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.
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.
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.
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.