Exhibition. Dierk Schmidt. Guilt and Debts

Untitled (Human Remains in Berlin), 2014-2015, © Dierk Schmidt, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

Untitled (Human Remains in Berlin), 2014-2015, © Dierk Schmidt, VEGAP, Madrid, 2018

The artist Dierk Schmidt (Unna, 1965) makes use of the aesthetic and the visual to disrupt positivist and liner concepts of history with respect to the omissions and violence in colonial narratives — one of the core themes running through his work, along with a need for the restitution of plundered objects and the related international law — the manipulation of museum discourses and the contrived and dramatic state of televised politics.        

The retrospective held by the Museo Reina Sofía assembles some of Schmidt’s most ambitious projects as The Division of the Earth or Broken Windows and concludes with a site-specific project related to the role of the Palacio de Velázquez — where the show is displayed – directly after it was built in 1883 and in view of its housing, in 1887, part of the monographic exhibition of the Philippines, Mariana and Caroline Islands, before becoming the Biblioteca y Museo de Ultramar (the Museum-Library of the Overseas).

Dates: From 9 October, 2018 to 10 March, 2019
Location: Palacio de Velázquez, Retiro Park
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
Curatorship: Lars Bang Larsen
In collaboration with: Goethe-Institut Madrid



Dance. Takao Kawaguchi. About Kazuo Ohno

Takao Kawaguchi in About Kazuo Ohno © Tejiro Kamiyama

Takao Kawaguchi in About Kazuo Ohno © Tejiro Kamiyama

In About Kazuo Ohno Takao Kawaguchi recovers some of the master’s pieces from the pioneer of butoh dance, a new, revolutionary language underpinned by spasmodic movements arising from the sub-conscious. Kawaguchi’s approach does not set out from butoh’s improvisational technique, as one would expect, but literally copies Ohno’s movements — recorded on film and in photographic documents — thus drawing on the archives of the dancer’s first performances of works like Admiring La Argentina (1977), My Mother (1981) and Dead Sea, Ghost, Wienerwaltz (1985).

Dates: Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 2018
Hour: 7pm
Location: Nouvel Building, Auditorium 400
Duration: 100 minutes with intermission
Curatorship: Isabel de Naverán
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
In collaboration with: Teatros del Canal, Comunidad de Madrid
Admission: Free, with prior ticket collection at the Museo Ticket Offices and online


Documentary exhibition. A movement that will not be fixed: Kazuo Ohno and La Argentina

Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata at the premiere of La Argentina Sho, Daiichi Seimei Hall, Tokyo, November 1, 1977 © Naoya Ikegami

Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata at the premiere of La Argentina Sho, Daiichi Seimei Hall, Tokyo, November 1, 1977 © Naoya Ikegami

Regarding the presentation of About Kazuo Ohno in the Museo Reina Sofía, the Library and Documentation Centre of the Museo presents this documentary exhibition which collects photographs, drawings, annotations, posters and films and  is based on the study of crucial aspects of Kawaguchi’s methodology, such as the copy, the tracing, and the relationship between fixed image and movement, generating a constellated display that connects moments which are not spectacular but are of symbolic importance for the three protagonists: La Argentina receiving her decoration, and her voyage to Japan; Kazuo Ohno rehearsing with Hijikata in his dressing room, or the notation of his choreography; and Takao Kawaguchi carrying out his process of pencil tracing on the screen.

Dates: From 10 October, 2018 to 15 February, 2019
Location: Nouvel Building, Library, Space D
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía
Curatorship: Lars Bang Larsen Isabel de Naverán. Materials on Kazuo Ohno selected in conversation with Toshio Mizohata, director of Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio
Program: Library and Documentation Centre


Film Series. Wang Bing. Dispossessed Lives. Resilient Lives

Wang Bing. The Ditch. Film, 2010

Wang Bing. The Ditch. Film, 2010

The film series dedicated to Wang Bing continues with the screening of The Ditch, 2010, a film still banned in China that tells the history of repression meted out in the early years of Maoist China (October 9, Filmoteca Española); Ta’ang, 2016, about the ethnic minority from Burma, forced into exile to China after a decades-long civil war (October 11, Filmoteca Española); and Dead Souls, 2018, that looks to reconstruct the oral memory of trauma from survivors and the place’s landscape of tragedy (October 13 and 14, Museo Reina Sofía).

Dates: From 4 October to 17 November, 2018
Hour: (check programme)
Location: Sabatini Building, Auditorium and Filmoteca Española, Cine Doré
Organized by: Museo Reina Sofía and Filmoteca Española
Museo Reina Sofía sessions: Free entry
Filmoteca Española sessions: €3.00


The Aníbal Quijano Chair. Seismic Thought Before the Wreckage of the Present

Putting ourselves in the present and placing this present inside the politics of temporality cannot be conceived outside the coloniality of power theory, formulated by Peruvian intellectual Aníbal Quijano (1928–2018). This contribution transcends the cultural sphere, laying the far-reaching foundations of a political position which questions the colonial epistemology of modernity amidst the consolidation of neoliberalism in Latin America.

The presentation of the Aníbal Quijano Chair opens with an inaugural lecture by the Argentine anthropologist and feminist Rita Segato, before moving on to a round-table discussion conducted by Peruvian activist Elisa Fuenzalida, with the participation of Argentine historian Mario Rufer, Moroccan anthropologist and historian Salma Amazian and attorney and activist Dánae García.

Dates: Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Hour: 7pm
Location: Sabatini Building, Auditorium
Organized by: the Museo Reina Sofía Study Centre
Admission: Free admission until full capacity is reached

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