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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 3 December 2020 - 6pm
Anatomy Is Not Destiny
Methodologies, Practices and Poetics from Functional Diversity
Inside the framework of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, put in place by the United Nations General Assembly, the Museo Reina Sofía’s Education Area organises a forum to discuss functional diversity and to problematize accessibility as a mechanism of inclusion.
From 2 to 5 December 2020 - (check programme)
The Syndicalist Feminism to Come
We Are All Workers
This encounter, therefore, sets out to convene, converse with and create fruitful exchanges between some of the leading figures in these struggles, setting out from the conviction that, from their view of the world, their networks of self-protection and their ways of “shouldering” rebellion, they are developing the syndicalist feminism to come.
Tuesday, 1 December 2020 - 7pm
Carta(s). Unfinished Timelines
Carta(s) is a series of publications with which the Museo Reina Sofía seeks to broaden, through the publishing format, some of the debates that take place in the institution and beyond its walls, granting visibility to initiatives propelled or embraced by the Museo’s different lines of research and its artistic and critical productions. The presentation of this new publication takes the form of an encounter between the authors of the texts (Maite Garbayo, Ana Longoni, Nelly Richard and María Rosón), sociologist and feminist archivist Javiera Manzi and artist and cultural critic Marcelo Expósito.
Thursday, 26 November 2020 - 6pm
Situated Voices 17
The collective imaginary and information around the propagation and spread of COVID-19 have radically changed the way we relate to one another, so much so that we perceive encounters with others as a threat.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - 7pm
LANGUAGE OR DEATH
Recognition of the Citizen Network of Mediating Interpreters
The crisis brought on by the pandemic continues to highlight the need to urgently drive forward a programme of interpreters-mediators equipped with enough resources and the capacity to operate constantly and effectively in languages such as Bengali, Wolof, Urdu, Arabic, Bambara, Tagalog and Chinese in all spheres of society, where necessary.
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 - 6pm
Situated Voices 16
Another End of the World Is Possible. Examining the “New Normal”
In the sombre days at the start of the pandemic, graffiti bearing the slogan “Another end of the world is possible” appeared on different walls in the cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.
Wednesday, 2 September 2020 - 6pm
Situated Voices 15
We Are All Old. We Are All Mortal
We Are All Old. We Are All Mortal is an invitation to consider how we want to age, an opportunity to analyse different alternatives and underline the right to live and die with dignity.
Wednesday, 29 July 2020 - 6pm
Situated Voices 14
The Virus in Fortress Europe
The Virus in Fortress Europe sets out an open conversation between social agents that gather diverse experiences and foreground the lives, in these times of pandemic, of migrant people who are blocked, ill-treated and crowded together at Europe’s internal and external borders, the problems they face and their resistance.
Wednesday, 24 June 2020 - 6pm
Situated Voices 13
Surviving Together. Community Organisation in Times of Pandemic
Surviving Together. Community Organisation in Times of Pandemic sets out to constitute a reflection based on an open conversation around specific forms of resistance, cooperation, self-management, and community solidarity in different places framed in the context of the capitalist crisis and the current health emergency.
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 – 7pm
José María García de Paredes, 1924-1990
The Museo Reina Sofía and Fundación Arquia present a monographic exhibition on architect José María García de Paredes (Seville, 1924 – Madrid, 1990), in a contribution which aims to disseminate and promulgate Spanish contemporary architecture.
Tuesday, 17 and Wednesday, 18 March 2020 - 11am and 7pm
Juan Antonio Ramírez Chair: José Emilio Burucúa
Like a Bird, Hope Flies
The Museo Reina Sofía’s Juan Antonio Ramírez Chair invites art historian José Emilio Burucúa (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1946) to participate in its programme of master lectures. In this programme, via a seminar and a lecture, Burucúa, a tireless advocate of the humanities and with a perspective that is as erudite as it is imaginative, seeks to recover an historical discourse capable of revealing the way in which the core principles of civilisations.
Thursday, 5 March 2020, 6pm
Situated Voices 11
The Cost of Strawberries. Twenty-first-century Female Slaves
In a proposal by Red Solidaria de Acogida (The Refuge Solidarity Network), Museo Situado, a network of collaboration between different collectives from Madrid’s Lavapiés neighbourhood and Museo Reina Sofía, has organised this new edition of Situated Voices as part of the 8 March demonstrations.
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.