In the context of the Master’s Degree Course in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture taught at the Study Centre of the Museo Reina Sofía in collaboration with the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and Complutense University, Madrid (UCM), Space D of the Museum’s Documentation Centre now presents Vis à vis: Quico Rivas, Archive and Prison, an academic exercise in exhibition design carried out by the group of students currently following the criticism itinerary on the Master’s course.
The project aims to explore the penitentiary dimension of the vast archive of Quico Rivas, preserved in the Library and Documentation Centre of the Museo Reina Sofía. This approach to the notion of the archive from the perspective of imprisonment investigates the frictions, bonds and dichotomies produced within both the prison and the archive, two spaces that infringe the limits between the private and the public.
The writer, critic, and curator Quico Rivas (Francisco Rivas Romero-Valdespino, Cuenca, 1953 – Ronda, 2008) was a heterodox contributor to various areas of culture. He became a key figure of the Movida, Madrid’s cultural b