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.
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.
From 14 September to 8 October 2020 (check programme)
The Politics and Aesthetics of Memory Chair
Memories in Neglect
Curated by Chilean theorist Nelly Richard, the Politics and Aesthetics of Memory Chair articulates different initiatives of training, research and public activities in the Museo Reina Sofía. This programme of analysis and reflection — put together at the crossroads between the aesthetic, the theoretical, the critical and the political — conceives of memory as an agent with which to decipher and re-read incomplete narratives, the fragments and scenes of which continue to question the present.
March – June 2020
Feminist Revolt in the Museum
This programme sees the Museo Reina Sofía bring together an ensemble of initiatives that will be held over the coming months (from lectures and workshops, exhibitions and digital projects, to guided tours and presentations of the Collection), encompassing the wide-ranging forms of feminist revolt present in our day-to-day.
Sunday, 17 March 2019 - 6pm
Prelinger Archives: Behind the American Dream
Created in 1982, the Prelinger Archives form the largest collection of international ephemeral cinema, with over 60,000 advertising, propaganda, educational, and amateur films, as well as home movies and American landscape films shot across the length and breadth of the 20th century.
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.
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.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - 7pm
An Approach to Afal
Ramón Masats and Carlos Pérez Siquier in conversation with Laura Terré
This encounter, held in relation to the exhibition An Approach to Afal. The Autric-Tamayo Donation, recollects the central space occupied by the Afal collective in post-war Spanish photography. A conversation between two of its leading figures, photographers Ramón Masats and Carlos Pérez Siquier, and the show’s curator, Laura Terré, will be followed by the screening of Alberto Gómez Uriol’s documentary Afal, una mirada libre (Afal, a Free Gaze), which assembles declarations from the majority of its members.
27 and 28 April 2018 - 11am and 7pm (check programme)
Six Contradictions and the End of the Present. Franco Berardi Bifo
Subversion or Barbarism. The End of the World as We Know it
Franco Berardi Bifo is a philosopher, writer and media theorist.
For this session of the programme Six Contradictions and the End of the Present Bifo will conduct three activities in the Museo: a public lecture, a research workshop and the presentation of the film Comunismo future (2017). In the lecture, the philosopher explores new forms of power and domination; the workshop will be set up as a work session with writings chosen specifically by the author and, as a coda to the session, Bifo will present, with Andrea Gropplero di Troppenburg, the film Comunismo futuro.
22 and 24 March, 2018 - 7pm
¿Por qué llora si ya reí? (Why Are You Crying If I’d Already Laughed?)
In conjunction with the exhibition on the artist held in the Museo, Diego García-Moreno’s documentary Beatriz González. ¿Por qué llora si ya reí? (Why Are You Crying If I’d Already Laughed?) will be screened on 22 March, followed by a conversation with the artist, curator and teacher.
16 and 17 March, 2018 - 11:30am
P. Adams Sitney
The Syntax of Cinema in Relation to Narrative, Poetry and Theatre
Presented within the Museo Reina Sofía’s programme centred on experimental cinema historian and theorist P. Adams Sitney (New Haven, Connecticut, 1944), this research seminar, conducted by Sitney, revolves around the structure and language of auteur cinema.
15-19 March, 2018 - 7pm and 11:30am
P. Adams Sitney
Visions of Experimental Cinema
The Museo Reina Sofía will focus on the work of film theorist and historian P. Adams Sitney (New Haven, Connecticut, 1944) through Visions of Experimental Cinema, a programme featuring a lecture and seminar conducted by the author. The lecture will see Sitney address the history of avant-garde audiovisual practices in the United States, identifying a series of continuities and deviations in the conception of experimental cinema by different film-makers, for instance Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Ernie Gehr, Hollis Frampton, and Su Friedrich, whose films will be screened after the lecture. The seminar, on the other hand, will offer analysis tools to understand the visual grammar of auteur and experimental film-making.
15 and 19 March, 2018 - 7pm
P. Adams Sitney
Modes of Vision. American Avant-Garde Cinema in the Second Half of the 20th Century
In this lecture, theorist and experimental cinema historian P. Adams Sitney (New Haven, Connecticut, 1944) will discuss the nature and history of experimental American film in the second half of the twentieth century.
23 November, 2017 - 5 p.m.
Workshop with Peter Kubelka
In conjunction with the film series The Eye in Matter. Dziga Vertov and Early Soviet Cinema, organised by the Museo Reina Sofía in collaboration with Filmoteca Española, the artist and film-maker Peter Kubelka will conduct a workshop on filmic creation, centred on debate and experimentation. The workshop will see Kubelka present and debate his work with the audience.
February 11 - 12, 2016 - 7:00 h
Luc Tuymans and Andrzej Wajda
Two Readings of Andrzej Wróblewski
The conversation between the painter Luc Tuymans and the curator Ulrich Loock, and the film Wróblewski According to Wajda, premiered by the film-maker Andrzej Wajda in the Museo Reina Sofía, represent two reflections on the painting of Andrezej Wróblewski, who still challenges the interpretative frameworks of 20th-century art history today. A realist and at the same time abstract, an individualist whilst also an advocate of collective artistic practice, experimental yet socially committed, Wróblewski considers a series of ambivalences through his work that call into question key aspects of both his own epoch and the present.
November 10, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Hito Steyerl. Eye Explosion and Kassem Mosse. Combat Zones that See
This double performance serves as an introduction to the Hito Steyerl retrospective in the Museo. The studied disappearance of the image in modern surveillance technology is developed in a performance lecture by the artist, followed by an exploration into the new acoustic landscape of war – between military noise and sounds from consumer devices - by Kassem Mosse. Both performances are a posthumous homage to Harun Farocki.
April 16 - August 21, 2015
Activities in the Tuiza
This programme of activities, which relates Sahrawi culture to a broader social and cultural framework, aims to become tuiza, a space that reimagines an alternative possible geography, where its centres are not metropolises of financial power, but narrations and accounts of a periphery that lives on in expressions of identity and cultural contamination.
November 12, 2013 - 7:00 p.m.
Interval 3. Matt Mullican
In this performative lecture, in parallel with the presentation of Minimal Resistance. Between late modernism and Globalisation: artistic practices during the 80s and 90s, Mullican reviews and comments on some of his performances under hypnosis, in which he recreates, as he does in his visual works, the logic of an unstable and irrational world.
September 27 and 28, 2013
After the margins
A look at the other cinema in Spain
Film on the margins, from the peripheries, and the other cinema are among the terms used to refer to works that have been made outside the industry in recent years in Spain. Beyond this condition of existence, a number of additional criteria are fulfilled by these films, suggesting something of a group identity. More specifically: independent production and distribution platforms, the incorporation of the experimental language used in the field of art (exhibition video and film) and the liberal use of documentary techniques in the form of essay film are some of the features found throughout this other cinema.
17 october, 2011 - 21 october, 2011
Oteiza and film
At the end of 1950, Jorge Oteiza concluded his investigations in the field of sculpture but, far from fading away, his aesthetic interests continued in a different sphere, one previously unexplored by him: film.
04 may, 2011 - 05 may, 2011
The Forgotten Space. A film essay by Allan Sekula and Noel Bürch
This film highlights the invisibility of global labour even in the process of production. The sea, writes Allan Sekula, is forgotten until disaster strikes. The sea, formerly the object of romantic imagination, is examined from a new angle, that of the transport of merchandise in times of globalisation.
21 march, 2011 - 27 march, 2011
Archipelago Val del Omar
Although they span the area between the avant-garde and the neo-avant-garde, the film and audiovisual activities of José Val del Omar have taken place in the territory of myth. Myth as something situated outside of history, that only leads to cult status.
16 march, 2011 - 21 march, 2011
1936. Memories of silenceTribute to the victims of the Spanish Civil War and Franco's repression
The film representation of the Spanish Civil War and its victims has changed over the different historical periods between 1936 and today.
09 december, 2010 - 17 december, 2010
The Limits of Cinema
The Limits of Cinema is a series of screenings, meetings and debates designed to provide a space to reflect on the nature of the cinema, its boundaries and its interactions with other forms of expression.
04 october, 2010 - 07 october, 2010
Miralda. De gustibus non disputandum
To mark the occasion of the exhibition Miralda. De gustibus non disputandum (24 June -11 October 2010), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is presenting three video programmes by the artist Antoni Miralda (Tarrasa, 1942) that explain his view of art in the context of the exhibition.
09 june, 2010 - 24 june, 2010
Action Behind the Margins
During the 1970s, a time of intensive de-industrialisation and the transition to an information economy in New York, artists found new ways to use the city. The creative use of abandoned and peripheral spaces intensified, especially in Lower Manhattan, which was becoming a centre of the commercial art world. Action Behind the Margins combines debates, performances pieces and film screenings to reveal a city where public and private spheres intermingle and marginal subjects assert their right to the city.