio es, para l+s vecin+s de Lavapiés (Madrid), una celebración del estar juntas y del hacer solidario que caracteriza la vida en el barrio. La iniciativa, que tuvo su primera edición en junio de 2018, adquiere en esta ocasión una especial connotación de reencuentro.
Wednesday, 9 June 2021 - 6pm
A Conversation About Carlos Cruz-Diez and Graphics in Latin America
To mark the end of the documentary exhibition The Weight of Form. The Graphic Design of Carlos Cruz-Diez, the Museo Reina Sofía organises Modern South, a conversation which, starting from Carlos Cruz-Diez’s graphic and publishing work, explores different areas related to graphic art in Venezuela, comparing it to events in other Latin American countries, in addition to the subsequent evolution of graphic design in the region.
Tuesday, 8 June 2021 - 5:30pm and 7pm
Tour of Ida Applebroog. Marginalias
Soledad Liaño, curator of Ida Applebroog. Marginalias, leads a tour around the said exhibition, taking selected readings from the artist’s diary, to be recited publicly for the first time alongside her visual work by actress Nuria Mencía.
Saturday, 29 May 2021 - 6pm
Closing lecture. Culture is Exile. The Political Imagination of Diaspora (1936–2021)
Germán Labrador in dialogue with Rosario Peiró
The year 2019 marked eighty years since the start of Republican exile, framed in the context of a global migration crisis and with clear parallels between the new and old fields of the displaced in Europe. The memory of Iberian diaspora thus became part of a much larger history of displacement and return, a history which did not begin with the Civil War, did not end in the Transition to democracy in Spain, and does not have Spaniards as the sole protagonists. This lecture takes up this synchrony to consider new relationship modes with Republican exiles.
Activity of: Stateless Knowledge
From 26 to 29 May 2021 - 6pm
The Poetics of Iberian Exiles (1936–2021)
What does remembering the ethical, aesthetic and political experiences of Republican exiles mean eighty years later within the global context of the climate emergency and migrant crisis? By way of these premises, this seminar, conducted by lecturer and researcher Germán Labrador Méndez, sets forth a discussion around certain points in time from Spain’s stateless archive as it seeks to establish moments of rupture, in which the destituent powers and the utopian potential of diasporic experience are expounded.
26 May - 21 June 2021 - (check programme)
A Certain Predilection for Things Out of the Ordinary
Museo Reina Sofía and Documenta Madrid, an international film festival promoted by Madrid’s City Council, present a retrospective on Luke Fowler (Glasgow, 1978), a celebrated British artist, film-maker and musician. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012, Fowler explores the relationship between subject and archive, memory and history through the possibilities afforded by experimental cinema.
30 April - 2 July 2021 - (check programme)
Cinema and Worlds to Come
This audiovisual series pivots on cinema’s future imagining with films made between 1920 and 2020, an historical expanse of one hundred years in which the future is manifested as an idea at odds with progress conceived as dogma, as a radical critique of the present, and as a yearning for new worlds. What are the imagined futures in the past and which future is projected and desired in our present?
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 – 6pm - Nouvel Building, Protocol Room
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, 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?
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 - 6pm
Encounter with Concha Jerez
On the ocassion of the Concha Jerez retrospective, Our Memory Is Being Stolen (29 July – 11 January 2021), the Museo Reina Sofía organises an encounter with the artist, alongside critic and theorist Mieke Bal and critic and exhibition curator Fernando Castro Flórez, two figures behind the exhibition catalogue and the participation of Manuel Borja-Villel, director of the Museo Reina Sofía.
Friday, 19 February 2021 - 6:30pm
Javier Díez Ena
The two volumes of Theremonial (Beat Generation, 2017 and 2019) see Javier Díez Ena pay homage to the timbre of the theremin, a musical instrument, invented in 1919 by Russian musician Lev Termen, with a sound customarily associated with US horror film and sci-fi scores from the 1950s or as an ominous addition in relatively traditional pop music creations.
February – July 2021 - 6pm
The School of Rights
Advice and Community Legal Support for Migrant People
Museo Situado organises the School of Rights, coordinated by Red Interlavapiés (the Interlavapiés Network) in order to build a collective space of information, advice and community legal support to deal with the rights violations migrant people face on a daily basis.
Monday, 15 February 2021 - 5pm
Gestural Apparatuses and Echoic Landscapes
A Workshop Conducted by Luis Guerra
Gestural Apparatuses and Echoic Landscapes is a workshop which approaches the revolt of the “singular guerrilla” composed in Fernand Deligny’s endeavours in Cévennes National Park, France, between 1969 and 1996.
Sunday, 14 February 2021 - 12pm
Politicising Aprons, Pots and Streets
Territorio Doméstico: Politicising Aprons, Pots and Streets is a documentary audiovisual piece that records the history of the make-up and struggle of the feminist collective Territorio Doméstico, a group of domestic workers who live in the Community of Madrid but come from all over the world.
February – September 2021
Together and Rising Up
The programme Together and Rising Up assembles a series of activities, exhibitions, rooms from the Collection, study groups, guided tours and digital projects inside the Museo, to be presented over the course of 2021, and thus reflecting the plural nature of transfeminist struggles and the complexity of new challenges for feminism.
Thursday, 28 January 2021 - 6pm
The Night of Ideas
Close. A Live Planet
Night of Ideas is an annual event propelled since 2016 by the Institut français in Paris and occasions a reflection on the major challenges of our times. The sixth edition of the event in 2021 is held under the title Proches (Close) and sets out to rethink the relations between living beings and new forms of solidarity.
Saturday, 23 January 2021 - 12pm
Brief Critical and Spiritual Respite
Pan-Pan Kolektiva sets out from the hypothesis that the current situation is giving rise to collective trauma and from the following question: Do we have the necessary tools to listen to each other or do we need to create new ones?
Wednesday, 20, Thursday, 21, and Friday, 22 January 2021 - 6 pm
The Aníbal Quijano Chair
Ideas to Postpone the End of the World: Is an Ideology from the Left Possible with an Epistemology from the Right?
The 2021 Aníbal Quijano Chair programme, organised by Museo Reina Sofía’s Study Centre, will seek to address and disentangle the meanings of that paradox from far-reaching perspectives and political projects of the present — feminisms, environmentalism, anti-racist and decolonial movements — taken as vectors which question and stir political orthodoxies.
A Flower for Samba
In a remembrance of Samba on the anniversary of her death, the Platform in Memory of Samba and Museo Situado organised a participatory action involving the creation of a large collective bunch of flowers made up of artworks in different formats and left on 19 December 2020 in the cemetery where her body lies. In total, more than forty works in her memory were submitted.