The Museo Reina Sofía Library and Documentation Centre is a collection of art archives, a museum within a museum, where the document lives side by side with the artwork, and where history is set forth as multiple and is constantly being re-written. One clear example of this plural and active focus on the concept of the archive is a collaborative project propelled by the Museo entitled Queer Archive?: a document ensemble which, since its creation in 2012, has undergone numerous reactivations, setting out a collective reflection from queer standpoints that question and tauten the traditional notion of archive.
Continuing along this line of action, and keeping in mind the current pandemic crisis caused by COVID-19, the Museo offers a virtual exhibition via a selection of Queer Archive? materials, taking as its touchstone the activist struggle the queer movement developed in fronting up to the AIDS pandemic at the close of the twentieth century.
The holdings that make up this ensemble (fanzines, photographs, posters, press cuttings, stickers, manifestos, flyers, audiovisual documents, and so on) give insight into the reception and development of the movement in 1990s Madrid. In this regard, two large collectives came to the fore: La Radical Gai and LSD, both of which managed to grant visibility to their protests, developing spirited activism based on different channels of expression, such as actions in public space, the creation of solid social ties and the use of printed media.
Unarguably, one of the main demands of these collectives was linked to the fight against the AIDS pandemic and the social awareness-raising in confronting such a deadly disease. Thus, the materials selected for this exhibition suggest certain convergences, parallels and divergencies with the present health emergency, addressing issues such as the fear of infection, unfamiliarity with the illness, stigmatisation of the sick, the blame placed on certain collectives and minorities, the call for social responsibility and the demand for an emphatic and globalised institutional response.
15 December 2020 – 12 April 2021
The Kind Cruelty
León Ferrari, 100 Years
11 November, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Mondrian and De Stijl
22 October, 2020 - 17 May, 2021
From North to South, Rhythms
14 October, 2020 - 15 February 2021
Sound Experimentation 1980-2020
7 October, 2020 - 26 April, 2021
Niño de Elche
Invisible Auto Sacramental: A Sonic Representation from Val del Omar
23 September, 2020 - 1 March, 2021
Art in Sound up to 1980
17 July, 2020 - 28 February, 2021
To a raven and hurricanes that from unknown places bring back smells of humans in love
25 September 2020 – 5 February 2021
What Are We Doing Here?
Alternative Spaces in Madrid at the Turn of the CenturyMuestras documentales, Biblioteca y Centro de Documentación